What’s Happening: The Return

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February is a month of winter chills which is all the more reason to attend some of the great indoor events happening on campus.

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross Film Screening

Monday, February 5th from 6:00-8:00 pm in 184 Rauch Business Center

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A film screening hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

2018 Kenner Lecture-Climate Justice: Why Climate Change is a Threat to Human Rights

Tuesday, February 6th at 8:00 pm in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center

“An evening with Mary Robinson: President of Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice; Former President of Ireland; Former UN Commissioner for  Human Rights; UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, and on El Niño and Climate; and Leader of the Ethical Globalization Initiative.”

Mountain Talk: Cross Cultural Competency with Moncia Miller

Wednesday, February 7th from 12:00 pm to 12:30 PM (online)

Associate Professor Monica Miller discusses in a webinar why understanding different cultures is important to your bottom line.

“Migrant Necropolitics at the Table: the ‘Civilized’ Cannibalism in Mahi Binebine’s Cannibales.”Colloquium Discussion led by Taïeb Berrada

Wednesday, February 7th from 4:10-6:00 pm in Williams Hall

“In his novel Cannibales, the Francophone author Mahi Binebine revisits the century-old colonialist representation of the encounter between the “civilized” Europeans and the “cannibals” by reformulating it into the postcolonial context of illegal immigration from Morocco to Europe in the 1990s. It is the supposedly “civilized” European who becomes the exocannibal who eats the flesh of the clandestine migrant but in a “civilized manner” and in a “capitalist” way. The dreams of Europe reveal a postcolonial ambivalence and anxiety linked to a “necropolitical” exploitation of the North African migrant’s body, which becomes not only consumable but also disposable like any commodity.”

Graduate Student General Meeting

Thursday, February 8th from 12:15-1:15 pm in Drown 210.

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Healthy lunch options (including vegetarian) will be provided.

Be Your Own: Art, Sexuality, and Self

Monday, February 12th from 4:00-6:00 pm in Lamberton Hall

“A series of creation spaces for students, faculty, and staff where they will be encouraged to reflect on their identities and express their understanding, discovery, or need for healing through art. Participants will focus on themes of mental health and self care, gender violence, sexuality, and sexual identity. Following these creative workshops there will be a gallery/exhibit night to provide a safe and comfortable space for the artists to reflect on their work and to showcase the artwork to the campus.”

Tackling T.I.N.A: Storytelling as a Strategy for Change

Wednesday, February 14th from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Humanities Center

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The first of three public discussions. As part of an ongoing effort to challenge the dominant narrative that “there is no alternative” to capitalism, this free event focuses on how storytelling can be used as a strategy for political action.

Politics of Desecularization: Law and the Minority Question in Pakistan

Monday, February 19 from 4:15-5:30 in Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons

“The movement away from secularist practices and toward political Islam is a prominent trend across Muslim polities. Yet this shift remains under-theorized. Why do modern Muslim polities adopt policies that cater to religious sensibilities? How are these encoded in law and with what effects? Sadia Saeed addresses these questions through examining shifts in Pakistan’s official state policies toward the rights of religious minorities, in particular the controversial Ahmadiyya community. Looking closely at the ‘Ahmadi question’, Saeed develops a framework for understanding modern desecularization processes that emphasizes the critical role of nation-state formation, political majoritarianism, and struggles between ‘secularist’ and ‘religious’ ideologues in evolving political and legal fields.”

LearnX: Ethical Community Engagement

Tuesday, February 20th from 4:10-5:30 pm in Packard Laboratory 360

This session is led by Dr. Sarah Stanlick, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Professor of Practice in Sociology and Anthropology. Now more than ever researchers, scholars, and professionals are seeking to change the world for the better with their work. But where do you start? And how do you ensure your impact is a positive one? This workshop will focus on best practices for asset-based, meaningful, and ethical community engagement across disciplines

Dissertation Boot Camp

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Catered breakfast and lunch is provided on both days. Any graduate student is welcome to attend. A $30 deposit is required to secure the student’s spot, pay to the Graduate Life Office by check or cash at Packer House. Sign up is required: tinyurl.com/DBCSpring18.

Community Documentary Film Series: “Citizen Jane”

Monday, February 26 from 7:15-9:30 pm in Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, ArtsQuest Center

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Looking Ahead…

Fourth Annual Literature and Social Justice Conference, “Literature and Intersectionality” 
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Friday March 2nd at 4:10pm: Keynote Speaker: Dr. David E. Kirkland, Executive Director of The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools and leading national scholar and advocate for educational justice. Talk title: “The Truth That I Owe You: Understanding the Social Contexts of Race and Gender in Literacy Education”

First Friday activities in South Bethlehem from 6-9

Saturday March 3rd: See our website for the conference schedule: http://wordpress.lehigh.edu/lsj/conference-program/2018-conference-schedule/

All conference events will be held in Rauch Business Center on Lehigh University’s Asa Packer Campus.

 

Colson Whitehead comes to Lehigh: Tuesday, March 6th at 7:30 in Zoellner Arts Center

Wednesday at Drown: Wednesday March 21st at 4:10

Pennsylvania College English Association Annual Conference: Saturday, March 22 – Sunday March 23

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