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Let's Talk Diversity Series Invites Discussion

Published on January 31, 2014

Diversity MattersAs part of its ongoing commitment to a healthy dialogue regarding difference, Susquehanna University will host a series of free, public events this spring addressing diversity, equality and social justice.

On Feb. 10, Julio Ramirez, professor of psychology at Davidson College in North Carolina, will give a public lecture titled “Habits of Successful Scientists” at 4:15 p.m. in Faylor Hall in Fisher Hall. He is the founding president of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, a national organization dedicated to promoting undergraduate education in the neurosciences. While on campus, he will meet with biology and psychology faculty, as well as neuroscience students and STEM scholars.

The Jewish Studies Program will present a symposium and public discussion on “The Swastika: History, Meanings, Uses” on Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms of the Degenstein Campus Center. Laurence Roth, professor of English and director of Jewish studies, will moderate the conversation, which is a response to incidents on campus and in the Central Susquehanna Valley over the last two years in which vandals used the swastika to express anti-Semitism or hatred of minorities.

Symposium speakers include David Imhoof, associate professor of history and department chair; Lissa Skitolsky, associate professor of philosophy; Carly Husick, a junior creative writing and political science major from Malvern, Pa.; Rabbi Kate Palley, Susquehanna’s director of Jewish life; and Rabbi Nina Mandel from Congregation Beth El in nearby Sunbury.

The Women’s Studies Program will host a celebration of working women, titled “Bread and Roses,” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall. The event will include a brief presentation about the 1912 “Bread and Roses” textile strike in Lawrence, Mass., and a talk by Associate Professor of History Edward Slavishak. Attendees will receive roses and refreshments, including bread. The Lawrence textile strike was a landmark event in American labor history. It derived its name because some of the women on the picket line carried signs reading, “We want bread and roses, too,” symbolizing their fight for subsistence and dignity.

The Department of Political Science is organizing a presentation on political ideology and measurement issues in Europe by Antje Schwennicke, a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in Fisher Hall, Room 317. In addition, Timothy Lockridge, assistant professor of communications at St. Joseph’s University, will deliver “From Satellites to Snowden: Hacker History and the Growth of Surveillance Culture” at 6:30 p.m. March 11 in Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall.

The Diversity Studies Program will host Climbing PoeTree for a performance of “Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in Water” on March 26 at 7 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium. Climbing PoeTree combines multimedia, music, spoken word and dance to explore issues of diversity and social, environmental, racial and sexual justice as a means to community education and organizing.

Susquehanna University’s 19th annual Latino Symposium will be held March 3–April 4. Presentations and events sponsored by students, faculty and outside speakers will explore this year’s theme, “Constructing Identities Through Technology.” The schedule features daily panel presentations, open to the public, including an alumni presentation to be held at 3:15 p.m. April 4 in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. Francy Acosta and José Luis Posada will perform a public concert, “Sounds of Latin America,” on April 3 at 7 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.

On April 9 at 7 p.m., Nadav Shelef, the Harvey M. Meyerhoff assistant professor of modern Israel studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will talk about nationalism in the Middle East and, more specifically, Zionism. His talk will take place in the Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms of the Degenstein Campus Center.

More information at www.susqu.edu/about/31285.asp.

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