Wednesday, March 11 | 4:00 p.m.
Joan S. Korenman Lecture
Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco, immigrant rights activist
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Activist Maria Gabriela Pacheco is a prominent figure in the national immigrant rights movement and is currently the program director of TheDream.US, a national organization that provides higher education fellowship opportunities for undocumented immigrants. Pacheco is a leading advocate for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform that would assist the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. She is also a staunch advocate for legislative reform that would provide higher education access to thousands of undocumented youths. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Pacheco moved with her family to the Miami area at the age of 8. During her high school years, she began to organize politically in order to shed light on the social injustices faced by undocumented immigrants in the U.S. She has gained national recognition for her courageous advocacy of the DREAM Act, legislative reform that would provide residency status to undocumented immigrants aspiring to attend college.
As a DREAMer herself, Pacheco has brought awareness to the marginalization of other young undocumented immigrants in the Miami community who were unable to attend college based on their status. After realizing she was just one of hundreds of undocumented students in her community, Pacheco founded the Florida immigrant youth network in 2005, known as Students Working for Equal Rights, as part of the Florida Immigrant Coalition. She was elected student government president at Miami Dade College, and later statewide student body president. During this time, she raised the issue of in-state tuition for undocumented students throughout Florida, which led to political change and a climate of acceptance in many community and state colleges.
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Sponsored by the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, the Dresher Center for the Humanities, and the Latino/Hispanic Faculty Association.
*Due to the weather, this event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 18 at 7.30 p.m. in the UC Ballroom.
Best known for her viral parody video of racial microaggressions, Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls, comedian and vlogger Franchesca Ramsey discusses her approach to harnessing the power of social media across multiple platforms in order to engage in meaningful dialogues about social justice. Inspired by her interactions with other prominent social justice bloggers, Ramsey critiques the toxic “call-out culture” that pervades many social justice communities and explores alternative approaches to demanding accountability in online spaces. Her poignant video, How Slut Shaming Becomes Victim Blaming, which centers on her analysis of rape culture and its impact on the literal and metaphorical safe space for women and sexual assault survivors, provides the touch point for examining the role of vulnerability and raw affect in social justice work. Ramsey further explores the possibilities and challenges presented by using new media to talk about contentious issues like race, feminism, and body politics.
She will join us for Critical Social Justice on Wednesday, Feb. 18th at 7:30pm in the UC Ballroom to help promote our theme of Creating Brave Spaces during the week of Feb 16-20th.
Sponsored by the Women’s Center, Student Life’s Mosaic Center, and the Dresher Center for the Humanities (as part of the Spring 2015 Humanities Forum). For information on Critical Social Justice week and its sponsors: critsocjustice.wordpress.com
Judaic Studies has invited Erika Meitner to campus for a poetry reading on November 24th at 7:15pm in the Kuhn Library Gallery. This is a free event – all are welcome.
Co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Department of English.
Presented by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, CIRCA, IRC, and MIPAR on Friday, December 5, 2014, from 11 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. (ITE 456). Registration is required. Click here to register.
Registration is open for faculty who are interested in or planning to apply for a 2015 CAHSS Center Summer Faculty Research Fellowship (SFRF) and/or a Dresher Center Residential Faculty Research Fellowship. The Center directors will discuss these fellowships, the application process, their evaluation criteria, and expectations for fellowship recipients. Participants will learn what makes a proposal successful and tips for creating effective applications. Time will be allotted for Q&A and small-group discussion.
Call for proposals for CAHSS Center SFRF will be issued by CAHSS in mid-November; proposals will be due on February 15, 2015. The Dresher Center Residential Fellowship application will also be issued this fall, with a May 1, 2015 deadline.
The Dresher Center for the Humanities is hosting a CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now talk on Monday, November 3 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Room 216 (Dresher Center Conference Room). Lunch will be available from 11:30; the presentation starts at noon in the Dresher Center conference room, PAHB 216. Information on the two talks can be found below. The event is open to faculty.
The Hopkinson Hoax of 1763
Kevin Wisniewski, Ph.D. student, Language Literacy and Culture
Fall 2014 Dresher Center Graduate Residential Fellow
As a literary device, the hoax is a slippery term. A popular maneuver among British writers like Jonathan Swift, Samuel Richardson, Daniel Defoe and Benjamin Franklin, hoaxes were used to mislead and mystify readers and to disrupt bureaucratic systems. They inspired a number of young writers growing up in the era leading up to the American Revolution. Before signing the Declaration of Independence, designing the American flag, and penning dozens of wartime propaganda including the famous “Battle of the Kegs,” Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791) was a poet and composer. Scholars consider one of his earliest published poems “Science,” the first pirated work in the American colonies. But what if the highly publicized quarrels following these pirated copies were part of an elaborate marketing scheme for not one but three separate Hopkinson titles?
An American Enlightenment: Political Theory and the Origins of American Feminism
Lisa Vetter, Assistant Professor, Political Science
I am currently working on a book project that makes the case that several pivotal figures in the 19th century American women’s rights movement deserve to be incorporated into the received narrative of American political thought. I argue that a more inclusive approach is necessary to fully appreciate the richness and diversity of the history of American political theory. The book focuses on several female writers and activists who are not typically considered political theorists, including Frances Wright, Harriet Martineau, Sarah and Angelina Grimke, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. I show that these women were engaging in many of the same theoretical debates as their mainstream male counterparts and on many different levels. Equally important, these women often innovated on and broadened traditional theoretical teachings to better accommodate women and the disenfranchised. For my talk, I will give an overview of the major arguments made in the book and discuss the challenges I have encountered in performing interdisciplinary research, broadening a male-dominated “canon” of political theory, and adapting scholarly work to a broader audience.
The Dresher Center and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences will present an afternoon of short talks with eight tenure-stream faculty hired in the last two years. Meet these faculty members and learn about their research. A reception will follow. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 29th, from 4:00-6:00 P.M. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th floor.
Speakers include: Dena Aufseeser, Geography and Environmental Systems; Scott Casper, History and Dean, CAHSS; Lauren Hamilton Edwards, Public Policy; Felipe Filomeno, Political Science and Global Studies; Cedric Herring, Language, Literacy, and Culture; Viviana MacManus, Gender and Women’s Studies; Corrie Parks, Visual Arts; and Whitney Schwab, Philosophy.
On Thursday, October 2 at 4 p.m., Faith Hillis, an assistant professor of Russian history at the University of Chicago, will present the Humanities Forum and Webb Lecture, “Children of Rus': Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation. The event will take place in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery.
During the recent crisis in Ukraine, Russian national interests in Ukraine became front-page news. In this talk, Prof. Hillis places the struggle for control of Ukraine in a broader historical context. The nineteenth century saw a powerful and transformative Russian nationalist movement sweep across what is today central Ukraine. Claiming to restore the ancient customs of the East Slavs, the region’s Russian nationalists sought to empower local Orthodox residents and to diminish the influence of non-Orthodox minorities. By about 1910, Russian nationalism had become the preeminent political force in central Ukraine, dwarfing the influence of rival national movements; indeed, the region boasted the most politically successful Russian nationalist movement in the entire tsarist empire.
Reconstructing how and why Russian nationalism took hold on the empire’s southwestern periphery, Prof. Hillis puts forth a bold new interpretation of the relationship between state and society and between center and periphery under tsarism. By examining how intellectual developments in the nineteenth century created the architecture for the horrific violence of the twentieth, this discussion reflects on the causes of and offers potential solutions for the current crisis in Ukraine.
The event is sponsored by the History Department and by the Dresher Center for the Humanities. For more information, click here.