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Faculty Host Teach-In at Fisher

March 2, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15, a dozen St. John Fisher College faculty members will deliver back-to-back presentations exploring the convergence of college, community, and citizenship during Teach-In at Fisher. The presentations, which begin at 9 a.m. in Basil 135, are open to the entire campus community.

“Community and citizenship are two concepts that are very important to St. John Fisher College. A group of faculty wanted to take the opportunity to share with their colleagues and their students ways in which they explore and enact these ideas in their work—that can mean in their teaching, their scholarship, or their service,” said Dr. Stephen Brauer, who helped organize the event. “All of the presentations speak to these ideas in varying ways, from different disciplinary backgrounds.”

Teach-In at Fisher Agenda:

9 a.m. Introduction

9:05 a.m. “Doubt and Diligence’: On the Merits of Skepticism” presented by Dr. Mark Rice, professor and chair, American Studies Department, School of Arts and Sciences

9:35 a.m. “Through the Same Door: Special Education and Citizenship in the Classroom” presented by Dr. Katrina Arndt, associate professor, inclusive education, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education

10:10 a.m. “Snowflakes, All of Us: Fake News, Real Truths, and Media Bias” presented by Jeremy Sarachan, associate professor; director, Digital Cultures and Technologies program; chair, Media and Communication Department, School of Arts and Sciences

10:40 a.m. “Are Surveys Biased? Identifying False Research” presented by Dr. Tim Franz, professor and chair, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences

11:15 a.m. “It’s 2017. People can’t be Fired for Being Gay, Can They? Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Workplace Discrimination” presented by Dr. Lisa J. Cunningham, visiting assistant professor and co-director, Women and Gender Studies program, School of Arts and Sciences

11:50 a.m. “Hamilton the Musical, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Role of Theater in a Democracy” presented by Dr. Jill Swiencicki, associate professor, women and gender studies, School of Arts and Sciences

12:20 p.m. “Out of the Shadows...and Back Again: Human Rights and the Undocumented Immigrant” presented by Dr. Barb Lowe, associate professor, philosophy, associate dean, School of Arts and Sciences

12:50 p.m. “Could America be the Next Domino to Fall? The Global Free Press Crisis Hits Home” presented by Dr. Dougie Bicket, associate professor, media and communication, School of Arts and Sciences

1:25 p.m. “What’s Wrong with American Politics Today? It’s the Constitution, Stupid!” presented by Dr. Sebastien Lazardeux, assistant professor, political science, School of Arts and Sciences

1:55 p.m. “Transnational Conservation Efforts for Endangered Species” presented by Dr. Gregory Cunningham, associate professor, biology, School of Arts and Sciences

2:30 p.m. “Thinking about Violence, Conflict Transformation, and Peace” presented by Dr. Rob Ruehl, associate professor, philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences

3 p.m. “‘A City on a Hill’: A Brief and Wondrous History of American Exceptionalism” presented by Dr. Stephen Brauer, associate professor, English, School of Arts and Sciences

In the evening, the community is invited to attend a free screening of “13th” at 7 p.m. in Basil 135. A documentary film by Ana DuVernay, “13th” explores racism in the criminal justice system and the mass incarceration of African Americans in the United States. The film screening is sponsored by the American Studies, Criminology, Sociology, and Anthropology departments.