Events

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Allison Hall, 7 p.m.

Respiratory Health Disparities: Asthma as a Case Study

Juan Carlos Celedón P’19, P’22, Niels K. Jerne Professor of Pediatrics; Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Human Genetics; and Division Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh

Respiratory health disparities are significant differences in respiratory health that are closely linked to racial ancestry, social, economic, and/or environmental differences. In the United States, racial/ethnic minorities bear a disproportionate burden of respiratory diseases such as asthma, obstructive sleep apnea, occupational lung diseases, COVID-19, and tuberculosis. Disparities in respiratory health are largely explained by unequal exposure to environmental risk factors such as tobacco use, air pollution, occupational hazards, and infectious agents. Such environmental injustice is ultimately due to structural and social determinants of health that must be addressed to achieve health equity. This lecture will first provide an overview of known and potential risk factors for asthma, focusing on psychosocial stressors such as exposure to violence and violence-related distress and their impact on biology through epigenetics and regulation of gene expression. This will be followed by a review of the need for a multipronged approach to eliminate respiratory health disparities and achieve health equity.

This program is Read more

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 5 p.m.

Joseph Priestley Award Celebration Lecture

How Duolingo Uses AI to Assess, Engage and Teach Better

Luis von Ahn, Co-Founder and CEO of Duolingo

Duolingo is the most popular way to learn languages in the world. With over half a billion exercises completed every day, we have the largest dataset of people learning languages ever amassed. In this talk, I will describe all the different ways in which we use AI to improve how well we teach and how to keep our learners engaged.

The Joseph Priestley Award recipient is chosen by a different science department each year. The Department of Mathematics & Computer Science have selected this year’s recipient. The event is supported by the College’s Priestley Fund and is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental studies, mathematics & computer science, psychology, and physics & astronomy and the Churchill Fund.  It is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Luis von Ahn is an entrepreneur and former computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who is considered one of Read more

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Part of the J. Sherwood McGinnis Jr. War, Peace and Justice Symposium

Transforming Conflict: Rethinking War, Peace, and Justice

Danielle Conway, Penn State Dickinson Law

James Dubik (moderator), Institute for the Study of War

Margee Ensign, American University of Nigeria (former president of Dickinson College)

David Hill, U.S. Army War College

John E. Jones, Dickinson College

This program is the prelude event to the J. Sherwood McGinnis, Jr. War, Peace and Justice Symposium scheduled for March 25 – April 9, 2022. The symposium will explore the complex interrelationships between war, peace, and justice. Of central concern is the question, “What outcomes do you, the American people, expect from the expenditure of national blood and treasure during conflict?” This panel discussion will address three essential questions: What is the nature and purpose of war? What is peace? And what is justice?

The J. Sherwood McGinnis, Jr. War, Peace and Justice Symposium is being developed in partnership with the Association of the U.S. Army, the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cumberland County Historical Society, Dickinson College, the Joint Civil-Military Interaction Network, and Penn State Dickinson Law.  In addition, participating organizations Read more

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Wesley Lecture

The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashed Religious Freedom

Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School

Why does a country with religious liberty enmeshed in its legal and social structures produce such overt prejudice and discrimination against Muslims? Sahar Aziz’s groundbreaking book, The Racial Muslim: When Racism Quashes Religious Freedom, demonstrates how race and religion intersect to create what she calls the Racial Muslim. Comparing discrimination against immigrant Muslims with the prejudicial treatment of Jews, Catholics, Mormons, and African American Muslims during the twentieth century, Aziz explores the gap between America’s aspiration for and fulfillment of religious freedom. With America’s demographics rapidly changing from a majority white Protestant nation to a multiracial, multireligious society, this book is an indispensable read for understanding how our past continues to shape our present—to the detriment of our nation’s future.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Center for Spirituality & Social Justice.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Sahar Aziz is Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle East and Legal Read more

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Winfield C. Cook Constitution Day Program

