Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series

Imagining the Good: Community, Equality, Environment


Spring 2016   

Note: The final event in the Town Hall Series is a performance of The Armed Man 2016 on March 1 in Xavier's Gallagher Theatre, 7:30pm. More information below and here.


February 2 - 15 Years Later: The Cincinnati Riots and the Future of the City

Fifteen years ago, in response to the police killing of Roger Owensby and Timothy Thomas, protests, social unrest, and riots erupted in Over the Rhine. The result was a deep and comprehensive period of community reflection about the relations between the police and the African American communities in Cincinnati.

In the wake of the unrest, a lawsuit previously filed by the Black United Front and the ACLU resulted in a Collaborative Agreement to reform policing in Cincinnati and to improve community-police relations.

Fifteen years later it is time to reflect again on how far we have come and what more we need to do as a community to ensure fair and just policing that works with communities.

On February 2, 2016, Xavier University will host a Town Hall discussion, “15 Years Later: The Cincinnati Riots and the Future of the City,” on the current state of community-police relations and the future of the Collaborative Agreement.

Xavier University will host a Town Hall meeting on February 2, 2016 to promote reflection on where we stand 15 years after the social unrest and riots of 2001 as well as what the future might hold for our communities. The Town Hall, “Fifteen Years Later: The Cincinnati Riots and the Future of the City,” will be an interactive panel session that will encourage the panelists and audience to engage each other in a reflective dialogue and discussion.

The participants include: Al Gerhardstein, Rev. Damon Lynch, III, Iris Roley, Cpt. Maris Herold, Brian Taylor, and Donna Jones Baker (moderator).

The event is free and open to the public. Please helps us get the word out by sharing this page.

Location: The Cintas Center, Duff Banquet Room, 7 pm. Free and open to the public. 

Related Resources: A LibraryGuide related to the Town Hall series (put together by Sean Rhiney, Kyra Shahid, and Sean Comer), which includes articles, videos, the Collaborative Agreement and details about the events is accessible through the following link: 

Related Events:

  • January 21: A Conversation with Fr. Michael Graham: Reflections on 2001 (Conaton Board Rm. 4pm)
    • Along with Kelly Leon and Gene Beaupre, Fr. Graham will reflect on what took place in 2001 and the important role Xavier University played in the aftermath. 

  • January 26: The Collaborative Agreement: A Dialogue with Judge Dlott  (Conaton Board Rm. 7pm)
    • Resulting from an important lawsuit came the Collaborative Agreement, an agreement about reforms to police-community relations that called for a community-oriented style of policing. The Collaborative Agreement is now held up as a model in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson. Judge Dlott will discuss the process, contents, and legacy or the Agreement.  

  • January 27: Film Screening: Cincinnati Goddamn (dirs. April Martin and Paul Hill) (Kennedy Auditorium, 5 pm)
    • This powerful film documents the shooting of Roger Owensby and Timothy Thomas as well as the unrest and riots of 2001 in Cincinnati. It has not been released or screened in Cincinnati yet. 

  • March 1: Musical Event: The Armed Man 2016 (by Kaleel Skeirik and Tyrone Williams) (Gallagher Theatre, 7:30pm)
    • This musical event with music by Kaleel Skeirik and lyrics by Tyrone Williams examines the events of 2001 and its aftermath. Originally performed in 2003, it has been updated to address more recent events. Here for more information.

February 16 - E/RS Interviews: "Sustainability - Community, Equality, Environment"

In the second of six E/RS interviews, Kathleen Smythe (History) and Nancy Bertaux (Economics) will discuss issues of sustainability based on both their personal experiences and academic pursuits. The E/RS interviews provide an opportunity for us to get to know in a more informal fashion members of the Xavier community. 

Conaton Board Room, Schmidt Hall, 4 pm.

February 25 - Roy Scranton: "Learning to Die in the Anthropocene"

Roy Scranton (Princeton) is an Iraqi vet and one America’s rising new and critical voices. He’s expanded his widely read and critically acclaimed article “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene” (The New York Times) into a bold new book that examines the age of climate change from the perspective of a veteran. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Boston Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and he is also a co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War.

Kennedy Auditorium, 7 pm.

March 16 - Lisa Guenther: "The Ethics of Solitary Confinement"

Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt) will discuss her philosophical work on Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives. In addition to giving a public talk, she will meet with the philosophy department to discuss her approach to phenomenology.

The Conaton Board Room, Schmidt Hall, 7 pm. 

