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Junot Diaz Lecture

Guest Lecture Series

Fall 2016

Brazil and the Black Diaspora Feminist Project in the Americas

March 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Literature, Gender, and Culture: A Cross-Cultural Conversation
March 31
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Loughman Living Room
Opening Keynote Speaker: Prof. Keisha-Khan Perry (Brown University)

"Brazil and the Black Diaspora Feminist Project in the Americas"
Professor Ana Emlinger (Geography and Regional Planning, Westfield State)
Mr. David Cisek (English graduate student, Westfield State)
Professor Regine Jean-Charles (Romance Languages, Boston College)
Professor Cheryl Sterling (English, The City College, CUNY)
Closing Keynote: Professor Millery Polyne (History, New York University)
“Dancing Development: Insights and Warnings from the Golden Age of Tourism in Haiti”

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To Survive on This Shore

April 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

To Survive on This Shore

Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Variant Older Adults

Jess T. Dugan, MFA and Vanessa Fabbre, Ph. D.
Thursday, April 6, 6 p.m.
Scanlon Banquet Hall

In this lecture, artist Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre will speak about their collaborative project To Survive on this Shore, which combines photographs of transgender and gender-variant people over the age of fifty with interviews about their life experiences in regards to gender, identity, age, and sexuality and provides a nuanced view into the complexities of aging as a transgender person.  In addition, Dr. Fabbre will speak about her research on gender transitions in later life and discuss implications for the health and well-being of LGBTQ older adults.

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity and community. 

Vanessa Fabbre, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis whose research explores the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging.  

Active Transportation for a Healthy, Sustainable Planet

April 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Active Transportation for a Healthy, Sustainable Planet

Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D.
Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Woodward Center

Dr. Janet Walberg Rankin has established the ActivEarth Initiative, which promotes global change through active transportation and combines physical activity, environmental stewardship and economic viability to make the world a healthier place to live. Her presentation will touch upon many different areas such as the health of the body, environment, and transportation.  Her current research includes determining predictors and barriers of active transportation (walking and biking) as a means to increase physical activity, and the exploration of the co-benefits of active transportation on health the environment and the economy.

This event was organized by the Exercise is Medicine on Campus committee which focuses on educational opportunities for campus and community to ensure that knowledge of the importance of physical activity to health is shared and incorporated into campus life. 

*Note this schedule is subject to change.  Please check back for updates.

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