Democracy Stress Test: Analysis of Attempts to Overturn the 2020 Election Results

Mary McCord, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection

David Thornburgh, Committee of Seventy

Jonathan Winer, Law Offices of Jonathan M. Winer

Although Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election by 306 to 232 votes in the Electoral College (and by 7 million in the popular vote), Donald Trump refused to acknowledge the result and instead led an unprecedented onslaught of legal challenges in state and federal courts with an array of claims of voter fraud and conspiracy. When the court challenges failed, President Trump continued to seek ways to overturn the election results. These efforts culminated in the assault on Congress on January 6th, one of the most serious threats ever to our democracy. Our democracy prevailed, but weaknesses were exposed. In this program our panelists will discuss some of these weaknesses and how we might address them moving forward.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of Law & Policy.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Mary McCord HeadshotMary McCord is executive director of the Institute Read more

Thursday, February 17, 2022 (rescheduled from 10/28/21)

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS). 7 p.m.

Vice Patrol Final Poster scaledVice Patrol: Revisiting the Policing of Gay Life Before Stonewall

Anna Lvovsky, Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

In the mid-twentieth century, gay life flourished in American cities even as the state repression of queer communities reached its peak. This lecture examines the tactics used to criminalize and suppress gay life from the 1930s through the 1960s, and the often-surprising debates those campaigns inspired in court—debates over not just the law’s treatment of queer people, but also the limits of ethical policing, the authority of experts, and the nature of sexual difference itself.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Office of LGBTQ Services, the Women’s & Gender Resource Center, the Department of American Studies and the Law & Policy Program.

Biography

LevovskyAnna Lvovsky is an assistant professor of law at Harvard Law School, where her scholarship focuses on the legal and cultural dimensions of policing, judicial uses of professional knowledge, and the regulation of gender and sexuality. Her first book, Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle Over Urban Gay Life Before Stonewall, examines the daily realities and legal contests surrounding Read more

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Virtual Presentation in Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS), 7 p.m.

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Boys, Biceps, and Body Image

Jason Nagata, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco

Eating disorders are under-recognized and under-researched in boys and men. In this presentation, Nagata will review state-of-the-art research on gender differences in the presentation of eating disorders in adolescents and young adults. In particular, he will highlight characteristics of muscle-enhancing behaviors and disordered eating behaviors in adolescent boys and young men. He will present two case examples, discuss the epidemiology of muscle-enhancing and disordered eating behaviors in the U.S., identify medical complications of eating disorders in boys and men, discuss current treatment guidelines, and identify future areas of research.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Resource Center and the departments of psychology and women’s, gender & sexuality studies. It is also part of Dickinson’s Love Your Body Week programming.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Jason Nagata HeadshotJason Nagata, MD, MSc, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, specializing in adolescent eating disorders. He researches eating disorders, body image, and muscle-enhancing behaviors in adolescent boys Read more

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Presidential Dialogues Poster  scaledAnita Tuvin Schlecther Auditorium (ATS), 7 p.m.

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Presidential Dialogues: Lessons in Leadership

John E. Jones III ’77 P’11, interim president, Dickinson College

William G. Durden ’71,  president emeritus, Dickinson College

Dickinson produces leaders who impact their communities and effect positive change. Each one of those leaders has a story to tell and valuable lessons to share. This semester, interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11, is kicking off Presidential Dialogues, a discussion series that will highlight and share these distinctive stories and lessons from Dickinsonians at various stages in their career journeys. During each dialogue, President Jones will interview  an alumni leader to learn about their journey, their experiences, and how Dickinson has shaped their lives.

