Calendar of Events

Spring 2014 Colloquia Series

April 23, 2014 | Invisible War | 2PM - 3:15PM - Schine Auditorium CANCELLED
From Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigation about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem—today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,300 service members sexually assaulted in 2010 alone. Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, The Invisible War is a moving indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It also features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm of conditions that exist for rape in the military, its long-hidden history, and what can be done to bring about much- needed change. Professor Amanda Moras (Sociology) 

April 23, 2014 | The Future is Open – Open Access PublishingTBD
Guest speaker Kathleen Fitzpatrick is author of Planned Obsolescence:  Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy and is a Professor Media Studies at Pomona College, Claremont, California. Sponsored by the Ryan Matura Library 

April 29, 2014 | Jason Guberman-Pfeffer | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - Schine Auditorium
Guest speaker Jason Guberman-Pfeffer ’09 will discuss his organization, Diarna, and share stories of entrepreneurship (development of his group and organization), meets research, meets the Diarna project (actual accomplishments and progress), politics (political turmoil), and religion. Guest speaker:  Jason Guberman-Pfeffer 

April 30, 2014 | Cellblock Visions:  Prison Art in America | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
Will look at recent artwork made in prison—a  range of production from mainstream prison art, with its reliance on tattoo imagery, to prison folk arts like soap carving and toilet paper sculpture, to powerful drawings and paintings by outstanding individual artists, with quotes from men and women in institutions from county jail to death row. They are candid and insightful about their lives, their art, and their imprisonment. Phyllis Kornfeld, author of Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America, (Princeton University Press), has been conducting visual art programs with incarcerated men and women for thirty years.

Past Events

January 16, 2014 | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Community Celebration and Reflection | 2PM– 4PM - University Commons
Student panel discussion that will address race, sexuality, religious belief, and other issues. It will be moderated by Dr. William Conwill – Chief Consultant and Founder of Harrison Conwill Associates. Sponsored by the United Campus Alliance Club and the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs

January 17, 2014 | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Embracing the Dream | 10AM - University Commons
Guest Speaker, Dr. Faye V. Harrison, President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences; Joint Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at the University of Florida. Sponsored by the United Campus Alliance Club and the Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs 

January 29, 2014 | Returning To the Classroom with PTSD | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
An overview will be given of what PTSD is and how it affects a person. We will hear from two veterans and their unique situations in the Marine Corps and how they are overcoming PTSD. Discussion to follow. Guest Speaker:  Thomas Burke   

February 4, 2014 | Body ImageGender and the Media | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - Schine Auditorium
This colloquium explores the representation of women in media and how that impacts society. Topics will include sexism, eating disorders, gender violence, and contemporary politics. To provide additional illustrations, a clip from the film “Killing Us Softly 4” will be shown and discussed. Professor Lori Bindig (Communication and Media Studies) 

February 5, 2014 | Inequality for All | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. Discussion to follow. Professors Khawaja Mamun (Economics) and June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies) 

February 10, 2014 | Free Software for a Free Society | 6PM - Schine Auditorium 
William John Sullivan, Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation, started working with GNU Press and the Free Software Foundation in 2003 and then because the FSF’s first Campaigns Manager, working on outreach efforts like Defective by Design, BadVista, and PlayOgg. In 2011, John became the Executive Director after four years as Manager of Operations. His background is mainly in the humanities, with an MFA in Writing and Poetics and a BA in Philosophy, but he has been spending too much time with computers and online communities since the days of the Commodore 64. He’s become a dedicated GNU Emacs user after first trying it around 1996, and contributes code to several of its extensions. Prior to FSF, John worked as  a college debate team instructor for both Harvard and Michigan State University (co-sponsored by the Ryan Matura Library). 

February 11, 2014 | Hungry for Education | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - Schine Auditorium
George Mason University students Yara El Mowafy and Yeme Mehari will share their journey of discovery and determination in dealing with the issues of homelessness and hunger among college students on their campus – students who literally have to choose between paying tuition and eating. Professor Mary Bauer (English) 

February 12, 2014 | Pop Music and Activism: Jazz to Hip Hop | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar – Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University – current position: Vice Provost for Diversity at University of Connecticut speaking on Pop Music and Activism: Jazz to Hip Hop. Author of the following books: The Hip Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap; Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Ideology; The Harlem Renaissance Revisited: Politics, Arts, and LetterGuest Speaker - Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar 

February 18, 2014 | Poto Mitan – Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons - CANCELLED
Documentary told through the compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan gives the global economy a human face. Each woman's personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti. And while Poto Mitan offers in-depth understanding of Haiti, its focus on women's subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance makes it clear that these are global struggles. Discussion to follow. Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies) and Stephane Kirven (Criminal Justice) 

February 19, 2014 | Bakhtiari Alphabet | 4:30PM - Schine Auditorium
A documentary on nomadic pastoral life and education in Iran.  The film follows a nomadic community in Iran, providing cultural insight and engaging issues related to the challenges of educating children.  It reveals both the struggle and humanity of this rapidly disappearing culture. Directed by Reza Ghadiani & Cima Sedigh. Professor Cima Sedigh (Education)  

February 25, 2014 | St. Francis and the Renowned Jewish Author | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
St. Francis and the Renowned Jewish Writer in "The Assistant" by Bernard Malamud.  A Reflection on Morality, Redemption and Religion. Professor Sondra Melzer 

February 26, 2014 | The ‘SHOW’ Must Go On, and it Does! | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
A group of friends gathered for dinner.  During the course of the evening the many layers of their life journey are revealed forming a powerful tapestry of suffering and survival, courage and hope, and victimization and triumph. The SHOW (Social Healing of Wounds) Program is a collaborative work between the Post Traumatic Stress Center (PTSC), New Haven, CT and clients who engaged in trauma – centered therapy at the center and elected to pursue advocacy work. Guest Speakers:  David Johnson, Ph.D., and Hadar Lubin, M.D. Post Traumatic Stress Center 

