Date: Friday, Sept. 21st, 2018
Location: Gumberg Library, 1st Floor, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, Duquesne University
Title: "Our Divided World: The Quest for Nuclear Disarmament and the Growing Dangers of Wars Among Nuclear-Armed States"
Presenter: Ms. Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, North American Coordinator, Mayors for Peace, and Executive Advisor to the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation.
We stand at a nuclear crossroads, in a sharply divided world. Last July the majority of the world's countries voted to adopt a historic treaty to prohibit the possession, development, testing, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons. While the Ban Treaty represents the total repudiation of nuclear weapons by most of the states that don't possess them, the U.S. and the eight other nuclear-armed states boycotted the negotiations. One expert has assessed today's nuclear threat as "an unprecedented moment in human history. The world has never faced so many nuclear flashpoints simultaneously. From NATO-Russia tensions, to the Korean Peninsula, to South Asia and the South China Sea and Taiwan - all of the nuclear-armed states are tangled up in conflicts and crises that could catastrophically escalate at any moment." In January 2018 the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of its Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to the end of humanity. It is now set at two minutes to midnight, as close as it's ever been since 1947. We must keep both realities - the promise of the Ban Treaty and growing dangers of nuclear war - fully in mind as we work for a world without nuclear weapons.
Jacqueline Cabasso has served as Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, based in Oakland, California, since 1984. She has been involved in nuclear disarmament, peace, environmental and social justice advocacy at the local, national and international levels for more than 35 years. A leading voice for nuclear abolition, she was a "founding mother" of the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons in 1995. Since 2007, she has served as North American Coordinator for Mayors for Peace. She currently serves as National Co-convener for United for Peace and Justice. She is a co-author of "Nuclear Disorder or Cooperative Security? U.S. Weapons of Terror, the Global Proliferation Crisis and Paths to Peace" (2007) and the co‑author of "Risking Peace: Why We Sat in the Road" (1985), an account of the huge 1983 nonviolent protest at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory and the subsequent mass trial conducted by Western States Legal Foundation. Jackie is a contributing author to a collection of papers entitled, "Rethinking General and Complete Disarmament in the Twenty-First Century", published by the United Nations in 2016. She received the International Peace Bureau's 2008 Sean MacBride Peace Award, and the Agape Foundation's 2009 Enduring Visionary Prize.
Date: Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Location: Berger Gallery, College Hall 207, Duquesne University
Title: "Crossing Borders for Civic Engagement: A Narrative Industry of Service-Learning Participant Perspectives"
Presenter: Dr. Jessica Mann, Director for the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
Service-learning initiatives often serve as higher education's co-curricular approach to achieving institutional goals of fostering students' civic growth. Alternative Spring Breaks (ASBs) have been understudied as service-learning programmatic options in higher education, thus leaving little to no indication of the larger context of the service experience, nor its participant outcomes in terms of civic engagement (Jones, Robbins, & LePeau, 2011).
This talk will discuss a study designed to address gaps in researcher and practitioner understanding of ASBs, by uncovering long-term effects of these widely utilized, yet under-researched programs. Through a narrative inquiry methodology, this study captured the stories of five alternative spring break participants. Analyzing respondent narratives through the lens of Dewey's philosophy of education and Giroux's theory of border-crossing, the researcher was able to speak to service-learning's ability to not only engage students in cross-cultural experiences, but to also cross internal borders within themselves, challenging pre-conceived notions of otherness and social issues. Moreover, the study highlighted the aesthetic and emotive meaning participants ascribe to their service experience long-term, noting shifts in their civic mindfulness and cultural sensitivity as well as propensity to civically engage post-graduation.
Dr. Jessica Mann is the current director for the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research at Duquesne University. She is an alumna of Duquesne, graduating with her Master of Arts degree in Integrated Marketing Communication. She is also a two-time alumna of the University of Pittsburgh, where she most recently graduated with her PhD in Administration and Policy studies from the School of Education. Jessica's career in higher education has been split between academic and student affairs, exploring the ways in which institution's programs and initiatives respond to their larger civic and social responsibilities. In this sense, she has spent her career developing and enacting strategic plans, assessing and evaluating institutional programs and initiatives, and creating and implementing programming which enhances the educational experience of students and supplements the research of faculty and staff, while simultaneously serving the local community.
All interested faculty, staff, students, and other are welcome.