Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture
“Looking Back and Moving Ahead: Having the Wisdom to Learn and Finding the Courage to Lead”
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Marco Barker, PhD
During this lecture, Barker takes the audience through a reflective and educational experience. Drawing from his lived, personal experiences as a young Black male growing up in Arkansas' Mississippi Delta and now as a career diversity professional, Barker introduces the notions of reflecting and learning from personal experiences and narratives and offers frameworks for making sense of these life lessons—particularly given the uncertainty of our national climate for diversity and inclusion.
About Dr. Barker
Dr. Barker serves as Westminster’s inaugural chief diversity officer and has the responsibility of providing leadership for campus diversity initiatives. His research focuses on cross-race doctoral advising with a focus on critical race theory, doctoral socialization, and cross-cultural interactions. He currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education and is a member of the advisory board for KeyBank of Utah. Dr. Barker earned his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas, his MBA from Webster University and his PhD in educational leadership and research from Louisiana State University.
Political Outlook: A Comprehensive Picture of what's going on in Washington
Thursday, October 27, 2016
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Taking place less than two weeks before this year's unprecedented US presidential election, Brazile's talk will discuss the complexities of the current US political landscape from an insider's perspective.
Keynote Speaker: Donna Brazile
Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute.
Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved New Orleans, Brazile's passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. Since 2000, Brazile has lectured at over 125 colleges and universities across the country on such topics as "Inspiring Civility in American Politics," Race Relations in the Age of Obama, Why Diversity Matters, Women in American Politics: Are We There Yet.
She first got involved at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing set was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign.
Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal Uclick, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine, an on-air contributor to CNN, and ABC, where she regularly appears on ABC's This Week. Her secret passion is acting; she has recently made two cameo appearances on CBS's The Good Wife. Ask her and she'll tell you that acting, after all, is the key to success in politics.
In August 2009, O, The Oprah Magazine chose Brazile as one of its 20 "remarkable visionaries" for the magazine's first- ever O Power List. In addition, she was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women byWashingtonian magazine, Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine, and received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's highest award for political achievement.
She is currently on the board of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
Last, but never least, she is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. In the aftermath of the two catastrophic hurricanes that made landfall in the Gulf region, Brazile was appointed by former Governor Kathleen Blanco to serve on the Louisiana Recovery Board to work for the rebuilding of the state and to advocate for the Gulf recovery on the national stage.
Brazile is the proud recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically Black, Catholic institution of higher education in the United States.
Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC.
Statement from Westminster College: As an educational institution, Westminster College is committed to promoting the free exchange of ideas, which includes providing a forum for speakers who express a wide variety of political views. The college’s tax-exempt status, however, requires that it not engage in any political campaign activity, which means the college is prohibited from endorsing or opposing any candidate for public office. Westminster College takes its obligation in this regard very seriously. This event does not represent an endorsement by Westminster College of any candidate for public office.
Surviving the Sidewalk: Street Vending, Illegality, and Ethnic Community in Los Angeles
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Dr. Rocío Rosales
Rocío Rosales is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to this appointment she was a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She completed her PhD in Sociology at UCLA in 2012 and received her A.B. in Sociology (cum laude) with a certificate in Latin American Studies from Princeton University. Her research interests include international migration, immigrant and ethnic economies, race and ethnicity, law and society, Latinas/os in the US, and qualitative research methods. Her work has been funded by the American Philosophical Society (2011), John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation (2010), Ford Foundation (2005-2008), and Mellon Mays Foundation (2003-2012). Her research appears in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies. She is currently working on her book manuscript based on over four years of ethnographic research among street vendors in Los Angeles.
Based on over four years of ethnographic research among street vendors in Los Angeles and interviews with family members of vendors and former vendors living in Mexico, this talk will examine the influence of a sending community and its social networks on migrant outcomes in the US. I explain how these social networks affect migration patterns, ease entry into the street vending business but also facilitate exploitation. Furthermore, I show how these social networks do not always function as effective conduits of information because its members, due to feelings of shame or embarrassment, often fail to add to the existing body of knowledge. As a result, international migration patterns, job placement, and exploitative practices do not change or improve for subsequent migrants. This creates a cycle in which social networks become stagnant and successively fail to function as effective conduits of information and resources in ways that might help network members equally and in the aggregate.
Dr. Rocío's Fab Five (Five sources to inform her topic):
Duneier, Mitchell. 2000. Sidewalk. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Light, Ivan. 2006. Deflecting Immigration: Networks, Markets, and Regulation in Los Angeles. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Ramirez, Hernan and Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo. 2009. "Mexican Immigrant Gardeners: Entrepreneurs or Exploited Workers?" Social Problems 56:70-88.
Valenzuela, Abel, Jr. 2001. "Day labourers as entrepreneurs?" Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 27:335-352.
Waldinger, Roger, Howard Aldrich, Robin Ward. (1990). Ethnic Entrepreneurs: Immigrant Business in Industrial Societies. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.