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24th Annual Critical Theory Roundtable

When: from Nov 11, 2016 9:00 AM to Nov 13, 2016 5:00 AM
Where: Oak Building, University Park, PA 16802

The keynote lecture, "Critique and Disappointment" will take place on Friday, November 11. The Saturday sessions will take place form 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and the Sunday sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is free, but required as you are free to attend a subset of the Roundtable. Please register at https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2aSskoJoUd0WzdP 24th Annual Critical Theory Roundtable - Read More…

Co-sponsored Event: Every 28 Hours

When: Oct 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Where: Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA 16802

This collection of 75 one-minute plays was inspired by the widely shared -- yet hotly contested -- statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by a vigilante, security guard, or police officer in the United States. Originally created and produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The One-Minute Play Festival in response to events in Ferguson following Michael Brown's death, the plays were curated from playwrights nation-wide. Co-sponsored Event: Every 28 Hours - Read More…

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…

Gazan Refugee Children’s Media Uses: Implications for Establishing a Children, Youth, Media and Conflict Zone Lab at Penn State

When: Mar 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Where: Rock Conference Room, 133 Sparks Building

Responding to research about children and media that has emphasized an analysis of the effects or interpretation by children living in peace zones of fictive violence, nascent literature about children, media and conflict, has instead emphasized an analysis of the effects or interpretation by children living in peace zones of non-fiction violence, or news. In this brownbag I discuss alternative conceptions for the analysis of children, media and conflict based on research I conducted with Palestinian children. Gazan Refugee Children’s Media Uses: Implications for Establishing a Children, Youth, Media and Conflict Zone Lab at Penn State - 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…