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September 2020

Karim Nagi

September 24 @ 7:00 pm

Drumming to be Heard and Dancing to be Seen Minority and marginalized groups are forced to push for inclusivity and equitable treatment in American society. In this interactive performance, Arab and Muslim musician and dancer Karim Nagi demonstrates how he uses the performing arts to create visibility and advocate for his misrepresented culture. Moderator Dr. Richard Cahill, Director of International Education and Professor of History

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October 2020

Dr. Rosalie Richards

October 1 @ 7:00 pm

Why STEM Matters In her presentation, Dr. Richards, Associate Provost, Professor of Chemistry and Education at Stetson University, and co-author of Introducing Undergraduate Research across the Curriculum, will address questions such as: Why does STEM matter? Why does it matter that STEM is intentionally inclusive (and how do we make that happen)? Why does humanizing education matter? Moderator Dr. Mary Robert Garrett, Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Rev. Gail Bowman

October 8 @ 7:00 pm

The Indisputable Power of a Really Good Question At times, Christianity can seem to be anchored in "do not," "cannot", "should not", and "never." It is possible, though, that Christianity finds its best, most transformative energy, not through prohibitions but through reflections: "What if....?"  "Could we...?"  "Maybe I can..." In her talk, Rev. Bowman, a Birmingham, AL-based author, historian, and former director of the Campus Christian Center, will consider the power of a really good question. Moderator Rev. Loretta Reynolds, Dean of the…

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Jake Blount

October 15 @ 7:00 pm
Jake Blount

Spider Tales Jake Blount is an award-winning banjoist, fiddler, singer and ethnomusicologist based in Providence, RI.  He specializes in the music of Black and Native American communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, NY. A versatile performer, Blount interpolates blues, bluegrass and spirituals into the old-time string band tradition he belongs to. He foregrounds the experiences of queer people and people of color in his work. Introduction Prof. Liza DiSavino, Associate Professor of Music Sam Gleaves, Music Instructor and…

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Norman J. Ornstein

October 22 @ 7:00 pm

Politics, Elections and Democracy in an Age of Tribalism and Pandemic Norman Ornstein is a political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington D.C. think tank. He will discuss the origins and implications of political divisions in the U.S., including race, education and economics, how they are connected to Trump and “Trumpism,” what challenges we face in the U.S. conducting a fair election during this stressful time, and what we can expect after the November…

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Women of Appalachia

October 29 @ 7:00 pm

Women Speak The Women of Appalachia Project has, for the past 10 years, been empowering female Appalachian writers and spoken word artists of all levels. In their uncompromising mix of socio-political perspectives, the artists take stereotypes and ill-conceived impressions head on: they layer them in language, speak them, print them, and frame them behind glass. Rowdy, raw, and honest, their work makes no apologies. Moderator Dr. Chris Green, Director, Appalachian Center and Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies

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November 2020

Sheila Arnold

November 5 @ 7:00 pm

“What Freedom Means”: Oney Judge, Personal Maidservant to Martha Washington Sheila Arnold, historic character presenter, shares the life of Oney Judge as Martha Washington’s maidservant from age 10 until the end of George Washington’s second term of his presidency and into her new adventure of freedom.  Arnold’s work as a George Washington’s Mount Vernon Research Fellow has increased her knowledge about the complicated intimacy of Oney and Martha, and enhanced Arnold’s understanding of other enslaved persons connected to Oney. Moderator Kristina…

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Julio Salgado

November 12 @ 7:00 pm

Undocumented and Queer: Challenging Legalities of Immigration and Queerness Through Art Visual artist Julio Salgado is a queer artist of color whose work explores themes of immigration and queerness. As an undocumented and queer artist living in times of crisis, he uses his art to deal with anti-immigrant narratives. His lecture is a journey that takes a look behind the pieces he has created in the past decade. Moderator Dr. Gwen Ferreti, Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies

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