Black Queer Christian Lives Matter: Race, Religion, and Sexuality – an Intersectional Conversation - The Wesley Lecture
Dickinson College presents the Annual Wesley Lecture, featuring the Rev. Dr. Jay Williams, Senior Pastor at Union Church in Boston. The Rev. Jay (as he is known) is a queer cisgender man and partner to Robert. Williams is known as a charismatic leader and will discuss the deep roots of liberation theology and the Christian church’s difficult and important history of racism and anti-LGBTQIA+ actions. The keynote address will be followed by a Q & A session to discuss these important intersections.
This lecture is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice and co-sponsored by the Center for Spirituality & Social Justice, Office of LGBTQ Services, the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, and the Department of Religion.
Dickinson College presents a virtual program featuring Dr. Paul Duprex from the Center for Vaccine Research, University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EST. In early January 2020, a group of people in Wuhan, China who were suffering from pneumonia, were found to be infected with a novel coronavirus – what soon after would be termed SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. By the end of 2020, the United States had approved two novel vaccines for use against this virus. Additional vaccines likely will be approved soon. The astonishing speed in developing effective vaccines was noted as the 2020 Breakthrough of the Year by Science magazine. During this conversation-led presentation with David Kushner, associate professor of biology, information about the vaccines, how they work, why it is important to be vaccinated, and whether or not we need to be concerned about new viral variants are among the topics that will be discussed.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of mathematics & computer science and biology; the Program in Policy Studies, and the Health Studies Program. This program is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.
Heather Bedi, Thomas Au, Krishnan Ramamurthy, Germaine Gooden-Patterson, and Naida Elena Montes
Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) will host a virtual panel discussion on air pollution in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. EST. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, air pollution levels in some parts of Pennsylvania are among the nation’s highest. The United Health Association ranks Pennsylvania’s air quality as 48th out of US states. In addition to other health implications, new research links increased levels of air pollution to higher COVID-19 death rates. To orient these concerns, this panel will include a review of key air pollution sources across Pennsylvania. Community members will reflect on localized air pollution considerations and potential opportunities for engagement.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the department of environmental studies and the Center for Civic Learning & Action.
Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones, and the Fight to Preserve Our Democracy
Author and journalism scholar, Allissa Richardson, will deliver this year’s Morgan Lecture via a virtual talk from Dickinson’s Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. “Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones, and the Fight to Preserve Our Democracy -- One Video at a Time,” will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in a public YouTube livestream.
Richardson will explore how in the last five years Black smartphone witnesses launched the largest social justice movement in American history. In her new book, “Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism,” Richardson explains why we cannot ignore the mobile testimonies of the afflicted and what is at risk when we do. Richardson is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.
Chad Dion Lassiter
Chad Dion Lassiter, national expert in the field of American race relations, will give a virtual talk for Dickinson’s Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. “Combating American Racism in the Era of Trump: Towards a Pedagogy of Justice” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in a public YouTube livestream. The presentation will explore ways that students, teachers and agents of social change can work towards dismantling American racism. In addition, there will be discussion of how white racism, white violence and whiteness are threatening the fabric of the democracy. Lassiter will propose how humankind can work towards themes of justice.
This short documentary film is part of Mondésir’s “Haitian Trilogy” exploring the lives of Haitian and Haitian-descended communities in Cuba and Mexico. The film showing will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker.
Synopsis of Documentary:
It’s New Year’s Eve in Tijuana, Mexico. Wood and Colonel are busy making Soup Joumou to celebrate Haitian Independence Day with their friends at the “Trap House.” As their cooking progresses, memories of the perilous journey that brought them to the US/Mexico border two years ago resurface. From Haiti to Brazil and through nine other South and Central-American countries, here they are, sandwiched between their dream of a musical career in the US and an American president who calls Haiti a “shithole” and believes all Haitians have AIDS.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of Spanish & Portuguese and Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean studies.
