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  • 01/21/2021 4:00 PM - 11:59 PM Online Zoom "Heroes for Us: The Culture of Care in Spider-Man's Multiverse" Live webinar with Prof. Julian Chambliss (Michigan State) The Dept. of Religion & Culture is excited, as part of VTs commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., to host Prof. Julian Chambliss from Michigan State, author of several books on race and the MCU/ superheroes, for a talk related to the RLCL Spring 2021 theme of care. He will be speaking about race, policing, family and how we take care of each other in the Marvel world and our own. All are welcome but registration is required. This event follows (Wednesday 1/20) a live tweet of the film SpiderMan: Into the SpiderVerse itself. Contact Prof. Matthew Gabriele (gabriele@vt.edu) for more information.
  • 01/21/2021 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM Virtual (Zoom Meeting ID: 88910008249) German Program Information Meeting This meeting is for undergraduates interested in learning more about the German program at Virginia Tech. Information will be provided regarding the German major and minor, courses this semester, study abroad and internship abroad opportunities, and activities such as the German Culture Club, Teach for Jamie, and Kaffeeklatsch. German professors and advanced students will be available to answer your questions.
  • 01/25/2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Online Dr. Bonnie Zare "Narratives of Victim-Survivors: Fighting Rape Culture in India" Women in India cope with an ongoing sense of precarity owing to the frequency of street harassment and sexual violence, impacting their freedom to travel and their sense of autonomous agency. The 2012 gang rape and fatal injury of a Dehli medical student returned the subject of rape to public discourse, leading to mass protests and, eventually, some stronger anti-rape laws; however, #metoo allegations surface weekly, and artists and activists are demanding that the trivialization of rape and verbal abuse receive attention and that active steps are taken to dismantle the cultural scaffolding undergirding the violation of women. The 2020 gang rape and injury of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in a millet field in Uttar Pradesh further underlines the extremely limited changes of gaining justice and healing when the police and government authorities collude to protect criminals owing to their caste, class, age, and social capital. In 2014, a group of Indian graphic artists convened to create stories about women's ground realities and the microaggressions they experience. The resulting publication, "Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back", contains fourteen vignettes which reveal the constraints women experience and illuminate women's capacity for resilience and boldness. Dr. Bonnie Zare examines the forms of resistance imagined and how particular stories illuminate slow (subtle, everyday) violence. Dr. Zare will also argue what exactly is lost if we know little about the perpetrators who commit these acts against women and if we do not hear the voices of Dalit women. Bonnie Zare is an Associate Professor in Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on discourses of identity, feminism and activism in contemporary India and in South Asian women's fiction. Her articles have appeared in Women's Studies International Forum, International Journal of Cultural Studies and the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, among others. She is the founder of the Keep Girls in School Project which has been supporting low-income girls in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since 2008. The Virginia Tech Center for Humanities presents a series of talks by faculty research associates who will discuss their work. This talk is free and open to the public and we invite anyone to attend. There will be a brief question and answer session with viewers following the presentation. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact the Center for Humanities at 540.231.1981 or email humanities@vt.edu at least 10 business days prior to the event.
  • 01/28/2021 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Online Zoom Who's Reading Who? Authority and Authorities Welcome to the first of two expert panels on reading and interpreting authoritative texts, co-sponsored by Virginia Tech Department of Religion and Culture and the BRANE Collective. In this webinar, we will be asking the question, Who's Reading Who? i.e., who is doing the reading of authoritative texts, and whose readings are prioritized. Panelists include Stephen L. Young (Appalachian State), Chance Bonar (Harvard), CJ Schmidt (Rice), Jason A. Staples (NC State), and Shaily Patel (Virginia Tech). In the first part of the webinar, our experts will deliver short presentations on interpretive authority and authorities. From constitutional originalism to historical criticism of the bible, certain modes of reading and interpreting texts are deemed objective or neutral. Speakers will analyze these modes of reading and interpretation, drawing attention to their pitfalls and the ways in which they elide or silence other ways of approaching authoritative texts. The latter half of the webinar is dedicated to audience engagement and cross panel discussion. Please join us!
