Join ICS for our 2018–2019 events!

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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2018 04 23 EG Creative Reaction 6005Thursday, February 28, 2019  | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | 206 (Theater) Bowen-Thompson Student Union

The Future of Leadership: The Role of Power, Equity and Design  with Antionette Carroll

Join ICS and the BGSU School of Art in welcoming Antionette Carroll, an internationally recognized graphic designer, community activist, public speaker, and entrepreneur. 

In her public lecture, Carroll will introduce the principles of Equity-Centered Community Design. She will discuss her work as the Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a non-profit, youth-led, community-centered social impact design collaborative, to demonstrate how graphic design can be utilized as a vital tool in redesigning entire communities and cities to be more racially diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

For more information on the speaker's topic, you can find additional materials from the following link: Antionette Carroll's LibGuide

creative reaction lab smallerFriday, March 1, 2019  | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 3rd Floor Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Leaders for Community Action and Equity with Creative Reaction Lab

Join ICS and the BGSU School of Art in welcoming Antionette Carroll and Hilary Sedovic from Creative Reaction Lab, a non-profit, youth-led, community-centered social impact design collaborative.   

Creative Reaction Lab will lead an intensive, four-hour workshop for those seeking to learn the Equity-Centered Community Design Model. This workshop is for those who want to learn how to structure their own organizations, businesses, and communities to be more inclusive.

Registration has closed for this workshop

question 1316632 640Tuesday, March 5, 2019  | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Way Public Library, Perrysburg OH

Gotta Run: Taking the Mystery out of Running for Office

Hosted by the Bowling Green and Perrysburg chapters of the League of Women Voters, ICS Faculty Fellow Dr. Melissa Miller will explain the stages of running a campaign and offer participants resources for success. Along with a panel of successfully elected local public officials, Dr. Miller will dispel some of the myths about running for office and empower participants to run for office.  Panelists will include Eric Benington, a member of the Perrysburg School Board, and Sandy Rowland, a member of the Bowling Green City Council.

This nonpartisan event is designed for...

  • Anyone who thinks they might want to run for office someday
  • Anyone  who knows someone they would like to recruit to run for office
  • Anyone who has ever been disappointed with the options on the ballot
  • Anyone who wants to know the basics about launching a campaign

For more information on the speaker's topic, you can find additional materials from the following link:  Melissa Miller's LibGuide

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 |  Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Women of Color Leadership Summit

Join ICS and the Center for Women and Gender Equity in welcoming three keynote speakers for the 2019 Women of Color Leadership Summit, Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama, KaeLyn Rich, and Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson.

The Women of Color Leadership Summit is designed to increase the number of women of color students, staff, and faculty in leadership; to share the lessons and knowledge on leadership practice developed and modeled by women of color; and to encourage collaboration across clubs, departments, and school groups.

Participants will gain valuable networking and professional development opportunities as well as opportunities to meet and interact with other women of color and other students who possess a similar interest in leadership.


  • Keynote plenary discussion 2:30 - 3:45 p.m., BTSU 206 (Theater) with reception and book signing to follow
  • Graduate Student Breakfast Q&A Friday, March 15th, 10am -11am, 201A BTSU 

For more information on the speaker's topic, you can find additional materials from our curriculum guides:

Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson's LibGuide

Judy Marquez Kiyama's LibGuide

KaeLyn Rich's LibGuide

housing panel image sp19Wednesday, April 10, 2019  | 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Housing Affordability & Equity: A discussion with local activists

Join ICS and the Center for Community & Civic Engagement for a panel of local and regional professionals and activists as they discuss a variety of topics on local housing such as housing discrimination, tenant's rights, homelessness, and the relationships between housing and public health in Northwest Ohio. Not only will these panelists be discussing some of the issues faced by Ohioans in regards to housing, but the interventions being made to combat the effects of unequal housing access in the area as well. Come join us as we talk about what's going on in regards to housing in NW Ohio and what we can do to ensure a more equitable future for our communities.

For more information about the topics covered by the local activists, you can find additional materials at the following link:

Housing Panel LibGuide

Arne spohrThursday, April 18, 2019  | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Wood County District Public Library

A Forgotten Legacy: Rediscovering Europe's Black Musical Past

As a consequence of colonialism and the slave economy, significant numbers of people from sub-Saharan Africa, both enslaved and free, have lived in Europe since the mid-fifteenth century.

Dr. Arne Spohr will give a lecture-recital featuring rarely heard musical works by early modern Black European composers, performed live by the BGSU Early Music Ensemble. Dr. Spohr will share his research into the lives of these forgotten composers and provide contemporary audiences the chance to hear music that has not been performed in over four hundred years.

