USD Conversations: Online Speaker Series

Sharing Insights and Creating Connections with Faculty, Alumni and Friends

Join the University of San Diego weekly for "USD Conversations" where faculty, alumni and friends share their insights around current events and timely themes. This event is free and available for all audiences to attend.
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Previous Events:  


October 7, 2020 | 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. (PT)

"The Impact of Misinformation on American Democracy, Past and Present"

Panel historians will look at instances of these phenomena to help us understand the challenges they present to our democracy both historically and today and what remedies we might pursue. Experts on child trafficking will contribute their expertise on how a specific conspiracy theory – like QAnon – is hijacking legitimate conversations in this critical policy area. Noted local journalists look at the impact of misinformation on the role of the media in American democracy.


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September 17, 2020 | Noon to 1 p.m. (PT)

"Constitution Day and the 19th Amendment"

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. History Professor Emerita Iris Engstrand, PhD, will discuss the history and significance of the 19th amendment and what role it plays in an election year. Moderated by Political Science and International Relations Professor Del Dickson, PhD, JD. 


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July 15, 2020 | Noon to 1 p.m. (PT)

"What is 'Defunding the Police'?"

Associate Professor Cid Martinez, PhD, from USD's Department of Sociology, plus San Diego community partners, will define the "Defunding the Police" movement. Moderated by College of Arts and Sciences dean, Noelle Norton, PhD, the conversation will provide a history of community activism and policing policies, background information on police reform, and the current defund movement and how it relates to the abolition movement.


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July 8, 2020 | Noon to 1 p.m. (PT)

"Movement for Black Lives"

Cory Gooding, PhD, assistant professor of political science and international relations, and Channon Miller, PhD, assistant professor of history, delve into the history of The Black Freedom Struggle and discuss the aims and goals of the Movement for Black Lives. They also touch on the important topics of systemic racism, reimaging historical symbols and statues, differences between revolution and reform and implications for the November election. 


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May 20, 2020 | Noon to 1 p.m. (PT)

"Pear-Shaped Kings and Orange Presidents: Recognizing Protest Art"

Artists' engagement with political and social protest movements is a diverse, vibrant and historically significant topic. This session will reflect specifically on how modern artists – mostly in Europe and the United States – have produced memorable works, in a wide variety of media, to draw attention to injustices and press for change. By initiating the discussion with important examples from the history of art, Derrick Cartwright, PhD, associate professor and director of University Galleries and John Murphy, PhD, Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints and art history lecturer, hope to inspire critical thinking and further conversation about the continued role of artists in protests today.


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May 13, 2020 | Noon to 1 p.m. (PT)

"Federalism and Pandemic: Who Calls the Shots?"

How should we strike a balance between federal and state governments in a time of national crisis, but divergent local circumstances? Del Dickson, PhD, JD, professor of political science and international relations will talk about how the novel coronavirus might result in a healthier democracy. 


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May 6, 2020 | Noon to 1 p.m. (PT)

"Social Relationships in Times of Social Distancing"

“Social distancing” has become part of our common language in the age of COVID-19. CDC guidelines suggest that we stay six feet apart from others, shelter-in-place, and avoid interpersonal contact without facial coverings. The intended effect of social distancing is to reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus, but what are the unintended effects?

Bradley Bond, PhD, expert in media psychology, and Jonathan Bowman, PhD, expert in interpersonal relationships, will discuss how social distancing is affecting our relationships, from our real-life friends and coworkers to our favorite television characters and celebrities.


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April 29, 2020 | Noon to 1 p.m. (PT)

"How to Teach Theatre When the Lights Go Out"

What is The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program doing during the shelter-in-place order? How do we teach theatre when the lights go out on every stage across the country due to COVID-19?

Jesse Perez, Director of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program and Craig Noel Chair, and Shana Wride, Program Coordinator of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, will discuss the interruption of a classical acting program and its shift to remote teaching. The changes and modifications of curriculum when it comes to teaching theatre on Zoom. An art form that thrives on people gathering and how we deal with that reality in a time of isolation. The hopes and concerns of where our art form is headed.


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