Talk of the University: What You Should Know

Talk of the University: What You Should Know

Wednesday, October 4, 2017:

Freedom of the Press and Media Literacy

Facilitator(s): Dr. Lindsey Wotanis, PhD, Associate Professor/Director of Broadcast Journalism Program; Dr. Adam Shprintzen, PhD, Assistant Professor; Brooke Williams, student, President – Society for Collegiate Journalists, News Editor for the Wood Word

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Nazareth Student Center, Upper Main Dining Area

>Join us for a faculty and student led discussion about the First Amendment, the state of it today, and media literacy.

Talk of the University: Press Freedom (PDF)

Looking for additional information on this issue?  Try these resources:

Newseum Institute: State of the First Amendment -.

Newseum Institute: Videos about media literacy tips -.

Student Press Law Center -.

Society of Professional Journalists -.

Newseum Institute: Is this story share-worthy? flowchart -.

TED: Why freedom of the press is more important now than ever -.

Newseum Institute: Freedom of the Press overview -.


Over the course of the Fall 2017 semester a group of faculty, staff, and students will be hosting a series of informal discussions on current events entitled, "Talk of the University: What You Should Know". Each discussion will focus on a specific local, national, or global current topic or event. 

Discussions will be led by faculty, staff, and/or student facilitators. As future events are scheduled, dates, times, and information relevant to the discussion topic may be found here and will also be advertised to the campus community through Marywood University email and posted flyers.

For Talk of the University programs scheduled in Nazareth Hall during meal hours, community members are encouraged to bring a lunch to the event.  Community members with meal plans or those who purchase meals from Nazareth Dining Hall are welcome to bring meals upstairs to the event. 

The goal of this activity is to empower university community members to be engaged and informed citizens and to foster respect for human dignity.  As such, these discussions are open to all Marywood University community members no matter your level of familiarity with the subject. 


Past Events:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016:

Rape Culture, Gender Roles, and How We Can Make A Difference

Facilitator(s): Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter, PhD, Director of Office of Diversity Efforts; Edward McNichols, MSW, LSW, Counseling/Student Development Center Clinical Assistant; Maria Temples, student, President - Student Government Association

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Nazareth Hall, Upper Main Dining Area (small side)

>Rape culture as it exists in our society is a problem with deep roots that has proven very resistant to efforts for change. Jackson Katz, a leading lecturer and researcher on masculinity and gender violence says "Though it may be uncomfortable, addressing sexual violence requires confronting deeper problems — like unhealthy gender stereotypes and peer cultures that perpetuate or tolerate abuse, society's messages to boys (and girls) about what it means to be men, and violent pornography that celebrates objectification of women — all subjects beyond just learning how to stop a violent act." Our panel discussion will focus on both the persistent mores and norms that perpetuate rape culture, and what we as individuals and a community may do to bring about meaningful change.

Looking for additional information on this issue?  Try these resources:

Anti Harassment (2012). Sh*t men say to men who say sh*t to women on the street. Retrieved from:

bell Hooks (2000). Feminism is for everybody.

Hollaback! (2016) You have the power to end harassment. Retrieved from:

It’s on us to stop sexual assault.

Kaufman, M. & Kimmel, M. (2011) The Guy’s Guide to Feminism

"The Guy's Guide to Feminism" An entertaining lecture by Michael Kimmel.  Retrieved from:

NOMAS (n.d.). National organization for men against sexism. Retrieved from:

Ridgway, S. (2014). 25 everyday examples of rape culture. Retrieved from:

Sexual Misconduct and Complaint Procedures Policy: Policy Statement. Retrieved from:

Gendered Media: The Influence of Media on Views of Gender.  Retrieved from:

Progress Would Be Accepting that Trump's 'Locker Room Talk' Illustrates "Rape Culture'. Retrieved from:

Boys Will be Boys: America's Campus Policy.  Retrieved from:

Stop Street Harassment (2016). Stop Street Harassment. Retrieved from:

TEDx Talks (2013). Violence against women-it’s a men’s issue: Jackson katz at tedxfidiwomen. Retrieved from:

White Ribbon Campaign.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016:

Women, Education, and Social Justice

Facilitator(s): Dr. Samantha Christiansen, Assistant Professor of History and Director of Women’s Studies

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Latour Room, Nazareth Hall

Join us for a free screening and discussion of HE NAMED ME MALALA. HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

Looking for additional information on Women, Education, and Social Justice?  Try these resources:

Women's Education Initiatives

“He Named Me Malala”:

Institute of Educational Education:

Institute for Women’s Policy Research – Status of Women & Girls in the US:

United Nations Girls Education Initiative:

World Education:

Center for American Progress:

Women for Women International:

Obamas Launch ‘Let Girls Learn’ Education Initiative:

Let Girls Learn:

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs:

The African Sisters Education Collaborative:


Tuesday, February 23, 2016:

Why Black History Month?

