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Fall 2019 Schedule


Exit West – An Invitation to the Conversation
September 3, 2019 (7–8:45 p.m.)
Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

Faculty Panelists: Jim Bloom, Ioanna Chatzidimitriou and Sharon Albert

This opening event features a panel of Muhlenberg faculty presenting brief reflections on Mohsin Hamid’s novel, Exit West, followed by an invitation to the campus community to join in an opening discussion of the Center for Ethics theme via key themes, moments, characters and symbols presented in Hamid’s work. 


Ronny Quevedo – Art Gallery Exhibit & Talk
September 18, 2019 (5:30–7 p.m.) Exhibit Opening
Marten Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts

October 15, 2019 (7–8 p.m.) Public Talk
Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts

Quevedo's field-sized outdoor drawing will include fragmented diagrams of basketball, soccer, volleyball and handball courts. Having moved from Ecuador to New York City in the 1980s, Quevedo’s work interlaces autobiographical and sociological insights in a reflection on his bi-cultural upbringing and his father’s soccer career as player and referee in both places. Taken together, the installation renders the disquiet, yet poetic and exuberant, state of peoples and cultures in global flux through a materially syncretized and conceptually complex body of work.


Borders & Immigration – Current Challenges and Constitutional Concerns
Friday, September 20, 2019 (2:00 – 3:45 p.m.)
Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

This Constitution Day panel discussion will feature Theresa Cardinal Brown, director of immigration and cross-border policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center, and local immigration lawyer Raymond Lahoud. The panel will be moderated by Assistant Professor of Political Science Ross Dardani, who will discuss a range of important policy concerns affecting immigration in the contemporary American political context. 


Ellis Island Trip (campus community only; advanced sign-up required)
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Sign up directly with Maureen Bayraktar, Political Science Suite, 3rd Floor, Ettinger Hall, M-F, 9:30 a.m.3 p.m.   


Ieva Jusionyte: “Injury and Rescue on the U.S.-Mexico Border”
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (7–8:45 p.m.)
Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

Ieva Jusionyte is assistant professor of anthropology and social studies at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political-legal and medical anthropology, with a focus on the study of state power and the materiality of violence; law and criminalized livelihoods; discourses and infrastructures of security; technologies of injury; politics and ethics of representation; and ethnography as method and storytelling.

Based on fieldwork in the tri-border area between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay from 2008 to 2014, her first book, Savage Frontier: Making News and Security on the Argentine Border (University of California Press 2015), examines how local journalists both participate in and contest global and national security discourses and practices in a region portrayed as the hub of drug and human trafficking, contraband and money laundering. Drawing on her professional background as a news reporter and experience of producing an investigative television program “Proximidad” in Argentina, the book probes politics and ethics of representation and knowledge production in ethnography and in journalism. In addition to the book, her work on the tri-border area has appeared in Cultural Anthropology, American Ethnologist, Anthropological Quarterly, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

Her second research project, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, focuses on security infrastructures and emergency services along the border between Sonora and Arizona. Her new book, Threshold: Emergency Responders on the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of California Press, 2018), delves into the lives of first responders under heightened security on both sides of the wall.


Amy-Jill Levine : "On Different Grounds: Jewish and Christian Foundation for Engaging the Middle East"
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Location and Details to Follow

A.-J. Levine is university professor of New Testament and Jewish studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies and professor of New Testament studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science. She is an internationally prominent public speaker on Christian-Jewish relations, an instructor in the Great Courses series and a consultant to the Vatican and the World Council of Churches. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. She is the co-editor, with Marc Z. Brettler, of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. 

This is an affiliated event co-sponsored with the Institute for Jewish Christian Understanding.


Lifeboat – Screening and Discussion with Skye Fitzgerald
Monday, December 2, 2019 (7-9 p.m.)
Lithgow Science Auditorium, Trumbower 130

Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night. Lifeboat puts a human face on one of the world's greatest contemporary global crises and provides a spark of hope surrounding how civil society can intervene in the refugee crisis in a meaningful way.


During the Spring 2020 semester, the Center for Ethics will continue to explore the theme of the Borders, Nationalisms, Identities, beginning in early February.