PEACE (Practicing English and Cultural Exchange)

International Community Center, Pyle Center Suite 130 (ISS office)
@ 5:30 pm - @ 7:00 pm

PEACE is a free, non-credit English conversation and cultural exchange class facilitated by staff members of International Student Services (ISS). PEACE focuses on intercultural sharing and learning, cultural adjustment support, and community-building through English conversation practice.

Davarian L. Baldwin: Building a Social Justice University: What Will it Take to Free Higher Education from its Current Conditions?

Elvehjem Building, Room L160, 800 University Avenue
@ 6:00 pm

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Davarian L. Baldwin is an internationally recognized scholar, author, and public advocate. He is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Founding Director of the Smart Cities Research Lab at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. His academic and political commitments have focused on global cities and particularly the diverse and marginalized communities that struggle to maintain sustainable lives in urban locales. Baldwin is the award-winning author of several books, most recently, In The Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities Are Plundering Our Cities and served as the consultant and text author for The World of the Harlem Renaissance: A Jigsaw Puzzle (2022). His commentaries and opinions have been featured in numerous outlets from NBC News, BBC, and HULU to USA Today, the Washington Post, and TIME magazine. Baldwin was named a 2022 Freedom Scholar by the Marguerite Casey Foundation for his work.

Knowing Silence: How Children Talk About Immigration Status in School.

Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa
Virtual - Zoom
@ 12:00 pm

In this talk, Mangual Figueroa will explore an enduring dilemma in the field of education: how can we best understand and support children growing up in mixed-status immigrant families when we cannot speak openly about citizenship status and experiences of migration in public schools? Drawing on a decade of ethnographic research with six immigrant girls in New York City, this talk examines how children express—sometimes with speech, sometimes with significant silences—their knowledge about citizenship, and how this knowledge shapes their learning and participation in school.

Community Teaching: Storytelling as Pedagogy

Room 2235, Nancy Nicholas Hall
@ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This talk will reflect on the ongoing formation of HMoob Studies through community teaching as a way to shift knowledge and expertise. Community teaching, the talk will argue, centers storytelling practices that are integral to Hmong, other refugee communities, and Indigenous and Black communities in research and teaching. These stories constitute community epistemologies or ways of knowing that anchor historical and ongoing experiences of violence but also agency. Storytelling as pedagogy allows for new forms of knowledge, such as the transmission of war memory, to be produced and shared. HMoob Studies research and teaching are not just about changing institutions of learning but also about using refugee/community knowledge toward dismantling systems that produce violence and displacement.

Holding It Together: How Women Became America’s Safety Net

8417 William H. Sewell Social Sciences Building
@ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Holding It Together, the new book by Sociologist Jessica Calarco, reveals how the United States exploits women’s unpaid and underpaid labor to maintain the illusion of a “DIY society” and justify underinvestment in the social safety net. Through vivid portraits drawn from over 400 hours of interviews with families across the socioeconomic, racial, and political spectrum, along with original surveys of more than 4,000 U.S. parents, the book shows that without women, the U.S. social safety net would simply collapse. The book also illustrates how the United States traps women in this system of exploitation—leaving them either with no choice but to do the work of the social safety net or with the morally fraught choice of pushing that work onto others more vulnerable than them. Finally, and with insights from media and policy analyses, the book explores the myths that dissuade us from fighting together to build the kind of net that would better support us all.

Researching HERstory: Finding and Writing About Our Female Ancestors

Online Webinar
@ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Your female ancestors might be hiding in plain sight! While historical records have often overlooked women's lives and downplayed their contributions, Gena Philibert-Ortega will show you how to uncover the hidden narratives of your female ancestors through underused resources and research strategies. Presenter: Gena Philibert-Ortega