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2023 Events


Dr. Phil Arkow

Public Lecture: The "Dark Side" of the Human-Animal Bond: Animal Abuse and Its Link with Human Violence

Oct 3rd , 2023

5:30-7:00 PM

Moudy North 141

Dr. Phil Arkow is an internationally acclaimed lecturer, author, and educator. He is President of the National LINK Coalition – the National Resource Center on The LINK between Animal Abuse and Human Violence. He teaches at the University of Florida and Harcum College, and chairs the Latham Foundation’s Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project.

Sponsored by the Human-Animal Relationships Program and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology with generous funding from the Knight Family.  



Lecture by Marcus Briggs-Cloud (Maskoke [Muskogee/Creek]) on “Ekvn-Yefolecv Maskoke Ecovillage: An Indigenous Decolonization Paradigm for Linguistic, Cultural & Ecological Sustainability”

Monday, February 3
BLUU Ballroom A&B

-- Marcus Briggs-Cloud will discuss the unique revitalization efforts with the Maskoke language centered in the intentional Indigenous ecovillage community located in Weogufka, Alabama. These efforts are based on reviving all aspects of Maskoke life and cosmology, including reviving and engaging in regenerative agriculture, traditional government, traditional ceremonies, healthy eating, resurgence of matriarchy, and more.

-- Marcus Briggs-Cloud (Maskoke) is a language revitalizer, scholar and musician. He is co-director of Ekvn-Yefolecv, an intentional Indigenous ecovillage community centered in Weogufka, Alabama comprised of Maskoke persons who have returned to their ancestral homelands, after 180 years of having been displaced, for the purpose of practicing linguistic, cultural and ecological sustainability. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he is currently a doctoral candidate in interdisciplinary ecology at the University of Florida where his work intersects liberation theology, linguistics, ecology, race and gender identity.

-- attendance at the event will be tracked by Purple People Counter or smartphone app

-- cosponsored by TCU Center for Languages & Cultures and Department of Religion

-- for more information, please contact Dr. Scott Langston,


Screening of documentary film “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo”

Wednesday, February 12
Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 4

-- “Working backwards through history, _Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo_ explores the mystery of the development of Japan’s love affair with bugs. Using insects like an anthropologist’s toolkit, the film uncovers Japanese philosophies that will shift Westerners’ perspectives on nature, beauty, life, and even the seemingly mundane realities of their day-to-day routines.”

-- to view the film’s trailer, visit

-- free and open to the public

-- cosponsored by TCU’s Kinomonda Global Cinema Project, Human-Animal Relationships (HARE) minor, and Contemplative Studies Initiative

-- for more information, please contact Dr. Dave Aftandilian,



Green Chair lecture by Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, “The Condemnation of Blackness: Slavery, Criminalization, Racial Capitalism, and Using the Academy to Deconstruct and Abolish the Carceral State

Wednesday February 19
Time & place TBA


Lecture by Malik Yakini on “Building Food Justice: The Work of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network”
Wednesday, February 26

Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 1

-- Malik Yakini will share the work of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network as a model of community self-determination and resistance in a city plagued by intentional disinvestment, compromised democracy, and the concentration of land ownership in the hands of a few. He will also discuss the impact of the system of white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism on the movement for food justice and sovereignty.

-- Malik Yakini is an activist and educator who is committed to freedom and justice for African people in particular and humanity in general. He is co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (, which operates a four-acre farm in Detroit and spearheaded efforts to establish the Detroit Food Policy Council. Mr. Yakini is dedicated to working to identify and alleviate the impact of racism and white privilege on the food system. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces black farmers in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa. He views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice and equality.

-- free and open to the public

-- cosponsored by Tarrant County Food Policy Council, Blue Zones Project of Texas Health Resources, Grow Southeast, and TCU Depts. of Sociology & Anthropology, Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies, and Nutritional Sciences

-- for more information please contact Dr. Dave Aftandilian,

Sustainability & Social Justice Event Series

Fall 2019, TCU

Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30pm

Film screening: “A Street Cat Named Bob”
Sid Rich Lecture Hall 4
Cosponsored by TCU’s Kinomonda Global Cinema Project & Human-Animal Relationships minor (HARE). For more information please contact Dr. Dave Aftandilian, HARE minor director, at

Friday, September 20 at 2:00pm

Campus tour: “Feminist/Queer History Tour of TCU”
Meet at RJH 107

Sponsored by TCU Women & Gender Studies Program. Limited spots on the tour are available; please RSVP in advance to

Monday, October 7 from 4:00-6:30pm

Health & Wellness Fair: Issues in Native American Communities
BLUU Ballroom
The Chickasaw Nation’s Health Dept. will participate in this health fair. Purple People Counters will be used to track student attendance. Sponsored by TCU Chancellor’s Office, Provost’s Office, Women & Gender Studies Program, and Native and Indigenous Students Association. For more information please contact Dr. Scott Langston,

Monday, October 7 at 7:00pm

Keynote lecture: “Our Ancestors, Our Elders: The Four Elements and Plants Are Our Grandparents”
BLUU Ballroom
Lecturer will be Dr. Patrisia Gonzalez (Kickapoo, Comanche & Macehual), University of Arizona, traditional midwife, herbalist, and author of Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing (Univ. of Arizona Press, 2012)

Monday, November 4 at Time TBA

Roundtable discussion: “Prison Abolition and Carceral Feminism”
Location TBA
Sponsored by TCU Women & Gender Studies Program. For more information please contact Dr. Nino Testa,