2019 Fall Events


presentations dec 2 & 4 Historical Methods: Genocide Presenations
Date/Time: December 4, 5:00- 6:15pm
Place: Robinson 204

Sponsored by RowanCenter for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
presentations dec 2 & 4

Historical Methods: Genocide Presenations
Date/Time: December 2, 5:00- 6:15pm
Place: Robinson 204



AusterlitzFilm Night: "Austerlitz" (2016) Director Sergei Loznitsa
Date/Time: November 8, 7:00- 9:00pm
Place: Bunce 106

Discussion led by Professor Jody Russell Manning

“Can care ethics be decolonized?” — Eva Boodman (Philosophy, Rowan University)
Wednesday November 20, 5 pm
Place: Westby 111

“This talk discusses how care should (or shouldn't) be theorized and practiced under settler colonial circumstances. I'll approach the question by taking a close look at how forms of benevolent institutional care in Canada that intend to respond to the harms of colonial dispossession in fact enforce participation in settler colonial processes. Given the interest of settler states in maintaining land dispossession and institutional control of indigenous people, what could transformative, "resurgent" care look like?”

Sponsored by:
Philosophy and World Religions Department

event information Holocaust Rememberance Event with Survivors Selma Rossen and Edith Shapiro
Date/Time: November 8, 6:00- 8:00pm
Place: Owls Nest

Co-sponsored with Hillel and RCHGS Student Association


“The Political Life of Gossip” — Tamsin Kimoto, (Philosophy, Emory University).
Wednesday November 6, 5 pm
Place: Westby 111

“According to its detractors, gossip is frivolous and communicates nothing essential about the world. I argue instead that gossip is an essential tool for members of oppressed groups navigating the university, and political life generally, because of its usefulness as a medium for producing resistant archives and counternarratives. At the same time, gossip is often used as an unofficial tool for institutional discipline against these very same people. I consider two primary cases throughout this talk—sexual harassment and the “difficult” woman of color—to develop an account of gossip as a political and epistemic practice.”

Co-sponsored by:
Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Department of Political Science and Economics

book club information Book Club: Lipstadt, "Antisemitism" with Rowal Chabad
Date/Time: November 6, 12:30-1:30pm
Place: James 1112


Equal Means Equal - Pre-Election Day film screening, discussion, and dinner
Date/Time: November 4, 3:30—6:30 pm
Place: Hawthorn 204


Auschwitz Exhibition"Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away" Exhibition Bus Trip to NYC Jewish Heritage Museum - Registration: October 15, 2019
Date/Time: November 1
Place: NYC Jewish Heritage Museum

 Mother Tongue

"Mother Tongue" - Department of World Languages
Date/Time: October 29, 12:30pm
Place: Pfleeger Hall, Music Building

This extraordinary documentary chronicles Gabina's search for her indigenous roots through the story of Quechua - the Inca language.

Gabina uses participatory visual ethnography to explore the state of Quechua worldwide as well as strategies for its revival and maintenance.

Quechua is now being promoted in some of the greatest cities of the world, including Cusco, Paris, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.


They Shall Not

Film Night: " They Shall Not Grow Old" (2018) Director Peter Jackson
Date/Time: October 24, 7:00pm
Place: Rowan Art Gallery

Discussion will be led by Professor Stephen Hague.

Co-sponsored with The Hollybush Institute


"The Tethered of the Earth: Jordan Peele, Frantz Fanon, Jacques Derrida” — Ammon Allred (Philosophy, University of Toledo).
Date/Time: Wednesday October 23, 5 pm
Place: Westby 111

"This essay examines affinities between Jordan Peele’s Us and Franz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth. When Peele’s first film, Get Out was released, many critics noted the similarity of themes to Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks, but up to now less attention has been paid to the continuation of this arc in Us. The most immediately salient point of connection between Peele and Fanon is the role that violence plays in shocking and reorganizing the social imagination and revealing the fragmentary character of the world. However the complex relationship between the Tethered and surface dwellers, particularly between Red and Adelaide, complicates the possibility for envisioning this violence as playing a role in collective identity formation. I suggest that Derrida’s work on hospitality is helpful in thinking about the aporias in the relationship between the tethered and surface dwellers and in extending Fanon’s analysis to consider settler colonialism and genocide.”

