Diversity Events

Symposium on Gender, Embodiment, and Asian Religions
Feb. 24, 2017

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Van Pelt Library 241
Angela Zito
(New York University) - “The Filial, the Familial, the Gendered and the Cultivated in China”
Arnika Fuhrmannn (Cornell University) - “Buddhist Melancholia: Trauma, Agency, and Pleasure in a Southeast Asian Transmedia Archive“
Nirmala S. Salgado (Augustana College) - “Tradition, Power, and Community Among Buddhist Nuns in Sri Lanka”

Intersectionality at a crossroads: Race, Feminism, and the trials of Social Media
Feb. 28, 2017

5:00- 6:30pm, Cohen Hall G17
The Judith R. Berkowitz Endowed Lectureship with Prof. Andrea Butler, Penn Department of Religious Studies.

Intersectionality at a Crossroads: Race, Feminism, and the trials of Social Media
Feb. 28, 2017

5:00- 6:30pm, Cohen Hall G17
A talk by Prof. Anthea Butler, Penn Department of Religious Studies.

Film Screening - Windtalkers
Mar. 1, 2017

7:00pm, International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
This World War II epic centers on the battle for Saipan and the Navajo Indians who were crucial in America’s victory there. Known as “code talkers,” they spoke a secret code devised by the military that was based on their native language. It was the only code that the Japanese were never able to break during the war. Introduction: Tim Powell, Director, Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, Library of the American Philosophical Society.

Gender, Neoliberalism, Surveillance, and The Security State
Mar. 3, 2017

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

Film Screening - In the Name of the FADA
Mar. 12, 2017

2:00pm, Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Speaker: Joseph Lennon, Associate Professor of Irish Studies, Villanova; and Vicki Brady, Irish Fulbright scholar
Comedian Des Bishop, who hails from Queens, New York, is one of Ireland’s most prominent Irish-American personalities who has made it his mission to revitalize the Irish language. In this episode from Irish National TV, Bishop chronicles the year he spent living in Connemara and learning the Irish/Gaelic language.  “Can I learn the lingo in a year, he asks? “Can I make ‘em laugh in our native tongue?”

Educating a Diverse Nation from Minority Serving Institutions
Mar. 16, 2017

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Location TBD
Diversity Lecture Series - A lecture by Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D., Professor of Higher Education and the Director of the Center for Minority Serving Institutions – Graduate School of Education

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.

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.

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