Torero Tidbits: CAS Conversations; Engineering's Ignite Entrepreneur Series; STEAM Conference

USD (CAS) Conversations are virtual discussions with faculty members on various topics.USD's College of Arts and Sciences is hosting two free July virtual events. One was July 8 with professors Cory Gooding and Channon Miller, titled, "Movement for Black Lives." A July 15 even

July's CAS Conversations: Movements in Black Lives, Define ‘Defunding the Police’

One way in which the University of San Diego’s College of Arts and Sciences and the USD Humanities Center provided programming during the COVID-19 pandemic during the spring semester was by creating a virtual series of discussions with CAS faculty members who teach, research and follow developments closely on the topics presented.

Past events have spotlighted insights from USD’s graduate theatre program (Jesse Perez and Shana Wride), Communication Studies (Bradley Bond and Jonathan Bowman), Political Science (Del Dickson), and Art, Art History and Architecture (Derrick Cartwright and John Murphy). The events were held in April and May.

Two more talks were scheduled for July, including one on July 8, and the next one, which is scheduled for July 15, noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom. Click here to visit videos of past talks and to learn about the July 15 event.

The July 8 talk, “Movement for Black Lives,” provided an opportunity for Dr. Cory Gooding, an assistant professor of political science and international relations, and Dr. Channon Miller, assistant professor of history, to delve into the history of The Black Freedom Struggle and discuss the aims and goals of the Movement for Black Lives. They also spoke on topics of systemic racism, reimaging historical symbols and statues, differences between revolution and reform and implications for the November election.

Hosted by CAS Dean Noelle Norton, early in the talk, Gooding and Miller spoke about the many cases of police brutality against Black men and Black women. It was a powerful and somber feeling as the two went back and forth mentioning names of at least 15-20 whose death came as a result of police violence.

There was a section on “How Did We Get Here?” An examination of anti-blackness, policing and state-sanctioned violence, the protection of white spaces, presuming Black guilt and undermining Blacks’ political voice.

One particularly interesting point of discussion centered on both professors’ desire to see a broaden of the movement. Miller spoke up about the need for a more gender inclusive perspective to emerge, such as the Say Her Name campaign, as well as bringing the voices of Black transgender women into the conversation. Gooding added a call to recognize the struggles facing Black immigrants, noting they are concerned with both local and federal authorities.

About 20 minutes of the hour-long event was reserved for questions. A few pertaining specifically to what USD should do in support of Black lives was met by how critically important it is to value and uphold the voices of Black students and make sure they have the resources they need. It was also stated that the roles that USD's Black faculty members and staff have is also critically important. Finally, both professors encouraged strong support for local Black organizations and for voters to research and devote proper attention to local and state election races as much as the national presidential race in November.

As potent and as informative as Gooding and Miller were, the next USD Conversations event on July 15 figures to be an equally pertinent topic — What is “Defunding the Police?” with Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. Cid Martinez. He will be joined by a community partner from Pillars of The Community to define “defunding the police.” Register now.

Ignite Innovation Entrepreneurship Series Event July 15 

Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering alumni, Andrew Billigmeier ’18 and Connor Schofield ’17, and co-founders of Agrishield, will be guest speakers for the engineering school’s eTrack Initiative’s Ignite Innovation Entrepreneurship series event on Wednesday, July 15, 4-5 p.m.

Billigmeier and Schofield will share their story of determination and innovation — Resilience with a Cherry on Top — during this Zoom event. Even when faced with a traumatic accident, their passion for Agrishield was their ongoing inspiration. Register for this free event and be moved by their journey to becoming agtech-entreprenueurs.

Register today. A Zoom link will be provided to all registrants.

This series, taking place throughout the calendar year, is sponsored by the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering and the Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Council.

USD Professors Host Free Virtual STEAM Conference July 25

The University of San Diego will host its fifth annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics (STEAM) Youth and Community Conference — its first-ever virtually — from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25.

This event virtually brings together students, families, educators and leaders to provide new pathways for youth to ignite, develop and pursue STEAM interests, while simultaneously elevating the STEAM literacy, awareness and nurturing potential of the community.

The focus is on the STEM richness within community. There will be several examples of non-Euro-centric origins and instantiations of STEM, according to leaders of this event, USD faculty members Dr. Odesma Dalrymple from the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Dr. Perla Myers from the College of Arts and Sciences and Dr. Joi Spencer from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Attendance is free and open to all. Conference activities will consist of engaging and inspiring presentations from STEAM professionals and leaders, as well as interactive STEAM workshops and games hosted by students and educators. To participate in the workshops, participants will know in advance the materials they will need (materials that can be found around the home or are easy to obtain).

Register today for the Virtual Conference

Interested in proposing a workshop idea, contributing raffle items or to volunteer, click here.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone


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