Lecture Series

Fall 2017

To register for lectures over the phone, please call (619) 260-4815.

From Nightmare to Opportunity: Cross Border Civil Society Can Create a More Peaceful and Sustainable Relationship with Mexico 

Tuesday, September 12, 10-11:30 a.m.

The border and our binational relationship are under withering political assault. In the U.S., the border is often framed as a breeding ground for crime and chaos. In Mexico, the border has increasingly become a symbol of American arrogance and discrimination. However, the border is a vibrant space, a source of boundless creativity and hope, and a vital economic hub. Dr. Everard Meade, Director of the Trans-Border Institute, will explore how we can leverage the dynamism and collaborative spirit of the border to develop sustainable solutions to the most intractable problems we share – the drug war, the increasing desperation of migrants and refugees, and environmental degradation. 

Places of Remembrance, Stories of Recovery

Wednesday, September 27, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join Dr. Kate Yanina DeConinck, from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, as she shares insights from her ethnographic fieldwork at sites of 9/11 remembrance in New York City. This presentation will highlight the varied significances of memorialization for survivors, first responders, family members who lost loved ones, and other individuals who were touched by loss in 2001. This material raises a number of questions about remembrance and meaning-making in the wake of contemporary mass tragedies. 

The Holocaust: Religious Questions

Wednesday, October 4, 10-11:30 a.m.

Historical events change things. Whether a world event like 9/11 or a personal event like the loss of a family member, we know that often an event marks the before and after of time. “Before that event, I thought…But now, after that event, I think…” The Holocaust of the Jewish people during World War II is one of those time-altering events. Both Jewish believers and Christians are called to reassess their traditional beliefs about God and about humans in light of Auschwitz. Explore these kinds of questions in a morning of reflection with Dr. Tobie Tondi, of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

Bright Spots: Resilience to Human Trafficking, Gang Violence, and Extremism in America's Finest City

Wednesday, October 11, 10-11:30 a.m.

San Diego faces three serious problems: human trafficking, gang violence, and violent extremism. But the picture is not as gloomy if you know where to look for bright spots where collaboration, negotiation, and principled problem solving operate. Bright Spots explores our community resilience: how San Diego communities are responding to and transforming the risks and adversities facing our youth by leveraging our own strengths, networks, and resources. Join Dr. Ami Carpenter, from the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, to discuss and learn more.

Flexibility, Adaptability and all that Jazz: The Importance of Intercultural Communication

Tuesday, October 24, 10-11:30 a.m.

In a time of domestic and global conflict, it becomes important for us to remember the basics of respect, support and understanding with individuals whose lives are different from our own. Dr. Leeva Chung, from the Department of Communication Studies, will return to Bridges Academy to present an overview of intercultural communication flexibility by:
• Exploring basic conceptual frameworks in understanding intercultural communication.
• Engaging in various strategies and appropriate communication skills to implement in intercultural interactions.

The A-Bomb and the End of World War II – History as Fact, History as Fiction, or History as Morality Play?

Wednesday, November 29, 10-11:30 a.m.

Most Americans, and a good many historians – including the historian writing these words – believe the United States had good reason to drop two atomic bombs on Japan. The Japanese high command had vowed to fight to the end, and pledged to sacrifice the life of every citizen to fight off the Americans who initially believed that a land invasion was the only way to end the war in the Pacific. To prevent the loss of millions of Japanese, as well as thousands and thousands of Americans, President Harry S. Truman ordered the incineration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to convince Emperor Hirohito and the members of his government that they should surrender. There is evidence to support this version of events, but history complicates any attempt to find meaning in the past. Thus, educated people from all walks of life must view history with a critical eye and judge events on their own terms rather than use standards from the present. When revisiting the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the purpose of history, and why it is necessary, will depend on the nature of the evidence and who is asking the question. Join Dr. Michael Gonzalez, from the Department of History, to learn more.