For more information about the speaker's topics covered, you can find additional materials at the following link: Arne Spohr's LibGuide

melissa millerWednesday, April 24, 2019  | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Moms on the Run: Breakthroughs and Barriers in the 2018 Election

A Faculty Fellow at ICS, Dr. Miller’s research explores the unique challenges faced by mothers of young children on the campaign trail using the 2018 election as a case study.  A record number of women ran for elective office, and a record number won. Some of the most interesting campaigns were run by mothers of young children who emphasized their role as mothers on the campaign trail in ways never seen before. Through on-the-ground campaign observation, in-depth interviews, and analysis of campaign advertising, “Moms on the Run” exposes the breakthroughs made by “moms” on the campaign trail and the barriers they nevertheless encountered.

Dr. Melissa Miller is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bowling Green State University. Her work appears in American Politics Research, Politics & Gender, Political Research Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Mothers and Others: The Role of Parenthood in Politics, among others. A recognized expert on campaigns and elections, Dr. Miller has been recognized at BGSU as both a Master Teacher and with the Faculty Senate's Community Involvement Award for her extensive media appearances aimed at distilling critical issues for a broad public audience.

For more information on the speaker's topic, you can find additional materials at the following link:  Melissa Miller's LibGuide

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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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.

For more information on the speaker's topics covered, you can find additional materials at the following link: Derrick Brooms' LibGuide

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.

For more information on the speaker's topics covered, you can find additional materials at the following link: Lisa Hanasono's LibGuide

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

Community Organizations' Role in Combating Human Trafficking: From Local to Transnational Contexts

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. In conjunction with discussing her research findings, Dr. Lengel will be working wtih members of the BG High School Drama Club to present select scenes from Lily's Wings, a play written by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce in collaboration with students to aim awareness of sex trafficking.

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.                                                    

For more information about the speaker's topics covered, you can find additional materials at the following link: Lara Lengel's LibGuide

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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.

 Learn More Here

quserindatumadreMonday, October 1, 2018 | 3:30 p.m. AND 7:00 p.m. | Jerome Library, Pallister Room

 2 Talks by Nicaraguan historian Antonio Monte Casablanca

The ICS Latin American and Latino Studies Research Cluster presents Antonio Monte Casablanca, an historian with the lnstituto lnterdisciplinario de Ciencias Sociales at the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua. Casablanca has recently published Paisaje/Sujeto/lnversión/Nación. Guías turísticas de Nicaragua: 1892- 1940 (2017), an insightful analysis of the rhetoric used by the Nicaraguan elite during the years 1892-1940 to attract both investors and tourism to the country, which in turn shaped the                                                                political discourse on the nation.

From 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Casablanca will be discussing "From Populism to Para-Militarism in 3 Months: A Brief Description of the Current Crisis in Nicaragua."

From 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Casablanca will be discussing "Campesinos, estudiantes, artistas y empresarios: Articulaciones y rupturas políticas en Nicaragua a partir del 18 de abril."

Both talks are free and open to the public. See the event flyer for more information.

Tuimmigrant ohio 2018esday, November 13, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union

2018 Immigrant Ohio Symposium: "Living in the Shadows: Undocumented Lives and Labor"

Immigrant Ohio 2018 looks at the lives and labor of undocumented immigrants in Ohio and the United States. The theme of this year's symposium is "Living in the Shadows: Undocumented Lives and Labor." 

Throughout the day presenters will be providing insight into various aspects of undocumented lives in Ohio, particularly our region. The one-day symposium will include presentations about:

Migrant Workers in Ohio: A Brief History (9:30 a.m.)

Ohio Economy and the Migrant Workers (10:45 a.m.)

The Aftermath of the ICE Raids: The Community Perspective (1 p.m..)

The Aftermath of the ICE Raids: The Legal Perspective (2:15 p.m.)

Local and National Developments (4:15 p.m.)

Lost Lives, Lost Hopes, Lost Dreams/The Migrant Quilt Project of Tucson, Arizona (5 p.m.)

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November 13 - December 7, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday | Jerome Library, 4th Floor, Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library

Lost Dreams, Lost Hopes, Lost Loves, Lost Lives  

Immigrant Ohio 2018 presents "Lost Dreams, Lost Hopes, Lost Loves, Lost Lives," an exhibition of quilts made by the Migrant Quilt Project of Tucson, Arizona.

The quilts are on display at the Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture Library on the 4th floor of the William T. Jerome Library.

The exhibition, open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public. The exhibition is sponsored by the Stoddard O'Neill Fund, School of Cultural and Critical Studies.

LatinoIssues2019March 27, 2019 | Bowen-Thompson Student Union

2019 Latino/a/x Issues Conference  

The eStrella Latin American & Latino/a/x Studies Student Research Conference is an annual conference featuring original scholarship (in the form of research papers or poster presentations) and creative work (as such painting, ceramics, photography, movement, media installations, and spoken word). BGSU undergraduate and graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit the Latino/a/x Issues Conference Web Page