Cultural/Social/World Issues

Human Trafficking

Posted: July 13, 2021 at 3:15 pm

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Immigration

Posted: July 13, 2021 at 2:51 pm

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Organized Crime

Posted: July 13, 2021 at 2:49 pm, Last Updated: July 13, 2021 at 2:51 pm

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Critical Race Theory: What Is All The Controversy About?

Posted: June 29, 2021 at 4:55 pm, Last Updated: June 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Critical race theory is an approach to issues of race, social structure, and history that has caused intense disagreement among analysts and activists of various political schools. This talk describes the doctrine analyzes the sources of disagreement about it, and suggests ways of resolving the conflict.

A/V requirements: None

Richard Rubenstein

Andes, Quinoa

Posted: June 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Speaker will discuss the impact of global demand for quinoa on the culture, development, and agrarian lives of Quechua quinoa cultivators in the Andes.

Linda Seligmann

Civil War Memorials in Washington, DC

Posted: March 4, 2021 at 5:04 pm, Last Updated: June 29, 2021 at 3:12 pm

This talk considers the design and origins of key Civil War memorials in the Washington, DC, metro area, as well as contemporary debates over their meaning and removal.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Meredith Lair (Not available until Sept., 2021; Remote only through Dec., 2021)

The Threat to American Democracy and Civil Society: Understanding Influence Operations, Violent Extremism, and the Fractures Spawned by Political Partisanship

Posted: January 15, 2021 at 2:58 pm

On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was attacked by a violent mob in an attempt to disrupt an electoral vote count by a joint session of congress. The Capitol almost fell under the weight of this insurrection. Americans – stunned and frozen in front of their televisions and mobile devices – witnessed a […]

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board and Markers

John Villanueva

The Great Facade: How Surveillance Capitalism Almost Toppled the World’s Greatest Democracy and the European Union

Posted: November 30, 2020 at 8:40 pm, Last Updated: July 1, 2021 at 2:57 pm

We’ve all witnessed the changes in public and personal discourse and civility since the 2016 presidential election. Unfortunately, it seems as if the country is plunging into a downward spiral, and the death of reason is inevitable.  How did we get here?  Together, we will examine the intersections and impacts of foreign and domestic influence […]

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board, and Markers

John Villanueva

Criminal Justice Reform: Understanding the Root of the Problem and the Cost of the Cure

Posted: November 30, 2020 at 8:35 pm, Last Updated: July 1, 2021 at 2:56 pm

How did the police – sworn to protect and serve their communities – come to be seen as an occupying force by disadvantaged communities throughout America? Why have they lost the faith and confidence of the communities they serve? What needs to be done to turn the tide and restore the profession of policing and […]

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board, and Markers

John Villanueva

How Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) Really Improve Our Lives?

Posted: April 22, 2020 at 3:02 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 5:20 pm

We read about advances from artificial intelligence (AI) almost every day. Yet, the current pandemic seems to have brought into focus where our computational advancements are failing us. This talk will first provide an overview of AI accomplishment. Then, in the context of the current pandemic, it will focus on specific AI technologies that have […]

A/V requirements: None

Amarda Shehu

Speaking Truth to Power: The Thunderous Messages of the Hebrew Prophets and What They Mean Today

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 6:14 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:40 pm

In all of literature there are few parallels to the soaring rhetoric and poetry of the Hebrew prophets. They speak to us clearly today after almost three millennia: Amos in 800 BC crying seeking help for the poor and the disenfranchised (“let justice flow like a river”); Hosea comparing his country to a prostitute; Isaiah […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop

Steve Ruth

Lives in Ruins: Life in the Archaeological Site of Chichén Itzá

Posted: October 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:41 pm

While millions of international tourists a year visit the World Heritage site of Chichén Itzá in southern Mexico and eagerly bask in its ancient wonder, few people appreciate the contemporary significance of the archaeological site. Using archival and ethnographic research, I discuss 1) how modern science and modern Maya people came to view this “ancient […]

A/V requirements: Laptop, Screen

Lisa Breglia

Computing in Science and Society

Posted: July 23, 2019 at 6:12 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:45 pm

Computing is now so ubiquitous that we tend to forget the profound consequences it is having in science and society. The talk explores the advent and evolution of computing in science and society, and attempts to predict future developments.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Rainald Lohner

Mexico-U.S. Relations

Posted: June 12, 2019 at 2:14 pm, Last Updated: July 13, 2021 at 2:48 pm

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Is That Really in the Bible?

Posted: June 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:46 pm

Nearly everybody has a favorite event or story from the Bible. Ruth has collected dozens of them for the class, each with a very different spin than may be customary. The lecture will address love stories in Genesis, and great curses in Deuteronomy, the stories of Deborah and Hannah—two great heroines—will be covered. Several stories […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop

Steve Ruth

The Public Health Impacts of Gender-based Violence against Women

Posted: January 24, 2019 at 3:59 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:52 pm

What are the public health impacts of gender-based violence against women? How can we research gender-based violence against women? What are promising intervention approaches to both reduce gender-based violence against women?

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Jhumka Gupta (Remote only through 2021)

Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Rodney M. Davis (USMC)

Posted: October 17, 2018 at 3:04 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:54 pm

My new book, “Sgt. Rodney M. Davis: The Making of a Hero,” is a factual account of the life, death and enduring legacy of Macon, Georgia’s lone Medal of Honor recipient following that fateful afternoon in Vietnam’s Que Son Valley in which his company of 200 Marines desperately tried to withstand an onslaught by an […]

A/V requirements: Internet, laptop

John Hollis

Climate Change: Preparing for the New Normal in Virginia

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:20 pm

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This old saying neglects the fact that all of us are inadvertently doing something about the weather – we are changing it. The reality of global climate change is now undeniable and the likelihood is high that human activities have caused the majority of […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector and Screen

Jim Kinter

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask

Posted: April 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:55 pm

Dr. El-Shazli can speak on the current state of affairs in MENA countries and their governments; international relations between MENA countries and the West; Arab literature and culture as a way to understand their politics; Islam and Politics; Labor Migration issues in MENA; and the Arab Uprisings – reasons and impact.

A/V requirements: Internet access, LCD Projector

Heba F. El-Shazli

Things That Keep Me Up at Night: Technology’s Severest Challenges

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:48 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 5:20 pm

If you are pretty much comfortable with today’s information technology world, this course is probably not for you. The instructor, who teaches technology policy at Mason, has collected several dozen of what he thinks are the scarier, more worrisome, and potentially game-changing topics in information technology that may be in our near-term and longterm future. […]

A/V requirements: None

Steve Ruth

Economics of the Arts

Posted: March 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:58 pm

A study on whether commercialization is good or bad for the arts, and how fame is produced in modern societies.

A/V requirements: None

Tyler Cowen

Peru, Indigenous Populations, Conflict

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 5:55 pm

Speaker will discuss current and past conditions and livelihoods of Quechua-speaking indigenous peoples in Peru.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Linda Seligmann

Nuclear Power — Is It green?

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:22 pm

A discussion of the past, present and future of nuclear power, and its contribution to our quest for clean energy.

A/V requirements: LCD projector and screen

Robert Ehrlich