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COVID-19 Updates: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person ICS events are postponed until restrictions on public gathering are lifted. Please stay tuned to our website or social media pages for updates on special podcast episodes as we release them.

ICS is continuously working to collaborate with multiple department and organizations to encourage campus-and community-wide conversations about issues of vital national importance.  

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The Bicycle & The Ballot Box: How American Suffragists Pedaled Their Way to Power

Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic:

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Wood County District Public Library

Lori LiggettDr. Lori Liggett's project, The Bicycle & The Ballot Box: How American Suffragists Pedaled Their Way to Power, marks the 100 year anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States.  Dr. Liggett will explore the history of the bicycle, and more specifically, its impact on the women’s suffrage movement. The “bicycle craze” that swept America in the late 19th century created opportunities for women like never before, representing individualized, unchaperoned transportation and the necessity for much-needed rational attire. In the process, ladies-on-bicycles threatened notions of traditional womanhood and challenged societal gender norms. As women demanded justice in domestic, economic, legal issues, and the right to vote in national elections, the bicycle became a means, both symbolically and practically, to achieve equality. For women, it was a revolutionary mode of independence and free expression on the path toward progress. Dr. Liggett will discuss how the bicycle became a significant symbol of transformation in the lives of American women, intersecting with their political aspirations.

Dr. Lori Liggett is a teaching professor, faculty mentor, and internship coordinator in the School of Media & Communication. Her teaching and interdisciplinary research focus on gender issues within cultural history and visual culture. She recently taught a course entitled “Documenting Women’s Suffrage” resulting in a digital humanities gallery of primary source materials related to the suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment. She is a family genealogist and that informs her deep, personal interest in women’s lives and experiences in American history. Currently, she is working on a series of projects central to the women’s suffrage movement and its depictions within popular culture and media.

Challenges of Collaborative Governance in the Opioid Crisis

Postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic:

Tuesday, May 5, 2020  | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. |Maumee Branch Library

Alber Dzur

Dr. Albert Dzur's project, entitled Challenges of Collaborative Governance in the Opioid Crisis, explores the benefits, limits, and difficulties of collaborative governance between those working on the front lines of the opioid crisis in innovative health care, public administration, social work, and community organizations. He is particularly interested in how public administrators, judges, and social workers incorporate former drug users as collaborative partners in the fight against opiate addiction. His public talk will consider the under-analyzed and critical role played by individuals from marginalized social groups in efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Dr. Albert W. Dzur, Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science, studies citizen participation and power-sharing in criminal justice, health care, public administration, and education. His work on democratic professionalism focuses on innovators who welcome citizen agency in these domains, the barriers they face, and the resources available to link small-scale efforts to broad democratic renewal.

Dr. Dzur's research has been recognized by the McCourtney Institute of Democracy at Penn State University, which awarded it the 2017 Brown Democracy Medal for contributions to democratic theory, by the Ohio House of Representatives, which issued a special research commendation in 2018, and by the BGSU Board of Trustees, which designated him a Distinguished Research Professor in 2019.

He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Canberra, the University of Edinburgh, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Kettering Foundation, the University of Oslo, and the University of Tromsø. He writes regularly for the Boston Review and the National Civic Review, where he is a contributing editor. He is on the editorial board of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice and on the editorial team of the International Journal of Restorative Justice.

Past Invited Speakers

2018Elizabeth CastleThe Warrior Women Project Goes to Standing Rock: At the Intersection of Scholarship, Activism, and Filmmaking
2018Dylan Miner
g'iiwekii//they return home to the Land: Indigenous Art and Activism in an Age of Ongoing Colonialism
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

ICS is continuously working to collaborate with multiple department and organizations to encourage campus-and community-wide conversations about issues of vital national importance.  

Interested in any of these subjects? Learn more about them by clicking the link below!

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Women Writing Black to the British Empire

Thursday, October 24, 2019  | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Grounds For Thought

Dr. Nicole Jackson's project, Women Writing Black to the British Empire, has developed from her new work on the the British Caribbean Arts Movement of the late 1960s-1970s. This period produced an array of artists exploring the legacies of slavery, empire and postcolonial identity. A new generation of Black women writers explored what it meant to be Black, British, and a woman in the UK. In this public talk, Dr. Jackson considers Black women’s writing as productive of an alternative canon of British literature, in which the colonized observed, judged and redefined “home.”

Dr. Jackson is an historian of the modern African Diaspora, Black social movements, and community activism, with a current focus on contemporary Black Britain. She is interested in everyday Black people’s work to expand the boundaries of social and political citizenship. She is also interested in the intersection between historical reality and representation in popular culture. Beginning in September 2017, Dr. Jackson became a regular contributor to Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society.

Disability, Race, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Bowling Green Center for the Performing Arts

Starr Keyes 

Dr. Starr Keyes’s project, Disability, Race, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, considers how implicit and explicit forms of racism, ableism, and gender stereotyping contribute to deep inequities in disciplinary practices and help perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline. In this public talk, Dr. Keyes will share regional, state, and national disciplinary exclusion data and discuss a variety of strategies to combat this issue and improve student behavior and academic performance.

Over the last 12 years, Dr. Keyes has taught elementary school, middle school, and postsecondary students. She was a licensed Intervention Specialist for students with mild-moderate disabilities in K-12. Currently, she teaches a reading and writing assessment methods course with a specific emphasis on Response to Intervention (RTI) and curriculum-based measurement. She also teaches a consultation and collaboration class with a specific focus on partnering with parents. Dr. Keyes has attended numerous professional development trainings covering a broad range of topics in education, special education, and technology. She has co-authored manuscripts and presented research at state and national conferences. Dr. Keyes is currently working with a school in Toledo training teachers to implement computer-assisted instruction as part of the school’s RTI process.

Cultures in Conversation: Environments, Landscapes, and Ecologies

Saturday, February 15, 2020| 316 Bowen-Thompson Student Union|Bowling Green State University

This interdisciplinary symposium, Environments, Landscapes, and Ecologies will explore the multilayered meanings of the term “environment” using the broadest definition of the term as a common ground for meeting and commingling. Scholars will meet and explore the myriad ways in which multitudinous actors and interactions conspire to make meanings, spaces, places, and landscapes. All panel presentations and keynote addresses are open to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Andrew Herscher. Dr. Herscher will be speaking about his experience as an academic and activist collaborating with communities fighting for environmental justice. Dr. Herscher is a trained architect and historian of architecture. He works on the spatial politics of violence, humanitarian and human rights issues, exile and migration, and contemporary art and architecture. His research, writing, and teaching is informed by his long-term participant observation in Kosovo’s post-conflict environment, including work with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, and the Kosovo Cultural Heritage Project, a nongovernmental organization he co-founded and co-directed.

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ICS is proudly co-sponsoring this symposium with Culture Club, a School of Cultural and Critical Studies graduate student-run organization.