Events

Diversity Events

QPenn 2017 - Penn’s Annual LGBTQ Cultural Week
Mar. 26, 2017–Apr. 1, 2017

QPenn's "Queer Old Party" will be held from Sunday, March 26th through Saturday, April 1st. See the schedule of events here!

Disability Studies: A History Conference
Mar. 30, 2017–Mar. 31, 2017

3:30PM, Arch & Stiteler Hall
This conference brings together activists, scholars, and artists working across different disciplines to reflect on the history of an emerging field, which—since its early activist origins in the 1960s—has gained an institutional presence in academia. We have asked speakers to engage with a key question:  as disability studies gains greater institutional foothold in university spaces, what productive tensions emerge between advocacy, policy, and scholarship?

“Disability Studies: A History” Conference
Mar. 30, 2017–Mar. 31, 2017

3:30PM, Arch & Stiteler Hall
Speakers will engage with a key question:  as disability studies gains greater institutional foothold in university spaces, what productive tensions emerge between advocacy, policy, and scholarship.

Islam and the Founders: Documenting Shared Spaces
Mar. 30, 2017

5:00pm - 6:30pm, Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
Denise A. Spellberg, Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin
How did Islam shape the thinking of the founding Fathers and the birth of American religious freedom? How did Muslims, the ultimate eighteenth-century outsiders, become pivotal to a robust notion of religious pluralism and civil rights? In addressing these questions, Professor Spellberg prompts this conference to consider whether the terms “American” and “Muslim” need always be placed in binary opposition, or whether historians may, instead, consider evidence documenting shared spaces in past worlds. Positioning Islam in America's founding history sets an example for such an inquiry, and highlights issues that, once theoretical, are now tested daily.

American and Muslim Worlds, c. 1500–1900 Conference
Mar. 30, 2017–Apr. 1, 2017

Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
This international conference will feature a plenary session led by senior scholars, as well as panels on research in progress. The program will close with a keynote by Sylviane Diouf, award-winning historian of the African Diaspora, and author of Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas.

The R. Jean Brownlee Endowed Lecture
Apr. 3, 2017

5:00- 6:30, Perry World House
Featuring Inderpal Grewal (Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Ethnicity, Race and Migration Studies; and the South Asian Studies Council, Yale University). She will be speaking on gender, neoliberalism, surveillance, and the security state.

Disability Symposium
Apr. 7, 2017

7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.
15th Annual Disability Symposium, “Thinking and Feeling: Matters of the Brain and Heart.”  The full-day event will feature speakers and workshop presenters.  Registration required.

Willie Cole: On-Site
Apr. 8, 2017–Jul. 2, 2017

Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th Street
Willie Cole: On Site features 13 artworks, a video, and includes a site specific installation of a massive chandelier made of recycled water bottles that the artist will create on-site at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2016. The traveling exhibition is curated by Dorit Yaron at the David Driskell Center.

Race and Gender Equality
Apr. 20, 2017

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Location TBD
Diversity Lecture Series - A lecture by Salamishah Tillet, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies - School of Arts and Sciences