Community, Connections and Commentary: Perspectives on the US Elections from Bremen, Málaga, Moscow and Toulouse
Francoise Coste, Konstantin Sonin, Manuel Arias Maldonado, and Neil van Siclen
Given the interdependence of the world today, hearing global voices, views and perspectives is more important than ever. Dickinson College collaborators from Bremen, Toulouse, Málaga and Moscow will give an in-depth analysis of the election results, bringing their insight and highlighting the impact of the elections both near and far.
The current Covid-19 pandemic has connected public health concerns in the West (the fabric of vaccines, the use of masks and other distancing measures) with questions on what happens with bats in China, since Covid-19 is a zoonosis emerging from animal reservoirs. While preparedness asks us to prepare for future pandemics, and question how much we are prepared in the organization of public health, it also includes attentiveness to environmental changes as early warning signals of pandemics. Focusing on the perception of sentinels for influenza pandemics in Hong Kong, this talk will question how we can read viral mutations as signs of environmental changes.
The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of anthropology and East Asian studies.
Democracy is such an important social good that it is natural to think that more is always better. However, current findings regarding polarization suggest that it is nonetheless possible for citizens to overdo democracy. In overdoing democracy, we erode the capacities we need to perform well as democratic citizens.
The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of philosophy and religion. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts.
Citizen science gives us strategies to think not only about what we can learn from science, but how we can all learn more together. This talk will explore cases where scientists, resource managers, and community members take the opportunity to engage – to listen and build connections – in order to develop shared understandings through research-based partnerships.
The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of religion and international business & management and the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM). It is part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts.
Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) is hosting an open forum with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District. This event is an open forum where questions by the general public can be posed via YouTube chat during the livestream. (Congressman Scott Perry was also invited to participate in an open forum but declined the offer).
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.
Saleem Chapman, Veronica Coptis, Adam Cutler, and Horace Strand
Environmental justice aspires for all people- regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, or socioeconomic background – to have equal access to a healthy environment, including avenues to participate meaningfully in decisions regarding their environment. Environmental injustice examines which communities and places are disproportionately exposed to environmental health risks from industrial, municipal, commercial operations, or government policies. Research in the field of environmental justice has shown that people living in poverty, as well as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and their communities, are disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation and pollution. This panel will focus on environmental justice work occurring in Pennsylvania, bringing together community representatives and members of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Justice Advisory Board to discuss progress and challenges to achieve environmental justice in the Keystone state. Panelists will reflect on the diversity of activism and legal actions taken to achieve environmental justice. Presenters will highlight contemporary and future efforts to ensure that all Pennsylvanians enjoy a healthy and safe environment.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, co-sponsored by the department of environmental studies and the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity and organized in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
As a recipient of the The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, Armond Cohen will present a variety of lectures and discussions with Dickinson students and community members during a virtual residency this fall. His public lecture, “Hedgehogs and Foxes: Toward Climate Pragmatism,” will be presented via livestream on Monday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. Cohen will address how climate pragmatism embraces multiple strategies and technologies, and a variety of market and policy approaches, to find what works.
The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism will be presented this year to Cohen, founder and executive director of the Clean Air Task Force (CATF).
Rohd, lead artist for Civic Imagination at Center for Performance and Civic Practice and Founding Artistic Director at Sojourn Theatre, will speak about the work of arts and culture in this moment of Global Pandemic, Social Justice Uprising and Black Lives Matter. In his work with arts councils, artists, non-profits and local governments around the country, he is an advocate and bridge-builder for the contributions artists can make in moments of change, re-imagining and transformation.
The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the department of theatre & dance. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts.
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
Every year, the United States imprisons almost half a million people because of immigration law violations. In Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants, García Hernández explains that we haven’t always done things this way and argues that we shouldn’t.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of Latin America, Latino and Caribbean Studies; Spanish & Portuguese; sociology; and the Program in Policy Studies.
Raff Donelson, Matthew Guariglia, and Stephanie Jirard
The murder of George Floyd catalyzed great social upheaval in the U.S. and prompted protests across the world. In addition to Floyd, numerous high profile cases of unarmed Black Americans killed by police, including Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain, have garnered national and international attention already this year. The names of victims of police violence and brutality have become a rallying cry to “defund the police.” However, detractors of the protests insist that law enforcement officers serve as the “thin blue line,” preventing society from unhinging and degrading into criminality and chaos. This panel will explore the relationships between race and policing in the United States, including discussion of the history of the police and their response (at local, state, and federal levels) to protests since Memorial Day weekend.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Program in Policy Studies, the Women’s & Gender Resource Center, and the department of Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies.