March 11, 2014 | From Another Native Daughter: A (G)Local Journey, A Global Vision | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
A 17th-generation daughter of Taiwan, Yi-Chun Tricia Lin is Director and Professor of Women's Studies Program at Southern Connecticut State University. She traveled from her native island to pursue a doctoral degree in continental philosophy and theory. In the process, she found herself home in ethnic studies and women's studies. Her dissertation, a study of Asian American women's cultural and literary productions, was her first step away from her "European" education. Since her doctoral days, her research and teaching have gone intensely ethnic, feminist, and post-colonial. Among her recent projects is a comparative cultural studies of Indigenous and diasporic women's writing from the Caribbean and Pacific islands. Guest Speaker:  Dr. Yi-Chun Tricia Lin

March 12, 2014 | A Real Life Milgram Experiment - The Strip-Search Scam | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
The controversial film, Compliance tells the real life story of how strip-search scams were perpetrated in fast food restaurants throughout the United States.  In over 60 restaurants female employees were subjected to strip search and degrading acts.  Clips of the film will be shown and discussed and analyzed from psychological, sociological, criminological, and theological perspectives. Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology/Religious Studies), Amanda Moras (Sociology), Pat Morris (Criminal Justice), and Christina Taylor (Psychology) 

March 12, 2014 | Where and What is Creativity? The Way to the Sacred | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
The creative process makes us come alive and tunes our true nature with what matters most for each of us.  It is not about achievement or talent, but a way of knowing the true self.  It is a bridge to all other knowing. Learn about the creative journey, where creativity comes from.  How is it neurologically processed? Learn through the creative arts therapies music, art, poetry, drama, why creative expression is essential to being alive. Professor Leesa Sklover (Music

March 18, 2014 | Jane Doe No More | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
Survivor Donna Palomba relays details of her complex case that led to the capture of a sexual predator leading a double life. Her 14 year long journey for justice led to a Dateline NBC two-hour prime time show that aired in April of 2007. Palomba will go into detail about all aspects of the crime involving a home invasion and sexual assault committed in Waterbury, CT. In 2007, Palomba went on to form Jane Doe No More, a 501c3 charity and spearheaded a CT bill removing the statute of limitations on sexual assault cases involving DNA evidence. In 2010, Jane Doe No More produced an 8-minute training video titled ‘Duty Trumps Doubt’ with directors from Law & Order and Emmy award winning filmmakers. Duty Trumps Doubt reminds first responders -- police officers, EMTs and other law enforcement personnel -- that each sexual assault victim will respond in an individual way. The video featuring survivors and law enforcement will be shown during the presentation and is available online. Guest speaker Donna Palomba. Co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Club 

March 19, 2014 | Founder’s Day: The Alumni Authors Showcase Series | 6:30PM - University Commons
The Alumni Authors Showcase Series presents three Sacred Heart University alumni who will discuss their books and offer a Q&A.  Featured Authors:  Adrian Stroud ’82 author of Prisoner of War Number 2378; Christopher Conway ’92, author of The Road to God Knows Where; and Janice Lamotte Lavallee ’75, author of The Peacock ButterflyCo-sponsored by: Ryan-Matura Library, English Department 

March 25, 2014 | The Truth About Gambling-The College Experience | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
Sponsored by the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling and the Social Work Department. 

March 25, 2014 | Private Business Interests and the Public Good. A False Dichotomy | 7PM - 9PM - TBA
Why Businesses need to consider society’s response to issues of global and local poverty, health and education.  Panel:  Bob Trefry and Jack Lett. Professor Richard Pate (Business) 

March 26, 2014 | Community Development in Guatemala | 2PM - 3:15PM -  Schine Auditorium - CANCELLED
Students will speak on their service trip to Guatemala. Professor Charlotte Gradie (History) 

March 26, 2014 | The Theory of Domestic Workers’ Rights | 7PM - Schine Auditorium
Meghan Vesel, M. Div. Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge Massachusetts; Deputy Director of the Connecticut Office of the Brazilian Immigrant Center; speaking on “Theology of Domestic Workers’ Rights. Guest Speaker:  Meghan Vesel 

April 1, 2014 | Clarifying Confusion on Water Pollution | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - Schine Auditorium
Will be a series of short video clips highlighting water pollution’s effects on human health, the environment, and society. Each clip will be followed by a short discussion. Sponsored by the Green SHU’s Environmental Club 

April 8, 2014 | Women and HIV AIDS in Africa | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - Schine Auditorium
Dr. Jennifer Unger M.D., MPH – Assistant Professor and Clinical Instructor University of Washington (Seattle Washington) – Department of Global Health and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Recipient of the UW/FHCRC Center for AIDS Research Award and Recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award.  She will be speaking on “Women and HIV-AIDS in Sub-Sahara Africa:  Progress Toward Preventive Measures.” Guest speaker:  Jennifer Unger, M.D. 

April 9, 2014 | Pope Francis on Community and Inequality | 2PM - 3:15PM - Schine Auditorium
Pope Francis has received a great deal of attention for his first papal exhortation, “Joy of the Gospel,” where he criticizes the damage done by unfettered capitalism and materialism. Some have deemed it bad economics or called him a Marxist. Meanwhile, Time magazine dubbed him its Person of the Year. The panel will analyze the text and talk about its political and social implications and what it could mean for the direction of the Church. Professors Steven Michels (Gov’t and Politics), Amanda Moras (Sociology), Andrew Pierce (Philosophy) 

April 10, 2014 | Trial of God | 7PM - Edgerton Theatre