Conversations on Alternate Facts: Evidence, Interpretation and Reality

Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series

The 2017-2018 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series will focus on the theme of “Interdisciplinary Conversations on Alternate Facts: Evidence, Interpretation, and Reality."  The selection of this year's theme was inspired and provoked by both current events and a powerful historical context.  Through lecture, readings, and discussion, each "conversation" will invite participants to consider the concept of crossing borders from a number of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

Events will take place during the midday class period on selected Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the academic year. Faculty and students are invited to bring their lunches; the Dean’s office will provide drinks and dessert.


Fall 2017 Events: Coming soon!


Spring 2017 Events:

February 13 / 12:00 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Edward R. Piñuelas, English, Comparative Literature, & Linguistics

"Putting the Favela on the Map: Race and Space in Brazilian Teledrama City of Men"

Jorge Fontdevila, Sociology

“Crossing Borders and Shifting Sexualities”


March 14  / 11:30 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Gabriela Nuñez, Chicana/o Studies

"Investigating the Border: Chicana Feminism and Detective Fiction"

David Kelman, English, Comparative Literature, & Linguistics

“World Literature in the Age of Diaspora”

Natalie Fousekis, History

“Women in Leadership: Bi-Partisan, Pro-Choice, and in the O.C.”


March 20  / 12:00 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Panel: Cora Granata, Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi, Jonathan Markley, and Lisa Tran, History

“From Berlin to the West Bank to China: A Global History of Border Walls”


April 11  / 11:30 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Panel: Aitana Guia, Jamila Moore Pewu, and Anelise Shrout, History

"Do Borders Exist if Nobody Believes in Them? Historical Perspectives on Border Crossing"


May 1 / 12:00 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Edwin Lopez, Sociology

“Resistance in Child Migration: An Alternative Casual Explanation for Central American Child Migration in Summer 2014”

Susie Woo, American Studies

“Cold War K-Pop: Korean Singers and Cultural Border Crossing in 1950’s America”



Fall 2016 Events:

September 13  /  11:30-12:50 / CPAC-127

Stan Breckenridge, African American Studies

“Crossing Borders: A Musical Journey of American Music (and Identity)”

September 20  / 11:30 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Donald J. Matthewson, Jay Wachtel, Rob Robinson, Politics, Administration, and Justice, Ben Hubbard, Religious Studies

“Exploring the Borders of the First Amendment: Are Freedom of Speech and Religion Harmful?”

October 3  /  10:00 - 11:30 / TSU Pavilion A

Michael Shermer, Skeptic Magazine

“Is Freedom of Speech Harmful to College Students?”

October 17  / 12:00 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Arlene Ring, American Studies

“The Social Construction of a Border-Crossing Varmint”


Sawssan Ahmed, Psychology

“Exposure to Trauma, Acculturative Stress and Psychological Symptoms in Iraqi Refugee Mothers and their Children Resettled into the United States”


November 15  / 11:30 - 12:50 / PLS-360

JeeLoo Liu, Philosophy

“Place Without Borders: Progressivism of Place”


Ryan Nichols, Philosophy

“Hypothesis-Testing the Humanities: Text Analytics and Machine Learning with an Ancient Chinese Corpus.”



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