Fall 2017

Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m.

September 6, 2017

#EasternBlackOut Day
Location: Student Center Theatre
Sponsored by the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing, Division of Student Affairs

#EasternBlackOut Day occurs on the sixth day of each month and was created to jumpstart conversations among Eastern students about police brutality against blacks and African Americans. Join author and educational consultant Malik Champlain in discussing oppressions seen in our nation, the impact on our bodies, and ways to be empowered to strive for more in life. Students, faculty and staff are invited to dress all in black to mourn the oppression of those who have died unjustly at the hands of law enforcement.


September 13, 2017

Sacha Llorenti, Bolivian Ambassador to the UN
Location: FAIC Concert Hall

Sacha Llorenti is the Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations. He also served as Secretary of the Permanent Commission on Human Rights in Bolivia and as Minister of Government in the administration of President Evo Morales Ayma. Bolivia has joined the Security Council of the United Nations and Ambassador Llorenti will participate as a member of the council for the next two years. He will speak about global security and the ideological gaps between developing and developed countries.


September 20, 2017

Hostage of Empire: Constitutional Dimensions of Puerto Rican Birthright Citizenship
Location: Student Center Theatre

In 1917, the U. S. Congress naturalized the residents of Puerto Rico under the terms of the Jones Act. Although this was not the first or last citizenship law applicable to Puerto Ricans, the Jones Act was the first law to naturalize the residents of a territory that was not meant to become a state of the Union. This talk explains the history of the extension of U.S. citizenship to Puerto Rico (1898–Present) and the debates over the constitutional status of persons born in Puerto Rico today.


September 27, 2017

The Role of Naturopathic Medicine in the Health Care System
Location: Student Center Theatre

Dr. Tonya Pasternak’s interest in Naturopathic Medicine was sparked at an early age and has been a longstanding passion of hers ever since. Pasternak received her bachelor degree in cellular & molecular biology and her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. She will discuss naturopathic medicine and provides examples of her approach to some common medical conditions as she strives to find the root cause of disease. Dr. Pasternak will also discuss volunteer experiences that led her to provide medical services to the homeless population of Seattle’s tent cities.

October 4, 2017

“Dear Woke Brown Girl”
Location: Student Center Theatre
Sponsored by the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing, Division of Student Affairs

Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez is a chonga Mujerista from Managua, Nicaragua, who lives in Nashville, TN. Rodriguez is a writer, columnist, editor and blogger for a number of publications, including the Huffington Post. She is the founder of “Latina Rebels,” an online platform that boasts more than 100,000 followers. Latina Rebels is described as “empowering fully present Latinidad, one Latina at a time, by disrupting the binary expectations that are placed on Latinas bodies and minds.” Rodriguez will talk about the process of being “woke,” the toll that being “woke” has on the individual and the importance of self-care.


October 11, 2017

Cambodian Diaspora in New England Through Lecture and Poetry
Location: Student Center Theatre

A scholar and poet from Cambodia, Heng Sreang will speak about his research on the Cambodian (Khmer) diaspora in New England and California. One of the largest Asian-American communities in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, people who identity as Cambodian, Khmer or Cambodian-American often maintain written and oral traditions about their pasts. Heng Sreang’s work illuminates the ways in which members of New England’s Cambodian communities connect to contemporary Cambodia, Southeast Asia and the United States. The presentation will include a poetry reading with simultaneous English translation.


October 18, 2017

FAIC Concert Hall

The Providence-based “Ensemble/Parallax” is known for performing contemporary classical music from Europe and the United States.  This performance will feature several works from the ensemble’s extensive repertoire, and will include a discussion on performance techniques, the aesthetics of new music, and the historical content of the music presented.


October 25, 2017

Alcohol Monologues
Location: Student Center Theatre
Sponsored by Wellness Education and Promotion, Student Affairs

Eastern students have documented the effects of alcohol on their lives and are willing to share those experiences, some tragic, some funny, some insightful.  Similar to the Vagina Monologues, an ensemble cast of student volunteers will read candid accounts as written by their peers, engaging the audience to consider the effects of alcohol on the individual as well as the campus community.


November 1, 2017

A Talk with Matika Wilbur
Location: Student Center Theatre
Sponsored by the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing, Division of Student Affairs

Matika Wilbur, an acclaimed photographer from the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes in Washington State, is the creator and director of Project 562. She is the only Native American photographer and social documentarian to be welcomed into each of the 562+ Native American sovereign territories in the United States. For the past four years, Wilbur has collaborated with scores of tribes to share the images and truths of Native American Peoples.


November 8, 2017

Community or Political Engagement? Educating for Democracy in Troubled Times
Location: Student Center Theatre
Sponsored by Center for Community Engagement

Over the past twenty years, questions have been raised about the connections between community and political engagement, indeed, whether there were or should be any connections at all between the two. Over a decade ago, in 2007, concerned about the seeming disconnect between community engagement and political engagement, the Carnegie Foundation’s Political Engagement Project encouraged higher education to direct its engagement work more explicitly toward educating for participation in democracy and public life. Later that year, CIRCLE and the Kettering Foundation published results from a study titled “Millennials Talk Politics,” which made recommendations about how colleges and universities could better educate students for political engagement. And yet, a decade later, college students seem more disengaged from politics, at least as politics is traditionally understood. Our current political landscape is full of craters, and our public discourse has become more polarized, with charges of “incivility” and “hate speech” being made on our campuses and in our communities from all sides of the political spectrum. This keynote will attempt to confront the current political climate and discuss the challenges and opportunities it presents for higher education, as well as how our work in community engagement might foster more effective political learning and action.

Rick Battistoni, Professor of Political Science & Public and Community Service Studies, and Director, Feinstein Institute for Public Service, Providence College.


November 15, 2017

Living Intersex: Walking the Line
Location: Student Center Theatre
Sponsored by the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing, Division of Student Affairs

Sean Saifa M. Wall is an intersex man of African descent. As an activist, somatic practitioner  and researcher living in Atlanta, GA, Saifa grew up witnessing the devastation of the 1980s crack epidemic firsthand, losing his father to the prison industrial complex and eventually to AIDS. His commitment to social justice deepened while studying at Williams College where he came out as queer. Saifa’s professional objective is to develop strong linkages between ethical, responsible research and community empowerment. He is committed to the liberation of marginalized communities and particularly, people of African descent.

Campus Map & Directions
The Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room is on the second floor of the J. Eugene Smith Library
The Theatre and Betty R. Tipton Room are on the upper level of the Student Center
The Science Building Auditorium is in Room 104 of the Science Building