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Fall 2017 Schedule
Troubling Truth

Fall 2017 Schedule of Events




William Mazzarella lecture, “Why is Trump So Enjoyable?”

September 7, 7 p.m. in Seegers Union 111-112

Mazzarella, the Neukom Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, will explore the apparent imperviousness of President Donald Trump’s popularity to gaffes and scandals. To do this, he will suggest that we need to come grips with the dimension of enjoyment that drives attachment—as well as opposition—to the Trump phenomenon.




Janaya Khan lecture, “Black Lives Matter: Demanding Social Transformation, Justice and Equality” 

October 2, 7 p.m. in Moyer Hall’s Miller Forum

Khan, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada and a leading voice in the global crusade demanding social transformation, justice and equality, will help educate audiences on how to make their own communities, create networks, build coalitions, work in solidarity together, develop strategies and create change. With compelling narratives, Khan will illustrate how individual lives are affected by inequality and rouse the audience to actively seek justice for all.


Susan Stryker lecture, “What Transpires Now: Transgender History and the Future We Need”

October 18, 7 p.m. in Seegers Union Event Space

In this talk, drawn from her forthcoming book, gender theorist and historian Susan Stryker examines the trans-temporal dimensions of what gets labelled “transgender” today. At stake, Stryker contends, in contemporary conflicts over pronouns and public toilets, is a deeper ontological struggle over which fantasies of past and futurity have the ability to ground themselves in materiality and come to count as real. This event is co-sponsored by women’s and gender studies.


Stephen Prothero lecture, “A Cloud of Unknowing in American Religion and Politics”

October 25, 7 p.m., Moyer Hall’s Miller Forum

Prothero will examine the political effects of religious ignorance in an era of “fake news” and “agnotology” and suggests ways to improve our civic life by fostering greater religious literacy. Prothero’s talk is co-sponsored by the chaplain’s office, religion studies department, department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and the Muhlenberg Interfaith Community.




Woodrow Wilson Fellow Achy Obejas lecture and reading, "I, Citizen"

November 1, 7 p.m. in Moyer Hall’s Miller Forum

Obejas will introduce her newest book of short stories, the “Tower of the Antilles,” with a book signing to follow. These stories of contemporary Cuba explore how history and fate intrude on even the most ordinary of lives. Author of the critically acclaimed novels “Ruins,” “Days of Awe” and three other books of fiction, this year’s Woodrow Wilson Fellow is director of the MFA in translation program at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. Obejas’ visit is being held in conjunction with the Multicultural Center.


Common Hour Performance of “Dreamscape” and Talk Back

November 17, 2:30 p.m., Baker Theatre

Created by Rickerby Hinds, “Dreamscape” is a riveting hip hop theatre play that is loosely based on the true story of a young woman who was shot to death by officers while sitting in her car unconscious. The play is central to conversations surrounding situations like Ferguson, as it explores policing and surveillance and the devastating effects this phenomenon has had on communities of color. This event was co-organized by theatre & dance and Sharrell Luckett, assistant professor of theatre.

A related event, "A Conversation with Hip Hop Theatre Pedagogy Pioneers" will be held November 16 at 6 p.m. in Moyer Hall's Miller Forum..


A look ahead: Spring 2018

During the spring 2018 semester, the Center for Ethics will continue to explore the theme of Troubling Truth.

Confirmed spring events include a Feb. 1 visit by Sa'ed Atshan, an expert on peace and justice studies and social movements in the Middle East; a Feb. 22 visit by filmmaker, educator and social justice advocate Chinonye Chukwu; a March 1 visit by Chris Gilliard, a scholar of privacy, digital redlining and the re-inventions of discriminatory practices through data mining and algorithmic decision-making; and a March 27 visit by Elaine McMillion, filmmaker of “Hollow,” an interactive documentary that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of Appalachians. More spring events will be confirmed as the academic year progresses.