MLK Teach-in Tackles Politics, Eco-racism, Vaccines and More

Susquehanna University

January 18, 2021

Susquehanna University will host the third annual Legacy of MLK – A Day of Teaching: Margins and Intersections virtually on Thursday, Jan. 28.

The daylong event features the following lectures spanning the sciences and humanities:

9 a.m.

Will the Real MLK Please Stand Up? Misappropriations of Dr. King by the Right and the Left, by Jeffrey Mann, professor and chair of religious studies; respondent, Nick Clark, associate professor and chair of political science

Science and Ethics: A Discussion of the Development and Equitable Distribution of COVID Vaccines, by Peggy Peeler, professor of biology; Tammy Tobin, professor and chair of biology; Carlos Iudica, associate professor of biology; and Antonio Rockwell, assistant professor of biology

Practical Conversation Skills for Talking Politics with Family, Friends and Strangers, by Betsy Verhoeven, associate professor of English and creative writing and assistant dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; and Malcolm Derk, director of grants and foundation relations and interim chief of staff

Give Us the Ballot: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Importance of Voting, by Shari Jacobson, associate professor of anthropology; Emma Fleck, associate professor of management and marketing; and Miranda Carrasquillo, coordinator of the Johnson Center for Civic Engagement

The Economic Impact of COVID-19: An International Perspective, by Katarina Keller, associate professor of economics; and Lyudmyla Ardan, assistant professor of economics

10:45 a.m.

Fracking and Eco-Racism, by Drew Hubbell, associate professor of English; and Amanda Maull, visiting assistant professor of sociology

The Economic Impact of COVID-19: An International Perspective, by Katarina Keller, associate professor of economics; and Lyudmyla Ardan, assistant professor of economics

At the Intersection of Identity and Shared Humanity, by Michael Dixon, chief inclusion and diversity officer

Anti-Semitism, Conspiracy Theories and History: A "New" Kind of Anti-Semitism?, by Maria Carson, interim director of Jewish life; and Rev. Scott Kershner, university chaplain

1:15 p.m.

An Interactive Workshop to Explore our Interconnected World, by Derek Martin, sustainability coordinator

Voices of African Americans: The One Thing White People Can Do To Be More Inclusive, by Stacey Pearson-Wharton, dean of health and wellness and director of the Counseling Center

Science and Ethics: A Discussion of the Development and Equitable Distribution of COVID Vaccines, by Peggy Peeler, professor of biology; Tammy Tobin, professor and chair of biology; Carlos Iudica, associate professor of biology; and Antonio Rockwell, assistant professor of biology

Stalled on a Higher Plateau: Voter Suppression and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, by Ed Slavishak, professor of history; and Anna Andes, associate professor of theatre and women's studies coordinator

3:15 p.m.

Imagining the Other: Representation — Politics and Poetics, by Matt Duperon, associate professor of religious studies; and John Bodinger de Uriarte, associate professor of anthropology

Moving Towards Justice and Reconciliation, by Amy Davis, student diversity and inclusion program coordinator; and Hilario Lomelí, visiting assistant professor of education

Ethiopia’s Shadow: Towards a New American Canon, by Jordan Randall Smith, visiting assistant professor of music; and Jennifer Sacher Wiley, associate professor of music

Using Your Influence to Change the Culture, by Christiana Paradis, coordinator of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center

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