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2014-2015 Presidential Colloquium

Remembering, Reckoning and Responsibility

The theme of this year’s Presidential Colloquium, “Remembering, Reckoning and Responsibility,” was chosen with an eye to alignment with the summer reading program for incoming freshmen as well as links to a series on “Race and the University,” sponsored by the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

The Colloquium will explore the significance of where we have been in knowing who we are now. This is an important question on the societal, organizational, and individual level. It invites attention to cognitive and social biases that are, more often than not, unnoticed and unacknowledged, but strongly influence judgments and decisions about individual action as well as public policy. And, most important, what’s at stake here is, in a word, “character,” the character of an organization or an individual, for example.

The aim of the Presidential Colloquium is to provide opportunities for Clemson University students and faculty, as well as members of the community to come together to explore important issues. The colloquium comprises various events spread over the academic year, e.g., speakers, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and films. In every case the event is linked to the colloquium theme, which is selected with an eye to its integration “across the curriculum.

Wednesday
March 11, 2015
5:00PM

Lee Hall Auditorium

Dr. Sheryll D. Cashin

Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Dr. Sheryll Cashin
Sheryll Cashin

"Place, not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America"

"Race-based affirmative action had been declining as a factor in university admissions even before the recent spate of related cases arrived at the Supreme Court. Since Ward Connerly kickstarted a state-by-state political mobilization against affirmative action in the mid-1990s, the percentage of four-year public colleges that consider racial or ethnic status in admissions has fallen from 60 percent to 35 percent. Only 45 percent of private colleges still explicitly consider race, with elite schools more likely to do so, although they too have retreated. 

For law professor and civil rights activist Sheryll Cashin, this isn’t entirely bad news, because as she argues, affirmative action as currently practiced does little to help disadvantaged people. The truly disadvantaged—black and brown children trapped in high-poverty environs—are not getting the quality schooling they need in part because backlash and wedge politics undermine any possibility for common-sense public policies. Using place instead of race in diversity programming, she writes, will better amend the structural disadvantages endured by many children of color, while enhancing the possibility that we might one day move past the racial resentment that affirmative action engenders... " ~ Beacon Press

Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law at Georgetown, writes about race relations and inequality in America and is a passionate advocate and sought after speaker.

Dr. Cashin teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and Race and American Law among other subjects. She writes about race relations, government and inequality in America. Her new book, Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America (forthcoming Beacon Press, 2014), argues that affirmative action as currently practiced does little to help disadvantaged people and offers a new framework for true inclusion. Her book, The Failures of Integration(PublicAffairs, 2004) was an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review. Cashin is also a two-time nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction (2005 and 2009). She has published widely in academic journals and written commentaries for several periodicals, including the L.A. Times, Washington Post, and Education Week. (more from the Georgetown University website)

Please follow her on Twitter and Facebook and join the conversation about how to contribute to inclusive multiracial politics in America!



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Monday
April 6, 2015
6:30 PM

Academic Success
Center 118

Dr. Michael Meng

Professor of History, Clemson University

Dr. Michael Meng
Michael Meng

"Why do We Study History?"

History can sometimes be viewed as a practice of recalling past stories out of curiosity about how others lived before us. But there is another way of viewing the narratives that historians reconstruct about the past.

This lecture discusses the moral dimensions of writing history. It views history as an important component of a thoughtful and examined life.

Michael Meng teaches modern German and East European history at Clemson. His research has dealt with the ways in which Germans, Poles, and Jews have dealt with the legacies of the Holocaust. His book on these issues, Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland, appeared in 2011 with Harvard University Press.



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Wednesday
February 4, 2015
5:00PM

Tillman Auditotium

Monica Williams-Hudgens

Granddaughter of the late Strom Thurmond

Monica Williams Hudgens
Monica Williams-Hudgens

"Reckoning the Strom Thurmond Lineage with My Family's Legacy"

Monica Williams-Hudgens is a domestic violence advocate, activist, writer, teacher, community organizer, and scholar.  She earned her AA in Early Childhood Devolvement, Bachelors of Science in Human Services (Summa Cum Laude) and is currently working on her Master’s of Science degree in Organizational Leadership.  Monica has dedicated her life to social justice. She has worked at the grassroots level within and sometimes out of the traditional system to create change.

Monica has studied various contexts in which people who are seeking real change can find transformation. She has worked tirelessly towards building a community of women and children with strong voices for sustainable and effective change.  Being an agent for social justice and change is just one of the many rich family legacies Monica’s father Julius Thomas Williams and mother Essie Mae Washington-Williams left for their children, grandchildren, great-grand-children and their future generations to continue.

Monica Williams married a Marine Corporal, Gerald J. Hudgens thirty-seven years ago.  They have three wonderful daughters, three beautiful granddaughters and two energetic grandsons.



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Tuesday
October 7, 2014
5:30PM

Academic Success Center 118

Dr. Todd May

Professor of Philosophy, Clemson University

Dr. Todd May
Todd May

"What Makes Life Meaningful?"

People often think that unless our lives are given meaning by God or some larger cosmic order, then they are meaningless. However, there is at least one way to think about what makes a human life meaningful that doesn't rely on a meaning that is already out there. This paper sketches a new way to think about the meaningfulness of a life.

Todd May is Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities. He is the author of 13 books, including the forthcoming A Significant Life: Human Meaning in a Silent Universe (University of Chicago Press). More about Professor May and his books.



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Emily Miller
Emily Miller is a senior majoring in philosophy with an emphasis in law, liberty, and justice and minoring in Spanish. She is involved in Chi Omega sorority, Order of Omega Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Mortar Board Honor Society, Blue Key Honor Society , and is an ambassador for Global L.E.A.D. study abroad . She is currently in the process of applying to law school to pursue a career in the legal profession.
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