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 2017–2018 series is “Homelands and Histories.” 

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Minerimage007Tuesday, February 13, 2018  | 5:30 p.m. | Wood County District Public Library Atrium

g'iiwekii//they return home to the Land: Indigenous Art and Activism in an Age of Ongoing Colonialism

Dylan Miner, a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist featured in over twenty solo exhibitions and adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the Michigan State University Museum, is the founder of the Justseeds artists collective and a board member of the Michigan Indian Education Council. He recently commenced the Bootaagaani-mini ∞ Drummond Island Land Reclamation Project, a decolonial initiative to acquire land and establish a Wiisaakodewininiwag cultural centre for Métis whose ancestors were forced to leave the island following the War of 1812. Miner's book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island, employs Indigenous and Native American methodologies to show that Chicano art needs to be understood in the context of Indigenous history, anticolonial struggle, and Native American Studies.

Also join Dylan Miner as he leads a student and faculty workshop on Art and Activism!

Workshop to be held Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:30pm, 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union Register Now

Beth Castle HeadshotWednesday, February 21, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. | Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre, The Wolfe Center for the Arts, BGSU

The Warrior Women Project Goes to Standing Rock: At the Intersection of Scholarship, Activism, and Filmmaking

Filmmaker Elizabeth "Beth" Castle discusses her new documentary film, Warrior Women, which traces the untold history of women's activism in the Red Power and American Indian Movements and gives an intimate portrait of the American Indian activists who are blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota. Castle will talk about the journey from Ohio born "indigenous hillbilly" to her hyphenate roles of scholar-activist-filmmaker-organizer facilitating the leadership of the OGGs (original gangsta grannies) of the indigenous-led Standing Rock Resistance  Movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Giving it appropriate historical context, she will discuss the intersections of community accountable research and media-making while navigating the challenges of an occupational protest style as modern indigenous-values based living. Reception to follow.

Also join Beth Castle as she leads a student and faculty workshop on Art and Activism!

Workshop to be held Thursday, February 22, 2018, 12:30pm, 201A Bowen-Thompson Student Union Register Now

WP Honoring group shotWednesday, February 21, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. | Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre, The Wolfe Center for the Arts, BGSU

Selected Scenes Screening from "Warrior Women"

Filmmaker Elizabeth "Beth" Castle will show selections from her new documentary, Warrior Women, and media related to Native community-based activism. Castle's relationship with the handful of the main local leaders of Standing Rock goes back almost 20 years to the earliest iteration of her dissertation. The Warrior Women Project began originally as a video-based oral history collection with Native women activists of the Red Power Movement of the 1970s. The collection became the basis for a book feature documentary film and ultimately led to an 18-year collaboration between scholar-activist Elizabeth A. Castle and Lakota community organizer and veteran American Indian Movement activist and co-founder of Women of All Red Nations Madonna Thunder Hawk. The ongoing goal of this collaboration is facilitating a reciprocal flow of knowledge and resources intended to empower, liberate and maintain indigenous communities.

activist panel imageThursday, March 1, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. | Wood County District Public Library Meeting Room

Sustainability, Sustenance, & Stewardship: Food Activists in NW Ohio

A panel of local food activists will explore questions of land use, food access, and patterns and practices of food consumption in Northwest Ohio. Panelists have experience in urban land transformation, developing and delivering sustainable sources of nutrition and health education, and community-building through gardening and food production. Our hope is that this panel will generate conversation about who has access to land and for what purpose, as well as how more sustainable practices surrounding urban land usage can contribute to the overall health of our communities. This event will include a zero-waste reception and time for questions and discussion from audience members.  

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

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Thursday, March 22, 2018  | 2:30 p.m. | BGSU Planetarium

Imagining Life on Other Planets—Re-Imagining Life on Earth

Sheri Wells-Jensen Sheri Wells-Jensen is an associate professor specializing in linguistics in the Department of English at Bowling Green State University.  She is a member of the Advisory board of Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (MITI) International, and given papers on the relationship between intelligence, perception  and language at the SETI institute, the International  Space Development Conference and the NASA sponsored colloquium and the University of Washington. She  spends a great deal of time thinking abut science, disability, the relationship between thought and language,  and aliens. Wells-Jensen will explore how an intelligent blind alien race would survive. What implications would blindness have for their civilization and our ability to find and communicate with them? Part advocacy, part popular science, Wells-Jensen's work questions our socially constructed assumptions about ability and disability and the limits we place on one another.

Nancy Patterson image2Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. | BG High School Performing Arts Center

But I Wanna Say What I Wanna Say: Ohio Student and Teacher Perspectives on the First Amendment

Nancy Patterson is Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development, School of Teaching and Learning. The title of her ICS project is But I Wanna Say What I Wanna Say: Ohio Student and Teacher Perspectives on the First Amendment and will include interviews and focus groups of both students and teachers of their perceptions of the democratic state of social studies. This enduring topic is of concern, as such freedoms require vigilant advocacy and protection. Coretta Scott King (1969) is quoted as having stated, “Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” The project is grounded in academic freedom case law and the majority of opinion of the Supreme Court in the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1965) that held that certain forms of student expression are protected by the First Amendment. Justice Fortas wrote in the majority opinion that “it can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”