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Co-Sponsored Event: Beating Injustice: Police Killings, Mass Incarceration, and Making Real Change Happen Right Now

When: Oct 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

A Rhodes scholar and the youngest person ever to lead the NAACP, Ben Jealous is known for being one of the most effective civil rights leaders of our day. However, it was not always clear that he would follow this path. In this speech, Jealous tells the inside history of more than 50 years of great civil rights battles, both known and unknown. He offers insight both into what our nation's greatest change agents have in common, and shows how we can all dramatically increase our capacity to make the world a better place. Co-Sponsored Event: Beating Injustice: Police Killings, Mass Incarceration, and Making Real Change Happen Right Now - Read More…

Co-sponsored Event - Western Bombs, Eastern Societies: The Destruction of Nations and Responsibility to Protect

When: Oct 05, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Where: Lewis Katz Auditorium

After the fiasco of the Iraq War of 2003, the West pushed for a new mandate through the UN called the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in 2005. This new mandate revived ideas of humanitarian intervention that had been called into question from the detritus of Iraq. No lessons were learned. After R2P came Libya, a society now in ruins, and then came Syria, a country whose civil war had been fanned along even as no good outcome seemed on the horizon. This talk will explore the landscape of intervention and its perils. Co-sponsored Event - Western Bombs, Eastern Societies: The Destruction of Nations and Responsibility to Protect - Read More…

Co-sponsored Event: African Feminisms around the World

When: Sep 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

Workshop: Race and the Anthropocene

When: Mar 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Where: TBA

The Rock Ethics Institute plans a workshop on the topic of race and the anthropocene on March 26, 2016, and will host renowned scholars Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nuttall. This workshop will also serve as a planning meeting for a second workshop on race and the anthropocene in Johannesburg (August 11-13, 2016). Workshop: Race and the Anthropocene - Read More…

Rock Co-sponsored Event - We Shall Not Be Moved: Women in the Civil Rights Movement

When: Mar 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

In the narrative of the 1960's Civil Rights Movement the crucial role of women continues to be too often obscured. Based on her experiences as a staff worker with the student-led Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the South, the production of the 14-hour Eyes on the Prize series, and as co-editor of the memoirs of 52 SNCC female activists in Hands on the Freedom, Ms. Richardson will highlight powerful stories of the strong local leaders--many of them women and young people--who led and sustained the southern movement of the 1960's. Like today's Black Lives Matter activism, women and young people were at the center of that movement. Rock Co-sponsored Event - We Shall Not Be Moved: Women in the Civil Rights Movement - Read More…

PSU Research in Africa: Building Synergy within the Community

When: Feb 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Where: Millennium Science Complex Café Commons

The Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa (AESEDA) and the University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) will convene a 2-hour mini-symposium entitled, PSU Research in Africa: Building Synergy within the Community. Yael Warshel will present on the topic of "Becoming Moroccan and/or Saharawi?: Children's Co-Construtions of Citizenship" PSU Research in Africa: Building Synergy within the Community - Read More…

The Form that Freedom Takes: Foucault, Ethics, and Governmentality

When: Feb 12, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Where: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802

When Michel Foucault asserted that “ethics is the considered form that freedom takes when it is informed by reflection,” he was not so much stating a fact as offering a definition. What does that definition mean when considered alongside Foucault’s description of liberalism as both a consumer and producer of freedom? What are the possibilities for ethics so conceived in the midst of global inequality and an increasingly unstable biosphere? The Form that Freedom Takes: Foucault, Ethics, and Governmentality - Read More…

Levinas: a merciless Ethics

When: Oct 26, 2015 at 2:15 PM
Where: 133 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802

Empathy, sympathy, and even compassion, are, in different ways, at the core of recent thought in ethics – ethics understood as attention payed to the Other. It is tempting to associate Levinas with this tendency as he once wrote that compassion is ‘the supreme ethical principle’. Yet, strictly speaking, ethics, as Levinas formulated it, is merciless – merciless to the Other and even more merciless to the Self who tries to abide it, (not to mention how merciless the Levinasian text is for its readers.) I will show how Levinas can be at the same time and without contradiction the thinker of a merciless ethics and the thinker who proposes 'compassion' as a core principle for ethics, and I will do so by highlighting the radical renewal of the meaning of compassion in his work. Levinas: a merciless Ethics - Read More…

An Anti-Citizenship Polemic: Immigration, Identity, and Resistance

When: Feb 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM

2014/2015 Alain Locke fellow Natalie Cisneros will give a lecture on race, immigration, and identity during the 2015 Spring Semester. An Anti-Citizenship Polemic: Immigration, Identity, and Resistance - Read More…

Live from the Afrikan Resistance!

When: Jan 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Where: Webster's Bookstore Cafe, 133 E Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801

El Jones, one of Canada’s hardest hitting poets and Halifax’s controversial Poet Laureate, will perform from her new collection of spoken word, Live from the Afrikan Resistance! Live from the Afrikan Resistance! - Read More…