New Online Weekly Series: USD Conversations

New Online Weekly Series: USD Conversations

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.


Previous Events: 
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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