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  1. Week of February 7, 2016

    1. Tuesday, February 9, 2016

      1. 6:00 pm

        Dr. Alison Bailey directs the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Illinois State University where she is also a professor of philosophy. Her research addresses issues at the intersections of feminist theory, moral and political philosophy, philosophy of race/whiteness studies, and epistemology. Concerns for social justice drive her selection of philosophical problems, which she then works through by appealing to “real life” examples taken from narratives, social science research, and public policy. She recently co-edited a special issue of Hypatia on “The Reproduction of Whiteness: Race and the Regulation of the Gendered Body,” with Jacquelyn N. Zita. Her recent work on philosophical issues related to racism and resistance has appeared in Hypatia, Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Perspectives, Feminist Ethics Revisited, and Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance. She and Chris Cuomo have just co-edited The Feminist Philosophy Reader. Her current research interests include race in feminist bioethics, and philosophical responses to intersectionality.

        What’s Wrong with White Talk?

        Brookens Auditorium 

  2. Week of February 14, 2016

    1. Monday, February 15, 2016

      1. 6:00 pmA Showcase Symposium: Black Lives Matter Featuring Students from UIS

        UIS Brookens Auditorium

  3. Week of February 21, 2016

    1. Thursday, February 25, 2016

      1. 4:00 pm

        Dr. Hinda Seif is a faculty member in Sociology/Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at UIS. Professor Seif’s scholarship includes work on race/ethnicity and Latino Studies; she teaches several courses on cultural and social diversity and has served as advisor to the UIS Organizational of Latin American Students.

        Dexter Burns is a 2014 graduate of UIS, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies.  Dexter is currently a Master’s degree candidate in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; his research interests include U.S./Latin America relations and Afro-Latino history and culture. While at UIS, Dexter studied abroad in Mexico and Peru; he has also spent time in Bolivia and other countries in that region, exploring the lives and issues faced by those of African descent in Latin America.

        Afro-Latinos: Status and Struggle

        UIS Brookens Auditorium 

  4. Week of March 1, 2016

    1. Thursday, March 3, 2016

      1. 6:30 pm

        Jill Stein was the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for President of the United States, and is again seeking that Party’s presidential nomination in the 2016 election.

        Jill was raised outside Chicago, Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1973, and from Harvard Medical School in 1979.


        Working For Our Political Environment and Personal Health

        UIS Brookens Auditorium

  5. Week of March 6, 2016

    1. Monday, March 7, 2016

      1. 8:30 amThe Black Power Mixtape

        UIS Brookens Auditorium 

  6. Week of March 20, 2016

    1. Thursday, March 24, 2016

      1. 4:00 pm

        Mitch Pugh is the executive editor of The Post and Courier, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In his time as editor in Charleston, S.C., the paper has won several prestigious journalism awards including the George Polk Award, Silver Gavel Award, the 2015 John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Award and the American Society of News Editors’ Local Accountability Award. A native of Riverton, Illinois, he has been the editor of newspapers in Colorado, Iowa, and Missouri. He graduated from the University of Illinois-Springfield with a degree in English. He lives in Mount Pleasant, S.C., with his wife and son.

        A Call to Action: Local Media’s Role in Shaping Public Policy

        UIS Brookens Auditorium 

  7. Week of March 27, 2016

    1. Wednesday, March 30, 2016

      1. 7:30 pm

        Dean Alexander is a professor of Criminal Justice and the Director of The Homeland Security Research Program at Western Illinois University. He has lectured about terrorism and security to NATO, U.S. State Department, Illinois State Terrorism Unit and many other organizations. Dr. Alexander has also consulted for the Organization of American States, the World Bank, and a number of companies. He has written numerous journal articles and books about terrorism and security. His most recent books are The Islamic State: Combating the Caliphate Without Borders (2015) and Business Confronts Terrorism: Risks and Responses (2004). Dr. Alexander has law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.) and American University, Washington College of Law (J.D.).

        ISIL–Linked Operatives in the United States and Their Implications

        UIS Brookens Auditorium 

  8. Week of April 3, 2016

    1. Wednesday, April 6, 2016

      1. 6:00 pm

        Kyle Simpson is a 2007 graduate of the Capital Scholars Honors Program at University of Illinois Springfield. After serving Congressman Phil Hare, he continued to work in politics, for Illinois Congressman Bill Foster and US Senator Claire McCaskill. His experiences, both from his UIS education and his work on Capitol Hill have brought him close to both national issues and local concerns.

        From Capital Scholar to Capitol Hill: My Education in Violence Against Women Legislation

        UIS Brookens Auditorium 

  9. Week of April 10, 2016

    1. Friday, April 15, 2016

      1. 7:00 pm

        Danielle Evans is the author of the short-story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, which was a co-winner of the 2011 PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize for a first book, a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 selection for 2011, the winner of the 2011 Paterson Prize for Fiction and the 2011 Hurston-Wright award for fiction, and an honorable mention for the 2011 PEN/Hemingway award.  It was named one of the best books of 2010 byKirkus Reviews and O Magazine, and longlisted for The Story Prize. She received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, was the 2006-2007 Carol Houck Smith fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, taught literature and creative writing at American University in Washington DC, and now teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

        Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self: Fiction about African American and Bi-Racial Experience in Contemporary America

        UIS Brookens Auditorium

  10. Week of April 17, 2016

    1. Friday, April 22, 2016

      1. 8:30 am

        Esaú Meléndez emigrated from Mexico City where he spent most of his childhood, and presently lives in Chicago with his family. He has been involved in film and TV production for the past 10 years, working as a director, producer, cameraman and editor. He studied film & video at Columbia College in Chicago, and soon after began working with the Spanish Broadcast Network, Telemundo, and WYCC, a Chicago PBS affiliate. He has also directed award winning short films “El Solo in a New City” and “Escucha!” Meléndez has directed and produced various commercials and music videos with his production company, Clandestino Films. His passion has always been to tell stories regarding social issues that affect the Hispanic community. Immigrant Nation!: The Battle for the Dream, is Meléndez’  first feature film.

        Immigrant Nation

        UIS Brookens Auditorium 

  11. Week of April 24, 2016

    1. Wednesday, April 27, 2016

      1. 7:30 pm

        Roger-Mark De Souza is the director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center. He leads programs on climate change resilience, reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Maternal Health Initiative.

        Before joining the Center in 2013, De Souza served as vice president of research and director of the climate program at Population Action International. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the director of foundation and corporate relations at the Sierra Club, and before this, he directed the Population, Health, and Environment Program at the Population Reference Bureau for 10 years, where he designed and implemented projects in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. De Souza holds graduate degrees in international relations and development policy from George Washington University and the University of the West Indies.

        Our Turn to Lead: Paving the Way for A Resilient, Secure and Sustainable Future

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