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Fall 2018 Teach-In Focuses on Justice

October 25, 2018

St. John Fisher College faculty and staff members will offer short presentations along the theme of justice during the Fall 2018 Teach-In.

“The Teach-In is designed to complement the great teaching happening in our classrooms by demonstrating its applicability to what is taking place in the contemporary moment – politically, socially, economically, and culturally,” said Dr. Stephen Brauer, associate professor of English and a lead organizer of the event.

This year, the Teach-In features two-days of presentations, beginning with a reading of “The Laramie Project” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Cleary Family Auditorium. Directed by Jeremy Sarachan, the performance features members of the Fisher community reading the play about the murder of Matthew Shepard and its aftermath in the Laramie community. This fall marks the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Basil 135, 13 faculty and staff members will deliver their presentations. At 3 p.m., the Teach-In will close with “Trying to Write with Impact,” by Stephen Belber, a playwright/screenwriter who was among the writers behind “The Laramie Project.”  That evening, Belber will deliver the 2018 Cavanaugh Lecture, sponsored by the English Department.

The Teach-In includes the following presentations:

9 a.m.: Introduction by Dr. Stephen Brauer

9:05 a.m.: “Weighty Matters: Body Size vs. Body Image in the Pursuit of Wellbeing” presented by Dr. Kimberly McClure Brenchley, associate professor of psychology, School of Arts and Sciences

9:35 a.m.: “Class, Ethnicity, and Access to Health Care” presented by Dr. Marta Rodriguez-Galan, assistant professor of sociology and director of the gerontology program, School of Arts and Sciences                                                       

10:10 a.m.: “Health Care and Economic Justice” presented by Dr. Marilyn Dollinger, professor and executive associate dean, Wegmans School of Nursing     

10:40 a.m.: “Consent Trump's Everything: Fisher's Clothesline Art Project and the 2016 Election” presented by Dr. Jill Swiencicki, associate professor of English, School of Arts and Sciences

11:15 a.m.: “Using Technology to Support Social Justice: Plickers, Streetwyze, and Padlet” presented by Dr. Katrina Arndt, professor of inclusive adolescence education, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education

11:45 a.m.: “The Suburban School Problem” presented by Dr. Jeff Liles, associate professor and chair of inclusive adolescence education, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education

12:20 p.m.: “Rochester Prison Education Project” presented by Dr. Kristen Doughty, associate professor of anthropology, University of Rochester, and Dr. Josh Dubler, assistant professor of religion, University of Rochester

12:50 p.m.:  “Justice in Islam” presented by Dr. Rob Dunbar, visiting instructor of religious studies, School of Arts and Sciences              

1:25 p.m.: “Justice as Preservative Care for Sustained Peace” presented by Dr. Rob Ruehl, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences         

1:55 p.m.: “Promoting Social Justice through Service Projects: A Case Study in Rural Tanzania” presented by Dr. Melinda Lull, associate professor, Wegmans School of Pharmacy             

2:30 p.m.:  “Contracting, Property Rights, and Liberty” by Dr. Tom Tyson, professor of accounting, School of Business

3 p.m.: “Trying to Write with Impact” presented by Stephen Belber, Playwright/Screenwriter               

7:30 p.m. Cavanaugh Presentation, Stephen Belber