During this dialogue, Interim President Jones will converse with President Emeritus William G. Durden ’71, focusing on the power of leadership to transform organizations and shape the future.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Office of the President. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biographies

John Jones   headshotJohn E. Jones III ’77 P’11 became interim president of Dickinson on July 1. He is Read more

Monday, November 8, 2021

Galasso Poster scaledVirtual Presentation in Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

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Translation (in) Visible

Regina Galasso, associate professor in the Spanish & Portuguese Studies Program and director of the Translation Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Galasso discusses language and translation in our lives with a focus on examples from intersections of English and Spanish in the United States. She proposes that an increased presence of translation not only offers language access to certain audiences but also give access to language to others.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of Spanish & Portuguese studies, Italian & Italian studies, French & Francophone studies, East Asian studies and German.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

ReginaGalasso scaledRegina Galasso (B.A. Rutgers University; M.A. Middlebury College; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University) is currently associate professor in the Spanish and Portuguese Studies Program and director of the Translation Center of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research and teaching interests include 20th- and 21st-century Iberian literatures, literature of the city, and translation. She is the author of Translating New York: The City’s Languages in Iberian Literatures (Liverpool UP, 2018) and recipient of the 2017 Northeast Modern Language Association Book Read more

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS), 7 p.m.

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Rule Final Poster scaledSeeking Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Elizabeth Rule, assistant professor of critical race, gender, and culture studies, American University

As we near Native American History Month, join Rule (Chickasaw Nation) for a discussion about contemporary Native American politics and pressing issues. In this talk, Rule will discuss the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women issue, legislation to empower and protect Native women, and what you can do to be an ally in the fight against gender-based violence.

A healing Jingle Dance will follow the presentation.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Resource Center and the Community Studies Center.

Topic overview written by Xenia Makosky ’24

Biography

Copy of headshotDr. Elizabeth Rule (Chickasaw Nation) is assistant professor of critical race, gender, and culture studies at American University. Rule’s research on Indigenous issues has been featured in the Washington Post, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, The Atlantic, Newsy, and NPR. She is also a published author, releasing articles in American Quarterly and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Rule has two forthcoming monographs. The first, Reproducing Read more

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS), 7 p.m.

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Bigham poster scaledRadically Reimagining Admissions for Racial Equity

Marie Bigham, founder and executive director of ACCEPT (Admissions Community Cultivating
Equity & Peace Today)

Bigham, founder of ACCEPT & co-host of Hack the Gates (a research-to-practice partnership), will discuss grassroots efforts to rethink and redesign the path to postsecondary education. Bigham will also explore how the pandemic changed (or didn’t change) college admissions.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Office of Admissions. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Topic overview written by Amanda Sowah ’22

Biography

headshot   scaledMarie Bigham is the founder and executive director of ACCEPT (Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today), an advocacy group and community that centers racial justice in the college admissions process and profession. Recently named a “Global Game Changer” by Facebook, Bigham is a national leader in college admission redesign and reform. In 2018, ACCEPT received the Excellence in Education Award from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, awarded to “those who use their prominence to advance equity and access in education.”  Bigham’s lifelong commitment to racial justice has Read more

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

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hauskerposter scaledGetting to Net-Zero: Climate Challenges and Solutions

Karl Hausker P’22, senior fellow in World Resource Institute (WRI)’s Climate Program

While leaders all over the world have embraced the goal of “net-zero emissions” by 2050, the path to success is complicated by uncertainty and ongoing debate on several of the challenges involved: the potential contributions of renewables, the role of nuclear power, the economic risks inherit in the transition, as well as the roles of the public and private sectors. Hausker will discuss how analysis and modeling of pathways to net-zero can help answer these questions.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability Education and the departments of environmental studies & environmental science, and earth sciences.

Topic overview written by Bao Tran ’23

Biography

karl hausker wriDr. Karl Hausker is a senior fellow in World Resource Institute (WRI)’s Climate Program. He leads analysis and modeling of climate mitigation and net-zero pathways;  electricity market design; and the social cost of carbon. He led the Risky Business study of clean energy pathways for the U.S., and lectures widely on all these topics . He has Read more

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS), 7 p.m.

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McCallum Poster scaledNo Ruined Stone: A Reading & Conversation with Shara McCallum

Shara McCallum, award-winning poet

McCallum will read from her new book of poems, No Ruined Stone. The reading will be followed by a conversation with Professor Adrienne Su about the relationship between McCallum’s poetry and history.

