Colloquium Speakers - Fall 2018
“Justice for All and the Power of Choice”
Brian Banks, Social Justice Activist | Thursday, September 6 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Sanctuary, Frederic K. Miller Chapel
In collaboration with the First-Year Experience program, the Colloquium Series is proud to co-sponsor this public presentation by Mr. Brian Banks, whose life story offers remarkable parallels with some of the characters in our first-year summer reading, Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (2014). From a promising young athlete to a wrongfully convicted felon, Brian Banks’ story is one of exasperating hardship, inspiring resiliency, and redemption. Now a prominent activist against wrongful convictions, he travels to schools, organizations, and events across the country to share his story and advocate for justice for all. Motivated by his powerful motto, “the power of choice,” Banks offers a deeply personal perspective on redemption, overcoming unimaginable challenges, maintaining a positive outlook, and reclaiming one’s path in life.
“Race, Social Justice, Black Empowerment & Gen Z”
Prof. Aaron Smith, Temple University | Tuesday, September 18 | 6:30–7:30 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall, Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery
A dynamic and innovative speaker, educator, artist, and facilitator who utilizes his vast wealth of knowledge, uncanny energy, and unique oratorical abilities to translate Hip-Hop culture into a universal language of leadership, learning, and love, Dr. Aaron Smith is professor of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University. During his professorship, he has been focused on developing unique and dynamic ways to actively engage the Gen Z students of today in an effort to solidify their learning. His innovative artistic presentation style has gained him the name, “The Rapping Professor”.
"The Power Dynamics of Citizenship, Borders, Migration & Race"
Prof. Lorgia García Peña, Harvard University | Friday, Sept. 28 | 4–5 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium
In her book, The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nations and Archives of Contradictions (2016), Dr. Lorgia García Peña explores the impact of stories—historical and fictional—on the national and racial identity of a people. Offering the Dominican experience as case study, her book shows how the stories of a nation create marginality through acts of exclusion that are linked to the tensions between colonial desire and the aspiration for political independence. She is especially interested in how black Latin American migrants and their descendants grapple with various racial systems to find ways to translate racial meaning across national contexts while carving a space of belonging and representation within the nation(s) that often exclude them.
"Power in Social Action: The #MeToo Movement & Beyond"
Dr. Christopher J. Dolan, Lebanon Valley College | Monday, October 15 | 4–5 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium
In October 2017, when the actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet,” she revived Tarana Burke’s 2006 #MeToo movement, resulting in millions of sexual assault survivors sharing their stories. #MeToo took something that people had long kept under wraps and transformed it into a major social and political movement, deepening public awareness about the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault. In the workplace, women are still demeaned, undermined, undercut, pushed aside, and pushed out. In this presentation, LVC professor of politics Chris Dolan will argue that the sheer size of the movement, the importance of the issues it raises, and the transformations in the U.S. political landscape in recent years mean that the #MeToo movement has become an enduring part of U.S. political culture.
"Memoria: A Cantata for the Centenary of the Armistice"
Dr. Scott H. Eggert, Lebanon Valley College, along with Dr. Christopher Kiver conducting the Pennsylvania State University Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble | Sunday, November 4 | 3–4:30 p.m. | Lutz Recital Hall, Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center
November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending the Great War–far and away the deadliest and most destructive conflict in the history of the world up to that time. This original composition by Dr. Scott H. Eggert, professor emeritus of music at Lebanon Valley College, offers a musical commemoration of the war, its victims, and survivors. Dr. Eggert’s cantata will be performed by Dr. Christopher Kiver conducting the Pennsylvania State University Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble. The performance will be held in collaboration with the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery’s exhibition, "Witness to War," which opens Friday, November 9.
"Shifting Terrains of Geopolitical Power: China, the United States, and the Koreas in the Age of Xi and Trump"
Dr. David Lai, U.S. Army War College | Wednesday, November 7 | 6:30–7:30 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall, Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery
Recent events in the trans-Pacific region–including the historic summit between North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump; the brewing U.S.-China trade war; the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership; and China’s “One Belt, One Road” foreign policy–underscore the rapidly shifting geopolitical relations in East Asia in the second decade of the twenty-first century. An expert in East Asian political and military affairs, Dr. David Lai is research professor of Asian Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. Dr. Lai’s research and teaching interests include U.S.-China and U.S.-Asian security relations and Chinese strategic thinking and military operational art.