Spoken Word

  1. Craft talk, February 6, 2014. In 2011, Snyder relaunched DC Comics’ Batman with a new first issue, and continues to write the series. Sponsored by the graduate writing program.
  2. Screening and discussion of Forty Years Later: Now Can We Talk? March 13, 2014. Part of the Child Development Institute Film Series. The documentary is about the first African Americans to integrate a white high school in Batesville, Mississippi, in 1967. Sponsored by The Diana Chambers Leslie Fund for Student Leader-ship and many others.
  3. “Surveillance Research and Action: Approaches to Information Freedom,” panel discussion, April 15, 2014. Dunavan presented a brief talk titled “Participation, proprietary media, and dataveillance in the smart city.” This event was part of the Perspectives on Place and Power film and lecture series.
  4. “Wittgenstein Bar and Grill: An Evening to Celebrate Nancy Baker,” May 6, 2014. Baker retired this spring after 40 years at SLC. She hosted a regular get-together at her house for students and alumni to discuss philosophy. Sponsored by the dean of the College.
  5. “Surveillance Research and Action: Approaches to Information Freedom,” panel discussion, April 15, 2014. Ordonez presented a brief talk titled “Is information free? What is the cost of communication?” This event was part of the Perspectives on Place and Power film and lecture series.
  6. “Trials on Trial,” May 6, 2014. Ford delivered a lecture about the media’s often problematic coverage of high-profile trials like the Trayvon Martin and Casey Anthony cases. Sponsored by The Phoenix, the Journalism Pre-Professional Group, and the Pre-Law Pre-Professional Association.
  7. “Building a Good Foundation,” Longfellow Lecture, April 9, 2014. Sponsored by The Cynthia Longfellow Fund for Child Development Lectures.

I write Batman like I’m writing my fiction. It’s about stuff that’s personal to me. It’s about fear of your own mortality and ... fear of your own demons.

Scott Snyder (writing), comic book author1

The experience of being the first African American class in a white high school never left [these students]. ... They had a lot of stories to tell and had never really shared those stories before. ... The act of storytelling ... is a form of teaching and learning that is very humanizing, a tool we all can use to help each other.

Fern Kahn, former dean of the Bank Street College of Education2

[Your] data—your pictures—are your personal property and you actually have rights to them, the way Disney has rights to Mickey Mouse.

Gregory Dunavan, sociology professor at St. Peter's University3

How do we balance the powers of our intellect, our temptation to categorize, and reduce, and quantify everything in its logically proper box, with the beautiful reality of our messy, undefinable life?

Jesse Brenneman '11, Wittgenstein aficionado4

As a multicultural person...THE INTERNET REALLY ALLOWED ME THIS ANONYMOUS SPACE, so I [could] interact with people based not on the labels that society was giving me, but the labels that I wanted to give myself.

Sandra Ordonez, former communications director for Wikipedia5

Why is it that we can watch Judge Judy, but we can’t watch the arguments on the most important issues of our time in the Supreme Court? ... The vast majority of Supreme Court cases are crashingly boring, exceedingly technical. But there are some we really need to know about.

Jack Ford, legal commentator on TV news6

It is better for teachers of young children to focus on feelings of confidence and competence, rather than self-esteem. The term ‘esteem’ is related to the word ‘estimate.’ And you can only estimate something if you have criteria: too fat, too short, etc. We cannot do that to children.

Dr. Lilian Katz, professor emerita of early childhood education at the University of Illinois7