The  program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of English, the  Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean Studies Program, the Creative Writing Program, and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center.

Topic overview written by Rebecca Fox ’22

Biographies

SharaMcCallumHeadshot scaledFrom Jamaica, and born to a Jamaican father and Venezuelan mother, Shara McCallum is the author of six books published in the US & UK, including No Ruined Stone. McCallum’s poems and essays have appeared in journals, anthologies, and textbooks throughout the US, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Israel. La historia es un cuarto/History is a Room, an anthology of poems selected from across her six books and translated into Spanish by Adalber Salas Hernández, will be published in 2021 by Mantis Editores in Mexico. In addition to Spanish, her poems have been translated into Italian, French, Read more

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS), 7 p.m.

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Final Poster Saralegui scaledWhat a Long Strange Trip:  How I Awoke to Learn My Cultural Identity in the Kitchen

Chef, Consultant and Author Fernando Saralegui

Cuban born with Basque, Asturian and Galician roots, Saralegui will discuss how curiosity about Cuban and Basque cuisines led to the discovery of and journey towards his cultural self. He will also reflect on how this journey has afforded him a heightened sensitivity towards questions related to identity in both social and culinary contexts.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies; the Center for Sustainability Education;  the College Farm; the Food Studies Program; and Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean Studies.

Topic Overview Written by Natalia Fedorczak ’24

Biography

Saralegui photoFernando Saralegui was born in Havana, Cuba and has been in the restaurant game his entire career. Saralegui received his B.A. in theatre set design from UC Berkeley where he also worked at Chez Panisse restaurant, his true alma mater. Since then, he’s opened restaurants from Los Angeles to New York to Austin, including his own two New York Times’s one-star restaurants, Alva and L-Ray.

Gastronomic endeavors Read more

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS), 7 p.m.

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MaAP poster final scaledMyths about American Poverty

Lawrence Eppard, Shippensburg University
Mark R. Rank, Washington University in St. Louis

Few topics have as many myths, stereotypes, and misperceptions surrounding them as that of poverty in America. Co-authors of Poorly Understood: What America Gets Wrong About Poverty, in conversation with Professor Dan Schubert, will discuss their research and how it addresses and confronts many of the most widespread myths about American poverty.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of American studies, history, sociology and the Center for Civic Learning & Action.

Topic Overview Written by Rhyan Short ’24

Biographies

Lawrence EppardLawrence Eppard’s expertise centers around issues related to poverty, economic and racial inequalities, and our post-truth age. He is a sociology faculty member at Shippensburg University, co-host of the Utterly Moderate Podcast, and author of a number of academic articles and books, including Poorly Understood: What America Gets Wrong About Poverty, which he co-authored with Mark R. Rank and Heather Bullock.

Mark R. Rank is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts in the country on issues of poverty, inequality, and social justice.  Read more

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS), 7 p.m.

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carlsonposter scaledPolicing the Second Amendment: Guns, Law Enforcement and the Politics of Race

Jennifer Carlson, associate professor of sociology and government & public policy, University of Arizona

Carlson presents the troubling paradox of color-blind gun law and racialized gun criminalization. Based on interviews with close to eighty police chiefs she identifies two racialized frameworks—gun populism and gun militarism—that inform and justify how police understand and pursue public safety across different domains of gun violence.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of political science and sociology and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center.

Topic Overview Written by Bao Tran ’23

Biography

Author Photo  scaledJennifer Carlson is associate professor of sociology and government & public policy at the University of Arizona, where she teaches courses on guns, rights, trauma, justice, and law. Her award-winning research examines how guns shape American life, including those who survive gun violence’s harrowing aftermath, police who enforce the country’s complex gun laws, gun sellers and retailers who are on the front lines of surges in gun purchasing, and the people who choose to own and carry guns.

