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.” 

Speaker Baz Dreisinger

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.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 6 p.m. | BTSU Theater (206)
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. 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | 4:30 p.m. | McFall Assembly Room
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 PostMSNBCThe NationSlate, the Intercept, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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

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.

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Walter Grunden
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. 


WomenatWork500 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.

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"Bad Hombres": Mexican Criminals as Popular Heroes
Amy Robinson
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. 

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"12th and Clairmount": Documenting the Detroit Riots 50 Years Later
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

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ICS Faculty Fellows Information Session
Panel Discussion
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. 


Film Screening of "12th and Clairmount"
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