Challenging Conversations

  • An audience member asks a question during an event.

      An audience member asks a question during the "Against the Deportation Terror" event with speaker Dr. Rachel Buff.

  • Audience during an event.

      The audience during the "Race and State Violence" event.

This series sponsors lectures that engage timely, difficult, and complex issues of the day.


  • November 14, 2018: Beyond the Wall: The Aftermath of Deportation in Mexico with Otros Dreams en Accion.

  • April 17, 2018: "Fake News?: Post-Truth & the Politics of Authenticity since the Cold War" Listen to it here.

  • January 24, 2018: "North Korea in the Age of Trump" with Martin Hart-Landsberg and Hyun Lee.

  • November 6, 2017: "Against the Deportation Terror" with Rachel Buff.

  • October 5, 2017: "The Crisis of Commemoration: First Contacts in the Americas" with Ray Ashley, Frank Salazar and Kevin Terraciano.

  • May 18, 2017: "Challenging Conversations: City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and Rise of Human Caging" with Kelly Lytle Hernandez.

  • March 14, 2017: "The End of 'The End of History': Lessons of East European Totalitarianism for the Postmodern World" with Amelia Glaser, Patrick Hyder Patterson, Steven Seegel, Marci Shore, and Tim Snyder.

  • February 21, 2017: "From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban: History Forgotten and Remembered" with Wael Al-Delaimy, Simeon Man, Wendy Matsumura, and Michael Provence.

  • October 18, 2016: "Race & State Violence" with Jordan Camp and Gaye Johnson.