A Gendered World – 2007-2008 Annual Theme

Gender is a central organizing principle of social life that informs everything from the taken for granted clothing we wear, our interactions with others, and our subjective understandings of who we are, to the kinds of work and social tasks we perform as we move through the gendered spaces of everyday life. Gender roles and meanings are different in every cultural context, but always inform patterns of social, political and economic inequality that are embedded in government, military, health, familial and educational institutions, legal systems, and the media. Women all over the world suffer disproportionately from violence, make less money than men, and have less access to power. Yet men all over the world die at younger ages than women, suffer from more heart attacks and serious mental illnesses, and are incarcerated at higher rates. This year’s Clarke Forum theme examines some of the ways that women and men live their lives as they are defined and define themselves in different political, economic, and cultural contexts.

Peterson Toscano

Theatrical Performance Artist

Everything is Connected

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Connecting contemporary issues to his own bizarre personal experiences, literature, science, and even the odd Bible story, Peterson Toscano takes his audience on an off-beat mental mind trip. A shapeshifter, he transforms right before your eyes into a whole cast of comic characters who explore the serious worlds of gender, sexuality, privilege, religion, and environmental justice.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability Education, the Office of LGBTQ Services, the Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice, the Women’s and Gender Resource Center, the Department of Religion, the Department of Theatre & Dance, and the Churchill Fund. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Drawing on comedy, storytelling, and history, Peterson Toscano creates original content for the stage and the Internet that inspires curiosity about climate change. Peterson’s unique personal journey led him into performance art. After spending 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to de-gay himself through gay conversion therapy, he came to his senses and came out a quirky queer Quaker concerned with human rights and comedy. His university presentations reveal the interconnectedness of power, privilege, justice, and coffee beans. Some of his presentations include, Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible, Does This Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat? and Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House www.petersontoscano.com.

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David Paternotte

Paternotte_Poster PDFLecturer in Sociology at the Université libre de Bruxelles

From the Vatican to Madrid, Paris and Warsaw: “Gender Ideology” in Motion

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

After decades of steady progress in terms of gender and sexual rights, several parts of Europe are facing new waves of resistance. These oppose the so-called ‘gender ideology,’ and unveil a crucial role of the Roman Catholic Church. This talk will give an overview of anti-gender movements in Europe.

The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and the Departments of Sociology and Italian Studies.

David PaternotteBiography (provided by the speaker)

David Paternotte is a lecturer in sociology at the Université libre de Bruxelles. After many years of research on same-sex marriage, his work concentrates the processes of Europeanisation, globalisation and NGOisation of LGBTQI activism. He has recently started a project on new forms of opposition to gender, feminist claims and LGBTQI rights, with a focus on the Catholic Church. In addition to articles in journals like the Canadian Journal of political science, social politics, sexualities, or social movement studies, he is the author of Revendiquer le “mariage gay” . Belgique, France, Espagne (Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 2011) and the coeditor of several volumes, including The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State: Comparative Insights into A Transformed Relationship (Ashgate, 2011 with M. Tremblay and C. Johnson), LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe: A Rainbow Europe? (Palgrave, 2014, with P. Ayoub), and the Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism (Ashgate, 2015, with M. Tremblay).

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Interview with David Paternotte and Zita Petrahai ’18


Laura Suchoski

Suchoski Poster FinalSocial Media Manager, McKinney

Sports, Social Media & the Empowerment of Women

Monday, March 24, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

The ever-growing landscape of social media is changing how we, as fans and athletes, consume sports.  Laura Suchoski, a former social media manager at ESPN, will be exploring social innovations in sports media and how businesses are using them to engage diverse audiences with a focus on women.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

lsuchoski_kLaura Suchoski is a social media and creative marketing professional, currently social media manager at the advertising agency McKinney in North Carolina.  Prior to joining McKinney in 2014, Laura managed social media for four years at ESPN and espnW, the company’s business dedicated to female fans and athletes.  Growing up with three competitive siblings and parents who drove her to far-away clinics and tournaments, Laura developed a passion for sports and being a part of a team.  She became the first four-time field hockey All-American at Duke University, a two-time captain, All-Academic honoree, and Athlete of the Decade.  Laura competed with the U.S. Field Hockey National Team program for seven years, before choosing to pursue a career that she loves in creative marketing.  Laura is originally from northeast Pennsylvania and graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in sociology and a certificate in policy journalism and media studies.

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Carlos Ball

Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law

Same-Sex Marriage and the Future of Civil Rights

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

A book signing will follow.

As a result of the efforts of the marriage equality movement, the country for the last two decades has been debating the purposes of marriage and the place of LGBT people in our society. Those who are against gay marriage have relied on historical, moral, and institutional arguments about why marriage must remain the union of one man and one woman. In contrast, those who favor the recognition of same-sex marriage have relied on considerations of fairness, justice, and equality to argue, in effect, that there should be no gender-based barriers to marriage. This debate requires all of us to choose among these irreconcilable positions. The fact that a growing number of Americans, especially young ones, favor a more expansive definition of marriage bodes well for those committed to protecting the basic civil rights of sexual minorities.

The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Office of Institutional and Diversity Initiatives.

