In 2016, SAC established the Diversity Colloquium Series. This series represents our efforts to do something positive, thoughtful, and visible in response to police brutality incidents nationwide as well as a student demand to offer more diversity offerings on campus. We partner with the Office of the President, the Chief Diversity Officer, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The series highlights the work of UNI faculty and students and local community organizations to build a more inclusive and diverse society.
- All events held at the ScholarSpace in Rod Library -
Monday, October 21, 7 PM - Maids, Wives, and Mothers: Women and the Courts in Early Modern England, Jennifer McNabb (History Faculty)
According to the prescriptive ideals of both church and state in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, young women should be ruled, either by fathers or husbands, and exhibit the classical female virtues of chastity, silence, and obedience. Conduct books and manuals used to socialize young women provide us with a clear picture of the constraints placed on young women and have often been identified by modern scholars as evidence of a society in which men ruled and women were subordinates. Other contemporary evidence, however, provides fascinating glimpses into the lived experiences of real young women and presents a far more complex assessment of their experiences
This talk will explore the lives of young women who found themselves before the court in early modern England over issues involving disputed matrimony, insulting speech, and sexual misconduct. It will focus as a case study on young Katherine Prescott, who, at age 12, was forced to marry a young man against her will and then fought to escape the union against the wishes of a powerful and domineering father. The story of Katherine and other young women who gave evidence in court in early modern England reveals lives of both subjection and agency, as they absorbed, contested, and defined their roles as maids, wives, and mothers.
Wednesday, November 20, 7 PM - Defining Diversity in a (Rapidly) Changing Iowa, Mark Grey (SAC Faculty)
Iowa is experiencing rapid linguistic and ethnic diversification. This presentation will review recent shifts in the state's population, project the state's future demographic profile and explore the challenges of defining diversity in changing communities.
Thursday, February 27, 7 PM - Refuge, Asylum, & Immigration: A Contemporary Conversation, Kamryn Warren (SAC Faculty), Lisa Munoz (CVAIRR & Hawkeye CC), Umaru Balde (CVAIRR & Univ of Iowa), Sarah Kraft (EMBARC)
Learn about the great work being done in the Cedar Valley on issues related to seeking refuge and asylum, immigration and the promotion of human rights. Q&A will follow panelist presentations.
Friday, March 6, 4 PM - A Visible Scar: Loss & Memory in the Works of Zarina Hashmi & Rummana Hussain, Tracy Bonfitto (Curator at the Harry Ransom Center, Univ of Texas and Anthropology Alumni)
Dr. Bonfitto's lecture will highlight how the Indian-born artists responded through very different artistic practices to two intertwined, transformational flashpoints in the modern history of South Asia: the devastating events of Partition (1947) and the widespread riots following the destruction of the Babri Masjid (1992).
This event is part of the Department of Philosophy and Religion's 50th Anniversary's Lecture Series.
Monday, April 6, 4 PM - Managing Barriers to Visitation Together: A Qualitative Examination of Family Members Active in Support Groups, Allison Cox (SAC faculty)
Past Diversity Colloquia Series Events
- April 2019 - Emotions in Crisis: The Consequences of Ceremonial Refugee Camp Visits (Kamryn Warren, SAC Faculty)
- March 2019 - Family separation: The impact of immigration policy on children and families (Maria Alcivar, Iowa State)
- February 2019 - Protection from Prosecution: Privilege and Illicit Substance Use in Reality TV (Kimberly M. Baker, SAC Faculty)
- November 2018 - What Can You Do With That? Navigating Career Pathways in "Useless" Majors Through Service-Learning Partnerships (Cara Burnidge and Yasemin Sari, Philosophy & Religion Faculty)
- October 2018 - Myth Vs. Reality: Race, Gender, and (In)justice in the Media (Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn)
- September 2018 - McNair Scholar Presentations (Kyla Ford & Dante Miller)
- April 2018 - How do we end mass incarceration? (Community Panel - R. Allen Hays, Aaron Hawbaker, Sara Carter Geiger, & Dan Tallman)
- March 2018 - Child Maltreatment, Race, & Internalizing Problems: Evidence of a Mental Health Paradox? (Ashleigh Kaysar-Moon, SAC Faculty)
- February 2018 - The Relevance of Disability Studies in Education: A Framework for Change (Danielle Cowley, David Hernandez-Saca, & Amy Petersen, College of Education)
- November 2017 - Education and Collaboration: Key Elements for Cultivating & Sustaining Violence Prevention Efforts (Alan Heisterkamp & Annette Lynch, UNI Center for Violence Prevention)
- October 2017 - Social Justice in the Classroom: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (T. Elon Dancy II, University of Oklahoma)
- September 2017 - African American Labor History in Waterloo - Niria White (History, '19 & and McNair Scholar)
- April 2017 - Serving Our Community, While Learning: Service-Learning and Professional Development at UNI (Lazarus Adua, SAC Faculty & Students from Program and Policy Evaluation)
- March 2017 - “Why Don’t They Just Become Citizens?"and Other Questions about Immigration and Immigrants to the US (Panel - Cedar Valley Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)
- February 2017 - Men of Color, Mental Health, and the Correctional System (Community Panel - Tom Eachus, David Goodson, Bill Tate, & Cora Turner)
- November 2016 - A War on Drugs, Or A War on People? (Kimberly M. Baker, UNI Faculty, and Students from Drugs, Crime, & Society)
- November 2016 - Managing Emotions in the Classroom in an Era of Inequality (Carissa Froyum, SAC Faculty)
- October 2016 - What You Think You Know About Politics....And Why You May Be Wrong (Donna Hoffman & Chris Larimer, Political Science)
- September 2016 - Race, Poverty, and the Criminal Justice System: Protecting the Rights of the Accused in the St. Louis Area (Joshua N. Canavan, ArchCity Defenders)