Each year, ICS sponsors a Speaker Series featuring nationally and internationally recognized public scholars, artists, and activists. The series is designed to encourage campus- and community-wide conversations about issues of vital national importance. The theme of the 2016–2017 series is “The Urgency of the Moment: Institutions, Inequality, and Action.” 

Speaker Baz Dreisinger

Rescheduled for September 2017 (details TBA)
Baz Dreisinger
 talks about the mass incarceration crisis and alternative approaches around the world. She is associate professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the founder and academic director of John Jay’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to men who are incarcerated at Otisville Correctional Facility, and broadly works to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Dr. Dreisinger is the author of Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World and Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 6 p.m. | BTSU Theater (206)
Filmmaker Brett Story
 discusses and screens her new documentary film, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, which investigates the economic, social, and psychological place that prisons hold in U.S. culture today. The film has been featured in film festivals across the U.S. and Canada, and won an EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary Feature from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, a Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and the Colin Low Award from the DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Dr. Story is a writer and independent non-fiction filmmaker based out of Toronto and New York. She has a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Toronto and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. | BTSU 208
There will be a Trans* activist panel titled Fight Like Hell for the Living: Trans* Activists Speak Out About State Violence. Amid national movements critiquing state violence and police tactics, far less attention has been paid to the impact of these policies and practices on Trans* communities, including and especially Trans* people of color. Ironically, this lack of awareness occurs at a time when much more national attention is being devoted to Trans* issues because of regressive laws (such as North Carolina’s HB2) and the ensuing debates about their efficacy and enforcement. These debates, however, offer an opportunity to discuss ongoing concerns from Trans* communities about the ways their everyday actions and their very identities are regulated and contained by agents of the state. This panel will feature local and regional activists who are working to challenge various forms of state control and violence against Trans* bodies. 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | 4:30 p.m. | McFall Assembly Room
Jeanne Theoharis
, distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College of City University of New York, is the author or co-author of seven books and numerous articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, social welfare and civil rights in post-9/11 America. Her widely acclaimed biography, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, won a 2014 NAACP Image Award and the Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians, and it was named one of the 25 Best Academic Titles of 2013 by Choice. She has published articles on the prison system, surveillance, and Islamophobia. Her public scholarship has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington PostMSNBCThe NationSlate, the Intercept, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Past Invited Speakers

2017Brett StoryThe Prison in Twelve Landscapes
2017Baz DreisingerIncarceration Nations
2017Jeanne TheoharisRosa Parks in the Age of Black Lives Matter
2014Cary Wolfe(Im)Mobilities
2014Lisa NakamuraDigilantes, Vulnerable Bodies, and Hyperbolic Violence on the Internet
2012Gregory SiegworthMobile Affects, Open Secrets, and Global Illiquidity: Pockets, Pools, and Plasma
2012Amy Erdman FarrellFat Shame: The Power of Fat Denigration in American History
2012Maud LavinFemme Androgyny, Aggression, and the Korean T.V. Drama: The First Shop of Coffee Prince
2010Jose Esteban MunozBecoming Otherwise: Mario Montez, Sonia Sotomayor, and the Affective Life of Brownness
2010Anne Anlin ChengSkins, Tattoos, and the Lure of the Surface: Josephine Baker, Adolf Loos, and the Modern
2009Joanne LeonardBeing in Pictures: Intimacy, Photography, Memory
2009Matthew GutmannChanging Men and Masculinities in Mexico: Sex, Birth Control, and AIDS
2009David EngRacial Reparation
2008Paula RabinowitzEpidemics of Collapse: Notes on Documentary and the Post-Industrial Sublime
2008W.J.J. MitchellCloning Terror: The War of Images, 9-11 to Abu Ghraib
2008E. Patrick JohnsonPerformance of Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales
2007Diana TaylorDouble Blind: The Torture Case
2007Gayatri GopinathQueer Regions: From Fire to the Journey
2007T.J. Jackson LearsAmerican Empire
2006Kamala KempadooTransacting Sex in the Caribbean: Migration, Work, and Human Trafficking
2006Francine MasielloReading for the People
2006Marianne HirschStrolling the Herrengasse: Street Photographs in Archival and Personal Memory
2006Dwight McBrideRace, Faith, and Sexuality: Or a Snapshot Genealogy of the Grateful Negro
2005Jill DolanUtopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre
2005Kembrew McLeodFreedom of Expression: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity
2005Roderick FergusonThe Stratifications of Nomativity: Race, Governmentality, and Minority Formations
2005Aihwa OngNeoliberalism, or the Shifting Ground of Politics and Ethics
2004Eric LottThe First Boomer: Bill Clinton, George W., and Fictions of the State
2004Judith/Jack HalberstamDude, Where's My Gender?
2004Shannon JacksonRacial Performativity and Anti-Racist Performance
2004Phil AuslanderI Wanna Be Your Man: Suzie Quatro's Musical Androgyny
2002Lydia LiuWomen and Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century
2002Janice RadwayGirls, Zines, and the Miscellaneous Production of Subjectivity in an Age of Unceasing Circulation
2002Martin Manalansan IvMigracy, Mobility, and Modernity: Traversing Queer Diasporic Intimacies
2002Lee EdelmanCompassion's Compulsion: Queer Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Hitchcock's 'North by Northwest'
2002William Julius WilsonWelfare, Children, and Families: The Impact of Welfare in a Time of Recession
2001Ann AnagnostIs the Fatherland Really a Motherland?
2001David RomanLatino Genealogies: Broadway and Beyond
2001Jacqueline Nassy BrownFrom Global to Local and Back Again: Placing Black Identities in Liverpool, England
2000David RoedigerThe Art of Whiteness: Giuliani, the Brooklyn Museum, and Racial Politics
2000Donna GuyWomen and Children Crossing the Border
2000Rey ChowWhen Whiteness Feminizes: The Rise of 'woman' in the Age of Multiculturalism
2000Augusto BoalLegislative Theater: Using Performance to Make Politics
2000George LipsitzCitizenship, Democracy, and Public Policy in the 21st Century
1999Pheng CheahDiaspora, Chinese Cosmopolitanism, and Postcolonial National Memory
1999Robbie McCauleyRegenerating Cultural Presence: Tuning in Through Performance
1999Lauren BerlantCitizenship and Sentimentality: The Politics of True Feeling
1997Coco FuscoPerformance and the Power of the Popular: Cultural Fusion in the Americas
1997Barbara HarlowCultural Struggles in Narrative: Human Rights Reporting Truth and Commissions
1997Michael AwkwardIdentity and Cultural Criticism: The Role of the Black Public Intellectual

