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Decolonizing History: A Six-Month Event Series

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FEBRUARY 2021

Decolonizing Empire and Decolonization

PART 1 Decolonization and Black Internationalism: A Conversation with Dr. Adom Getachew

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 12:30-1:30p EST

How did anti-colonial leaders in twentieth century Africa, Asia, and North America form global solidarities to challenge colonial racism? How did they envision a world after empire? Join us for a conversation with Dr. Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago, and author of the recently published book, Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination. Her recent NY Times op-ed on the varied and complex meanings of decolonization is a richly informative piece that sets the stage for our month-long exploration of "Decolonizing Empire and Decolonization."  

Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

Adom Getachew

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PART 2 Decolonizing Nationalism, Anti-Colonialism, and Anti-Westernism in the 'Rest' of the World: A Roundtable Discussion with Professors Cemil Aydin, Stella Krapp, and Andrew Liu

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 6-7:30p EST

How did anti-colonial and anti-Western ideas circulate and get used by politicians and thinkers in twentieth-century East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East? What have been some of the unsavory consequences of anti-colonial nationalism in history, and how can a global perspective help us make sense of the resurgence of nationalist politics around the world today? Join us for a webinar featuring a panel of scholars who study the history of China, Japan, Latin America, and Turkey.  

Featuring:

  • Dr. Cemil Aydin, Professor of International/Global History at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Dr. Stella Krepp, Assistant Professor of Latin Americn and Iberian history at Bern University. 
  • Dr. Andrew Liu, Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University.

Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

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PART 3 Decolonizing Post-Colonialism: A Conversation with Dr. Nitasha Kaul

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:30-1:30p EST

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Nitasha Kaul to discuss her recent article on the comparisons between the Indian state and its policies towards Kashmir and the People’s Republic of China’s policies towards the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Dr. Nitasha Kaul is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster (UK). She is a multidisciplinary academic, novelist, poet, and economist who has researched and published extensively on themes relating to democracy, political economy, identity, rise of right-wing nationalism, feminist and postcolonial critiques, Bhutan, India, and Kashmir.  

Moderated by Dr. Andrew Liu, Assistant Professor of History, Villanova University

Dr. Nitasha Kaul

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MARCH 2021

Decolonizing the Arts

PART 1 Decolonizing Art: A Conversation with Dr. Monique Renee Scott

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 12:30-1:30p EST

What does it mean to "decolonize art"? How do representations of Africa and people of African descent in art and art museums reproduce and reinforce anti-Black racism? Join us for a conversation with Dr. Monique Renee Scott, Director of Museum Studies at Bryn Mawr College and a Consulting Scholar for the African Section of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 

Moderated by Dr. Tim McCall, Associate Professor of Art History, Villanova University

Dr. Monique Renee Scott

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PART 2 Decolonizing Museums: A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Dan Hicks, Dr. Ruba Kana'an, and curator Chaédria LaBouvier 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6-7:30p EST

How were major museums agents of Euopean empires? In the aftermath of empire, how have museums grappled with past and present histories of colonial theft, cultural restitution, white supremacy, and systemic racism? What work remains to be done to "decolonize museums"? Join us for a webinar featuring a panel of experts from academia and the museum world.

Featuring:

  • Dr. Dan Hicks is Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford, Curator of World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum, and a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. His recent book, The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution was listed as one of the New York Times Best Art Books of 2020.
  • Dr. Ruba Kana'an is Assistant Professor of Islamic art and architecture at the University of Toronto.
  • Chaédria LaBouvier is a curator, art historian, writer and organizer. She curated "Basquiat’s 'Defacement': The Untold Story," held at the Guggenheim Museum in 2019. She is the first Black curator in the Guggenheim's 80 year history, as well as the first Black woman, first person of Cuban descent to curate an exhibition at the museum, as well as the first Black author of a Guggenheim catalogue and the youngest independent curator to mount an exhibition. 

Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

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PART 3 Decolonizing Artists

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 12:30-1:30p EST

A lunchtime conversation with artist Teri Greeves and Dr. Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Associate Curator of Native American art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Moderated by Dr. Tim McCall, Associate Professor of Art History, Villanova University

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APRIL 2021

Decolonizing COVID

PART 1 Decolonizing Medicine: A Conversation

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 12:30-1:30p EST

An exploration of the broad themes in the history of race and medicine.

Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

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PART 2 Decolonizing Vaccines: A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Merlin Chowkwanyun, Dr. Jayati Ghosh, and Dr. Farren Yero

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6-7:30p EST

How are inequalities within and between countries shaping the development and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines? How does the history of vaccines help us make sense of the power and politics of vaccines today? Join us for a roundtable featuring a multi-disciplinary panel of scholars who will discuss vaccine apartheid, socioeconomic and racial health disparities, and the whitewashing of vaccine history.

Featuring:

  • Dr. Merlin Chowkwanyun, Donald H. Gemson Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and a core faculty member of the Center for History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University
  • Dr. Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Farren Yero, Postdoctoral Associate in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University

Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

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PART 3 Decolonizing Medicine: A Conversation

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:30-1:30p EST

Decolonizing medicine, science and COVID.    

Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

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PAST EVENTS

Decolonizing the Church

November 2020

PART 1 Creating Our Own Narrative: A Conversation with Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt, Curator of the #BlackCatholicsSyllabus

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

How have citational practices among scholars contributed to the marginalization and erasure of Black Catholics in the history of the Church? Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt, a sociologist of religion specializing in systemic racism in the Catholic Church. Dr. Pratt received her PhD from Fordham University, and she is the President & Director of Research at TNPratt & Associates, LLC - an Inclusion and Diversity consulting firm. As a public scholar, Dr. Pratt has written for Faithfully, America, and Commonweal, and in 2020, she was a finalist for a Religion News Association Award. Pratt is currently working on her first book, Faithful and Devoted: Racism and Identity in the African-American Catholic Experience.    

Co-sponsored by Africana Studies

Moderated by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, the Albert Lepage Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University.

Tia Noelle Pratt

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PART 2 The Real Sister Act: Confronting the Uneasy History of Racial Segregation and Exclusion in Female Religious Life

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

How do the lived experiences of Black Catholic sisters challenge and revise dominant narratives of the U.S. Catholic experience?  Join us for a lecture by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, the Albert Lepage Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University. In this talk, Dr. Williams will examine the largely hidden history of anti-black racism in female religious life and chart the long struggle to the nation’s historically white and white ethnic sisterhoods. A historian of the African American experience with research and teaching specializations in women’s, religious, and black freedom movement history, Williams is completing her first book, Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle, with Duke University Press.

Co-sponsored by Peace and Justice Education

Moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

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PART 3 Preserving Philadelphia's Black Catholic History and Heritage in the 21st Century: A Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

In what ways has the succession of church closures and mergers during the past quarter century uniquely threatened the survival of Black Catholic communities and the preservation of Black Catholic history in the United States? In our third and final event of the “Decolonizing the Church” series, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams will moderate a roundtable discussion with three local lay leaders who have mobilized in creative ways to preserve Black Catholic history and heritage in the face of erasure in 21st century Philadelphia.

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Moderated by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, Albert Lepage Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University

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Decolonizing Land

October 2020

PART 1: A Conversation with Professor Elizabeth Ellis

PART 2: A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Doug Kiel, Dr. John Maynard, and Mr. Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky

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Decolonizing the Curriculum

September 2020

PART 1: A Conversation with Dr. Manjeet Ramgotra

PART 2: A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, Dr. Maghan Keita, and Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta, moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky

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