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2014-2015 Faculty Speaker Series

Deadline for Proposals: Tuesday, April 15

Faculty Speaker Proposal

2014-15 Committee:

Partha Rajagopal
Greg Smith
Lynn Adams

Faculty Speaker Series

2013-2014 Faculty Speaker Series

IMAGE: Thenmozhi Soundararajan and Asha Kowtal
Thenmozhi Soundararajan and Asha Kowtal

Sexual Violence Against Dalit (Outcastes) Women in India
Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium

Guest Lecture
Thursday, April 10 at 2 p.m.
209 Main Hall (limited seating)

The Faculty Speaker Series at Kent State Stark proudly presents transmedia artist and journalist Thenmozhi Soundararajan and Asha Kowtal, general secretary of All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch.

Soundararajan has been featured in Utne Reader as one of the Top Visionaries Under 30 and in The Source as one of the Top Ten Political Forces in hip hop for her musical talents. Growing up as an Indian “untouchable,” she was driven to tell the stories of marginalized communities. After graduating from University of California Berkeley, she founded the international media training organization, Third World Majority, for which she worked in the U.S., France, Tunisia, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa and India. She also spent time in residence at the MIT Center for Reflective Community Practice, writing about storytelling, diversity and future technology. She later enrolled in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Her films often explore interactivity and stereoscopic imagery, as well as use science fiction to examine societal issues. Soundararajan is currently preparing her 3D documentary, Touchable: The Journey from Untouchable to Dalit, and its related album, Broken People. Her work has been widely recognized by such prestigious organizations as the Producers Guild of America Diversity Program, the Annenberg Innovation Center, MIT Center for New Media Studies, the Sorbonne, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, International Children’s Festival and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, among others.

IMAGE: Brenda J. Allen
Brenda J. Allen

Communicating Difference Matters at Kent State University
Monday, Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Main Hall Auditorium

Guest Lecture
Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m.
305 Main Hall

Brenda J. Allen is Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, and a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research and teaching areas are organizational communication, diversity, group communication, and computer-mediated communication. Among her numerous publications is a groundbreaking book entitled Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity (2nd Ed., 2011, Waveland Press). She serves as Master Mentor of the Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Program at University of Colorado, Denver. In addition, she presents keynote speeches and conducts workshops for various groups on a range of topics, including diversity, teamwork, self-empowerment, and presentational speaking.

2014-2015 Proposals

The Speakers Committee is accepting proposals for the new faculty speaker series focused on faculty research and teaching interests. The committee hopes to bring one speaker to campus in the fall and one in the spring.

Budget: $5,000

Ideal speakers will have interdisciplinary appeal and may be willing to visit classrooms for informal conversations, as well as give a more formal talk open to the campus community.

Before submitting a proposal, please do the following:
  • Contact the proposed speaker to ensure availability and to determine what the speaker's fees and other expenses would be involved in bringing the speaker to campus.

  • Contact other faculty members whose research or teaching interests might also be related to the speaker's field of experience. Proposals that can demonstrate broad faculty support will be given preference.

  • Determine what other funding sources might be available to help support the speaker's visit to campus (such as URC), especially if you wish to bring in a speaker beyond our local area.

  • Be prepared to write a rationale for bringing this speaker to campus that includes:
    • an overview of the person's work
    • the value for our faculty and potentially our students
    • demonstrated interest and support from other faculty
    • the type of talk/presentation/class visits that you envision

  • Be prepared to help host the speaker and lend a hand with arrangements.
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