Her book, Policing Read more

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Carlisle Theatre, 7 p.m.

Abacus Poster scaledAbacus: Small Enough to Jail

Film Screening followed by Q & A with the co-producer and members of the Sung family

The 2008 financial crisis, with subprime mortgages at its heart, brought the global financial system to its knees and initiated the worst economic recession in decades. This documentary investigates why Abacus, a small bank serving Manhattan’s Chinatown community, was the only commercial bank in the United States to be prosecuted in the aftermath of this financial crisis. A Q&A with the film’s protagonists and one of its producers will follow the film screening.

“What happened to the Sungs seems horribly unfair, but this film is a silver lining. Everyone needs to see it.” Matt Zoller Seit (rogerebert.com)

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of East Asian studies, film & media studies, and American studies.

Topic Overview by Logan Cort ’24

Biographies

Vera Sung PicVera Sung serves on the board of directors for Abacus Federal Savings Bank and is its closing attorney. She worked for the Brooklyn DA’s office for two-and-a-half years after graduating from law school at Boston College. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College.

Heather Read more

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS), 7 p.m.

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Banks Poster scaledSadie Alexander and the Use of Federal Job Guarantees to Address Racial Discrimination in Employment

Nina Banks, president of the National Economic Association (NEA) and associate professor of economics, Bucknell University

Sadie T.M. Alexander, the first African American economist, believed that a government job guarantees to achieve full employment was the only solution to persistent discrimination against African American workers. This lecture focuses on Alexander’s arguments for a federal job guarantee with relevance to current labor markets.

A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of economics, history, women’s gender & sexuality studies, and law & policy, the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center.

Topic Overview Written by Amanda Sowah ’22

Biography

Banks picNina Banks is associate professor of economics and an affiliate of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies, the faculty director of Bucknell in Ghana, and Bucknell’s academic director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty. She is president of the National Economic Association (NEA) and serves on the board of directors Read more

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

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FINAL Pres Dialogues Poster scaledPresidential Dialogues: Lessons in Leadership

John E. Jones III ’77 P’11, interim president, Dickinson College

Joanne Adebayo ’21, partnership marketing coordinator, L.L.Bean

Dickinson produces leaders who impact their communities and effect positive change. Each one of those leaders has a story to tell and valuable lessons to share. This semester, interim President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11, is kicking off Presidential Dialogues, a discussion series that will highlight and share these distinctive stories and lessons from Dickinsonians at various stages in their career journeys.

During this dialogue, President Jones will sit down with Joanne Adebayo ’21, partnership marketing coordinator at L.L.Bean, to discuss her preparation and how Dickinson continues to shape her future and leadership goals.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Office of the President. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Topic Overview Written by Bao Tran ’23

Biographies

John Jones   headshotJohn E. Jones III ’77 P’11 became interim president of Dickinson on July 1. He is slated to serve a two-year term. Jones previously served as chair of Dickinson’s board of Read more

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Morcom Poster scaledVirtual Presentation in Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS), 7 p.m.
(No recording of this live-stream will be available after the program)

Our Languages Belong Here: Indigenous Language Revitalization in Urban Contexts

Lindsay Morcom, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Language Revitalization and Decolonizing Education, Queen’s University (Canada)

This talk will give an overview of the Indigenous languages of Turtle Island, and about the need for language revitalization. Morcom will then examine how language revitalization can be done in urban contexts, and why urban language revitalization is so important.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of English; American studies; Middle East studies; anthropology & archaeology; and Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean studies. This program was initiated by the Clarke Forum’s student project managers.

Topic Overview by Rebecca Fox ’22

Biography

Lindsay MorcomDr. Lindsay Morcom is an interdisciplinary researcher with experience in education, Aboriginal languages, language revitalization, and linguistics. She earned her master’s degree in linguistics at First Nations University through the University of Regina in 2006. She then completed her doctorate in general linguistics and comparative philology as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in 2010.

From 2014-2019 she coordinated the Read more