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Gannon University Presents Cultural Conversations Speaker Series

Published: 03/02/2021

Gannon University Presents "Cultural Conversations."

Gannon University Presents "Cultural Conversations."

Gannon University is presenting Cultural Conversations: Exploring Issues of Racial and Social Justice Locally and Globally through a series of virtual events hosted by the Office of Global Support and Student Engagement and the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

Cultural Conversations builds on this year’s CHESS Speaker Series, Racial Justice: Be the Change, to explore perspectives of racial and social justice in a global context with insights from members of the Gannon and surrounding communities.

The next event in this series, Immigration in the Americas: A Look into How COVID-19 has Impacted Hispanic International Students in the U.S, will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on March 3. Join us to learn about the challenges that many international students face during the COVID-19 pandemic regarding U.S. immigration laws. This event is presented by the Gannon University International Hispanic Association. Register at: https://gannon.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BFRcxLyUTEKJhPOR3_Lhmw

Other events in this series are listed below and are free and open to the public via Zoom livestream.

> Global Migration and the Inter-Generational Experiences of Indo-Americans

> Tuesday, March 9 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
This discussion between students and faculty will explore the Indo-American community and global migration, stereotypes such as the “model minority,” post-9/11 anti-Asia sentiments, and the evolving relationship in business between India and the U.S.

Panelists and presenters include: Gannon’s Anjali Sahay, Ph.D., program director of political science; Kuastav Mukherjee, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; Shreelina Ghosh, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; and Leena Manjunath, a graduate student.

Register at: https://bit.ly/3tEMrsH

> The Philippine Poor in the Time of Three Pandemics: Duterte’s Iron Fist, Extrajudicial Killings and COVID- 19
> Thursday, March 11 | 9:30 - 10:50 a.m.
In 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte initiated a “War on Drugs” that has killed more than 20,000 individuals through extra-judicial state violence and that has continued through the COVID-19 pandemic. This discussion focuses on research around the epidemiological qualities of violence in the Philippines to consider the intersections of three pandemics in the country during COVID-19.

Panelists include: Chris Magno, Ph.D., Gannon’s associate professor of criminal justice and environmental science and engineering; Philip Parnell, Ph.D., associate professor of international studies at Indiana University; and Patria Luwalhati Garcia, a graduate criminalistics student and research assistant at Gannon, as well as an Institute of Philippine Culture graduate research assistant.

Register at: https://bit.ly/36TkFPC

> Japan: Bi-Cultural, Mixed-Race, and Returnee Experiences in Japan and the U.S.

> Tuesday, April 13 | 7 - 8 p.m.
“Returnees” are individuals who have lived abroad for extended periods of time – typically for work or school and who have returned to their native countries again. This adjustment to being “home” again can be challenging, and notions of “home” become more complicated for children who are bi-cultural or of mixed race. This panel will explore a variety of bi-cultural, mixed-race and returnee experiences in Japan and the U.S. Topics include pop culture representations, cultural assumptions, overcoming reverse culture shock, stereotypes, navigating identity, and finding a space of belonging.

This event is moderated by Derek DiMatteo, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Gannon. Panelists will include members of the Gannon, Erie, and Japanese communities.

Register at: https://bit.ly/3aDyd2A