IGC Seminar Series

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Renewed Purpose: Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship grant


  • “African Food Systems in Transition and the Triple Burden of Malnutrition,” Jane Battersby, Geography Department, University of California at Los Angeles, Sept. 28, 2017. Organizer: Bill Moseley, Geography. Co-sponsors: Phi Beta Kappa, Departments of Geography and Environmental Studies; the Food, Agriculture & Society, International Development, Urban Studies, and Community & Global Health Concentrations; and the Center for Study Away
  •  “Reimagining Engaged Scholarship: Learning From Abolition,” Brittany Lewis (‘09), UMN Center for Urban and Regional Affairs; Louise Matson, Division of Indian Work; Brian Lozenski, Educational Studies; and Althea Sircar, Political Science, Sept. 27, 2017. Organizers: Althea Sircar, and Brian Lozenski
  • “Hmong Communities in the Midwest at the Crossroads: Memory, History, and Place,” Safoi Babana-Hampton, French Department, University of Michigan, Director, Screenwriter, and producer; panelists Fu Hang, Dr. Yang Dao & Mo Hang, Oct. 17, 2017. Documentary screening and panel discussion. Organizer: Joëlle Vitiello, French and Francophone Studies
  • “Racial Difference and Biological Taxonomy in Early Modern Philosophy,”Justin E. H. Smith, speaker, with panelists Bill Hart, Religious Studies, and Sam Asarnow, Philosophy, April 5, 2018. Organizer: Geoff Gorham, Philosophy
  • “Representing Indigenous Voices: Art, History, and Activism,”Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, Artist/Speaker, with panelists Dr. Kate Beane, Minnesota Historical Society; John Little, filmmaker and PhD candidate, University of Minnesota; and Katie Phillips, History, and Moderator Althea Sircar, Political Science, April 18, 2018. Organizers: Katie Phillips, History, and Althea Sircar, Political Science. Co-sponsors: President’s Office, American Studies, Anthropology, Art & Art History, History, Media & Cultural Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Critical Theory Concentration, Department of Multicultural Life, and Proud Indigenous People for Education (PIPE)


  • “Empire’s Other Other: Feminist Disability Studies in Transnational Context,” Nirmala Erevelles, Department of Educational Leadership, Technology, and Policy Studies, University of Alabama, Sept. 25, 2018. Organizer and Moderator: Joan Ostrove, Psychology
  • “More Than a Word,” John Little, Documentary Filmmaker and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Minnesota, Nov. 1, 2018. Documentary screening and discussion. Organizer and Conversant: Katie Phillips, History
  • “On Queer Form and its Affectations,”Jade Yumang, Artist, Dec. 4, 2018. Talk accompanying exhibit of Yumang’s work, “Material Futurity,” in the Law Warschaw Gallery. Organizers: Jehra Patrick, Law Warschaw Gallery, and Jody Emmings, Entrepreneurship
  • “Why Capable People Suffer From the Imposter Syndrome and How You Can Thrive in Spite of It,” Valerie Young, Feb. 25, 2019. Workshop: “Overcoming Imposter Syndrome to Thrive at Macalester,” focused on issues for Black, Indigenous, and students of color. Organizer: Karin Vélez, Department of History & Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program/Graduate School Exploration Fellowship Faculty Coordinator. Pre-event workshop at a “Talking About Teaching” lunch sponsored by the Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching.
  • “Collaborative Research and the Future of Higher Education: Building Diverse Campus-Community Partnerships,” Laura Goldblatt, Engagements Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia; Michael Strayer, Writer, Editor, and Independent Researcher; and Christopher Newfeld, Professor of Literature & American Studies, UC Santa Barbara. Feb. 21, 2019. Workshops: “Bringing Critical University Studies to the Small Liberal Arts College” and “Interpretive Research Outside the Institution: Grassroots Research and Collaborative Study.” Organizer and Moderator: Althea Sircar, Political Science


  • “Female Subjectivities & Technological Dystopias,” Heba Amin, Sept. 11, 2019. Organizer: Jenna Rice Rahaim, International Studies
  • “Necessary Action: Activism and Artistic Practice,” Nicolas Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax), Artist, in conversation with Jonathan Herrera Soto, Jim Denomie, and moderator Dyani White Hawk Polk. Sept. 24, 2019. Organizer: Jehra Patrick, Law Warschaw Gallery & Jody Emmings, Entrepreneurship
  • “Restorative Practice,” Troi Bechet, Center for Restorative Approaches, New Orleans, Oct. 9, 2019. Organizers: Ruth Janisch, Annan IGC & Sedric McClure, DML
  • “Why Are Hondurans Fleeing Their Country (and what does or should it have to do with ‘us’?”Megan Krausch, Public Sociologist, Activist, and Writer, Oct. 31, 2019. Organizer: Erika Busse Cárdenas, Sociology & Latin American Studies
  • “Local and Global Identities: Photography and Conversation with Artist Wing Young Huie,” Wing Young Huie, Photographer, Nov. 6, 2019. Organizer: Eily Marlow, Civic Engagement Center
  • “Indigenous Futurism, Expanded Cinema and Traditional Stories. The Coyote Way: Going Back Home,” Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo), Filmmaker. Film screening and conversation, Nov. 12, 2019. Organizer: Kiri Sailiata, American Studies
  • “Trans-Indigenous Canoe Work for Indigenous Resurgence: New Research Collaboration Among Pacific Islanders, Dakota Communities, and Socially-Conscious Scholarship in Minisota Makoche and the Western Pacific Islands Region,” Vicente Diaz, American Indian Studies, UMN, Nov. 19, 2019. Organizer: Kiri Sailiata, American Studies


  • “Youth-led Protests Amid Political Crisis in Peru,” Carmen Ilizarbe, Paolo Sosa, José Vidal, Jhader Aguad, Inka Zulu Collective, Dec. 3, 2020. Organizers: Erika Busse Cárdenas, Sociology and Latin American Studies, and Olga González, Anthropology and Latin American Studies
  • “Understanding Authoritarianism in the U.S. and Abroad,” Erik Davis, Religious Studies; Olga González, Anthropology and Annan IGC; Bill Hart, Religious Studies; Lisa Mueller, Political Science, Feb. 17, 2021. Organizers: Olga González and Donna Maeda, Annan IGC
  • “Community Aid vs. Policing Bodies,” Tish Jones, Founder, Truart Speaks; Duaba Unenra, Director of Neighborhood Engagement and Learning, Confluence Studio; Shá Cage, ’95, Co-founder, Tru Ruts; Roxanne Anderson, Executive Director, Rare Productions; Natalia Davis, Artistic Director, Mariana Morgan Sawyer, Facilitator Lead, and Jan Mandell, Program Director, Irreducible Grace Foundation, March 25, 2021. Organizer and Moderator: Harry Waters, Jr., Associate Dean, Annan IGC, and Professor, Theater & Dance