Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series

The 2019-2020 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series will focus on the theme of  “Social Movements, Civic Engagement, and the Movement of Ideas."  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 Social Movements, Civic Engagement, and the Movement of Ideas 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. The Dean’s office will provide water and dessert.



Fall 2019 Events:


Monday, October 7 / 12:00 – 12:50 PM / H-219

Ella Ben Hagai, Psychology: “Identity, Politics, and Inclusion among Muslim and Jewish College Students”
Xhercis Mendez, Women and Gender Studies: “A Transformative Justice Vision for Title IX in the Era of #MeToo”


 Tuesday, November 5 / 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM / H-219

Allison Varzally, History: “From Fields to Kitchens: California’s Restaurant Workers Defining Foodways and Defying Borders”
Robert Voeks, Geography and the Environment: “Carurú: The Enigmatic Origin of Brazil’s Signature Afro-Brazilian Dish”


Monday, December 2 / 12:00 – 12:50 PM / H-219

Joshua DiPaolo, Philosophy: “What is Radicalization?”
Andrew Howat, Philosophy: “Civic Engagement in the Post-Truth Era: The Problem of Partisan Cheerleading”