April 21-22 - "The Cooperative Economy: Building a Sustainable Future"          

Over two days, E/RS will host a conference on cooperative business. Jessica Gordon Nembhard (John Jay) will deliver the conference keynote address on Thursday, April 21. Gordon Nembhard is the author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. Panel sessions, workshops, and a second keynote will follow on Friday, April 22. Co-sponsored by the Brueggeman Center, Community Building Institute, the Eigel Center, and Sustainability Committee.  

Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Keynote Lecture, Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Co-op Conference continues, with keynote by Melissa Hoover.


Fall 2015

September 10 - The E/RS Interviews: “The American Experience: Community, Equality, Environment”

In the first of six E/RS interviews, Father Graham and Paul Colella (Philosophy) will discuss dimensions of “the American experience” based on both their personal experiences and academic pursuits. The E/RS interviews provide an opportunity for us to get to know in a more informal fashion members of the Xavier community. 

The Cintas Center, Duff Banquet Room, 7 p.m.

September 14 - Benjamin Barber: “If Mayors Ruled the World” and “Consumption Justice” Lectures

Benjamin Barber (CUNY, The Graduate Center), in If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations and Rising Cities, argues that cities have, in the age of globalization, “once again become democracy’s best hope.” Barber presents a way of rethinking the challenge of democracy: cities, unlike the limping nation-state, are positioned to connect local democratic participation with social and political power to promote lasting change. In Consumed Barber examines how markets “corrupt children, infantilize adults, and swallow citizens whole” effectively undermining the health of our democracy and the environment. Co-sponsored by the Brueggeman Center and Sustainability Committee.

Dr. Barber will be a part of two events on September 14. The first event is Xavier's Sustainability Day, where Barber will discuss issues of Consumption Justice and his book Consumed. At the the second event he will discuss his most recent book If Mayors Ruled the World.

1. Consumption Justice, Sustainability Day: Kennedy Auditorium in CLC, 3 p.m.
2. If Mayors Ruled the World: The Cintas Center, Duff Banquet Room, 7 p.m.

October 15 - Michael Sandel: What is the Right thing to Do?

Michael Sandel (Harvard University) has been called “the most famous teacher of philosophy in the world” and his Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do? and What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets have reached far beyond academic audiences as international bestsellers. In Justice he shows how the political philosophies of Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and Rawls can help us think about the most pressing ethical issues of our time and in What Money Can’t Buy he argues that we have “drifted from having a market economy to being a market society.” Co-sponsored by the Cintas Institute for Business Ethics and the Brueggeman Center.

The Cintas Center, Duff Banquet Room, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.

October 29 - Ross Gay: Poetry, Race, and the Environment

Ross Gay (Indiana University, Bloomington) is a poet, critic, and a gardener. He is the author of Bringing the Shovel Down and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude and the essay “Some Thoughts on Mercy” which critically examines his experiences with racism. He is currently writing a book on African-American gardening and farming. In addition to an E/RS lecture, there will be poetry reading at Evanston’s Community Blend.”

1. Talk, "Saving the Seeds: Loving the Land, Again" in Conaton Board Room, 4 p.m.

2. Poetry Reading, Community Blend (Coffee Shop in Evanston), 7 p.m.

November 12 - The Cooperative Economy: A Panel on Cooperatives in Cincinnati

In spring 2016, E/RS will host a major conference on cooperative business. As a lead up to the conference, there will be a panel session focusing on the blossoming cooperative movement in Cincinnati. How do we build a more inclusive and cooperative economy? With a shrinking middle class, growing inequalities, and fluctuating global markets what kind of social and economic models can sustainably support communities in need? There are three standard social and economic models available: 1) government models, 2) for-profit models, and 3) non-profit models. But, these models are not meeting the needs of many struggling communities. A fourth additional option is the cooperative model, which is inclusive, compassionate, environmentally sustainable, and collaborative in ways the standard three models are not. The aim of the panel is to investigate the fourth model as an option for communities in Cincinnati.

The Cintas Center, Duff Banquet Room, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required.

November 19 - Dylan Yeats: Yellow Peril and Anti-Asian Fear

Dylan Yeats (NYU) is author and editor (with John Kuo Wei Tchen) of Yellow Peril: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear. The "yellow peril" is one of the most long-standing and pervasive racist ideas in Western culture—indeed, his book traces its history to the Enlightenment era. While Fu Manchu evokes a fading historical memory, yellow peril ideology persists, animating, for example, campaign commercials from the 2012 presidential election.

Kennedy Auditorium, CLC, 7pm.