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Grappling With History: Science, Plagues, Retribution, and Sacred Texts

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 | 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Virtual Event via Zoom

How it all Began

A group of Spelman faculty gathered at the end of Spring 2020 semester and during the early months of the summer to ponder and discuss this moment of disruption, disarray, and change.

GWH Reading List

We thought about what books, podcasts, films, studies, novels, plays, visual art -- however ideas are created, shared, discussed and debated -- would be critical for asking questions about this time in history.

We knew better than to fix Spring 2020 as a beginning...or an end.  We knew we were working with a moving target, so we vowed to add to the list as times unfold.

We also asked ourselves how would events outside of the classrooms shape how we teach? The conversations we have with students? The conversations we have with each other? To repeat a phrase some of us grew up hearing, we "sat" in the times and began to plan a reading list, IBQC seminars, and a community conversations series called "Conversations on the Porch."

Mark Your Calendars

Spelman College Series Grappling With History

The first Conversation, "Science, Plagues, Retribution and Sacred Texts, will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, and moderated by Kimberly Jackson, Ph.D. (Department of Chemistry and  Biochemistry). Professors Michelle Hite, Ph.D. (Director, Honors Program and Department of English) and Mentewab Ayalew, Ph.D. (Department of Biology) will discuss Covid-19 as both virus and literature.

This conversation is co-sponsored by IBQC (Interdisciplinary Big Questions Colloquia) and the LINCS Scholars program. IBQC is a one-semester first-year seminar course taken by all first-year students and directed by (Professor Mona Taylor Phillips, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Anthropology).

Science, Plagues, Retribution and Sacred Texts Flyer


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Law and the History of the Moment

The second Conversation, "Law and the History of the Moment, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

Professors Carol Anderson, Ph.D. (Department of African American Studies, Emory University) and Marilyn Davis, Ph.D. (Department of Political Science, Spelman College) will discuss the long reach of history of voting rights, lynching and policing in 2020.

Spelman College Provost Sharon Davies will moderate.  This event is co-sponsored by Spelman Speaks, Social Justice Program (Professor Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D., Director), and IBQC.

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