  • 01/29/2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GaYpTUDhQYesdsOuVOkG8Q Women, Policy and Political Leadership - Regional Perspectives While womens presence in parliament has largely increased around the world, full gender parity remains elusive. Womens participation in politics and their secure access to political life is vital for democratic development and sustainability. This panel showcases a new edited collection that brings together regional perspectives to address the role of women parliamentarians around the world. Speakers will discuss womens progress in Latin America and Asia, sharing their insights on how various forms of policy adoptions such as gender quotas have shaped womens access to power, how womens political status has changed over time, and what remains to be done for women to gain full political empowerment. Fellows of the Asian Democratic Leaders Alliance will also provide insights into their political careers.
  • 01/29/2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Zoom---https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/89150585563 Food Studies Program Launch Meet the Food Studies Program Steering Committee as we share our vision for the program's future and invite you to contribute yours. We'll offer a glimpse of the projects we're scheming and the welcoming space that we're creating. And as a preview of the broader community storytelling we've got planned for April, we'll each narrate a food that connects our personal and professional lives.
  • 01/29/2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Virtual (Zoom Meeting ID: 978 7078 1606) Kaffeeklatsch Join the German program for its once-a-month Kaffeeklatsch. Come for the entire hour or only for a few minutes to take a break from studying or working and to chat - in German - with friends, fellow students, and professors. Contact Dr. Esther Bauer for the Zoom meeting pass code.
  • 02/02/2021 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Virtual PPE Reading Group: Crashed - A Decade of Financial Crises This semester, the PPE Reading Group will discuss Adam Tooze's book, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World (2018). The book offers an eye-opening reinterpretation of the 2008 economic crisis and its ten-year aftermath as a global event that directly led to the shockwaves being felt around the world today. Professor Tooze is an award-winning economic historian. He will deliver the 2021 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture in April this year. The PPE Reading Group takes place via Zoom and is scheduled for every other Tuesday, 2:30-4:00pm. To join the group and receive Zoom meeting details, please contact Gil Hersch (hersch@vt.edu).
  • 02/02/2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Virtual Take the Lead Join us to kickoff of our spring semester series with a Take the Lead Graduate School Panel. The panel will feature alumni and current students in Law, History, Psychology, and Education graduate programs. Sign up at liberalarts.vt.edu/lead and come with your questions!
  • 02/04/2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM online webinar Art, Creative Practice, and Social Transformation - A virtual public talk featuring Sage Crump The Virginia Tech Community Change Collaborative and Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts are proud to host a virtual public talk with Sage Crump. Crump is an artist, culture strategist, and facilitator who supports cultural workers/arts organizations involved in social justice to build social movements. She believes in leveraging art, creative practice, and the cultural sector to transform systemic oppressions. In her different roles, Crump's work supports local and translocal visionary organizing, examines the movement of Blackness through time and space, amplifies the leadership of arts and rural organizations of color, and grows their ability to thrive in culturally authentic ways. Her work incorporates complex sciences, emergent strategy, and creative practice to imagine the world we want to live in, and build strategies and practices that will get us there. Register for the webinar here: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__NMHu5ojRwOZCCXxv0jNtg
  • 02/05/2021 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Online Zoom Who's Reading Who? Interpretation and Ethics Welcome back to the second and final expert panel on reading and interpreting authoritative texts, cosponsored by Virginia Tech Department of Religion and Culture and the BRANE Collective. In this webinar, we will be asking the question, Who's Reading Who? i.e., whose forms of reading and interpreting texts read (meaning see and analyze) and critique the dominant forms of reading and interpretation we discussed in our first webinar. We will also be taking a look at forms of engaging authoritative texts in a wide array of cultural contexts. Panelists include Lynn Huber (Elon), M Adryael Tong (ITC), Ericka Dunbar (Spelman), Charlotte Eubanks (Penn State), and Lauren Osborne (Whitman). In the first part of the webinar, our experts will deliver short presentations on forms of engaging with authoritative texts that critique and provide alternatives dominant, so-called objective forms of reading. Speakers will analyze community based practices of textual interpretation in multiple contexts and discuss what ethical reading looks like in these communities of accountability. They will also engage the question of reading in general: What can practices like chanting or singing tell us about how different people approach authoritative texts? The latter half of the webinar is dedicated to audience engagement and cross panel discussion. We're happy to have you join us!
