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Distinguished Lecture Series

supported by an MCCC Foundation designated fund

All lectures -- free and open to the public -- are at 12 noon in the CM Building on the West Windsor campus.
For additional information, call (609) 570-3324 or e-mail

Spring 2019 Semester
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Thursday, February 7, 2019 - room CM109

The Android Archetype: From Metropolis to Westworld

Dr. William Indick, Professor of Psychology at William Paterson University, will explore the iconic representations and social influences of the 'android' figure -- a robot that looks human -- in the past century of moving images. Beginning with Fritz Lang's masterpiece, Metropolis (1927), the discussion will trace the development of the archetype though classic films and series such as The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Disney's Pinocchio (1940), The Stepford Wives (1975), Bladerunner (1982), I, Robot (2004), the Terminator film franchise (1984-2019), Bladerunner 2049 (2017), and both the film (1973) and television (2016-2018) versions of Michael Crichton's Westworld.

Recommended by: Associate Professor Leonard Winogora, Department of Philosophy

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Wednesday, February 27 [RE-SCHEDULED], 2019 - room CM108

La Feminista, Soy Yo? (The Feminist, Am I?)

Has feminism become more of a trend than a movement? Says Latina artist Tamara Torres: "It was shocking to me when this summer I attended the Brooklyn Museum's first Radical Women Latin American Art exhibit 1960-1985. With 123 artists from 15 different countries most I never heard of, it was shocking, wonderful and also frustrating to see such powerful work and how long it took for us to learn of them." Tamara will lead a discussion on what consists and who identifies as a Latina feminist artist in society today, and who the word feminism belongs to.

Recommended by: Adjunct Sophie Ban, Department of Social Science

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Thursday, March 7, 2019 - room CM107

The Second Founding: How The Civil War and Reconstruction Remade The Constitution

The Civil War and the Reconstruction era that followed transformed American society in numerous ways. Among their most tangible legacies are the three amendments that were added to the Constitution: the Thirteenth abolished slavery; the Fourteenth established equal citizenship for everyone born in the United States or naturalized if immigrating from abroad; the Fifteenth guaranteed the right to vote for black men. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner will explore how and why these amendments were adopted, the debates over their meaning as different groups of Americans tried to use them for their own purposes, and how the Supreme Court in the late nineteenth century severely weakened them, with consequences we still live with today.

Recommended by: Professor Craig Coenen, Department of History

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - room CM110

Combating the Opioid Epidemic: The Overdose Prevention Act and Narcan

Kathleen Petrucci, Chief of Special Investigations Unit/Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, will discuss the tools and resources available to fight the opioid crisis plaguing Mercer County and slow down the alarming increase in overdose deaths linked to opioids.

Recommended by: Professor Cavit Cooley, Department of Criminal Justice

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - room CM109

The Jewish Diaspora From Lebanon to Brooklyn

Rola Khayyat is a Lebanese interdisciplinary artist and curator based in Brooklyn, N.Y. In her film, From Brooklyn to Beirut, she explores the landscape of belonging for the community of Lebanese Jews in New York -- along with the fragilities and complexities associated with their complex identity. Jews have lived in what is today Lebanon since Biblical times. As internal and regional tensions tore Lebanon apart, Lebanese Jews began to emigrate and settle abroad in countries such as France, Israel, Brazil, and the United States. In their new homes, Lebanese Jews, like other Lebanese emigrants, have formed vibrant communities where Lebanese traditions and values are maintained; Arabic language, music, and cinema are used and celebrated; and memories of Lebanon are constantly recalled and shared.

Recommended by: Professor Michael Dalton, Visual Arts Department

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