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Carlos A. Ball is a professor of law at Rutgers University (Newark). He is the author of The Right to Be Parents: How LGBT Mothers and Fathers Revolutionized Family Law (NYU Press, 2012); From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Cases That Have Changed Our Nation (Beacon, 2010); and The Morality of Gay Rights: An Exploration in Political Philosophy (Routledge, 2003). He is also the co-editor of Cases and Materials on Sexual Orientation and the Law (West, 2008). He has written numerous law review articles on LGBT rights issues and spoken at many conferences, including ones sponsored by Association of American Law Schools, the Law and Society Association, the American Philosophical Association, and the American Political Science Association. He also blogs for the Huffington Post.
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Jennifer Brier

Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies/History, University of Illinois-Chicago

Censoring Infectious Ideas: Queer Sexuality and the AIDS Crisis

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Stern Center, Great Room – 7:00 p.m.

Beginning with her own experiences as an author whose work has been censored, Brier will discuss how the response to AIDS has been affected by attempts to remove discussions of sex and sexuality from its center and question the extent to which we have become a more sexually liberated culture since the 1980s.

This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Sociology, American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Background Information (provided by speaker)
In the last stages of preparing her book for publication, including securing the permissions to publish several reproductions of early AIDS prevention posters from San Francisco, Brier’s press informed her that she would not be able to include any images that displayed full-frontal male nudity. Told that the images were not central to her argument and that they would be distracting, Brier had no choice but to exchange the images for less-explicit ones, a decision that uncannily mirrored what happened when the San Francisco AIDS Foundation first created and tried to distribute the posters using federal funds in the late 1980s. In “Censoring Infectious Ideas” Brier will discuss how the response to AIDS has been affected by attempts to remove discussions of sex and sexuality from its center and question the extent to which we have become a more sexually liberated culture since the 1980s.

Biography (provided by the speaker)Jennifer Brier
Jennifer Brier holds a joint appointment in the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies and the History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Response to the AIDS Crisis, which was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2009. In it she argues that AIDS provides the perfect lens through which to see the complex social and political history of the 1980s and 1990s. She details how activists, service providers, philanthropists and the federal government responded to AIDS in the first two decades of the AIDS epidemic and places the history of a successful yet complex and contentious social movement organized to deal with the AIDS epidemic in conversation with a more traditional political history of how the state dealt with this public health crisis.

Brier is currently the co-curator of an exhibition on Chicago’s LGBT history set to open at the Chicago History Museum in May 2011. The exhibition, tentatively titled Out Chicago, will be one of the largest shows exclusively dedicated to LGBT history ever to run in a public history institution.
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Women, Equality and Education

assad-poster-2-webMonday, March 8, 2010
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

A panel of international students from Dickinson College will join Muska Assad, a recipient of a scholarship from the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women (IEAW), in a discussion of women, gender equality and education. This event is in observance of International Women’s Day which was created to commemorate the accomplishments of women and celebrate the fight for women’s equality.

This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and Betty R. ’58 and Dan Churchill.

Topical Background
International Women’s Day (IWD) was first celebrated by the Socialist Party of America in 1909. Two years later, it was officially honored in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. For the next several decades, women across the globe rallied together each March to demand voting rights, better pay, and equality. Although it was initiated by a socialist movement, International Women’s Day slowly developed into a world-wide celebration of women, serving as a forum to recognize the continued struggle for parity. In 1977, the United Nations officially designated March 8 International Women’s Day. Today more than 15 countries have made March 8th a national holiday. This year, the United Nation’s theme for IWD is “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All.”

One of the greatest barriers to equal rights and equal opportunity is inadequate education. Worldwide, more than 60 million young girls cannot attend school. Denied education, these girls do not attain the skills and knowledge necessary to break away from restrictive gender roles, thereby depriving the world of their energy, creativity and overall potential.

Biography of Muska Assad
My name is Muska Assad, I am from Afghanistan. I grew up in Pakistan where my family moved due to the war in Afghanistan. Prior to attending college, I worked for several non-profits and donor organizations both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2005, I came to the U.S. to attend the University of Richmond for my undergraduate degree through the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women scholarship.

In 2009, I graduated from the University of Richmond where I double majored in political science and international studies with a concentration in world politics and diplomacy. My education in the U.S. has enabled me to explore the alternatives to help women in Afghanistan. I am currently taking a gap year to prepare for my graduate studies while working for United States Institute of Peace’s Rule of Law, which focuses on how to promote justice and rule of law in post-conflict countries.

As an Afghan woman, I grew up in a society where women were deprived of their basic human rights and faced inhumane and abusive behaviors on a daily basis. I was fortunate enough to be able to get an education and this privilege motivated me to help and empower women who are deprived of these rights.

Mark Alexander Program Photos

Obama Advisor Mark Alexander visits Dickinson March 27, 2008

Mark Alexander, Senior Advisor to Senator Barack Obama, visited Dickinson College on Thursday to rally voters for the upcoming Pennsylvania primary election. Alexander’s visit, sponsored by the Dickinson College Student Democrats with the logistical support of The Clarke Forum, overflowed the Stern Center Great Room and kicked off an exciting day of politics that also included a visit from William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States.

Students hand out Obama literature in the Stern Center.

Students hand out Obama literature in the Stern Center.

James Liska '09, president of the Dickinson College Democrats, introduces Mr. Alexander.

James Liska ’09, president of the Dickinson College Democrats, introduces Alexander.

The crowd in the Stern Center overflows the building.

The crowd in the Stern Center overflows the building.

Audience members listen to Mr. Alexander.

Senior Advisor to Senator Barak Obama, Mark Alexander.

Senior Advisor to Senator Barack Obama, Mark Alexander.

Mark Alexander.

Audience members listen to Mr. Alexander.

Audience members listen to Alexander.

