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MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Northwest Missouri State University is launching “Occupy Valk,” a teach-in series this fall that will explore topics of race in America.

According to a university news release, each week of the series a different Northwest history faculty member will speak about a political or social justice issue and its historical context, with questions and discussion afterward. The idea for the series originates from the 1960s when faculty at colleges and universities organized teach-ins where professors spoke about political or social justice issues.

“We are in an election year. A lot of what’s going on in our cultural and social climate have roots in the U.S.’s founding, and some of those roots go back even further,” said Dawn L. Gilley, an associate professor of humanities and the chair of the department.

Sessions are 7 p.m. every other Thursday in Room 118 of Valk Center; the series also will be livestreamed on the Humanities and Social Sciences at Northwest Facebook page.

Lecture schedule

  • Thursday, Sept. 10 – Matt Johnson: “Fight for Your Right to VOTE”
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 – Elyssa Ford: “Show Me the Money (or not): The New Slave System of College Sports”
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 – Rob Voss: “Was Columbus a Racist and a Sex Trafficker?”
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 – Dana Ternus: “Just DON’T do it: Blackface and Cultural Appropriation”
  • Thursday Nov. 5 – Devlin Scofield: “The Immigrant Threat? The Promise and Challenge of Contemporary Migration”
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 – Sarah Naramore: “Race and the ‘Essential Worker’ in American Health Crises”

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