WGSX Colloquium Presents:
A lecture by Ellen Weintraub, member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
“From Citizens United to McCutcheon: Money, Elections, and the Future of American Democracy”
Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub has served on the Federal Election Commission since 2002, and was chair in 2003 and 2013. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Weintraub counseled clients on federal and state campaign finance and election laws, political ethics, nonprofit law, recounts, and lobbying regulation as a member of the Political Law Group at Perkins Coie LLP.
Before joining Perkins Coie, Ms. Weintraub was Counsel to the bipartisan House Ethics Committee, where she focused on implementing the Ethics Reform Act of 1989 and subsequent changes to the House Code of Official Conduct. Ms. Weintraub received her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. A native New Yorker, she is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars and the Supreme Court bar.
Celebrate the anniversary of St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s World Carnival on Saturday, April 18. A parade will take place at 11:30 a.m. to kick off the event. From noon to 5 p.m., on the college’s Admissions Field, the public is welcome to partake in multicultural dance and music performances, as well as lawn sports, crafts, and enjoy foods from local vendors.
The day’s schedule:
11:30 AM -12:00 PM Parade– starting at Campus Center Patio
12-12:30 A Reading of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches by President Tuajuanda Jordan
1:00 – 1:45 Capoeira Resistencia
1:45 – 2:15 TNA Performance
2:15 – 3:00 Caribbean Trio – Ewabo
3:00 – 3:30 Interchorus Performance
3:30 – 4:15 Tabitha’s Salsa Lesson and Dance
Special Events | 12-5 PM: Inflatables, Human Bowling, photo booths, balloon artists, caricatures, food and craft vendors, SGA Club carnival games, and more!
World Carnival is sponsored by the St. Mary’s College SGA Programs Board. The event is free and open to all ages.
Anthropology Distinguished Scholar Lecture — Linda Whiteford
The Department of Anthropology welcomes Linda Whiteford (professor of anthropology, University of South Florida) as its Distinguished Scholar. Her lecture topic: “Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Hurricanes: Lessons from Medical Anthropology.”
This talk poses the question: What can anthropology tell us about volcanoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes that someone from geography or geology does not? The answer is that by bringing the skill set of an applied, medical anthropologist to the question, both the question and the answers change.
Linda Whiteford brings a wealth of experience in research throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on disasters, water-borne diseases, and other calamities to the question. A medical anthropologist and professor of anthropology at University of South Florida, Whiteford is currently co-director of the newly established World Health Organization Collaborating Center at USF. Her recent books include “Global Health in Times of Violence” (2010), “Primary Health Care in Cuba: The Other Revolution” (2008); “Anthropological Ethics for Research and Practice” (2008); and “Globalization, Water and Health: Resources in Times of Scarcity” (2005). She is currently engaged in research in Belize, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and New Zealand.
From Good Girls to ‘Real’ Criminals: Dissecting the Market Logic and Racial Politics of Incarcerating Women
The story of how the Drug War gave rise to the phenomenon of mass incarceration is a familiar one. What is less familiar is the impact of this on women, particularly African American and Latina women. Since the mid 1990s, the rate at which the U.S. incarcerates women is historically and globally unprecedented. A recent report from the International Centre for Prison Studies finds that in 2013 the US incarcerated nearly a third of the world’s women prisoners. The staggering increase in the number of incarcerated women has had profound consequences for women’s prisons, shaping both the ideology and practice of punishment & control. McCorkel examines the role that private vendors and racial logic played in shaping punitive punishment outcomes, with a focus on how African American and Latina women are simultaneously being framed as a source of pathology and profit.
Jill McCorkel is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology and a faculty associate of the Africana Studies Program at Villanova University. Her research investigates the social and political consequences of mass incarceration in the United States. She focuses primarily on how law and systems of punishment perpetuate race, class, and gender-based inequities. Her recent book, Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment (New York University Press, 2013) explores the consequences of the War on Drugs and “get tough” policies for women prisoners. She is currently involved in developing Villanova’s undergraduate degree program at SCI-Graterford, the largest maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania.
