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October 2017

Faculty Forum, New York’s First Refugees

October 18 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

New York's First Refugees: Fear, Faith and Family

The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation holds lessons that are relevant to debates on immigration in America today. As part of a refugee exodus from France that numbered over 200,000 between 1520 and 1720, Huguenots left behind many hardships to create an enduring legacy that reshaped New York. This presentation will examine the motives for this transnational migration from the Protestant stronghold of La Rochelle and other areas of Catholic France. Travelogues (the earliest from 1679 on Staten Island), letters by church and political leaders, wills and advertisements for runaway slaves document the fears of and contributions of French-speaking refugees. It will argue for a shift from a culture of protest in the 1680s (both ecumenical and political) to acculturation by the 1730s (with rising intermarriage and slavery). The imperative to remember Huguenots and their persecution will also be explored.

Plyoga Class

October 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Hall B9, Staten Island, 10301

Teaching Psychology in the 21st Century

October 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am

ACE and Dr. Miles Groth invite you to a lecture on Teaching Psychology in the Twenty-first Century.

Discussion will feature three pioneers in the field of teaching psychology as a human science. Several alumnae/i will also be in attendance.

Participants are invited to join guests and alumni in FDR for lunch at 11:30am.

At 1pm (Spiro Hall 1) Patrick Whitehead, author of Psychologizing will lead a lecture demonstrating some practices he has found successful.

Information Session for Washington Center Internship & Seminars

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Foundation Hall Manzulli Board Room

Students interested in spending a semester in Washington DC interning in our nation's capital please attend this informational session.

Author Patrick Whitehead, Psychologizing

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Patrick Whitehead, author of Psychologizing, will lead a lecture demonstrating some practices he has found successful in teaching career.

EYH-Peru Spring Break Meeting

October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Main Hall 28, Staten Island, 10301

Any students interested in joining Dr. Gagnon's EYH Trip to Peru during Spring Break please attend this informational meeting.

Harbs Awakening

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Reynolds House Coffeehouse

RAs Deryn and Alexandra invite residents for a discussion about Deaf culture and to learn some American Sign Language.

We will also provide residents with resources for local ASL instruction, as well as Deaf community events.

Martin Luther: A Symposium on a 500 Year Legacy

October 23 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Foundation Hall Manzulli Board Room

Join us or a full day worth of discussions on the Reformation.

Event Schedule

9:00 AM
Welcome Address by Lily D. McNair, PhD., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Introduction to the Symposium by Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo, Metropolitan New York Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Member, Wagner College Board of Trustees

“Stranger Things: Luther, Media, and the Reformation" by Rev. Martin Malzahn, Wagner College Chaplain

"The Scientific Reformation" by Brett Palfreyman, Wagner College Faculty, History Department

"The incredible endurance of the false thesis: Weber and the rise of capitalism” by Kamil Wielecki, Ph.D., University of Warsaw Faculty

"Martin Luther's Vernacular and the Politics of Print Culture for Indigenous Communities, from Native Americans to the Oromo of Ethiopia" by Steven W. Thomas, Wagner College Faculty, English Department

This first session will be moderated by Alison Arant, Wagner College Faculty, English Department.



"Two simple words that changed the Christian world forever” by Walter Kaelber, Wagner College Faculty, Religious Studies

"Envisioning Protestant Ethics: Seventeenth-Century Netherlandish Art” by Laura Morowitz, Wagner College Faculty, Art Department

“Burn their homes! Questions of Intolerance and anti-Semitism” by Lori Weintrob, Wagner College Faculty, History Department

“The Reformation, Predestination and the case for Enslavement” by Rita Reynolds, Wagner College Faculty, History Department

This second session will be moderated by Alison Smith, Wagner College Faculty, History Department.

LUNCH in Faculty Dining Room


"Did 16th Century Lutheran Women Have a Reformation?" by Dr. Joy A. Schroeder, Professor of Religion at Capital University, Professor of Church History at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and holder of the Bergener Chair of Theology and Religion at both institutions in Columbus, OH

"Resisting Tyrants and their Flatterers: The Virtue of Honesty in Martin Luther's Political Theology" by Dr. Anthony Bateza, Assistant Professor of Religion, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Session and discussion moderated by Bishop Robert Rimbo.


Zumba Class

October 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Main Hall B9, Staten Island, 10301

Reunification of Migrant Families Panel

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This year we have 30 families that will be reunified with their dear ones after ten or more years of separation. They will share with us their experiences, talk about forced migration and about the effects of separation.

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