Esteban Del Río, Associate Provost and Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at University of San Diego, will meet with grad students and faculty. A distinguished alumnus of the department, Dr. Del Río will discuss his trajectory from grad school to teaching and administration at a Jesuit university. Everyone is welcome to attend and lunch will be provided.
The Double Revolution: Women, the Middle East and Global Feminism (Social Science Matters Speaker Series on Resistance)
Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is based in Cairo and New York City.
She is the author of "Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution," released April 2015, and is a contributor to the New York Times opinion pages. Her commentaries have appeared in several other publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.
Each year in late October, Undergraduate Advising sponsors a Majors Fair, bringing together representatives from nearly all departments on campus.
The Majors Fair is an excellent opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, and current students to discuss an assortment of majors, minors and certificates. Students (undeclared or declared) can learn about more than 100 different academic programs offered at the University in one evening!
Brown Bag Research Updates: Works in Progress
Please join us for a series of 10-minute research presentations by Communication faculty and grad students. The presentations will be followed by discussions/Q&A.
Presenters and Topics:
Danbi Yoo, "Anticipating Social Consequences of Emerging Technologies: A Case Study of Robot-Mediated Rehabilitation"
Leda Cooks, "Naming and Framing Waste and Taste in Food Excess and Recovery Efforts"
Assistant Professor David Mednicoff (public policy) will speak about his recent research in a talk titled "The Rule of Law in the Arab Gulf and What it Means for Middle Eastern Politics."
In addition to his appointment at the Center for Public Policy and Administration, Mednicoff directs the Middle Eastern Studies program at UMass Amherst. His research focuses on interdisciplinary connections between legal and political ideas and institutions at the national and transnational levels, particularly as these relate to current policy issues in the Middle East.
I'll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters (Social Science Matters Speaker Series on Resistance)
Anita Sarkeesian is a pop culture media critic and the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces. Over the past few decades there has been a significant increase in the number of television shows and movies that showcase female action heroes.
In 1985 a group of women on welfare organized Arise for Social Justice to support the rights of low-income people in Springfield, MA. Twenty-seven years later, Arise continues to work to provide direct services to people in need and to organize Springfield residents—especially poor, homeless, at-risk, unemployed, and otherwise marginalized people—to tackle the deep-rooted causes of poverty in their city.
Brief snippets of faculty research over hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
This event will also welcome new faculty and staff and celebrate recent faculty promotions.
Childcare available upon request.
Rethinking Occupy: 99 Percent Politics and 1 Percent Power (Social Science Matters Speaker Series on Resistance)
Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky is the author of the new book, The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement (Oxford 2015). A PhD Fellow in Sociology at New York University, Gould-Wartofsky was one of the first social scientists on the ground at Occupy Wall Street on September 17, 2011, beginning his inquiry then and continuing uninterrupted ever since.