Photos by A. Pierce Bounds ’71
Video by Chad Everts

Diana Putman

U.S. Army War College; Director, Office of Economic Opportunities with U.S. Aid for International Development

Engendering Development: Experience from the Field

Friday, March 28, 2008 – Lunch Discussion
The Clarke Forum – Reservations required

Contact clarke@dickinson.edu

Development practitioners have explored a range of approaches to ensure that both women and men benefit from development projects. This talk will describe approaches in Africa and the Middle East that have enabled women to progress economically and consequently gain more social and political power. It also cautions against assuming that power is only in the public domain and will discuss similarities between Moslem and Japanese cultures where female power is less overt but nonetheless influential in society.

Somdatta Mondal

Scholar-in-residence with Community Studies

Walking in a Sari and Combat Boots: Texts and Contexts of South Asian Diasporic Cinema

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 – Lunch Discussion
The Clarke Forum – Reservations Required

Email clarke@dickinson.edu

Discussion and clips of feature films and documentaries that illuminate the processes by which the South Asian community strives to forge an identity for itself in three Western countries (United States, Britain and Canada). Most independent filmmakers focus upon their South Asian tradition and how it collides with Western individuality. How do these films challenge and transcend homogenized mainstream media representations, and recognize heterogeneous differences within the South Asian diaspora?

Vanessa Tyson

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow

Power and Influence in the House: Progressive Coalitions, Interracial Alliances and Marginal Group Politics

Monday, February 25, 2008 – Lunch Discussion
The Clarke Forum – Reservations Required
Email clarke@dickinson.edu

Discussion on the internal dynamics of the House of Representatives and the ability of members from the representing marginal groups, particularly racial minorities, to navigate the legislative process.

Kimberly Dozier

CBS News Correspondent injured in Iraq and author
Kimberly Dozier Poster

Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report – and Survive – the War in Iraq

Monday, April 21, 2008
7:00 p.m.- Stern Center, Great Room

Terrorism has made news reporting very dangerous. Reporters have become the targets of terrorist acts, where they once only stood next to targets. Being embedded has also made the role of correspondent more complex, raising such questions as which ‘side’ we’re on, whether we are legitimate targets when shadowing the military or insurgents, and the ethics of going on a raid to kill insurgents. Also, the ‘cable effect’ has made it more difficult to report a straight story because so many people now expect some sort of opinion, and cable television representatives openly criticize correspondents for anything they report.

Sponsored by Betty R.’58, and Dan Churchill and Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Issue in Context
From World War II to the Vietnam War and the first Persian Gulf War, reporters have been responsible for providing a connection between the battlefield and the American public. This connection was mediated by various means of communication from the telegraph, to the television and, finally, computers. The technological boom has facilitated on site immediate news reporting and, at times of war, journalists venture to the battlefields and put themselves in harm’s way to capture the information and broadcast it instantly. Those working on the War in Iraq have faced new challenges and consequences primarily associated with their safety and well being.
The practice of embedding reporters within military units first came to be used during the media coverage of the 2003 invasion in Iraq. Embedded journalism has allowed reporters access to soldiers on the front lines in exchange for certain restrictions on coverage. Although this partnership has benefited journalists by letting them report from inside the military and protecting them with the security of that environment, questions have arisen regarding the accuracy and objectivity of the coverage. Also, due to the unpredictable nature and chaos of guerrilla warfare, reporters, like much of the general public, can easily become casualties and therefore must take extraordinary precautions to survive. Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi described that “…my most pressing concern everyday is not to write a kick-ass story, but to stay alive and make sure our Iraqi employees stay alive. In Bagdad, I am a security personnel first, a reporter second.”
While the daily struggle to survive continues in Iraq, reporters face a different sort of challenge at home. The so-called “cable effect” refers to a new kind of TV journalism that disparages objectivity, disregards criticism and discounts investigative reporting. The demand for entertainment spurred by the competitive market within cable television, rather than accurate reporting, has created a backlash against journalists who strive for the straight story. Reporters must struggle to find the truth and combat insurgents as well as American television. The pressures on embedded correspondents to gather all possible information while dealing with public preferences, government censorship, and security issues have complicated the ethics of journalism.

About the Speaker
Kimberly Dozier has been a CBS News correspondent since 2003, and has covered issues in Iraq and the Middle East extensively for the CBS Evening News, The Early Show and CBS Radio News. Her first book, Breathing the Fire, published by Meredith Books will debut in 2008.
Prior to her CBS News appointment, she was the chief correspondent for WCBS-TV, New York’s
Middle East bureau in Jerusalem, and served as the London bureau chief and chief European correspondent for CBS Radio News.
On May 29, 2006, Dozier, cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan, were the victims of a car bombing while reporting a story in Baghdad. Douglas and Brolan were killed, as were the U.S. Army captain and Iraqi translator accompanying them. Dozier was seriously wounded, but has since fully recovered.
Dozier received the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Grand Gracie Award in 2007 for her body of work on Iraq. She was also the recipient of the AWRT’s Gracie Awards for 2000, 2001 and 2002 for her radio reports on Middle Eastern violence, Kosovo and the Afghan war. Dozier was honored by the Overseas Press Club in 2007 and spoke on behalf of journalists killed and injured in Iraq. She also received the Association for Women in Communication’s 2007 Helen Duhamel Achievement Award. In 2007, she was awarded the Radio and Television News Directors Association and Foundation’s Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award. Most recently she won a 2007 Peabody award for “CBS News Sunday Morning: The Way Home,” for her piece about two female veterans who lost limbs in Iraq.
Dozier graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in human rights and Spanish from Wellesley College in 1987 and holds a master’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of
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The New Mediterranean Symposium

