ICS sponsored events 2018–2019

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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Derrick Brooms headshotFriday, September 14, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Bowen-Thompson Student Union

The Ohio Consortium for Men and Masculinities in Higher Education Conference

*Keynote Address by Dr. Derrick Brooms | 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 308 BTSU

Join the Violence Prevention Center and the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society for a conference that takes a campus/community approach to addressing men's issues and features keynote speaker Dr. Derrick Brooms. Dr. Brooms is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. His keynote lecture is entitled "Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences." Students, faculty, staff, and community partners are all welcome! Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Registration is free, but space is limited. Guests may choose to attend only the keynote  by sending an e-mail to

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change the story


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 9:15 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Change the Story: Opioid Crisis Teach-in

We invite the campus community and our northwest Ohio communities to join us for a day of learning to Change the Story on the opioid crisis. The event is open to all students, staff and faculty as well as community members from northwest Ohio interested in or affected by the opioid crisis.

The purpose of the teach-in is to raise awareness about the crisis, make connections to existing resources, research and data and to apply BGSU expertise to help individuals gain practical skills to help the community. Are You in?

Activities and events are organized during the day and evening to provide a forum to learn, discuss, debate, and share ideas organized to impact the opioid emergency.

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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

Lisa Hanasono

Thursday, October 25, 2018  | 11:00 a.m. | 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Shattering the Silence on Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss

Despite its prevalence, pregnancy loss remains taboo in the United States.

Dr. Lisa K. Hanasono, an associate professor from Bowling Green State University’s School of Media and Communication, will highlight the findings from two research projects to reveal how culture, gender, media, and interpersonal communication factors work in concert to stigmatize and silence discussions about pregnancy loss—and what we can do collectively to shatter that silence.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. | Wood County District Public Library Meeting Room

Community Organizations' Role in Combating Sex Trafficking and Sex Tourism 

Dr. Lara Martin Lengel's project addresses faith-based organizations’ (FBOs) role in combating sex trafficking of women and children in Costa Rica. It analyzes how the decriminalization of sex work in Costa Rica affects FBOs’ advocacy and support efforts.  The proiect builds on Dr. Lengel’s 25-year research program on transnational feminism and critical intercultural communication studies, which has been published in, among other journals, Feminist Media Studies, Gender & History, International Journal of Women’s Studies, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Studies in Symbolic Interaction.