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Sustainability & Social Justice Event Series

Fall 2016


Tuesday, January 31, 6:00pm
Lecture by Dr. Albert Camarillo of Stanford, “Further to Go: Why Diversity Matters”
BLUU Ballroom

-- Dr. Camarillo has published eight books and dozens of articles on the experiences of Mexican Americans and other ethnic groups in American cities. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the fields of Mexican American History and Chicano Studies, and he was the founding director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.
-- attendance will be tracked by card swipe
-- event contact: Dr. Max Krochmal, TCU History Dept. & CRES


Wednesday, February 8, 7:00pm
Multimedia presentation by Dr. Fran Huckaby, “becoming cyborg: A Black Feminist, the Living Camera, Participatory Democracy, and Their Weaving”
Sid Richardson, Lecture Hall 2

-- Based on the digitally born ethnographic film project, “Public Education Project: Participatory Democracy in Times of Privatization,” this multimedia presentation explores cyborg weaving as a renewed possibility for participatory democracy. Dr. Huckaby and her camera together become the living camera, the participatory camera, the cine-eye-ear: cyborg. This feminist scholarship born of necessity witnesses, documents, analyzes, and (re)presents the counterstories and activism of marginalized and displaced communities in the struggle to claim education at a time when receiving it is threatened.
-- sponsored by TCU Women and Gender Studies Program
-- event contact: Dr. Jeannine Gailey, Dept. of Soc. & Anth. (will bring sign-in sheets)


Monday, February 27, 6:30pm
Screening of “The True Cost [of Fashion]”
Palko 130

-- “This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact fashion is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, “The True Cost” features interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Vandana Shiva, and many more.
This unprecedented project invites us all on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places that play the biggest roles in the production of the clothes we wear.”
-- you can watch the film’s trailer at
-- the film will be introduced by Dr. Sally Fortenberry of TCU’s Dept. of Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising (cosponsor) and her students -- event contact: Dr. Dave Aftandilian, TCU Soc. & Anth. Dept. (will bring sign-in sheets)


Tuesday, February 28, 6:30-8:00pm
“A Conversation with Water Protectors: Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline” panel discussion
BLUU Auditorium

-- Come learn from three Native speakers with firsthand experience about what has been described as the most important current issue to Native peoples across North America: the Dakota Access Pipeline. This oil pipeline is supposed to run from North Dakota to Illinois, crossing through the ancestral homelands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe on the northern Plains. Claiming that the pipeline represents a threat to the tribe’s drinking water, as well as to sacred sites and graves, tribal members and  Native Americans from across the country have camped in the construction area since this past summer. Called Water Protectors, they are trying to peacefully stop construction activities and have the pipeline re-routed. All three of our panelists are Water Protectors from Oklahoma: Chebon Kernell, Henrietta Stands, and Kechina Nelson (the last two are mother and daughter).
-- event contact: Dr. Scott Langston, TCU Religion Dept.


Monday, March 27, 6:00pm
Discussion of “The Rise of Anti-Immigrant Movements” hosted by Kris Boyd of KERA radio’s “Think!
BLUU Ballroom

-- cosponsored by TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication and Discovering Global Citizenship QEP
-- not sure whether/how attendance will be tracked


Tuesday, March 28, 6:30-7:45pm
Panel discussion of “Urban Native American Women’s Health”
BLUU Auditorium

-- panelists will be Sandra Blackbear and Jodi Voice. Sandra Blackbear is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and lives in Dallas, where she has worked with Native American women in the DFW area as a registered nurse with an indigent health care clinic serving Native Americans in Dallas and surrounding counties. Ms. Blackbear has also provided training on minority women's health issues for at risk parents, and co-facilitates cultural classes for health and human service workers to help youth develop their racial and ethnic identity. Jodi Voice is a resident of Dallas and is active in a variety of Native American issues. She recently spoke at a session held in Dallas on the Indian Child Welfare Act about her experiences as a foster parent and the particular concerns related to Native Americans.
-- event contact: Dr. Scott Langston, TCU Religion Dept.


Monday, April 10, 3:30-4:45pm
Panel discussion of “Native American Women’s Health & Spirituality”
BLUU Auditorium

-- panelists will be Chebon and Sara Kernell. Sara Kernell is a registered nurse and the Diabetes Educator for the Lawton Indian Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma. Chebon Kernell is Executive Secretary for Native American and Indigenous Ministries of the General Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church, as well as a traditional Seminole ceremonial leader. Both are citizens of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.
-- event contact: Dr. Scott Langston, TCU Religion Dept.


Wednesday, April 19, 6:30pm
Screening of “The Weeping Camel”
Sid Rich Lecture Hall 4

-- In this beautifully filmed and moving docudrama, a family of nomadic shepherds in southern Mongolia assists in the difficult birth of a rare white calf. When the mother camel rejects the calf and refuses to let it nurse, the family engages the services of both Tibetan lamas and Mongolian ritual musicians to reconnect the mother and calf. (90 mins)
-- you can watch the film’s trailer at
-- cosponsored by KinoMonda World Cinema series and Human-Animal Relationships (HARE) minor
-- event contact: Dr. Dave Aftandilian, TCU Soc & Anth Dept. & HARE minor (will bring sign-in sheets)


For more information about any of these events, please contact Ms. Shawn Keane, Sociology and Anthropology Department Administrator,

817-257-7470 or










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Dr. Morrison Wong
Department Chair & Sociology Program Director


Dr. Miguel Leatham
Anthropology Program Director


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