ICS Lecture Series

ICS Lecture Series

Spring 2016

Christian Voices

Christian Voices in the Pluralist Wild: Religious Participation in the Liberal Public Square

ERIC C. MILLER, PH.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Wednesday, February 10 at 5:00pm
SSC 004
Free and open to the public.

In the last decade or so, Christian Right activists and candidates have positioned themselves as defenders of religious freedom, an American ideal besieged by rampant secularism. A declension narrative from within a tradition of declension narratives, this story is more strategic than accurate. Instead, the plight of Christian Right activism in the 21st century may be better understood as a struggle against expanding pluralism.

The town has been taken: Memories of property, place, ruins, and remains

Dr. David Fazzino
Dr. David Fazzino, Anthropology
Wednesday, March 2 at **7:00PM**
SSC 004
Free and open to the public

Link to the screencast of the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K__RktpMKQ8&list=PLMW_jeVs9jXRfPolXeaqv6...

Dr. Fazzino studies the importance of property and place for identity of the self and continuity of communities. His presentation considers these issues in relation to three cases of government property-taking: the exclusion zone surrounding Pripyat, Ukraine in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster; Centralia, Pennsylvania during the state response to the local mine fire; and towns along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New Jersey during the controversy over the proposed Tocks Island Dam project. Among the questions Dr. Fazzino will consider are: What does it mean to own something? What do rights to property mean in terms of identity? And can community exist in the absence of discrete physical boundaries?

Mapping Memories

Mapping Memories

Sue O'Donnell, Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Wednesday, April 6 at 5:00 PM
SSC 004
Free and open to the public

In her presentation, Professor Sue O’Donnell will provide insight into her creative research and show reproductions of her recently completed series of artworks. The presentation will include documentation of her working process, as well as examples of work from other contemporary artists who have influenced her. O’Donnell uses memories and personal experiences to create map-like drawings, diagrams, books, and installations.


Fall 2015

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia and the Piano

TUESDAY, OCT 6, 2015 at 7:30 P.M.

This lecture-recital examines issues of exoticism, colonialism, and nationalism through an exploration of the gamelan (Southeast Asian gong-chime ensemble) and its manifestations in both western and Southeast Asian piano music, presenting examples through live performance and multimedia.
Queerly Visual

Queerly Visual

Professor Dave Kube
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm
SSC 004

Reception will follow.

Abstract: As a queer artist, I create visual research that is a reflection on the experience of searching for a community and an investigation into the inherent reality formed through belonging to a minority group. Within multiple bodies of work, I have explored identity, relationships, HIV/ AIDS, and queer theory.
Deb Walberg

The Other Renaissance: Painting in 16th-Century Venice

Dr. Deborah Walberg
Wednesday, November 4 at 5:00pm
SSC 004

This presentation will discuss the factors that distinguish Venetian Renaissance painting from its Tuscan and Roman counterparts. By examining the structure of Venetian society, its economic development, its relationship with both the Oriental East and the Transalpine North, and its participation in the theoretical paragone pitting draftsmanship against the use of color, I will demonstrate how the artists of the Venetian Renaissance paved the way for the great painters of the Baroque, Romantic and Impressionist Periods.

Spring 2015

Life and Death-Holocaust

Life and Death under Nazi Occupation: Jews and Holocaust in Smolensk, Russia

Dr. Michael Hickey, Dept of History
Monday, Feb 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Centennial 239

In July 1941, the German Army captured the western Russian city of Smolensk, in a region that was home to more than 30,000 Jews. Nearly half of the local Jewish population managed to evacuate before the German forces arrived, but the other half found themselves caught under the German occupation regime. By the time Smolensk was liberated from the Germans in 1943, only a handful of its Jews remained alive. In this lecture, Professor Hickey will discuss the experience of Smolensk’s population, and especially its Jews, during the Nazi occupation, based upon his own extensive archival research.








Global Partnership

Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness

Dr. Diana Zoelle
Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Centennial 239

The recent economic crisis (2007-’08) and the concomitant assertion of rights to be heard by leaders of developing countries have forced a significant change in international development policies and programs. The Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness is a state-centered framework for cooperative development. The framework recognizes participation by both private business and civil society in conjunction with government as essential to the success of future development activities. This approach to development, also known as the Post-2015 plan, requires micro- rather than macroeconomic assessment, including a structure to enable participating countries to gather data at the transaction level of interaction to help ensure transparency at all levels. The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), an idea that was conceived in the mid-’90s under the Clinton administration, is now well-positioned to reinforce and assess the operation of the Global Partnership. A key change is the role of emerging states as lenders with flexible, state-sensitive standards. The Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness constitutes a paradigm shift in development. Under this new paradigm, recipient state governments will work in conjunction with civil society and the private sector toward equitable development.

Fall 2014

War Games

WAR Games: How the Sports Media Assesses and Addresses Value in the Age of Sabermetrics

Presented by Jason Genovese and Matthew Perakovich
Tuesday, October 14 at 5:00pm in Hartline G40

Today, Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises commonly employ advanced statistical analysis, also known as sabermetrics, for the purpose of better measuring players’ in-game performance. Michael Lewis’ bestselling book Moneyball (2004) and the Academy Award nominated film adaptation starring Brad Pitt in 2011 publicized the Oakland A’s innovative adoption of this empirical approach around the turn of the century, however, debate over the value of its use by those in the sports media did not reach fever pitch until the 2012 American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) race. By way of an ideological analysis of sports media coverage of the heated AL MVP race, this study explores sportswriter attitudes toward advanced statistical analysis through a comparison of the arguments invoked by both print and online sports media in a total of 41 articles. The authors found that the hegemony of the sporting narrative continues to dominate American print sportswriting. However, while traditional print media still hold the power in making these prestigious awards decisions, online sports media seem poised to start influencing the discussion to a greater degree than ever before.

Apostle Said

"And the Apostle Said ‘It is but Allah Who makes the prices low and high’"
Conceptualizations of a Market Order in Nineteenth-Century Islamic Law in the Ottoman Empire.

Presented by Dr. Safa Saracoglu
Tuesday, October 28 at 5:00pm in Hartline G42

While much has been written about the relationship between law and economic change in the western world, there is little written on the similar transformation that took place from the eighteenth century into the nineteenth in the Ottoman Empire. Studies on the history of economic thought in the Ottoman Empire draw a sharp distinction between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, associating the latter with reforms towards economic liberalization and attempts at drastic transformation that ultimately failed. Most scholars argue that Ottoman economic thought was inherently incapable of understanding forces of economic change. My current research aims to explore the intellectual and institutional possibilities of continuity across these two centuries in the relationship between law and the economic sphere in the Ottoman Empire. What was the intellectual framework that made debates on law and economic institutions possible in the Ottoman Empire? How did such debates relate to sovereignty and the duties of the government? And finally, through which institutions can we trace the evolution of the “triangle formed by government, population and political economy.”

Spring 2014

Dr. Alla Myzelev
Dr. Alla Myzelev
February 7
Dr. Sue O'Donnell
Dr. Sue O'Donnell
February 19
Dr. David Heineman
Dr. David Heineman
March 26
Dr. Jason Godeke
Dr. Jason Godeke
April 10


Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson
September 24
Laura Davis and Victoria Gefman
Laura Davis and Victoria Gefman
October 28