Latin America has eight percent of the world’s population, but accounts for 33 percent of its homicides. Yet the U.S. government maintains robust military aid and arms sales programs, while U.S. territory is a hub for small arms traffickers. Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America walks through some of the main ways that U.S.-made weapons flow into the wrong hands throughout the Western Hemisphere, and what we can do about it.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of Spanish & Portuguese and Sociology and the Security Studies Program. This event was initiated by one of the Clarke Forum’s student project managers.
For more information on this topic, student program manager, Amanda Sowah '22, researched and wrote this overview: http://clarke.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/Topical-Background-Isacson-Fall.pdf
An expert in diverse types of agricultural systems around the world, Stone finds that two of the most cherished narratives of technological success in development aimed at improving agriculture in these communities fall apart under scrutiny.
The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of anthropology, archaeology, history, and environmental studies and the Food Studies Program.
Ariel will explore how dismantling constructs of superiority can present a broader perspective on relational healing and citizenship within and around us.
Members of the public are invited to watch the discussion and submit questions in the comments section of the YouTube live stream. It is free and open to the public.
Margee Ensign, David McCormock, and John Jones III
Dickinson College President Margee Ensign and U.S. District Judge John E. Jones will converse with Bridgewater Associates CEO David McCormick (Bridgewater Associates manages approximately $160 billion in global investments). They will discuss the importance of mentorship and the role mentors can play in developing leadership skills.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Office of the President. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has been called the “perfect pathogen” due to it being both highly infectious and virulent. This presentation will provide an overview of our current understanding of how the virus damages the lungs, the good – and bad – of the resulting immune response, the potential for treatments/vaccines, and the mechanisms underlying the various testing strategies.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.
Heather Bedi, Michael Beevers, and Neil Leary
The effects and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are making visible stark differences in who and what are vulnerable and resilient to its widespread disruptions and dislocations. In this panel discussion, we will explore what the pandemic is revealing about existing inequities and vulnerabilities and implications for pursuing sustainable development goals.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Center for Sustainability Education and is part of Dickinson’s Earth Day Teach-in.
Becky Richeson, Erika Juran, Sarah Skaggs, and Zach King
The Coronavirus Pandemic and resulting closure of non-essential businesses, the practice of social distancing and shelter-in-place orders have had serious impacts the lives of artists and arts organizations all across the country. In this discussion we will hear from a local musician and several arts organizations and find out how they are adjusting to this new reality. Panelists include Erika Juran, Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center; Zach King, Singer/Songwriter; Becky Richeson, Carlisle Arts Learning Center; and Sarah Skaggs, Dickinson College.
The virtual panel will take place via Zoom and will be available for live streaming on the Clarke Forum’s YouTube page or by visiting Clarke.dickinson.edu for the live stream link. Members of the public are invited to watch the discussion and submit questions for panelists in the comments section of the YouTube live stream.
Kirk Ream, Stephanie Gilbert, and Tanis Monroy
The Coronavirus Pandemic and resulting closure of non-essential businesses and shelter-in-place orders have had serious impacts on small businesses across the nation. In this discussion, small business owners in Carlisle will share the new realities local businesses are adjusting to and how businesses in the Carlisle area are responding to the challenges presented by the pandemic.
Members of the public are invited to watch the discussion and submit questions for panelists in the comments section of the YouTube live stream.
The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.
Andrea Karns, Jenn Halpin, and Robert Weed
Access to quality food was already an issue for many families in Central Pennsylvania prior to the arrival of the coronavirus. Today, the question of access is more urgent for many more people. Supply chains are also threatened, as our efforts to respond to the health crisis creates all kinds of unforeseen challenges. A panel of experts will discuss food, food supply chains and food access during a time of crisis.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.