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September 2020

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know: Yaa Gyasi and Roxane Gay

September 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bestselling author Yaa Gyasi celebrates the publication of her powerful and multilayered novel, Transcendent Kingdom. She will be joined in conversation by bestselling author Roxane Gay, whose new novel focuses on the life of a family of Ghanaian immigrants in Huntsville, Alabama, who wrestle with faith, science, race, and the legacy of unmanageable loss. Tickets are available here! Presented in partnership with PEN America’s PEN Out Loud Series and the Strand Bookstore and supported by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42…

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@Noon: Alison Saar’s Mirror, Mirror

September 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Perhaps you can go home again, after all: Scripps celebrates the return of alumna Alison Saar ’78, renowned sculptor and printmaker, this fall in Mirror, Mirror, The Prints of Alison Saar. Saar, who unflinchingly confronts race and gender with a mix of bitter humor and tenderness, talks with Assistant Professor of Book Arts Tia Blassingame about her work in broadsides, book arts, letter press, and how an artist perseveres during troubling times. Presented in partnership with the Ruth Chandler Williamson…

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Leading with Gratitude – SLI Fall Extension

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the Laspa Center in taking time to appreciate the value of gratitude practices to jump start our leadership development. Research shows us that leaders who commit to being grateful for the people and circumstances that impact their lives enjoy more stress resilience, better social ties, more productivity, and the increased experience of positive emotions. In this workshop, we will explore what gratitude really means and how it affects those around us. Join us to learn a few exercises to…

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America is My Home: Ayad Akhtar and Ben Rhodes

September 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar’s latest novel, Homeland Elegies, offers a portrait of Muslim American life in a fractured country. Akhtar will be joined in conversation with author and former Deputy National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama Ben Rhodes to discuss the novel’s origins and themes, including the immigrant experience, the relationship between fathers and sons, racial identity, and political polarization. Tickets available here! Presented in partnership with PEN America’s PEN Out Loud Series and the Strand…

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Listen to Lead: Resilience

September 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Laspa Center for Leadership is pleased to announce the next installment of “Listen to Lead.” Listen to Lead creates an opportunity for the community to meet and share reflections and reactions to selected podcast episodes that explore the nuances of gender and leadership. The focus of this month’s selection is “Resilience.” Join us via Zoom for a conversation about digging deep and finding your resolve, no matter what. In preparation, we’ll be listening to:   Series: Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network Episode:…

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Accessibility in Virtual Events – SLI Fall Extension

September 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ensure that all members of our community can participate in your events. Learn best practices in accessibility and inclusive marketing for your next event. Presented by Academic Resources & Services in partnership with the Student Leadership Institute Fall Extension. The Laspa Center for Leadership has identified the following workshop as a Fall Extension for continued training and learning following this summer’s Student Leadership Institute. All students are welcome. RSVP on Handshake.

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Conversations with People Who Hate Me: Podcaster Dylan Marron

September 17 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

In an internet era characterized by comment-section wars, devastating clapbacks, and anonymous vitriol, Dylan Marron explores what happens when online feuders step out from behind the keyboard and get to know the human on the other side of the screen. His smash hit podcast Conversations with People Who Hate Me urges us to find our human connection, even as we inhabit radically different cultural perspectives. As our communities and institutions tackle structural racism, and the nation faces a hotly and…

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Inventing the Future: Historian Jill Lepore in Conversation

September 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Long before the world grew concerned about the invasive practices of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, a short-lived data analytics firm sprung forth in the 1950s. The Simulmatics Corporation became the template for the now ubiquitous Google, creating a mechanism to mine every detail of human behavior for commercial and political profit. Its simulator, which was christened the “People Machine," churned out predictions on voting behavior. Harvard historian and New Yorker staffer Jill Lepore excavates a forgotten company whose legacy in…

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How Societies and States Count

September 22 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Zoom CA

Rebecca Emigh (UCLA) will discuss how censuses are strongly affected by social actors in three ways. First, lay categories shape the format and content of census categories. Second, social actors reformulate these lay categories and pressure state actors to implement them in censuses. Third, the power dynamics among social and state actors shapes where and when state actors take up social actors demands for categories. These points are illustrated by censuses in the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom…

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September 23 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Get to know the Intercollegiate Departments of Asian American Studies (IDAAS), Africana Studies (IDAS), and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies (IDCLS) at our first virtual Open House! There will be performers, activities, and raffle prizes during the event. All new and familiar faces of the 5C community welcome! Questions:

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