Thursday, April 3, 2008New Mediterranean Poster
Various Locations

Student Comments

Denisa Lazarescu ’08

Tahar Lamri
The Pilgrimage of the Voice
Award winning author and noted artist Tahar Lamri presented within the second part of the symposium the short story titled “The Pilgrimage of the Voice” which was interpreted in four different languages: standard Italian, as well as Mantovano, Romagnolo, and Venetian dialects. Sitting on the floor, surrounded by students and professors, Tahar Lamri read his story while accompanied by Cafe Mira lead singer, Reda Zine who played the gnawa, a Moroccan musical instrument resembling a lute. Trying to recreate the atmosphere of storytelling around a camp fire, Tahar Lamri and Reda’s spiritual music complemented and emphasized the story of the “The Pilgrimage of the Voice” which delves into the topic of languages and cultures blending and influencing one another across borders. The diverse musical and linguistic experience was meant to underscore the message that communication through storytelling, as the basis of many cultures, is the means to attaining tolerance and understanding among people across the world. As the story of Scheherazade and the “One Thousand and One Nights”, storytelling preserves life, forges bonds among people, ensures cultural progress, and, most importantly, fosters communication. The new Mediterranean, as encapsulated by Tahar Lamri and the band Cafe Mira, is a place of extraordinary exuberance and diversity of cultures where borders are permeable and people engage in a constant dialogue through literature and music.

Katie Stewart ’10

Cafe Mira as a Symbol of Multiculturalism
The New Mediterranean Symposium was effective in presenting the issues surrounding migration, cultural diaspora and identity. One key point of the symposium was that the blending of cultures and acceptance of the “other” can be beneficial to society. Cafe Mira, through the composition of the band itself and their genre, lyrics and instruments, demonstrated the positive effects of multiculturalism. The band is comprised of members from all over the world who, based on stereotypical and historical antipathies, are not even supposed to get along. Despite their range of cultures, Cafe Mira is able to unite and find common ground in their music. Their blending of musical genres, languages and instruments from all over the world further established how borrowing from a variety of cultures can lead to the creation of an enhanced whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Cafe Mira provides an example of the benefits of tolerance and cooperation that can be gained today if people are willing to accept and appreciate cultures that differ from their own.

This day-long symposium will address new ways of understanding diasporic identity, cultural, political boundaries and exchanges between Europe and North Africa through critical discussions and performances by writers, cultural critics, and musicians. The discussions will conclude with an improvisational and participatory Culture Jam and concert by the world music and Afro-Nord group, Cafe Mira.

11:00 a.m.

Panel discussion with Mark LeVine, University of California, Irvine; Marie Orton, Truman State University, Missouri;and Tahar Lamri, prize-winning author from Italy and Algeria. Tullio Pagano, Associate Professor of French and Italian, will moderate.
Stern Center, Great Room

1:30 p.m.

Tahar Lamri, prize-winning author from Italy and Algeria.
Stern Center, Great Room

7:00 p.m.

Culture Jam titled Diasporic Identities in Art. Culture Jams blend artists, activists, scholars and the audience in performance and dialogue. Mark LeVine, University of California, Irvine; Reda Zine, Cafe Mira band; Tahar Lamri, author; Cotton Seiler, assistant professor of American Studies, Dickinson College; Andrea Lieber, associate professor of religion, Dickinson College and Ed Webb, assistant professor of political science and international studies, Dickinson College, will participate.
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

8:30Cafe Mira p.m.

World Music Concert – Cafe Mira from Western Europe and Northern Africa
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

Co-sponsors: The Office of the Dean of Students, Department of Music, Multi-Organization Board (MOB), Student Activities; Panhellenic, Intrafraternity Council, Department of French and Italian, and the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Issue in Context
The Mediterranean Sea serves as a physical boundary between North Africa and Europe, however this boundary is permeable as people move from one body of land to the other. As Africans and Middle Easterners migrate to European countries, elements of their cultures of origin blend with and affect their host societies. This diasporic process of cultural exchange has sparked considerable debate between those who would welcome a rich mixing of backgrounds and others who see diversity as a threat to the purity of their culture.
Those who favor the presence of new people, ideas, and artistic forms view migration as beneficial to society, believing that differences enrich a country’s culture, providing various viewpoints from traditions upon which new cultural practices might be created. For example, the mixing of musical cultures may lead to the creation of new genres in that diverse musical elements are blended and expanded. In a culturally diverse society, a wide range of perspectives enables lively discussion, opening minds to new ways of understanding the world. This exchange of ideas may lead to a broader knowledge base while people of different backgrounds generate new modes of analysis and approaches to contemporary social problems.
Religion, economy and nationality have emerged as areas of contestation in the Mediterranean. The North African countries of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt are predominately Muslim as compared with southern European states, which are predominately Christian. Some Christians worry that the influx of Muslims will diminish Europe’s longstanding “Christian identity” and increase the risk of terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, racialized prejudices still exist in Europe, with both popular and official resistance to immigration from parts of the developing world. Some Europeans argue that immigration from Africa leads to a depression of wages and increased competition for jobs in that many impoverished Africans are willing to work for lower wages. Fear of a “collective ethnic threat,” as expressed frequently in the popular press, has lead to the implementation of stricter immigration policies. Jean-Marie Le Pen, a French politician who represents the racist, anti-immigration National Front party, supports policies such as a ban on the building of mosques in France. He argues that immigration is the “biggest problem facing France, Europe and probably the world. We risk being submerged.” This rhetoric clearly illustrates a concern with the influx of foreign populations into France as a might challenge to the supremacy and presumed homogeneity of French culture.
An ongoing debate among those in support of immigration and others in favor of isolation takes place in many different parts of the world. Noted scholar Mark Levine has created an innovative template for political discussion of such issues as the contemporary crisis of identitiy, which he describes as a “culture jam,” a scholarly and artistic dialogue modeled on the free and synergistic experimentation of improvisation and jazz. Culture jamming enables artists, scholars and activists to engage in verbal and non-verbal discussion about pressing current issues such as the issue of cultural diaspora through a creative montage of discussion, performance, and activism. The forum encourages a subversive, open expression of a variety of views and feelings in a free flowing, improvisational format that welcomes audience participation as well as the insights of leading scholars in the field of diasporic studies and creative artists.

