SPEAKERS AND LECTURES 2017–2018
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.”
Rescheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 4:30 p.m. |
BTSU Theater (206)
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.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 6 p.m. | BTSU Theater
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.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | 4:30 p.m. | McFall Assembly
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 Post, MSNBC, The Nation, Slate, the Intercept, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Past Invited Speakers
|2017||Brett Story||The Prison in Twelve Landscapes|
|2017||Baz Dreisinger||Incarceration Nations|
|2017||Jeanne Theoharis||Rosa Parks in the Age of Black Lives Matter|
|2014||Lisa Nakamura||Digilantes, Vulnerable Bodies, and Hyperbolic Violence on the Internet|
|2012||Gregory Siegworth||Mobile Affects, Open Secrets, and Global Illiquidity: Pockets, Pools, and Plasma|
|2012||Amy Erdman Farrell||Fat Shame: The Power of Fat Denigration in American History|
|2012||Maud Lavin||Femme Androgyny, Aggression, and the Korean T.V. Drama: The First Shop of Coffee Prince|
|2010||Jose Esteban Munoz||Becoming Otherwise: Mario Montez, Sonia Sotomayor, and the Affective Life of Brownness|
|2010||Anne Anlin Cheng||Skins, Tattoos, and the Lure of the Surface: Josephine Baker, Adolf Loos, and the Modern|
|2009||Joanne Leonard||Being in Pictures: Intimacy, Photography, Memory|
|2009||Matthew Gutmann||Changing Men and Masculinities in Mexico: Sex, Birth Control, and AIDS|
|2009||David Eng||Racial Reparation|
|2008||Paula Rabinowitz||Epidemics of Collapse: Notes on Documentary and the Post-Industrial Sublime|
|2008||W.J.J. Mitchell||Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9-11 to Abu Ghraib|
|2008||E. Patrick Johnson||Performance of Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales|
|2007||Diana Taylor||Double Blind: The Torture Case|
|2007||Gayatri Gopinath||Queer Regions: From Fire to the Journey|
|2007||T.J. Jackson Lears||American Empire|
|2006||Kamala Kempadoo||Transacting Sex in the Caribbean: Migration, Work, and Human Trafficking|
|2006||Francine Masiello||Reading for the People|
|2006||Marianne Hirsch||Strolling the Herrengasse: Street Photographs in Archival and Personal Memory|
|2006||Dwight McBride||Race, Faith, and Sexuality: Or a Snapshot Genealogy of the Grateful Negro|
|2005||Jill Dolan||Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre|
|2005||Kembrew McLeod||Freedom of Expression: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity|
|2005||Roderick Ferguson||The Stratifications of Nomativity: Race, Governmentality, and Minority Formations|
|2005||Aihwa Ong||Neoliberalism, or the Shifting Ground of Politics and Ethics|
|2004||Eric Lott||The First Boomer: Bill Clinton, George W., and Fictions of the State|
|2004||Judith/Jack Halberstam||Dude, Where's My Gender?|
|2004||Shannon Jackson||Racial Performativity and Anti-Racist Performance|
|2004||Phil Auslander||I Wanna Be Your Man: Suzie Quatro's Musical Androgyny|
|2002||Lydia Liu||Women and Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century|
|2002||Janice Radway||Girls, Zines, and the Miscellaneous Production of Subjectivity in an Age of Unceasing Circulation|
|2002||Martin Manalansan Iv||Migracy, Mobility, and Modernity: Traversing Queer Diasporic Intimacies|
|2002||Lee Edelman||Compassion's Compulsion: Queer Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Hitchcock's 'North by Northwest'|
|2002||William Julius Wilson||Welfare, Children, and Families: The Impact of Welfare in a Time of Recession|
|2001||Ann Anagnost||Is the Fatherland Really a Motherland?|
|2001||David Roman||Latino Genealogies: Broadway and Beyond|
|2001||Jacqueline Nassy Brown||From Global to Local and Back Again: Placing Black Identities in Liverpool, England|
|2000||David Roediger||The Art of Whiteness: Giuliani, the Brooklyn Museum, and Racial Politics|
|2000||Donna Guy||Women and Children Crossing the Border|
|2000||Rey Chow||When Whiteness Feminizes: The Rise of 'woman' in the Age of Multiculturalism|
|2000||Augusto Boal||Legislative Theater: Using Performance to Make Politics|
|2000||George Lipsitz||Citizenship, Democracy, and Public Policy in the 21st Century|
|1999||Pheng Cheah||Diaspora, Chinese Cosmopolitanism, and Postcolonial National Memory|
|1999||Robbie McCauley||Regenerating Cultural Presence: Tuning in Through Performance|
|1999||Lauren Berlant||Citizenship and Sentimentality: The Politics of True Feeling|
|1997||Coco Fusco||Performance and the Power of the Popular: Cultural Fusion in the Americas|
|1997||Barbara Harlow||Cultural Struggles in Narrative: Human Rights Reporting Truth and Commissions|
|1997||Michael Awkward||Identity and Cultural Criticism: The Role of the Black Public Intellectual|
The 2017 Culture and Society Forum showcases innovative, interdisciplinary work being done at Bowling Green State University. It is brought to you by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society at BGSU and the Wood County Senior Center. The 2017 Culture and Society Forum events are on Wednesdays in October from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Tales of Wa (Harmony) and Woe: Japanese Organizational Culture and the Production of Science and Technology
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. | Wood County Senior Center
Since the year 2000, seventeen Japanese scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize. Explaining this sudden increase in Nobel Prize winners has become a subject of great interest and speculation in Japan, with many pointing to particular cultural traits as a primary factor. But how does culture affect the conduct of science? Do differences in organizational culture really play such a critical role, as some have claimed? This study applies analytical theories from the fields of anthropology and the sociology of science to challenge essentialist cultural explanations of Japan’s recent success with the Nobel Prize by offering a broader historical perspective on the culture of science in modern Japan. Walter Grunden is an Associate Professor of History at Bowling Green State University and a 2017-2018 ICS Faculty Fellow.