Each year up to four BGSU faculty members may receive Institute awards to pursue research or creative work for one semester. During the award period, Institute Scholars and Artists are released from teaching and service responsibilities so that they may devote unimpeded time to their projects. They also present a public lecture on their work.

Current Fellow Cheryl Lachowski

Monday, April 3, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. | BGSU Planetarium
Cheryl Lachowski, a BGSU lecturer in General Studies Writing, has had numerous poems published in academic journals and has won a national award for her poetry collection Homing. Her fellowship project for Spring 2017 is entitled “Ditches: A Montage of the Great Black Swamp,” which will eventually be a book-length work consisting of poems, prose poems, and creative non-fiction in two parts: Watershed and Homestead. The purpose is to give a multi-dimensional voice to the land through a mix of natural, human, and spiritual histories of the Great Black Swamp in NW Ohio as it is transformed from a glacial lake to forested swampland to industrialized mono-crop mega-farms.

Current Fellow Rebecca Kinney

Wednesday, March 29 2017 | 10:30 a.m. | BTSU 207
Rebecca J. Kinney is an assistant professor in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies and Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. During her ICS fellowship she will be at work on her book, Rust Belt Chinatowns: Restaurants, Race, and Redevelopment in the Twenty First Century. By placing Asian American space at the center of a Rust Belt story her ethnographic research simultaneously challenges the coastal bias of Asian American Studies and the black-white bias of studies of the urban Great Lakes. Dr. Kinney’s first book, Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America’s Postindustrial Frontier (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) examines how contemporary ideas of Detroit circulate in film, photography, magazines and online in order to map this discourse as a continuation of the mythology of the frontier in American culture.

Current Fellow Micharl Arrigo

November 10, 2016
Michael Arrigo, BGSU School of Art: Leg Up/Land On Your Feet is a multimedia artwork that uses video interviews, installation art, and performative game play to explore our assumptions and cherished ideals about fairness, opportunity, risk, responsibility, failure and success. The artwork brings together experiential, narrative and quantitative ways of representing and understanding the world. There is power and truth in our individual experiences. There is power and truth in our shared stories, and there is power and truth in data.Leg Up/Land On Your Feet will be a thoughtful and entertaining space where these powers converge and these truths collide. 

Current Fellow Christina Guenther

November 7, 2016
Christina Guenther is an associate professor of German in the Department of German, Russian & East Asian Languages. Her teaching and research focus on contemporary German/ Austrian literature & culture, the Holocaust, memory, and migration studies. Her project “Julya Rabinowich’s Transnational Poetics: Remembering Border-Crossings in Theater and Fiction” explores how contemporary Austrian writer Julya Rabinowich engages literary genres to foreground experiences and consequences of migration and, thereby, encourages a critical dialog about social justice and human rights across borders. The project considers Rabinowich’s contribution to the process of transnational memory-making and its implications with regard to collective identity construction in this transnational era.