About the Participants
Mark LeVine is a professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of California, Irvine. His areas of study include the histories, theologies, political and cultural economies of the Middle East and Islam, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and globalization and its effect on the religions and cultures of Europe and the Middle East. He has written extensively on these subjects including Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv and the Struggle for Palestine (2005), Why They Don’t Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil (2005) and Reapproaching Borders: New Perspectives on the Study of Israel-Palestine, which he co-edited in 2007. Professor LeVine is also a professional musician and has recorded and toured all over the world with various artists such as Mick Jagger and Johnny Copeland. He blends scholarship, music and activism by “culture jamming” around the world. Culture jams bring together scholars, musicians and activists to create an open dialogue on issues of great concern. Professor LeVine received a B.A. in comparative religion and biblical studies from Hunter College and a M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University’s Department of Middle Eastern Studies.
Tahar Lamri is a prize-winning author and graduate of the University of Benghazi Law School. Mr. Lamri was born in Algiers, but has lived in Ravenna, Italy since 1987. As an author, lecturer and artist, Mr. Lamri has taken part in various seminars, conferences and cultural activities. In 1995, his story Solo allora sono certo potrò capire (Only Then, I Am Sure, Will I Be Able to Understand) won first prize for narrative in the literary competition Eks&Tra in Rimini, Italy. Furthermore, Mr. Lamri is currently a member of the European theatre project And the City Spoke, which performs in London, Warsaw and Gdinya. Along with the cultural association Insieme per l’Algeria (Together for Algeria), Mr. Lamri helps to organize the annual initiative ‘Le vie dei venti’ (‘The Ways of the Winds’). Recently, Mr. Lamri has toured the United States with his show, Il pellegrinaggio della voce and co-authored the book I sessanta nomi dell’amore (The Sixty Names of Love) in 2006.
Marie Orton is an associate professor of Italian Studies at Truman State University whose research focuses on immigration in Europe, Holocaust literature and Italian multiculturalism, film and contemporary culture. In 2007, Professor Orton co-edited Multicultural Literature in Contemporary Italy, a collection of prose selections from migrant authors in Italy. She is currently researching comedy in migration literature. Honors received by Professor Orton include a Fulbright Research Fellowship and Truman’s 2006 Educator of the Year award. Professor Orton received her bachelor’s degree from Bringham Young University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Chicago.
Cotten Seiler is an assistant professor of American Studies at Dickinson College. His areas of focus include United States cultural and intellectual history, popular culture and social theory. Professor Seiler’s works have been published in journals such as the American Quarterly and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. Professor Seiler earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
Andrea Lieber is the Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies and an associate professor of Religion at Dickinson College. Professor Lieber’s areas of interest include Judaism and early Christianity, Jewish mysticism (kabbalah) and women and gender in Jewish tradition. Professor Lieber is widely published in journals such as the Jewish Quarterly Review. Professor Lieber received a B.A. from Vassar College and a M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Edward Webb is an assistant professor of political science and international studies at Dickinson College. His areas of focus include Middle East politics, comparative politics, international relations, the interaction of religions and politics and the politics of education. Professor Webb earned a B.A. from Cambridge University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Café Mira is a world music and Afro-Nord group from France, Morocco, Algeria and Italy. Their music is a blend of genres that is influenced by traditional African songs, rock riffs, Reggae, jazz, funk and ska. Café Mira’s lyrics are comprised of a variety of languages, a majority of which are in Derija, the Arabic of Morocco. Through their music, Café Mira addresses issues of individual freedom, the right of movement and the violence and hostility suffered by people on both sides of the Mediterranean. The band members are Reda Zine, Paolo Delaforest, Abdeljalil Errougui and Samir Serguini.
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President Bill Clinton Campaigning for Hillary Clinton

Thursday, March 27, 2008 – 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.mClinton Poster
The Kline Athletic Center

Student Comments

Caitlin Rice

Former President Clinton did an excellent job of detailing what makes Hillary Clinton’s plans for America distinctive. On the event in general, I thought it was great to see so many people there and so excited–regardless of whether they were Democrat or Republican. Having former President Clinton speak on behalf of Hillary was an excellent opportunity as I feel it drew an open minded crowd.

Through this experience and leading the Dickinson Student for Hillary Group on campus, I have learned a great deal, not only about the logistics and politics of a campaign, but about how to communicate more effectively on many levels with peers and professionals. Some of Hillary’s young campaign workers have described being a “Clintonian” on a campus as if describing being a “punk rocker”! Senator Obama’s popularity permeates most college-aged youth, and I have been discovering better ways to engage the opposition in productive conversation about the seemingly slight differences between Obama and Clinton’s policies and the strengths and weaknesses of each.

For me, President Clinton’s visit was the opportunity of a lifetime to introduce the man who defined what I believe was an era of peace and propsperity in which my generation lived as children in America during the 1990s.