“Gender Goes to Jail” is the theme of the 16th annual Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSX) Colloquium to be held March 25-26, 2015
The United States incarcerates, by far, more people than any other country in the world. The number of women in prison increased 646% between 1980 and 2010—nearly 1.5 times the rate of men. And there are more black males in the criminal justice system today than those enslaved in 1850—primarily for nonviolent drug offenses. How gender, class and race affect who goes to prison, the experience of imprisonment and the social consequences of our nation’s prison industrial complex will be the focus of the colloquium talks. The speakers will include Villanova University sociologist Jill McCorkel, author of “Breaking Women: Gender, Race and the New Politics of Imprisonment”; social policy scholar and activist Erika Kates from the Wellesley Centers for Women, an advocate of comprehensive social justice for incarcerated and disenfranchised women; and Erica Meiners, professor of educational inquiry and curriculum studies at Northeastern Illinois University, whose work examines the prison/school nexus and prison reform.
All lectures, free and open to the public, are scheduled to be held in Cole Cinema: March 25 at 4:45, March 25 at 8:15, March 26 at 4:15, and a roundtable discussion with all speakers on March 26 at 8:15.
The Center for the Study of Democracy welcomes back its 2014-15 Visiting Scholar, Azie Dungey. Her lecture topic is “Laugh Until You Cry: Comedy, Satire and Historical Trauma.”
Originally a tour guide at Mt. Vernon, Ms. Dungey gained popularity through her viral YouTube series, “Ask a Slave.” Currently a writer for the new Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Ms. Dungey will give the Chaney Visiting Scholar Lecture, followed by a Q&A session.
President Tuajuanda C. Jordan invites you to join her in celebrating a trailblazer — Trustee Donald (Donny) Bryan ’73 — the first African-American graduate from St. Mary’s College four-year program.
Come celebrate the College’s upcoming 175th anniversary with President Jordan and your newly elected officials at the annual St. Mary’s College of Maryland Legislative Reception. President Jordan will provide brief remarks at 6:15 pm.
Guests can enjoy a complimentary selection of fine hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine catered by alumnus Ken Upton ’68 of Ken’s Creative Kitchen.
The VOICES Reading Series features poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers and is intended to bring accomplished writers to the campus to interact with students and faculty. Invited writers read their works throughout the semester on Thursday evenings at 8:15 P.M at Daugherty-Palmer Commons, and all readings are free and open to the public. Authors read for around 45 minutes and then respond during a brief question and answer period. Each reading is followed by a reception, where students and faculty can mingle with the author and other interested writers and readers. The author’s book(s) are also sold during the reception, and can be signed by the author.
Those authors invited to participate in the VOICES reading program are sometimes involved in the Artist House residency, staying for a period of several weeks on campus and oftentimes making class visits in addition to their reading and writing.
This year, the VOICES Reading Series is co-funded by the English Department, the Environmental Studies Program, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program, the International Languages and Cultures Department, the Alumni Office, the Twain Lecture Series, and the Arts Alliance of St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Robin Bates has been teaching English at St. Mary’s College since 1981 and has twice been a Fulbright professor in Slovenia. The author of numerous film and literature articles as well as of one book, How Beowulf Can Save America: An Epic Hero’s Guide to Defeating the Politics of Rage, Bates blogs daily at betterlivingthroughbeowulf.com about how immersion in literature is vital to one’s life. For Bates himself, when he was one of the plaintiffs in a civil rights suit brought by white and black families against the Franklin County school system, he drew strength from Huck’s friendship with Jim. As a lonely teenager in a military high school, he felt himself understood by existentialist writers such as Dostoyevsky. At Carleton College, the poetry of D.H. Lawrence inspired him, and Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones was the key work for him after he graduated and entered the job market. In the thirty-plus years since then, he feels privileged to have had students share with him their own literary life stories.