December 7, 2018

Friday Seminar Series

Friday, December 7, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 PM
PCOH 2012

No pierden el humor: Post-disaster humor in Mexico
Gabriella Maestrini, PhD Candidate

Since my dissertation deals with the pedagogical possibilities of humor and comedy, it is timely to focus on natural disasters such as earthquakes to explore how people affected by them might find, share or create humor in disaster. The Mitacs research focuses on how people who have experienced natural disasters might make meaning, through humor, of these experiences. At the same time, it might provide insight into the political, cultural and social processes through which this humor reveals, shares and produces cultural memories.

How Colonization Mapped the Way for Public Mass Gun Violence and what Education and Society can do about it
Stephanie Glick, PhD Candidate

This work positions public mass gun violence (PMGV) as an intergenerational consequence of colonization, coloniality, and slavery in the United States. I map how the shooter’s white privilege, alongside his white/male fragility, combined with a national consciousness built on an ethos of colonization and coloniality, leads him to believe he has unearned “rights” to the social riches of the center.
I proffer that most of us who benefit from capitalist, neo-liberal, patriarchal state and social institutions are complicit in co-creating the conditions that produce PMGV’s gunmen because in order to exist in such a capacity, we perpetuate a system of insiders and outsiders. As illustrated, possibilities for allaying violence are located in practicing critical self-reflection and “pedagogies of discomfort” (Boler, 1999) that can counter bureaucratic expectations of submissiveness.
Boler, M. (1999). Feeling Power: Emotions and Education. New York: Routledge.