Lee Tankle

When President Clinton spoke to the crowd, I was given a unique insight into many of the issues facing America and the world. I was particularly touched by President Clinton’s discussion of the environment and his efforts to connect the sustainability initiatives of Dickinson College to the broader initiatives of “green building” that Hillary Clinton would implement if elected president. I was proud to be a Dickinsonian because many of the environmental initiatives that President Clinton discussed, Dickinson was already actively engaged in, or pursuing.

Being part of the campaign process allowed me to see that political campaigns are much more fast paced than any textbook could ever convey. The rapidity in which the event came together was proof positive of this. I also noticed that while political campaigns may come across as smooth and perfect on television, there is often a great deal of disorganization and confusion in preparation for a massive event like the appearance of a former President of the United States. Much of the confusion and secretiveness is necessary in order to prevent any security breaches to ensure that the president is safe.

I was also very pleased about how down to earth and pleasant President Clinton was. When we chatted with him, he didn’t give off an air of arrogance or elitism which one might expect from a person of his stature.

“Presidential Politics and the Clinton Campaign”

The appearance of President Clinton on behalf of presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton is at the invitation of the Dickinson College Democrats student organization, with logistical support from The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. Dickinson College does not endorse any candidates for public office and the views or opinions expressed by this speaker are not those of Dickinson College.

Mark Alexander, Senior Advisor for Senator Barack Obama

Thursday, March 27, 2008 – 1:00 p.m.
Obama Poster

Stern Center, Great Room

Photos from the Program

Student Comments

Jonathan Roberts

Benjamin Rush and his colleagues understood that American democracy would only survive if its citizens were informed. By bringing representatives of the major candidates to campus, and allowing us to hear their arguments, we can make better-informed decisions about what is politically important to us. I think most Dickinsonians read the news and stay on top of what candidates are doing, but it’s rare that we have the chance to hear it straight from them. That’s unique, and an extraordinary opportunity, and I’m grateful to the College for organizing events like these.

James Liska

I felt that the visits from the Obama and Clinton campaigns demonstrated a high level of interest in this election, but in different ways relating to the different events. For example, President Clinton drew many townspeople and community members, but not predominantly students. The Mark Alexander event, however, featured primarily students. Some students I spoke with looked forward more to the Alexander event than the Clinton event. This gives us interesting insight into what drives the students and what interests students. Regardless, I feel that both events were very well attended and provided good insights into this election cycle.

“Presidential Politics and the Obama Campaign”

The appearance of this campaign representative is at the invitation of the Dickinson College Democrats student organization, with logistical support from The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. Dickinson College does not endorse any candidates for public office and the views or opinions expressed by this speaker are not those of Dickinson College.

Cynthia Enloe

2007 Susan Strange Award Winner in International Studies, Clark University, Worcester, MACynthia Enloe poster

Morgan Lecture
Women and Men in the Iraq War: What Can a Feminist Curiosity Reveal?

Monday, March 24, 2008
7:00 p.m. – Stern Center, Great Room

We are all inundated with news about the Iraq war, but too often the only women shown are mothers and wives weeping – without ever asking them what they think or what they now will do. By asking feminist questions about BOTH American and Iraqi women, about their own thoughts and their complex experiences, we are more likely to get a truly realistic understanding of men’s actions and of the causes and consequences of this war.

Issue in Context
Over the past two decades, feminist critics and practitioners have become an essential part of the discipline of international relations (IR). Feminist IR emerged in the late 1980s. The end of the Cold War brought about a re-evaluation of traditional IR theory which opened up a space for gendering international relations. Cynthia Enloe’s Bananas, Beaches and Bases (Pandora Press 1990) is one of the most influential publications in feminist IR. In this book, Enloe poses a simple question: What happens to our understanding of international politics if we place women’s lives at the centre of our analysis? In attempting to answer this question, Enloe focuses on seven major areas of gendered international politics: tourism, nationalism, the military, diplomacy and the female international labor force in agriculture, textiles, and domestic service.
Women, Enloe argues, play an essential role in the war effort. In Bananas, Beaches and Bases, Enloe states that the creation of stable diplomatic and military communities has been the responsibility of women, as wives, girlfriends, prostitutes and hostesses. She focuses on the role of “diplomatic wives” in stabilizing the lives of military personnel stationed abroad.
The Iraq War has allowed numerous feminist voices to surface as a part of a greater war debate. Is the Iraq War a feminist issue? Under the Taliban’s radical Islamic rule in Afghanistan, women and girls were singled out for especially horrific oppression. In Iraq, however, Hussein’s tyranny was not necessarily gender-specific in its brutality. Iraqi women continue to suffer the detrimental effects of the war, including violence and intimidation. In addition, they lack the security necessary to engage in civic life.
Cynthia Enloe will speak as part of the Morgan Lecture for 2008. The Morgan Lectureship was endowed by the board of trustees in 1929 in grateful appreciation for the distinguished service of James Henry Morgan of the Class of 1878. The lectureship brings to campus a scholar to meet informally with individuals and class groups, and to deliver the Morgan lectures on topics in the social sciences and humanities.

