“Exploring Our World” is a cultivation of unique seminars, lectures and workshops presented by the College of Liberal Arts. The series provides an array of topics from the perspectives of the humanities and other disciplines. Each topic is designed to engage the mind and ignite discussion among participants. The diverse backgrounds of the presenters and participants guarantee insightful dialogue.
The Exploring Our World Series is free and open to the public and will be held both on campus at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center and the UCA Downtown location at 1105 Oak Street in downtown Conway. Refreshments will be served at each event and are sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Office of the Provost. Reserve your spot today!
FALL 2016 PROGRAM OF EVENTS
CRIME AND VIOLENCE IN AMERICA
This panel features speakers from UCA faculty and Conway government officials. The panel explores a history of violence and criminality in the United States with a focus on criminality throughout the decades in the south.
Panel Moderator: Peter Mehl, Ph.D. Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts. Panelist: Michael Schaefer, Ph.D. Department of English, Alana Reid, Ph.D. Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, & Cultures, Story Matkin-Rawn, Ph.D. Department of History and Kristen Epps, Ph.D. Department of History.
THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF AN IPHONE: CHINA AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
We’ve all seen the label: Made in China. Usually when we think about things made in China, the story is the product itself: excitement over a hot new gadget, or fear over safety standards in children’s toys. But what about the people who actually make the products we use everyday? This interactive talk explores China’s role in the global economy and its effect on everyday people by investigating the life cycle of an iPhone, from the mining of rare materials in Inner Mongolia, to assembly in Shenzhen, to the booming e-waste recycling industry in Guangdong.
Moreover, this talk provides insight into the economic, social, and political systems that help create the smartphones we use everyday. It also leads participants to question the labels we use to talk about the global economy. Discussion questions include: How socialist is China really? What do we mean when we say jobs are shipped overseas? Ethically, how do we balance the convenience of technology with its human and environmental consequences?
CRIME AND SOCIETY: AN EXPLORATION OF CRIME AND VICTIMIZATION
In this panel, representatives from UCA faculty, local government and officers from multiple local police departments will explore crime and criminality in society. This is guaranteed to be a lively panel with a focus on causes and costs of crime in society.
WED, NOV. 9 | 7PM – 9PM, UCA DOWNTOWN MODERATOR: DR. SHERRY SKAGGS
ED POWERS, Ph.D. – Dept. of Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology – Trends & Patterns of Violence in the U.S.
JANET WILSON, Ph.D. – Dept. of Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology – The Cost of Victimization in the U.S.
DEE ANN NEWELL – Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, Inc. – The Effect of Parental Incarceration on Children
JAIME ZAMBRANO, Ph.D. – Dept. of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures – Violence: Understanding Victims & Offenders
TOM MCINNIS, Ph.D. – Dept. of Political Science – Constitutional Issues: Fourth & Fifth Amendments
AMY BLEDSOE – Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office – Crime in Faulkner County
Good judgment is essential to educators, leaders and their followers who want to understand a fluid way to add value to their personal lives, relationships and professional development. Leading and Value Judgment is an interactive seminar introducing the Value Judgment Matrix (VJM), a research-based personal and professional development tool drawn from philosophy and psychology used in organizational, coaching, counseling and clinical contexts.The VJM is used to assist in decision-making, problem-solving and as a development tool for personal and professional growth. Participants will learn how their own unique value structure informs their work, relationships and personal goals and direction.
TUES, NOV 15 | 7PM – 9PM,BHCC INSTRUCTOR: MALCOLM NORTH R.S.V.P.
POLICE AND SOCIETY
Students and faculty from UCA’s Police & Society Service-Learning Course have partnered with Arkansas State Police, Conway Police Department, and UCA Police Department to host this Police Community Relations Gathering. This event capstones the partnership developed between the students and police departments during the fall semester. This is a chance to meet officers from these departments, students and faculty. Refreshments will be served.
FRI, DEC. 2 | 7PM – 9PM, UCA DOWNTOWN INSTRUCTOR: DR. SHERRY SKAGGS
CHANGING THE CULTURE OF EDUCATION: A FOCUS ON CULTURALLY RESPONSIBLE CLASSROOMS
Teachers are often afraid to broach the subject of race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and/or other areas of diversity in their classrooms.This session will include a dialog with educators and insight from two underrepresented women in K-12 education. Additionally, this presentation will explore microaggression and the creation of culturally responsible classrooms. Educators will discuss how to conduct difficult conversations about diversity, inclusion, and social justice with K-12 students.