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Colloquium Speakers - Spring 2019


Professor Linda Gordon“Dorothea Lange and the Power of Photography for Social Justice”

Prof. Linda Gordon, New York University | Wednesday, January 30 | 4–5 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall, Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery

This talk by the renowned historian and scholar Linda Gordon—the author of more than a dozen books, including the classic history of birth control in the USA, Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right (1976)—will focus on the life and work of Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange and how she used her camera to dignify subjects that at the time were viewed disdainfully, even insultingly—notably sharecroppers and migrant farmworkers. Gordon’s Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (2009) won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for best biography and the American Historical Association’s Bancroft Prize for best book in US history. The talk will be held in conjunction with the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery’s exhibition, Dorothea Lange’s America.



“Crisis of Faith in Turkey:  The Question of Religion and Power”  

Prof. Hasan Kaplan, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi, Turkey | Wednesday, March 13 | 4:30–5:30 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium

With the dawn of modernity over the past two centuries, the Muslim world has experienced series of multidimensional crises. Of the many diverse Islamic nations, states, empires, and traditions, some have successfully modernized in terms of technology, education, and politics; some have created their own forms of modernity; some have failed; and some have kept resisting the change. With few exceptions, Muslim religious elite (ulema) have resisted modernity without offering viable or sustainable alternatives. This anachronistic resistance to modernity has marginalized many and created a crisis of faith, especially among Muslim youth. Turkey, as the only secularized Muslim society in the region, poses a unique and provocative case. Guided by human development paradigm, this public lecture by Visiting Scholar Hasan Kaplan will explore the nature and scope of the crisis of faith and the potential risks, opportunities, and human rights implications for the people of Turkey.


Olga Trujillo

“The Impact of Physical and Sexual Violence:  A Personal Journey Revealed”

Olga Trujillo, Attorney, Advocate, Consultant | Tuesday, March 26 |  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon | Leedy Theater, Mund College Center 

As a child, Olga Trujillo watched for years as her father abused her mother. Drawn into his abuse of her mother, she was also sexually abused by her father and brothers. Today a well-known attorney, advocate, consultant, and author, Ms. Trujillo underwent a journey to understand the impact the violence she witnessed and endured had on her life–from her childhood abuse to the rapes she suffered as an adolescent and young adult. Though tragic, her story of survival is inspiring and hopeful and shows how each person can and does make a difference in the lives of others. After her talk, Ms. Trujillo will be signing and giving away up to 100 free copies of her recently published book.



Christian Parenti

"Storms and the State:  How the Political Economy of Government Will Change in the Age of Climate Crisis”

Prof. Christian Parenti, John Jay College, City University of New York |  Thursday, April 11 | 5:30–6:30 p.m. | Zimmerman Recital Hall, Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery

When climate change-related crises like mass flooding hit, people turn to government for assistance. This turn to government happens almost regardless of ideology because only government has the means to respond at the appropriate scale. How a state responds reflects its existing capacities and ideological trajectory, but the management of climate disaster and recovery, in turn, reshape the state and politics. In this lecture, Christian Parenti, a contributing editor at The Nation, Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, and author of several critically acclaimed books, including Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (2011), will explore the political economy of state formation and evolution in relation to environmental disaster.