About the Speaker
Cynthia Enloe is a feminist writer and professor who concentrates on women’s politics in the national and international arenas. She has given lectures on feminism, militarization and globalization in Japan, Korea, Turkey, Canada, Britain and numerous colleges around the United States.
Professor Enloe is the author of nine books. Her most famous books include: The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War (1993), Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (1990), Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives (2000), and The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire. (2004).
Professor Enloe’s Bananas, Beaches and Bases examines the role of women in international politics within the context of globalization. Depicting typical scenes of tourism, military and outsourcing of labor, Enloe shows how the global landscape is not exclusively male. Enloe argues that women’s seemingly personal strategies of marriage, housework and beauty are in fact linked to global politics. Enloe gives a radical analysis of globalization, showing how the world system is often more fragile and open to change than we think.
Enloe’s most recent book, Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link (2007) explains women’s desires to be patriotic yet feminine and men’s fears of being feminized as a strategy to explain the globalization of the military. Enloe depicts the workings of the military by exploring strategies of national security, examining the marginalization of women in post-war reconstruction efforts, and illustrating how feminist ideas were used to humiliate male prisoners in Abu Ghraib. Focusing her lens on both international politics and on the complex everyday lives of women and men, Enloe challenges us to recognize militarism in all its forms.
Professor Enloe completed her undergraduate education at Connecticut College, earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a research professor in the International Development, Community and Environment Department (IDCE) and director of the Women’s Studies Department at Clark University.

The Morgan Lecture
The Morgan lecture, endowed by the board of trustees in 1929, provides the College with the opportunity to bring to the campus each year a distinguished scholar to be in residence for a few days. Recent Morgan lecturers have been Samantha Power, Jorge Luis Borges, Frederick Jameson, William Jordan, Jonathan Spence, Michael Walzer, Barbara Stoller Miller, Paul Fussel, James Rosenau, G.M. Tamas, Margaret Miles, Patricia Spacks, Christopher Bigsby, and Laurence Kritzman.

Continuing the Conversation – Student-led follow-up discussion

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 – 4:30 p.m.
The Underground
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Transnational Gender and Sexuality Symposium

Thursday, February 14, 2008Transnational Poster
Various Times
Stern Center, Great Room

This one-day symposium offers perspectives from three scholars critically exploring sexuality and gender identities in relation to shifting cultural and national boundaries.

10:30 a.m. – Denise Brennan, Georgetown University
Love Work and Sex Work in the Dominican Republic
Suggested Readings:
1. Nicole Constable’s book: Romance on A Global Stage
2. Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Hochschild’s edited volume: Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy
3. Carla Freeman’s book: High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy
4. Faye Ginsburg and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s edited volume: Uncertain Terms: Negotiating Gender in American Culture
5. What’s Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex, by Denise Brennan
1:00 p.m. – France Winddance Twine, University of California, Santa Barbara

Written on the Body: Hair and Heritage in Black Europe

2:30 p.m. – Karen Kelsky, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The Personal is Personal: Predicaments of the Lesbian Feminist Subject in Japan.

4:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion

The panel will explore such questions as: How does transnationalism affect cultural reproduction in intimate areas, such as family relations (husband-wife, parent-child), inter-generational ethnic relations, and the sphere defined as “private?”; How has transnationalism produced new intersections of race, gender and sexuality?; Does it make sense to speak of hegemony in the case of gendered images in transnational cultural currency? What is the evidence for the dialogue or interaction between the global images of women and local ones? We expect other questions from the audience will generate additional themes for discussion.

Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology

Issue in Context
Recent shifts in international boundaries call established gender relations into question. This one-day symposium will critically examine gender, sexuality, and transnationalism with the help of three experts who will explore such questions as how the notion of transnationalism is being used to understand sexuality, ‘racial’ and gendered identity, sex work, and how the circulation of global images has affected gender in the Dominican Republic, England, and Japan.
It is estimated that four million women all over the world are involved in the global sex trade and every year that figure is rising. While these increases are in part due to globalization, they can also be explained by the widespread exploitation of women and children. The global sex trade is gendered (most prostitutes are women), ethnic (women from non-Western backgrounds are the primary subjects in the industry), and also national (certain countries, such as Thailand, are more popular than others). Denise Brennan will discuss the facets of the sex industry and why the largest numbers of sexually exploited women in Latin America come from the Dominican Republic.
Although people of color account for a significant proportion of European citizens, these populations are often ignored in popular and scholarly accounts. France Winddance Twine has studied the ways that children of multiracial heritage in second generation African-Caribbean communities must transfer their black identities to fit into English society. Transnational circuits of consumption enable white members of interracial families to function as the cultural clones of their black female relatives. Building upon Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of capital, a new form of capital called ‘ethnic capital’ theorizes and accounts for the labor that white birth mothers of African descent children perform to secure their children’s inclusion in second generation black diasporic communities in England. Ethnic capital is a form of capital that is highly valued by members of ethnic minority communities, and its possession facilitates social cohesion within black British communities and provides a form of cultural currency that reinforces ethnic belonging and social inclusion.
Until recently, homosexual desire in Japan was likened to a mental illness, while lesbian relationships were seen as spiritual rather than sexual connections. Although these sexual norms have changed dramatically in recent years, and the acceptance of lesbians is more widespread, traditional Japanese culture still stigmatizes homosexuality. There are expectations and pressures for women to marry and raise families. Also, stereotypes and the association of homosexuality with either pornography or Western society discourage women from even exploring their sexuality. Karen Kelsky will explain why many Japanese are still unwilling to believe that homosexuals can be “normal” Japanese people.

About the Speakers
Denise Brennan is an associate professor of anthropology at Georgetown University. Her research interests include the global sex trade, human trafficking, migration, and women’s labor in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2004, Brennan authored the book, What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic and was awarded an American Association of University Women fellowship for the same academic year. Brennan received an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and both a MPhil and Ph.D. from Yale University.

