Brittany Packnett

By Barbara Rea on August 25, 2016 in Fall 2016, Social Justice / No Comments

“We have the power to end this cycle and set a model for the rest of the nation. I believe in Ferguson; I believe in St. Louis; and I believe in our ability to pursue a more just region for all of our citizens. We must be the change we wish to see, and we cannot ignore the urgency of now for our community.” So states Brittany Packnett, who, since the tragic death of Michael Brown in 2014, has dedicated herself to achieving her dream of a more just and equitable society. — Brittany Packnett. Packnett’s talk, ” Between the World and You: Our Duty to Fight for Freedom,” will include commentary by faculty and students.

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Honorable John Paul Stevens

By Barbara Rea on February 29, 2016 in National Issues, Social Justice, Spring 2016 / No Comments

Stevens objected to the court’s ruling in the 2000 election-deciding case of Bush v. Gore. The court overturned the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to order a recount of all of the state’s ballots. Joined by David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, Stevens wrote that, “Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law. I respectfully dissent.”

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Robert Sussman

By Barbara Rea on February 10, 2016 in Education & Society, Science & Technology, Social Justice, Spring 2013 / No Comments

“The anthropological concept of culture is extremely important and often misunderstood because many of the things that are assumed to be biologically determined, like criminality or homosexuality or IQ, are really behaviorally and societally defined.”

This quote from Robert W. Sussman, PhD, professor of physical anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, forms the basis for his Phi Beta Kappa/Sigma Xi Lecture.

“The Importance of the Concept of Culture to Science and Society,” part of the university’s Assembly Series, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Steinberg Hall Auditorium.

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Sarah Wagner

By Barbara Rea on February 10, 2016 in Humanities, Social Justice, Spring 2013 / No Comments

The Bosnian genocide, carried out between 1992 and 1995, displaced nearly a quarter of Bosnia’s pre-war population, with refugees scattered throughout the world. This year’s annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture will feature anthropologist Sarah Wagner discussing “Srebrenica’s Legacies of Loss and Remembrance,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Umrath Hall Lounge.

Bob Harris

By Barbara Rea on February 2, 2016 in Social Justice, Spring 2014 / No Comments

Social entrepreneur Bob Harris discussed his work at an April 10, 2014 presentation called “The International Bank of Bob.” The talk was based on his book of the same name, and was held in Simon Hall May Auditorium.

Maya Angelou

By Barbara Rea on January 18, 2016 in Luminaries of the past, Social Justice / No Comments

“Having undergone experiences so bizarre, crushing, ugly, they couldn’t be included in the film “Roots,” they would have burned holes through the foil in the television. Today, we are upwards of 30 million. How have we survived? I suggest the literature. I believe it’s available to all of us to encourage us to survive…and to thrive…and to thrive with some passion, compassion, humor and style.”

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Juana Maria Rodriguez

By Barbara Rea on December 11, 2015 in Social Justice, Spring 2016 / No Comments

In this talk, noted scholar Juana Maria Rodriguez will explore how documenting the lives of elderly sex workers in Mexico City can affect how others subjectively interpret their life stories, and how combining visual documentation with biographical narratives can alter the interpretative process. Her lecture, “The Women of Casa Xochiquetzal: Corporeal Encounters, Queer Feelings,” is presented by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Arts & Sciences.

Elijah Anderson

By Barbara Rea on December 9, 2015 in Social Justice, Spring 2016

Pioneering urban ethnographer and cultural theorist Elijah Anderson is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University, where he also directs the Urban Ethnography Project. He is one of the nation’s most influential scholars in the field of urban inequality, cultural sociology and race relations, and has authored a number of seminal […]

Alex Haley

By Barbara Rea on October 5, 2015 in Luminaries of the past, Social Justice

“All of us here, all of us anywhere, can really separate ourselves into two groups: those who find ourselves in a position of needing help, and those of us so fortunate we can help others. We have no less a mandate to help others, it’s an investment in human beings.”