Co-Sponsored by:
Department of Philosophy and World Religions and the English Department

Equal Means Equal - Film screening and discussion
Date/Time: October 22, 5:00-7:00pm
Place: Rowan Art Gallery 

Film Screening and Discussion with Director Seth Kramer
event information

Date/Time: October 17, 6:00-8:00pm
Place: Votta Hall - Rowan College at Burlington County, Mt. Laurel Campus

The film screening will play, "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel" (2018).


event information Annual CHSS Paul B. Winkler Lecture with Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire in Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide
Date/Time: October 16, 7:00-8:30pm
Place: Enyon Ballroom

Co-sponsored with The Hollybush Institute, Chabad, and Africana Studies


 “The Elephant in the Room: Rational Perception and the Problem of Animals” — Nathan Bauer (Philosophy, Rowan University)
Wednesday October 9, 5 pm
Place: Westby 111

“According to a promising account of human knowledge, our immediate perception of the world must involve our rational capacities. That is, what we see must already be structured or shaped by our rationality. But this account faces a problem in accounting for the experiences of other animals. Many animals, after all, seem to share our perceptual abilities, but manage to get by in the world without rationality. We’ll explore the challenge animals pose to the account of rational perception—and then I’ll offer a proposal for resolving it.”

Sponsored by:
Department of Philosophy and World Religions

event information Research Talk, Debbie Sharnak
Date/Time: October 7,12:30-1:30pm
Place: Robinson 202


book club information Book Club: Lipstadt, "Antisemitism" with Rowal Hillel
Date/Time: October 2,12:30-1:30pm
Place: James Hall 1112


“Grassroots Research: A Not-So Quiet Methodological Revolution”
Date/Time: Sept. 25, 2019 / 5:00pm
Place: Westby 111

“Grassroots Research: A Not-So Quiet Methodological Revolution” — Dustin Fife (Psychology, Rowan University), Matt Lund (Philosophy, Rowan University), Nadine Sullivan (Sociology, Rowan University), and Chelsie Young (Psychology, Rowan University)

Co-sponsored by:

Department of Philosophy and World Religions and Theorizing at Rowan

 Africana Studies Welcome Back9th Annual Africana Studies Welcome Back Reception "A Taste of Africana Studies"
Date/Time: Sept. 25, 2019 / 12:30-2:00pm
Place: Student Center 221

Learn more about the Africana Studies Program Meet faculty who teach about Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America Learn more about Black and Latinx student organizations Free "I am Africana Studies" t-shirts for new AS majors/minors.

Co-sponsored by:

Multicultural & Inclusion Programs, Achieving Success through Collaboration, Engagement, And Determination (ASCEND) and the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies

Reflections on the Nineteenth AmendmentReflections on the nineteenth amendment
Panel discussion moderated by Melissa R. Klapper (History and Women’s & Gender Studies)
Date/Time:September 25, 2019, 11:00 am—12:15 pm
Place: Student Center Ballroom

Panel discussion moderated by Melissa R. Klapper (History and Women’s & Gender Studies) / William D. Carrigan (History) on the suffrage movement in New Jersey / Danielle Gougon (Political Science & Economics) on the impact of women’s suffrage / Julie Haynes (Communication Studies) on the rhetoric of the suffrage movement / Chanelle N. Rose (History) on African American women and racism in the suffrage movement

Sponsored by the Department of History, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, the Department of Political Science & Economics, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship

Aemrica's Original PeopleAmerica's Original People—Keepers of the Land and Water
Date/Time: September 17, 12:30
Place: 104 Business Hall
Native Americans everywhere have suffered from environmental racism and environmental injustice. Now, aggravated by climate change, the threats to the land and water Natives have always fought to protect are mainstream issues impacting us all. The ongoing resistance of the “protectors” offers a roadmap to ending environmental injustice and surviving climate change.
Sponsored by the Rowan School of Earth and Environment, Rowan College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Rowan Center for Responsible Leadership

When law and religion collideWhen Law and Religion Collide: Discussing Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission v. Cake Shop
Date/Time: September 18, 2pm
Place: Student Center room 221
Please join the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor Alan Garfield of Delaware Law School for Constitution Day to discuss the constitutional issues surrounding the Supreme Court opinion of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Coloradio Civil Rights Commission.




College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Date/Time: May 14, 2019 / 2:00pm
Place: Bunce Green


50 Years After Apollo 11: Reflections on the Space Race and the Cold War

History Department
Date/Time: April 4, 2019 / 2:00pm
Place: Chamberlain Student Center, room 144
For more information contact Jim Heinzen

The United States and Russia went from bitter Cold War rivals to close allies in space exploration. How did this happen?

