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2021 Events



THURSDAY, January 28, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Dying to Belong: Racism, Public Health, and the Law

Online Event

In this talk, Montrece McNeill Ransom, JD, MPH, public health expert and belonging strategist, will define and characterize belonging, highlight its impact on human potential and health disparities, and describe how our legal system can serve as a facilitator and barrier to a sense of belonging for marginalized populations. She will also offer tips on steps we can all take to cultivate cultures of belonging in the places where we live, learn, work, play, and worship. 

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THURSDAY, February 4, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

White Rage: A Community Discussion

Online Event

Join us for an essential and timely discussion about white rage in America. Copies of Carol Anderson’s book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide will be distributed prior to the event by our partners at Fulton Street Books in Tulsa.

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THURSDAY, February 25, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

BorderX: A Crisis in Graphic Detail

Online Event

Join us for a conversation with Mauricio Alberto Cordero, editor of BorderX: A Crisis in Graphic Detail. BorderX is a comic anthology about the crisis on the southern border. It includes work by dozens of artists who have created a series of exhibits, narratives, posters, and ruminations. This collaborative work creates a prism of different views on the cruelty of American policies at the border and their far-reaching effects on immigrants and asylum seekers.

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THURSDAY, March 11, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM Immigration, Justice and Courage

Online Event

We’re delighted to welcome Reverend Daniel Groody, author of “Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace,” for a discussion about immigration, justice, and courage. This talk is designed not as another report on the crisis at the border but as a discussion about reshaping how we understand the people and events there.

THURSDAY, March 25, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Zombies, Seances, and the Unrestful Dead: Art after the Pandemic

Online Event

Elizabeth Outka is the author of Viral Modernism: The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature, a work about literary and artistic responses to the early 20th century Flu Pandemic and the ways in which it shaped modern culture. In her talk she will discuss pandemics featured in art and literature, connecting 1918 to 2020 and focusing on the flu’s surprising connection to zombies, spiritualism, and poems like T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”

THURSDAY, March 18, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Coming of Age at the End of the World: An Existential Toolkit for the Climate/COViD Generation 

Online Event

Join Sarah Ray, the author of “A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety,” for a discussion about letting go of eco-guilt, resisting burnout, and cultivating resilience while advocating for climate justice. Copies of her book will also be given away to a limited number of participants.

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2020 Events


Recordings of past talks are now available on our YouTube channel!



A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing: An Evening with Author DaMaris Hill

Online Event

Join us for a virtual talk with Dr. DaMaris Hill, author of the award-winning book, “A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing.” From Harriet Tubman to Assata Shakur, Ida B. Wells to Sandra Bland and Black Lives Matter, black women freedom fighters have braved violence, scorn, despair, and isolation in order to lodge their protests. In A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, DaMaris Hill honors their experiences with at times harrowing, at times hopeful responses to her heroes.***30 free copies of Dr. Hill’s book and Humanities Center bookmarks will be given away to participants as part of this event***


Dr. Jennifer Freyd: Addressing Sexual Violence with Institutional Courage

Online Event

Dr. Jennifer Freyd is an American researcher, author, educator, and speaker who has published widely on betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, and institutional courage. In this virtual lecture, Jennifer Freyd will explore the power of institutions to act with institutional courage and the importance of accountability and transparency in these critical moments. She will explain her concepts of betrayal trauma, betrayal blindness, DARVO, and institutional betrayal – and how these ideas and her research findings led to her work on institutional courage. Freyd will suggest concrete steps for both individuals and institutions to address sexual abuse through a lens of institutional courage.

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Laughable Testimony: When Women Discuss Health

Online Event

Melanie A. Kiechle is an associate professor of history at Virginia Tech, and author of “Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America” (Washington University Press, 2017). Smell Detectives looks at the relationship between the construction of scientific expertise, on the one hand, and “common sense”―the olfactory experiences of common people―on the other. She researches and teaches at the intersections of science, medicine, lay experience, and the environment in the nineteenth century. Join us for a talk with Dr. Kiechle about the history of public health as a way of providing some context and depth of understanding to our current pandemic. Specifically, Kiechle will focus on the role women play/have played in public health.


Our History is the Future: Standing Rock and the Long History of Indigenous Resistance

Online Event

Dr. Nick Estes, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico, will discuss the long tradition of settler violence and indigenous resistance in the U.S. Estes is the author of the book Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019) and he co-edited Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement. In 2014, he co-founded The Red Nation, an Indigenous resistance organization. ***30 free copies of Dr. Estes’ book and Humanities Center bookmarks will be given away to participants as part of this event***


All the Rage: The Culture of Online Anger

Online Event

Anger and fear seem to pervade online culture in our current times–and liberals and conservatives are both susceptible. Join us for a virtual discussion with Dr. Dannagal Goldthwaite Young and A.J. Bauer about the culture and psychology of online political outrage. Young is an Associate Professor of Communication and Political Science at the University of Delaware where she studies the content, audience, and effects of political humor. Her research on the psychology and influence of political entertainment has been widely published. Her book Irony and Outrage examines satire and outrage as the logical extensions of the respective psychological profiles of liberals and conservatives. Bauer is a writer and former journalist based in New York. His work has appeared in The Daily Texan, the Austin American-Statesman, the Texas Observer, The Patriot Ledger, the Boston Globe, Social Text Periscope and The Guardian. He researches contemporary and historical right-wing movements and conservatism in the United States. He is visiting Assistant Professor at NYU and co-editor of the recent book News on the Right. He will start as Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama in 2021.




Hope in Times of Trauma: A Discussion with Dr. Chan Hellman

Online Event

Dr. Chan Hellman is internationally renowned for his work on building a hope-centered response to trauma. Hellman is a professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Founding Director of the Hope Research Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Pediatrics for the OU College of Medicine and the Department of Health Promotion Science for the OU College of Public Health. With over 150 scholarly publications and countless workshop in the areas of child maltreatment, domestic violence, homelessness, etc., Chan has focused his work on sharing the science and power of hope in our ability to overcome trauma and thrive. If you’re interested in ways to build a hope-centered approach to trauma, then you won’t want to miss this discussion.


Who Watches the Watchmen? Race and Representation in Speculative Fiction

Online Event

Join us for a virtual conversation between Dr. André Carrington and Dr. Rebecca Wanzo on representations of race in The Watchmen–and beyond. From comic books to science fiction, our acknowledgement of the significance of blackness in twentieth-century American literature, television, and culture is more important than ever. Carrington is a scholar of race, gender, and genre in Black and American cultural production. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction texts. Rebecca Wanzo is a professor and chair of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her most recent book, The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging (NYU Press, 2020) examines how Black cartoonists have used racialized caricatures to criticize constructions of ideal citizenship, as well as the alienation of African Americans from such imaginaries.

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