2019 Spring Events



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


Regional Student Ethics Conference50 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

Regional Student Ethics Conference"Regional Student Ethics Conference

Philosophy and Religion Department
Date/Time: April 12, 2019 / TBA
Place: Chamberlain Student Center, room 144B
For more information contact Ellen Miller

The Philosophy Club, the Phi Sigma Tau Chapter, and the Philosophy and Religion Studies Department at Rowan University are pleased to announce our 6th Annual Student Ethics Conference.

Abstracts are now being accepted for student presentations. We welcome papers from Rowan students that explore any area of ethics, applied ethics, or professional ethics.

Submitters should be prepared for presentations between 15-20 minutes in length.  Abstracts should be no more than 350 words and should be submitted in a Word format (.doc or .docx) with a document title the same as the Abstract title, prepared for blind review. 

Students should include a cover sheet with their full name, the title of their abstract, major, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.

Call for Abstracts due February 25, 2019.
Send abstracts to Dr. Ellen Miller, 


Taner AkcamDr. 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:

Regional Student Ethics ConferenceTheorizing: Barnes on Kant and Hip-Hop in the Music Classroom

Philosophy and Religion Department
Date/Time: March 3, 2019 / 5pm
Place: Robinson Hall, room 224
For more information contact Ed Kazarian

This semester’s first Theorizing at Rowan event will take place Wednesday March 13, at 5 pm in Robinson Hall 224.  

Adrian Barnes (Music Education, Rowan University) will present a lecture entitled “Finding My Place: Using Kant’s Philosophy on Taste to Justify the Teaching of Hip-Hop in the Music Classroom.”  

Prof. Barnes has provided the following description of his talk: “In the field of music education, there is an age-old belief that music education is aesthetic education (MEAE). Under this belief, the music educator is to teach students certain standards, which will allow them to judge music as “good” or “bad.” This system of teaching has often devalued and limited the teaching of other genres, especially hip-hop. However, by looking through the lens of Kant’s pure aesthetic judgment on taste, we learn that the value of music cannot be taught and is left to the beholder. This presentation will focus on using Kant’s Judgment on taste to make the music classroom more culturally inclusive and open to the serious teaching of hip-hop.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program

All Theorizing at Rowan events are free and open to the public.


BakithiBakithi 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 "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"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


Trauma as Morally Damaging"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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