- Astronaut Stanley G. Love
- NASA Dr Asif Siddiqi of Fordham University
- Dr. James Heinzen, Department of History
- Discussion and Audience Questions to follow

Sponsored by The Hollybush Institute, the Department of History, and CHSS

"The Treaty of Versailles and the Road to World War II"

Panel Discussion moderated by Stephen Hague
History Department
Date/Time: April 25, 2019 / 2:00-3:30pm
Place: Chamberlain Student Center 129
For more information contact William Carrigan


Dr. Paul B. Winkler Annual CHSS Lecture

"Talat Pasha’s Killing Orders and Denial of Armenian Genocide"

Dr. Tanner Akcam, Clark University
Rowan Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the History Department
Date/Time: March 7, 2019 / 7:00-8:30pm
Place: Owl's Nest
For more information contact William Carrigan

A unique feature of the Armenian Genocide has been the long-standing efforts of successive Turkish governments to deny its historicity and to hide the documentary evidence

surrounding it. Denialists claimed that there was no central decision taken by Ottoman authorities to exterminate the Armenians and all available documents that indicate otherwise are either fake or were doctored by Armenians.

Taner Akçam, known as “the Sherlock Holmes of the Armenian Genocide,” with his latest book provides a major clarification of the often-blurred lines between facts and truth with regard to these events. Akçam both brings to light documents either hidden or destroyed by the Turkish government that contain the killing orders, as well as demonstrates the authenticity of these orders, which had been signed by Ottoman Interior Minister Talat Pasha.

These killing orders of Talat Pasha had been given to an Armenian intellectual named Aram Andonian by an Ottoman bureaucrat by the name of Naim Efendi. 

The denialist school has long argued that a bureaucrat with the name Naim Efendi never existed and that there exists on a memoir written by him. According to this claim, the telegrams and memoirs were all forgeries, produced by Armenians to further their claims.

Taner Akçam provides the evidence to refute the basis of these claims and proves that the existence of Naim Efendi, his memoir and the killing orders are authentic, revealing the genocidal intent of the Ottoman-Turkish government towards its Armenian population.

As such, this work removes a cornerstone from the denialist edifice and further establishes the historicity of the Armenian Genocide. These findings represent an earthquake in the field of Armenian Genocide and will contribute enormously to the fight for recognition.

NYT: ‘Sherlock Holmes of the Armenian Genocide’ Uncovers Lost Evidence:


Bakithi Kumalo

"Have Courage, Take Chances"

Co-sponsored by: Genocide & Holocaust Center, History Department, SJICR, International Studies, and Department of Music.

Bakithi Kumalo
The History Department
Date/Time: February 12, 2019 / 5pm
Place: Pfleeger Concert Hall
For more information contact Chanelle Rose

Bakithi speaks about his growing up in South Africa under Apartheid. Born and raised in Soweto, the famous Johannesburg township that was also home to Nelson Mandela, he also talks about the influences of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the changes he witnessed upon the abolishment of the Apartheid regime, and the history and evolution of Paul Simon’s Graceland, in which he literally played a major role. Interspersed throughout he shares original compositions as well as traditional South African melody, rhythm and song. His accomplishments as a renowned and extraordinary musician provide an inspirational story and his music provides a genuinely uplifting experience.

"Climate Ethics for the Dead and the Dying - When Past-Oriented Environmentalism Isn't Enough"

Julia D Gibson
Philosophy and Religion Studies Department
Date/Time: February 12, 2019 / 3:30pm
Place: Science Hall, Room 126
For more information contact Dr. Ellen Miller

"Trauma as Morally Damaging"

Alycia LaGuardiaLoBianco
Philosophy and Religion Studies Department
Date/Time: February 13, 2019 / 3:30pm
Place: Campbell Library, Room 126
For more information contact Dr. Ellen Miller

"President's Day Keynote Address"

Erez Manela, Harvard University
History Department
Date/Time: February 19, 2019 / 6:00-7:30pm
Place: Rowan Hall
For more information contact William Carrigan

"Soviet Entrepreneurs in Late-Socialist Black Markets: The  Kirgiz Affair and the Death Penalty in the 1950s-1960s"

Works in Progress
Jim Heinzen, the History Department
Date/Time: February 25, 2019 / 2pm
Place: Hollybush
For more information contact Dr. Emily Blanck

Supported by new material from recently declassified Russian archives, this article delves deeply into one criminal case to explore key aspects of the history of illegal, underground markets in the Soviet 1950s-1960s. The article concludes in part that associated with and fully permeating the shadow economy one sees many varieties of attitudes and mores, social practices, relationships, moral outlooks, and informal ways of negotiating.

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