Facilitators: Dr. Adam Shprintzen, Assistant Professor of History, and Jovanna Laurencin, student

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Latour Room, Nazareth Hall

Black History Month has its roots in America dating back to 1926, however it was not formally adopted by the United States government all the way until 1976. Despite this history and the very real need to promote, emphasize and explain black history in America, periodically the event is positioned by detractors as either unnecessary or even divisive. This event will explain why Black History Month continues to be vitally important by looking at its history, major themes, the dangers of erased histories in America, and what it means to people of today. To spark conversation, the audience will discuss issues of current relevance, including: the Black Lives Matter movement, identity, culture, the Flint, Michigan water crisis, and the need to commemorate diverse histories in order to situate Black History Month within a larger, continuously evolving context.

Looking for additional information on Black History Month?  Try these resources:

Huffington Post - Why We Don't Need A White History Month - Black History Month – 10 Little Known Black History Facts - What Stacey Dash gets very wrong when she calls for ending BET and Black History Month

TED Talks – Talks to Celebrate Black History Month

Association of the Study of African American Life & History - 2016 – Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories

African American History Month - The history behind Black History Month -

New York Times - Interactive Timeline of Flint's Water Crisis


Thursday, March 26, 2015:

Women in the World Today: Global Challenges, Empowerment and How to Make a Difference

Facilitators: Paul Sevensky, Dr. Lindsey Wotanis, Dr. Samantha Christiansen, and Dr. Mark Rodgers, Dean of the College of Health & Human Services

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Upper Main Dining Hall of Nazareth Hall

Not familiar with Global Women's Issues?  Try these resources:

International Women's Education Initiatives

Institute of Educational Education:

United Nations Girls Education Initiative:

World Education:

Women for Women International:

Obamas Launch ‘Let Girls Learn’ Education Initiative:

Let Girls Learn:

Women Portrayed in Media/Advertising

Media Smarts:

Womens Media Center, Amplifying Women's Voices, Changing the Conversation:

A Look Back at Portrayals of Women in Advertising:

18 Ads That Changed How We Think About Women:

An analysis of 1,500 films resulted in 1 disturbing conclusion:

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color:

Media Portrayal of Black Women the Real 'Scandal':

MISrepresentation of Women in the Media:

Women of Color in the Media:

Human Trafficking – A Web Resource for Combating Human Trafficking:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Human Trafficking:

CNN Freedom Project Ending Modern-Day Slavery:


Wednesday, November 19, 2014:

Ebola: General Information Sharing & Discussion

Facilitator:  Ted Kross, RN, MHA

                      Director, Wilkes-Barre City Health Department

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Swartz Center-Conference Room B

Not familiar with Ebola?  Try these resources:

Outbreaks Chronology: Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola timeline: How the deadly virus worked its way across western Africa and the rest of the world

Out of Ebola Quarantine, Yale Student Says Health Workers Should Be Treated as Heroes, Not Pariahs

Why isn't there an Ebola vaccine?

Why It's Not Enough to Just Eradicate Ebola


Monday, November 17, 2014:

#Revolution?: Social Movements in the Age of Social Media

Facilitators: Dr. Brian Monahan, Dr. Samantha Christiansen, Mr. Jon Christiansen, and Mr. Albie Black

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Nazareth Hall Upper Main Dining Area (Large side)

Not familiar with recent social movements?  Try these resources:



 Arab spring 20131217114018534352.html


Wednesday, November 5, 2014:

NFL & College Football: The Current Culture of the Sport

Facilitators: Dr. Kerri Tobin & SGA President Xander Fallek

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Nazareth Hall Upper Main Dining Area (small side)

Not familiar with NFL & College Football Culture?  Try these resources:

A Timeline of the Ray Rice/ NFL Controversy  

College Football: America's Shared Culture 

NFL History

North Carolina Has A Real College Sports Scandal On Its Hands

Penn State Scandal Fast Facts

How One Lawyer's Crusade Could Change Football Forever


October 21 & 23:

ISIS: What Is ISIS and What is Happening Now?

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Upper Main Dining Area (large side)

Not familiar with ISIS or the situation in Iraq and Syria?  Try these resources:

NY Times A Visual Guide to the Crisis in Iraq and Syria

CNN ISIS Fast Facts

CNN ISIS: Everything You Need to Know About The Rise of the Militant Group

The Guardian What is ISIS and What Are It's Aims?

Vox  ISIS Is About to Take A City Called Kobane.  Will it Drag Turkey Into War?

BBC News A Point of View: Isis and what it Means to be Modern



September 24 & 25:

Ferguson, MO: What Happened and What is Happening Now?

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Upper Main Dining Area (large side)

Not familiar with events in Ferguson, MO?  Try these resources:

New York Times: What Happened In Ferguson?

USA Today: Timeline Michael Brown Shooting in Ferguson, MO

VOX 11 essential facts about Ferguson and the shooting of Michael Brown

NPR Rights Of Protesters, Media Misunderstood In Ferguson

Politico #Ferguson: Social media more spark than solution

USA Today Senators: 'Police militarization' needs more oversight US race relations: Days of rage

Mashable #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Confronts How Minority Deaths Are Portrayed in Media