“ACE Festival Keynote Presentation” – Dr. Fania E. Davis

ACE Festival 2018 Fania E. Davis Social Activist, Restorative Justice Scholar, Civil Rights Attorney Fania E. Davis is co-founder and director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). Disparately impacting youth of color, punitive school discipline and juvenile justice policies activate cycles of youth violence and incarceration. RJOY works to interrupt these cycles by promoting....

Undoing Racism in the Food System: The Work of Soul Fire Farm

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm is a nationally-recognized educator, farmer, and food justice activist. Soul Fire Farm is a family farm committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system.  

“The Spiritual Aspect of Sexual Abuse in Religious Contexts” Father Tom Doyle

Gather with Father Tom Doyle for a presentation on The Spiritual Impact of Sexual Abuse in Religious Contexts. Father Doyle is a world-renowned Catholic leader, priest, canon lawyer, addictions therapist and long-time supporter of justice and compassion for clergy sex abuse victims.

“Jubilee: The Bible’s Vision for a Just Economy” – Shane Claiborne & Andrew Hanauer

Shane Claiborne, author, activist and Co-Founder of Red Letter Christians, speaks on Jubilee: The bible’s Vision for a Just Economy along with Andrew Hanauer, Campaigns Director of Jubilee USA Network. Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia.....

“A Genealogy of Ideas” –Catherine Barnes and Lisa Schirch

Catherine Barnes and Lisa Schirch first met as students at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Their peacebuilding careers have since intersected in higher education and in the field. Part of their work has involved providing leadership and support for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), which....

“Last Lecture” – Laura Yoder

In this event sponsored by Residence Life, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Laura Yoder, delivers her hypothetical “Last Lecture.”

Interpretation and its Fates: Clinic and Culture

We may not find it difficult to view interpretation as a way of making sense, but it may be more challenging to realize what else it may be. If “the age of interpretation is behind us,” as Jacques-Alain Miller has claimed, then what could it look like? What if interpretation has more than meaning....

The Weight of Transgenerational Trauma – Dr. Marjorie Agosin

“Transgenerational trauma” is trauma that is transferred from the first generation of trauma survivors to the second and further generations of offspring of the survivors via complex post-traumatic stress disorder mechanisms. The descendant of Russian and Austrian Jews who perished in the Pogrom and the Holocaust, Dr. Marjorie Agosin’s family escaped from Vienna, Austria....

Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee Speaks on Ebola Crisis

Public address by Leymah Gbowee, EMU alumnus and Nobel Peace laureate

“The Dumbest Generation” – Writers Read with Dr. Mark Bauerlein

In his 2008 book The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future (or Don’t Trust Anyone under 30) Dr. Mark Bauerlein argues that despite unprecedented access to knowledge and information, the latest generation of Americans appears to be “no more learned or skilled than their predecessors, no more....