Sustainability & Social Justice Series – Fall 2017

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This series explores all aspects of sustainability–environmental, economic, and social–with a special focus on social justice issues.

All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

“College Students Doing Racism: White Racial Framing”
Lecture by Dr. Joe Feagin
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center

Dr. Feagin is the Ella C. McFadden Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M. He is the author or coauthor of 11 books, including How Blacks Built America (Routledge, 2016), Racist America (Routledge, 2014), and Latinos Facing Racism (Paradigm, 2014). More information.

Sponsored by TCU’s Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Program
Faculty Contact: Richard Thomas,


Wednesday, September 20, 7 p.m.

“Rise Up! Feminist Activism and Civic Engagement in This Political Moment”
Lecture by Ms. Katherine Spillar
BLUU Ballroom

“This not the time for feminists to sit on the sidelines. The need is too great; the urgency too strong. We’ve come too far and worked too hard to go back now. Why and how we must keep on fighting to protect and advance our rights. Katherine Spillar, who co-founded and leads one of the feminist movement’s most influential organizations, the Feminist Majority, will share stories and strategies from the field to inform and inspire us as we move forward.”

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Faculty Contact: Dr. Jeannine Gailey,


Thursday, September 21, 7-8:30 p.m.

“NPR Correspondent Leila Fadel Talks Race, Culture, and Diversity in America”
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center

Leila Fadel is a Lebanese-American journalist who was raised in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. She is currently NPR’s international correspondent based in Cairo. Before joining NPR, she covered the Middle East for The Washington Post. Her foreign coverage of the devastating human toll of the Iraq war earned her the George. R. Polk award in 2007.

Sponsored by TCU’s Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Program
Faculty Contact: Richard Thomas,


Monday, September 25, 7 p.m.

“My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals”
Lecture by Dr. Leslie Irvine
Palko 130

Dr. Irvine will discuss the roles that companion animals play in the lives of homeless people. Based on extensive one-on-one interviews, Dr. Irvine has found that in caring for their companion animals (who are often homeless rescue animals), homeless people find a sense of self-worth and purpose that helps lead them—and their animal companions—out of dark places.

Faculty Contact: Dr. Carol Thompson,


Monday, October 2, 7 p.m.

“Changing the Way We See Native America: Dismantling Stereotypes”
Lecture by Swinomish and Tulalip Native photographer Ms. Matika Wilbur
BLUU Ballroom

This will be the keynote lecture for TCU’s Native American and Indigenous Peoples Day Symposium. Ms. Wilbur will discuss her current work, “Project 562,” for which she is photographing members from every federally recognized tribe in the U.S. Her work “addresses and remedies historical inaccuracies, stereotypical representations, and the absence of Native American images and voices in mass media and the national consciousness.” For more information and to view sample photos, visit

Sponsored by Native American and Indigenous Student Organization and TCU’s Discovering Global Citizenship initiative
Faculty Contact: Dr. Scott Langston,


Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 p.m.

“Think Global” panel discussion moderated by KERA’s Krys Boyd
BLUU Ballroom

Details to come.

Co-sponsored by TCU’s Discovering Global Citizenship Initiative and the Bob Schieffer College of Communication
Faculty Contact: Chris Hightower,


Thursday, November 2, 7-8:30 p.m.

“Understanding the Life and Times of Muhammad Ali: A Conversation with Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center

“Muhammad Ali called himself ‘The Greatest,’ and many agreed. He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the brashest, the baddest, the fastest, the loudest, the rashest. Now comes the first complete, unauthorized biography of one of the twentieth century’s most fantastic figures. Based on more than 500 interviews with almost all of Ali’s surviving associates, and enhanced by the author’s discovery of thousands of pages of FBI records and newly uncovered Ali interviews from the 1960s, this is the stunning portrait of a man who became a legend. For more information, visit

Jonathan Eig is the bestselling author of five books, including Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Ken Burns describes Eig as “a master storyteller.”

Sponsored by TCU’s Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Program
Faculty Contact: Richard Thomas,


Wednesday, November 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Screening of film “Kedi: The Cats of Istanbul”
Sid Richardson, Lecture Hall 4

“Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame–and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.” For more information about the film, and to view the trailer, visit

Co-sponsored by TCU’s KinoMonda World Cinema series and Human-Animal Relationships (HARE) minor
Faculty Contact: Dr. Dave Aftandilian