February 14th, 2019 §
March 1, 2019
Upper Gwinn Hall
Tim Wise’s talk, “The Politics of Fear in America,” will address how shootings of people of color are treated in the media and what Wise considers the politics of black outrage and white backlash. It will call for taking urgent measures towards justice and racial equality.
Tim Wise has spoken to audiences on over one-thousand college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. The host of a new podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise, he is also the author of seven books, including Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America, and his most well-known work, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. Wise has appeared on many news programs, including MSNBC Live and ABC’s 20/20.
After Wise’s presentation, a question-and-answer period will be led by faculty members Brian Bantum, Kimberly Segall, Carlene Brown, and Kevin Neuhouser.
A book-signing with Wise will take place after the program.
January 28th, 2019 §
Abigail Ayulo, English and theatre major, has recently returned from studying abroad at the University of Oxford, having followed in the footsteps of a regular cohort of SPU students taking advantage of a Best Semester program offered at Oxford each fall.
Abby reports that she found her academic voice while “struggling through all seventeen 2,500-word papers” she was required to write over the fall term. “Oxford is a book you can judge by both the cover and the content,” she explains, reporting that she honed both her “academic and extracurricular skillsets” while there.
Abby continues: “Personally engaging with the constant and growing history in Oxford and in England is what this program is about, and I know I have become a better scholar and [am] more aware of my growth as an individual because of it.”
Congratulations on your experience, Abby, and welcome back to SPU!
January 28th, 2019 §
Thursday January 24
Eaton Hall 112
Come join fellow SPU community members for a riveting presentation and dialogue on the issue of demolition of Palestinian homes and Israel’s Nation-State law.
Jeff Halper is an American-born anthropologist, author, lecturer, and political activist who has lived in Israel since 1973. He is a frequent speaker about Israeli politics, focusing mainly on non-violent strategies to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Halper was nominated in 2006 for the Nobel Peace Prize.
January 28th, 2019 §
Faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend the First Fridays Colloquium series presented by the Social Justice and Cultural Studies major. The next two events are Friday, February 1. For more information, email Professor of English Kimberly Segall at email@example.com.
Health Crisis in the Middle East
Otto Miller Hall, Room 109
Host: Lori Wilde, Dean of Health Sciences
Dr. Alice Rothchild, physician and author of Condition Critical
Dr. Mary Segall, Ph.D. in nursing and an M.S. in Public Health. Worked with United States Agency for International Development and non-governmental organizations in Jerusalem, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, and Yemen.
Artistic Design as Activism for Social Justice
3-4 p.m., SPU Art Center
Laura Lasworth, SPU professor of art
Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, SPU professor of art-visual communications
November 26th, 2018 §
English alum Lauren Wilford, who graduated from SPU in 2013, has recently published The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs (Abrams, 2018), co-written by Lauren and her husband Ryan Stevenson. It’s a beautiful hardbound treasury of film studies, filmmaker interviews, and photography that together bring to life an extravagant animated feature. And in December, GKids will release a 30th-anniversary edition of the Studio Ghibli classic My Neighbor Totoro, which will feature Lauren’s essay “Towards a True Children’s Cinema: On My Neighbor Totoro.”
Lauren has risen in five short years to Senior Editor position at the film criticism website Bright Wall Dark Room. Her work is so widely respected that some of her essays have been republished at RogerEbert.com . It’s also been published by Vice, The Other Journal, Christianity Today, Gradient, and Christ and Pop Culture.
Lauren and Ryan live and collaborate in Providence, Rhode Island. You can follow her work on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Letterboxd.