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

Registration is open through 2/20.  Click here to register now! 

The Future of Nonviolence

The theory and practice of nonviolence includes a wide variety of philosophies, theologies, practices, and strategies. What does the future hold for these? Are the past successes of nonviolent movements adequately remembered and celebrated? Do they inspire fresh commitments and strategies? What do recent advances, realizations, and discoveries in all disciplines mean for reducing violent conflict, achieving nonviolent social change, and bringing about a just peace for more people and communities? What threats do present geopolitical realities pose to these prospects? What are the most relevant and enduring sources of nonviolence, both philosophically and historically? Have some forms of nonviolence become outmoded, unworkworkable, unwise, or untrue? Where does belief in and felicity with nonviolence need to be renewed? Historically, how have people’s commitment to nonviolence been revitalized?

The goal of this one day conference is to address questions such as these by considering the future of nonviolence.  To learn more and see a full list of presenters, visit our website.


Merose Hwang, April 4

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

North Koreans are proud of their history. They profess this in their political speeches and propaganda rhetoric but is there any truth behind this? I argue that one way to break down the barriers to understanding North Korea as the Other is for us to acknowledge the very history that would otherwise deny North Korean notions of selfhood. That historical teleology is rooted in principles of anti-imperialism. The onus is on us to understand how we are inherently connected to North Korea through U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. To help us exercise our civic role as global citizens, this presentation will consider 3 watershed moments from the North Korean perspective: the Sino-Japanese War (1894), Japanese colonialism (1910), and the Korean War (1948).

Dr. Merose Hwang is an Associate Professor of History, Coordinator for the Asian Studies Minor and Peace Corps Prep Program at Hiram College. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto and has been the recipient of Korea Found Field Research Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Kathryn W. Davis Fellowship for Peace. She has held positions as a research fellow at the Institute for Korean Studies, Yonsei University and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Religion at Sogang University. Her current research interests include post ’45 mass killing, indigenous rituals and community restoration. 

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