2019-2020 E/RS Events

All E/RS sponsored events are free and open to the public.

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Conversations Across the American Divide

A series of fault lines run across the United States, including divisions between liberals and conservatives, secular and religious world views, and urban and rural ways of life, as well as conflicts over race, nationalism, and immigration. This country has never been free of contention and disagreement, and it never should be, but the growing antagonism has made it increasingly difficult to engage in civil and reasonable discussions. It is especially important now for people to reach past their "bubbles" and "echo chambers" in order to converse with those who see things differently. Our 2018-2021 speaker series will feature thoughtful and creative individuals from the worlds of politics, the arts, media, and academia who can articulate diverse aspects of these divisions and engage in public dialogue with members of the Xavier community. Visiting speakers will present brief talks, followed by discussions on stage with Xavier faculty and students and questions from the audience.

Community Conversations

The community conversations sponsored by E/RS are opportunities for local leaders and the Xavier campus to discuss current issues of common concern in the Cincinnati area. Panel discussions will be followed by questions from the audience.

 


September 16, 2019:

Conversations Across the American Divide: Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age

Alexander Heffner, host of PBS's "The Open Mind" and coauthor of A Documentary History of the United States

in conversation with Xavier faculty and students: Dr. Myron Jackson (Philosophy), Dr. Leslie Rasmussen (Communication), Lauren Sorette (Master’s student, Nursing), Kevin Thomas (English and Philosophy major; editor in chief, Xavier Newswire), and Eve Vavilis (Biology major)

7:00-8:15 pm, Kennedy Auditorium, CLC 412

 

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October 21, 2019:

Conversations Across the American Divide: The Rural Roots of Class Politics in America

Nancy Isenberg, historian, Louisiana State University

in conversation with Xavier faculty and students

7:00-8:15 pm, Kennedy Auditorium, CLC 412

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November 11, 2019:

Conversations Across the American Divide:

My Truth is Your Propaganda: News in the age of cynicism, trolls, and hyper-partisanship

An event in coordination with Beyond Civility

5:30-8:30 pm, Kennedy Auditorium, CLC 412

  

February 17, 2020:

Conversations Across the American Divide:

Diana Schaub, Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland

in conversation with Xavier faculty and students

7:00-8:15 pm, Kennedy Auditorium, CLC 412

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March 23, 2020:

Conversations Across the American Divide:

Heather McGhee, senior fellow and past president, Demos

in conversation with Xavier faculty and students

7:00-8:15 pm, Kennedy Auditorium, CLC 412

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April 20, 2020:

Conversations Across the American Divide:

Patrick J. Deneen, Professor of Political Science, Notre Dame University

in conversation with Xavier faculty and students

7:00-8:15 pm, Kennedy Auditorium, CLC 412

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Past events

 

September 17, 2018:

Conversations Across the American Divide: A Conservative Case for Immigration

Linda Chavez, Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity

in conversation with Dr. Myron Jackson (E/RS Besl Chair), Cole Branham (President, XU College Republicans), and Daphne Wilson (Vice President, XU Political Science Club)

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October 1, 2018:

Community Conversation: Hispanic immigrants and the Cincinnati economy

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Alfonso Cornejo, Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA

Carlos de Jesús, Apoyo Latino

Steve Driehaus, Cincinnati Compass

Manuel Pérez, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center

Andrea Solís Canto, Youth Educating Society, Xavier PPP and International Studies major

Visit this page for more information on immigration and Hispanics in Cincinnati.

 

October 9, 2018:

Conversations Across the American Divide:

Empathy is not Endorsement: Reflections on Dialogue and Difference

Dylan Marron, writer, performer, and video and podcast creator

in conversation with Dr. Ashley Hinck (Communication Department), Dr. Taj Smith (Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion), Riley Head (PPP and Gender and Diversity Studies major), and Tabitha Thornburgh (Social Work major)


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November 12, 2018:

Conversations Across the American Divide:

The Midterm Election: A View from Small-Town Ohio

Gary Abernathy, Hillsboro (OH) journalist and politician

in conversation with Dr. Bradley Nestheide (Political Science), Anne Marie Coriale (Young Americans for Liberty, Management major), and John Duque (Xavier Socialists, Theology major)

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February 18-19, 2019

Conversations Across the American Divide:

The Mirror of Race: Reflections from Film, Photography and History

Derek Burrows, storyteller and filmmaker and Gregory Fried, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College, co-founders of The Mirror of Race Project

in conversation with Xavier faculty, staff, and students

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Feb. 18:

Gregory Fried and Derek Burrows discuss race and early American photography together with panelists Bethany Henning (Dept. of Philosophy), Myron Jackson (E/RS Besl Chair) and Gregory Rust (University photographer). Many of the photographs they will discuss are on display January 25-February 22 at the Xavier Art Gallery, together with the photo-art installation Focus on Race by Gregory Rust. The early photos can also be seen online at the Mirror of Race website.

In this video by Eli Bedel, Burrows and Fried are interviewed in the Xavier Art Gallery about the Mirror of Race project:

Feb. 19:

Derek Burrows presents his film "Before the Trees Was Strange," exploring the history of his mixed-race family in the Bahamas, followed by a discussion including Gregory Fried, Myron Jackson (E/RS Besl Chair), and Ihsan Walker (Black Student Association).

 

 

March 4, 2019:

Community Conversation:

Educating for citizenship in Cincinnati

How can we educate young people to become responsible and positive members of our community? Join educators from public and private schools and organizations as they discuss how to nurture outstanding citizens.

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Dr. Laney Bender-Slack, Middle Childhood Education, Xavier University

Mary Delaney, Executive Director Community Matters/Education Matters

Libby Hunter, Executive Director, WordPlay Cincy

Azaria Pittman-Carter, University of Cincinnati Education student and WordPlay graduate

Terrence Tyrrell, Principal, St. Xavier High School

Lisa Votaw, Principal, Aiken High School

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April 15, 2019:

Conversations Across the American Divide: Against (Calls for) Civility

Alan Jacobs, Professor of Humanities, Baylor University

An argument for ending the policing of tone and beginning the hard labor of turning Others into Neighbors.

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Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Baylor University. His books include How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds, The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis, and The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography.

Panelists:

Sela Brazier (Social Work and GDST major)
Ryan Kambich (PPP and Economics major, Xavier Newswire)
Dr. Kristen Renzi (English Department)
Dr. Kristine Suna-Koro (Theology Department)

April 15, 7:00-8:15 pm, Kennedy Auditorium, CLC 412