France Winddance Twine is an anthropologist and a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her teaching areas and research interests include gender, girlhood, racism/anti-racism, feminist theory, critical race theory, field research methods, and multiracial/transracial families. She has also conducted extensive field research in Brazil, Britain and the United States, and authored numerous publications including her 1997 book, Racism in a Racial Democracy: The Maintenance of White Supremacy in Brazil. Twine is the deputy editor of the American Sociological Review, the journal of the American Sociological Association and serves on the editorial boards of Ethnic and Racial Studies. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Karen Kelsky is the head of the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, as well as an associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on Japan, gender, sexuality, race, popular culture, and transnational cultural studies. Kelsky is the author of the 2001 book, Women on the Verge: Japanese Women, Western Dreams in 2001, and is currently working on a book project entitled The Personal is Personal: Reading the Lesbian in Contemporary Japan. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, and an M.A. in anthropology and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu.
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Cindi Katz

City University of New York, Graduate CenterKatz Poster

Writing on the Wall: From Disaster to Doing Something

Thursday, February 7, 2008
7:00 p.m. – Holland Union Building, Social Hall

Hurricane Katrina scoured the political economic landscape of New Orleans revealing the toll of decades of disinvestment in and ‘hostile privatism’ toward social reproduction in a city riddled with corrosive inequalities around class, race, and gender. Business and government have failed to address the social and economic needs of poor and working people in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. The toll can be seen in the unevenness of neighborhood and infrastructural recovery, the difficulty of establishing a stable workforce of residents, and the deepening of ongoing neoliberal tendencies toward privatization in education, healthcare, and housing. Focusing on these issues, we will look at the sorts of activism these failures have spurred. The discussion will center on community based political groups working to redress this situation in New Orleans, but will also connect their work to groups working elsewhere to draw out a ‘countertopography’ of activisms that interrogate the underlying politics and policies–explicit and implicit–that have undermind the social wage and produced this situation not just in New Orleans but all over the United States.

Issue in Context

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a category five hurricane at its peak, made landfall and devastated many Louisiana communities, with New Orleans particularly hard hit. Katrina caused massive flooding from breaches in the levees, power outages, property damage, and considerable loss of life. Many people lost their homes and livelihoods, forced to live as refugees in their own country. Some still remain unable to return to their homes as recovery and rebuilding are incomplete.
The sluggishness and unevenness of recovery in New Orleans reveal the inequalities of class, “race”, and gender that persist in New Orleans. Local businesses, the local government and the national government have failed to provide for the social and economic needs of the poor citizens of New Orleans. Many poor, African American neighborhoods have been left in ruin, while much more progress has been made in rebuilding the more prosperous sections of the city. New Orleans still lacks a stable work force and many sectors, including education, healthcare and housing, are undergoing privatization. Even if housing is rebuilt, people cannot return to live in New Orleans while steady employment with a living wage and a solid infrastructure are not available.
In reaction to the corruption of the government and business responses to the aftermath of Katrina and the neglect of the city’s inhabitants, much activism has emerged. Community based political groups have developed in New Orleans to demand action from the city to rectify the inequalities in the recovery process. These groups, connected with others across the country, are creating what Professor Katz calls, ‘countertopography’ of activisms working to interrogate the politics and policies that undermine the social wage not only in New Orleans, but throughout the U.S.

About the Speaker

Cindi Katz is a renowned urban geographer, award winning author, and professor of geography in Environmental Psychology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Professor Katz’s areas of study include the social production and reproduction of space, place and nature, the knowledge of politics, children and the environment, and the consequences of global economic restructuring for everyday life. Currently, Professor Katz is doing research on the intertwined spaces of homeland and home-based security, and a project on activism, social reproduction, and the enduring effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Professor Katz has published many works throughout her career in journals such as Society and Space, Signs, Antipode, Social Text, Social Justice, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Cultural Geographies, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Gender, Place and Culture, and Feminist Studies. She is also the author of Growing up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children’s Everyday Lives (2004), which describes how globalization and development affect the lives, experiences and growth of children in both New York City and a village in Sudan. Growing up Global won the Association of American Geographers Meridian Award in 2004. Professor Katz was also the co-editor of Women’s Studies Quarterly (2004-08), Full Circles: Geographies of Women Over the Life Course (1993) and Life’s Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction (2004).
Also, Professor Katz has received many honors including a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a women’s studies scholarship in residence at West Virginia University. Professor Katz holds an A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. in geography from Clark University.

Related Links
Hurricane Impact Data: http://www.gnocdc.org/impact.html
State of Policy and Progress (January 2008): http://www.gnocdc.org/NOLAIndex/ESNOLAIndex.pdf
Hurricane Katrina Information Guide: http://www.thrall.org/katrina/#statistics
Cindi Katz Biography: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/che/cerg/research_team/cindi_katz_index.htm
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Haya Bar-Itzhak

Fulbright Scholar, School of Humanities Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg.

Eve and Lilith: Men and Women Telling the Myth of the Creation of Woman

Friday, November 16, 2007
The Clarke Forum, 12:00 p.m.

This program is open to Dickinson faculty, staff and students by reservation only. Space is limited – email flinchbk@dickinson.edu to reserve a seat. Lunch provided.

Prof. Bar-Itzhak will discuss the Lilith myth as crystallized in Jewish tradition. She will show how this myth reinforced the sacred patriarchal order of the society by creating Lilith as the worst enemy of “good” women.
The Lilith stories from ancient Jewish sources were all written by men. She will also present the story as told by women from Jewish traditional society, for whom Lility is still a living myth.

Co-sponsored by Judaic Studies.