Events

Nov
15
Mainstreaming Violence: Affect, Activism, and Queer Media Politics Anti-violence campaigns...Read more
Jan
21
Martin Luther King Day 2019 Racial Profiling: The Content of...Read more
Apr
4
Merose Hwang will discuss the Korean peace process in her...Read more

2018-19 Event Schedule


Who is My Neighbor?, Immigration Series September 18 - October 16

Public Lecture: Brian Hoffman, Justice Campaign Fellow at the International Institute of Akron
September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Ridenour Room in the Dauch College of Business and Economics

Film Screening: "Trails of Hope and Terror"
Dr. Jennifer Rathbun (Spanish Professor, Ashland University) will lead a discussion following the film.
September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium
Join us at 5:30 in the Student Center Conference room for our pot luck and annual meeting!

Panel Discussion: "Christianity and Immigration"
A Panel of Faith Leaders featuring Sister Rita Mary Harwood (Secretariat for Parish Life and Development for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland), Bishop Abraham Allende (Northeastern Ohio Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) and Dr. Carlos Campo (President, Ashland University)
September 25 at 7 p.m. in the Ridenour Room in the Dauch College of Business and Economics

Public Lecture: Jeff Stewart, the Immigrant Worker Project
October 2 at 7 p.m. in the Ridenour Room in the Dauch College of Business and Economics

Book Discussion: "The Distance Between Us" by Reyna Grande
Dorothy Stratton (retired Social Work Professor, Ashland University) and Nancy Udolph (Social Work Professor, Ashland University) will lead a discussion of the book which highlights the child immigrant experience. Copies of the book are available for purchase in the AU bookstore.
October 16 at 7 p.m. in Eagles’ Landing

Events co-sponsored by the Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland and Medina, and the Ashland University Religion Dept. 


Helis Sikk, November 15

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Mainstreaming Violence: Affect, Activism, and Queer Media Politics

Anti-violence campaigns have emerged as key political pressure points of LGBTQ activism since the 1960s. In recent years increased attention has been paid to the numerous murders of trans women of color. Yet, the majority of this coverage perpetuates white male supremacy by relying on a historically particular affective aesthetics of violence: visuals and texts that combine content with formal elements to further a transphobic, misogynist, classist, and racist politics of representation. This talk takes a critical look at the history of transgender, lesbian, and gay anti-violence activism to fully understand the failures of even the seemingly positive media coverage today.

Helis Sikk is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at DePauw University. Dr. Sikk was a 2014 Phil Zwickler Fellow at Cornell University and a Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow in 2016-2017. Her research takes a feral multidisciplinary approach to explore the relationships between queerness, affect, the built environment, communities, media and visual cultures. She is currently working on her monograph, which traces the affective genealogy of anti-LGBTQ violence since the 1960s. Dr. Sikk is also a co-editor for a collection of essays documenting the cultural legacy of Matthew Shepard published by Routledge in December 2018. She teaches courses on transnational feminisms, queer comics, LGBTQ memoir, and queer theory. 

Event will take place in the Ridenour Room of the Dauch College of Business at Ashland University at 7pm on November 15 and is co-sponsored by Eagles for Pride.


Martin Luther King Day 2019

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Racial Profiling: The Content of Their Character or the Color of Their Skin?

Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn is the Director of Institutional Diversity and associate professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University. His research interests include issues affecting minorities and the urban poor with a particular focus on race, crime, and the criminal justice system. He was appointed by Governor John Kasich to the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, which has established statewide policing standards on use-of-force, recruitment and hiring, community policing, and bias-free policing, and he provided written testimony to President Barack Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing. His most recent book, Boycotts, Busing, & Beyond: The History & Implications of School Desegregation in the Urban North, (Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 2016) uses the Cleveland School Desegregation Case to examine the issue.

Dr. Dunn chairs the Cleveland NAACP’s Criminal Justice Committee and is the past chair of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners on which he served for seven years. He is a native Clevelander, and U.S. Air Force veteran, and a frequent commentator in local, national, and international media outlets.

Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration with speaker Ronnie Dunn will be held in the Chapel at 7 p.m on January 21, 2019.


5th Annual John D. Stratton Conference - The Future of Nonviolence

February 23,  2019 in the Dauch College of Business at Ashland University

Proposals are due November 10 and can be submitted using this online form


Merose Hwang, April 4

Merose Hwang will discuss the Korean peace process in her talk “Understanding North Korea through its Modern History.”

Dr. Merose Hwang is an Assistant Professor of History and the Program Coordinator for the Asian Studies Minor at Hiram College. She has held positions as a research fellow at the Institute for Korean Studies, Yonsei University (2003-05) and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Religion, Sogang University (2016), in Seoul, South Korea. She has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Kathryn W. Davis Fellowship for Peace, Korea Foundation’s Rising Stars Program, Connaught Fellowship, Samsung Fellowship, the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, and most recently the Korea Foundation.

Event will take place in Room 115 of the Dauch College of Business at Ashland University at 7pm on April 4.