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March 2021

Wagner Wednesday sponsored by BSU

March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Outdoor Trautmann Square

Join Wagner College’s Black Student Union members for an afternoon of games and free giveaways.

Black Athletes and Activism

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

African American athletes have a long history of being persecuted and silenced for using sports as a public platform to advocate for social issues that run in contrast to the opinions of dominant white culture.

This has often deterred some Black athletes from uniting to protest racial injustice. From Joe Lewis, Muhammed Ali, Althea Gibson, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Bill Russel, Lebron James to Colin Kaepernick, Black athletes have used this platform to highlight racist policies by choosing ceremonial moments to make their stand.

Join us for a panel discussion as we interrogate the long and defiant history of Black athletes who have protested against social injustices in American society.

With Pen and Pistol: Heroines of the Holocaust

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“You do not know the limits of my courage,” proclaimed Marianne Cohn to the Nazi guards who captured her while smugglng children across the French border to Switzerland.

Trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe, thousands of women fought with defiance and dignity with pen and pistol to save themselves and others in situations of great danger and despair.

Wagner faculty member and Holocaust Center Director, Lori Weintrob will lead this discussion.

Event made possible by the Holocaust Memorial Center. More information about this and future events visit their website.

Black History Month Lecture

March 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Black History Month Committee is excited to announce this year’s scholar Dr. Gina Poe who is a neurobiologist at UCLA.

Dr. Gina Poe has been working since 1995 on the mechanisms through which sleep serves memory consolidation and restructuring. Following graduation from Stanford University, Dr. Poe conducted research with the VA studying Air Force Test Pilots’ brainwave signatures under high-G maneuvers. She then earned her Ph.D. in Basic Sleep in the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program at UCLA. After her time at UCLA, she started her postdoctoral studies at the University of Arizona. She started as a faculty member at Washington State University then to the University of Michigan before re-joining her alma mater UCLA in 2016. At UCLA, she continues to research and teaching while directing the COMPASS-Life Sciences and BRI-SURE programs and co-directs the MARC-U*STAR program. View her complete bio and areas of research here.

The lecture will be virtual and registration will be available closer to the event date. Time is subject to change.

The Black History Month Scholar Lecture Series is an annual event that features some of the best and brightest scholars, who also happen to be Black. Contact Dr. Rita Reynolds via email at rita.reynolds@wagner.edu for more information.

Heroines of The Holocaust

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

During the Holocaust, more than 3,000 women fought back against the Nazis in ghettos, forced labor camps, concentration camps, and partisan units.

Join Dr. Lori Weintrob, Director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center, and Holocaust survivor Rachel Roth and moderator Rokhl Kaffrissen, for a program exploring the heroic lives and legacies of these female resistance fighters.

Register for this event with the Museum of Jewish Heritage at their website.

Open Mic Night with Guest Poet, L. Ash Williams

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wagner College students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the open mic-poetry reading, headlined by guest poet L. Ash Williams.

L. Ash is a native of Brooklyn, NY. She was Host Committee Chair for the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam and was a member of the 2013 louderArts National Poetry Slam team. She has most recently been featured at Bowery Poetry, SupaDupaFresh, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets (Poem-a-Day) and American Public Media (The Slowdown podcast.)

Following the poetry reading, she will answer questions from the audience.

If you would like to read your own poetry during the open-mic (or if you just want more information), email Professor Steven Thomas at steven.thomas@wagner.edu no later than March 12.

BSU Presents Paint and Sip Night

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join members of the Black Student Union for a night of artistry and fun relaxation.

Additional details will be available closer to the event.

‘Cultural Genocide’ in Vienna during the Holocaust

March 29 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Vienna’s five Jewish cemeteries are potent sites for construction and contestation of Austria’s Jewish heritage.

Dr. Tim Corbett will discuss issues raised in his forthcoming book about their destruction during the Holocaust and the post-war politics surrounding this form of cultural erasure of the achievements of centuries of Jewish Viennese men and women. A historian, editor, and translator, Dr. Corbett specializes in the modern cultural history of Austrian Jews. He was named as the inaugural 2018 Prins Fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

Event will be moderated by Prof. Laura Morowitz, Art Historian.

Pre-registration required here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Virtual Watch Party and Discussion of ’13th’

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Sociology Professor and Project Pericles Program Director, Dr. Bernadette Ludwig, Sidiq Soulemana Assistant Director, Center for Intercultural Advancement and Staff Advisor for the Men of Color Initiative, and members of the Men of Color Initiative Donovan Davis (Presidential Fellow), and Seong Gillespie (a sophomore Sociology major and Civic Engagement minor) for a virtual showing of 13TH followed by a discussion on the film that seeks to educate and inform about Mass Incarceration and Systemic Racism.

As part of the discussion, we will also celebrate Project Pericles' 2020 Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ Letter to an Elected Official finalists and Men of Color Initiative members, Rajiv Redd and Ahmad Lyons who wrote their letter as part of their class with Dr. Cyril Ghosh to advocate for expanding the FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682) which currently "restricts and manages mandatory minimum sentencing." In the letter, they highlighted how Black men and communities have been disproportionately affected by mandatory minimum sentencing. In the proposal that accompanied their letter, Rajiv and Ahmad stressed the need to create more awareness about this issue among their peers. To read the full letter visit Project Pericles' website.

About 13TH
According to the New York Times, "this film hinges on the 13th Amendment, as the title indicates, in ways that may be surprising, though less so for those familiar with Michelle Alexander’s 2010 bestseller, 'The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.' Ratified in 1865, the amendment states in full: 'Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.' As Ms. Alexander underscores, slavery was abolished for everyone except criminals. The film 13TH is powerful, infuriating, and at times overwhelming, and will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking. It shakes you up, but it also challenges your ideas about the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States."

6pm-8pm: Virtual Watch Party of 13TH -- Free Livestream of this Documentary available on YouTube or email Donovan Davis at donovan.davis@wagner.edu to join the watch party.
8pm-9pm: Virtual Discussion -- The discussion is open to anyone in the Wagner community but we require participants to watch the film before the discussion. Pre-registration required for discussion.

During the event, there will also be opportunities to enter a raffle and win prizes - sponsored by Project Pericles.

April 2021

Wagner College Guild Spring Meeting

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the Guild Spring Meeting!

Our guest presenter will be Wagner College’s own Patricia Haspel Tooker '79 M'95 D'16, Dean of the Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing. Dean Tooker will be joined by Wagner nursing students to give an update about the School of Nursing and discuss the challenges and triumphs of nursing in a pandemic.

Pre-registration is required. Please visit Wagner College Guild to learn more about the Guild and to register for the event.

About the Wagner Guild
The Guild is Wagner’s oldest organization and was formed by faculty wives 103 years ago to help provide support for the divinity students who were away from home pursuing their education. Today, the Guild’s mission remains in many ways the same as it was over 100 years ago, with its members committed to assisting students in need.

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