  • 02/16/2021 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Virtual PPE Reading Group: Crashed - A Decade of Financial Crises This semester, the PPE Reading Group will discuss Adam Tooze's book, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World (2018). The book offers an eye-opening reinterpretation of the 2008 economic crisis and its ten-year aftermath as a global event that directly led to the shockwaves being felt around the world today. Professor Tooze is an award-winning economic historian. He will deliver the 2021 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture in April this year. The PPE Reading Group takes place via Zoom and is scheduled for every other Tuesday, 2:30-4:00pm. To join the group and receive Zoom meeting details, please contact Gil Hersch (hersch@vt.edu).
  • 02/17/2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Virtual PPE Talk: Alexis Louaas Alexis Louaas, Postdoctoral Fellow at the European Institute for Innovation and Technology at Imperial College London, will give a research talk with the title "From Hobbes to Kant - A Repeated Game Approach of Contractarianism". All faculty and students are welcome to attend. Here is the Zoom link for the meeting: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/88908654116 Please log into Zoom with your Virginia Tech email address.
  • 02/26/2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Virtual (Zoom Meeting ID: 978 7078 1606) Kaffeeklatsch Join the German program for its once-a-month Kaffeeklatsch. Come for the entire hour or only for a few minutes to take a break from studying or working and to chat - in German - with friends, fellow students, and professors. Contact Dr. Esther Bauer for the Zoom meeting pass code.
  • 03/02/2021 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Virtual PPE Reading Group: Crashed - A Decade of Financial Crises This semester, the PPE Reading Group will discuss Adam Tooze's book, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World (2018). The book offers an eye-opening reinterpretation of the 2008 economic crisis and its ten-year aftermath as a global event that directly led to the shockwaves being felt around the world today. Professor Tooze is an award-winning economic historian. He will deliver the 2021 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture in April this year. The PPE Reading Group takes place via Zoom and is scheduled for every other Tuesday, 2:30-4:00pm. To join the group and receive Zoom meeting details, please contact Gil Hersch (hersch@vt.edu).
  • 03/10/2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Virtual PPE Research Fellow Panel: Economic Theory, Inequality, and Oppression At this panel, current PPE Research Fellows David Bieri, Melinda Miller, and Phillipp Yaure will discuss their fascinating work on the history of economic thought, economic inequality, and inclusive citizenship. Dr. Bieri's research engages with August Loesch's theory of spatial economics and liberal democracy, Dr. Miller's work explores the relationship between institutions and economic inequality, and Dr. Yaure's research develops a republican theory of citizenship that counteracts oppression and fosters inclusiveness. Join us for an informal, but intellectually rich discussion. All faculty and students are welcome to attend. Here is the Zoom link for the meeting: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/89794314554 Please log into your Zoom account with your Virginia Tech email address.
  • 03/16/2021 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Virtual PPE Reading Group: Crashed - A Decade of Financial Crises This semester, the PPE Reading Group will discuss Adam Tooze's book, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World (2018). The book offers an eye-opening reinterpretation of the 2008 economic crisis and its ten-year aftermath as a global event that directly led to the shockwaves being felt around the world today. Professor Tooze is an award-winning economic historian. He will deliver the 2021 PPE Distinguished Public Lecture in April this year. The PPE Reading Group takes place via Zoom and is scheduled for every other Tuesday, 2:30-4:00pm. To join the group and receive Zoom meeting details, please contact Gil Hersch (hersch@vt.edu).