Colloquium Speakers and Events

Chinese New Year Celebration

Sunday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. | Lutz Auditorium, Blair Music Center
"Lunar New Year Celebration"

Sponsored by Colloquium, Office of Spiritual Life, The Center for Global Education, LVC’s ASIA club, and Woomer Endowment Fund

Steve Fuller
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m. | Neidig-Garber 203
Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology, University of Warwick
"The Kitzmiller Trial: The Global Significance of a Local Event"

Ten years ago, a School District in South-Central Pennsylvania introduced a statement on intelligent design to be read to high school biology classes prior to the teaching of evolution. In Kitzmiller v Dover Area School District, U.S. Judge John Jones ruled the Dover Schools statement to be invalid under the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Kitzmiller trial had world-wide media coverage in 2005. Today the status of evolution as a scientific theory in the public school curriculum continues to be of interest both locally and globally. Steve Fuller, an internationally well-regarded expert on the history and philosophy of science, testified in the trial as an expert witness for the school district. He is keen to explain his position and to consider the significance of the case after ten years. He recently reflected on the tenth anniversary of the Kitzmiller Trial.

Sponsored by Colloquium, Law and Society Program, Profs. Philip Benesch, Tim Peelen and Michael Day.

Dr. Crystal Parikh
Monday, April 4, 5 p.m. | Vernon & Doris Bishop Library Atrium
Associate Professor of English, Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University
"The Unyielding Earth: Women of Color Feminism and Cold War Fictions"

Professor Parikh is a scholar of transnational feminism. She studies how U.S. feminist culture symbolically reaches beyond the borders of the nation to imagine resistant forms of subjectivity and transnational alliances. This transnational focus directly connects the local, U.S. feminist movements with the global, transnational notions of social justice, equality, and subjectivity.

Dr. Parikh is appearing in conjunction with the Symposium Course English 392: Crossing Boundaries, which studies boundaries within U.S. literatures and culture and the ways they overlap and reflect boundaries of cultural, national, racial, and gendered identities

Sponsored by Colloquium, English 392: Crossing Boundaries symposium Course (Drs. C. Romagnolo and R. Machado)


Dr. Nadine Garner
Wednesday, April 6 | Vernon & Doris Bishop Library Atrium
Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of the Center for Sustainability, and Chair of the Sustainability Committee

Dr. Garner has assisted in planning multiple "Stewards of Sustainability" Conferences at the University, as well as playing a key role in training the Residential Life staff on matters of sustainability as it relates to their programming model. One of Dr. Garner’s greatest passions in regards to environmental concerns is the global chocolate trade and its impact on humans in third world countries. Dr. Garner will explain how purchasing chocolate without a "Fair-Trade" logo on the wrapper could mean you are contributing to the enslavement of children worldwide, while simultaneously damaging the delicate ecosystems of the planet.