Women at Work: Gender in Popular and Material Culture
Panel Discussion with Susannah Cleveland, Nancy Down, Radhika Gajjala, and Michelle Sweetser
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. | BTSU 228
Susannah Cleveland is the Head Librarian of the Music Library and Bill Schurck Sound Archives at Bowling Green State University. Nancy Down is the Head Librarian of the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University. Radhika Gajjala is a Professor of Media and Communications as well as American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. Michelle Sweetser is the Head Librarian and University Archivist of the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University. Together, they will be discussing their research on gender and work in material culture.
"Bad Hombres": Mexican Criminals as Popular Heroes
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. | Wood County Senior Center
In 1935 U.S. film censors rejected a Mexican film about legendary bandit Chucho el Roto for portraying the criminal as an honorable hero and authorities as corrupt and cruel. This bandit has been celebrated in Mexico for over a century for using clever disguises and ingenuity to cross into elite spaces, steal from the wealthy and redistribute earnings to the poor. This talk will focus on the film and other mainstream representations that exemplify how such tales have promoted critical awareness in Mexico about corrupt societies that presume to uphold law and order by unjustly criminalizing their antagonists. Amy Robinson is Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures at Bowling Green State University and a 2017-2018 ICS Faculty Fellow.
Discussion with Thomas Castillo & Brian Kaufman
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. | BTSU 228
Thomas Castillo, Assistant Professor of Film at Bowling Green State University, will be interviewing documentary filmmaker Brian Kaufman, and commenting on documentary filmmaking as an artistic and political process. Castillo is a filmmaker and teacher with a wide range of interests, from narrative to documentary to experiemental. Kaufman is Executive Video Producer of the Detroit Free Press and an Emmy-winning videographer. As a one-man-band or working in small teams, Kaufman’s work spans a broad range, from quick-turn daily assignments to long-term projects on social and environmental issues. recognized by a number of other local and national organizations. His documentary, 12th and Clairmount is produced by the Free Press in collaboration with Bridge Magazine and WXYZ-TV.
** Join us as well for a Film Screening of "12th and Clairmount" with Brian Kaufman on Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 2017 at 6:30pm in BTSU 206
ICS Faculty Fellows Information Session
Monday, September 25, 2017 | 12:30 p.m. | BTSU 208
The Institute for the Study of Culture and Society supports
semester-long fellowships to work on research and/or creative work in
areas where external funding is likely to be limited. Are you a
full-time BGSU faculty member who would like to know more about
applying for an ICS Faculty Fellowship? Join us for an informational
meeting with ICS board members and former Fellows to discuss what
types of applications we are looking for and gain a sense of what the
application process is like.
With Documentary Filmmaker Brian Kaufman
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. | BTSU 206
In late July 1967, a police raid of a Detroit bar turned into one of the nation’s deadliest riots. In his new documentary, “12th and Clairmount,” filmmaker Brian Kaufman brings together home movie footage from local Detroiters, as well as new interviews, to take a fresh look at life in Detroit before, during, and after those violent events. Kaufman is executive video editor of the Detroit Free Press and an Emmy-winning videographer. The documentary is produced by the Free Press in collaboration with Bridge Magazine and WXYZ-TV.
** Join us as well for a discussion with Brian Kaufman and Thomas Castillo entitled "'12th and Clairmount': Documenting the Detroit Riots 50 Years Later" on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 2:30pm in BTSU 228