November 2014. The Berlin Wall was a tangible symbol of the Cold War that divided Europe, and especially Germany. On November 9, 1989—25 years ago—the gates opened and the Wall came down. Within a year, East and West Germany were reunited. This panel of four Saint Joseph’s University professors will commemorate this significant event. It will examine how and why the wall fell, as well as analyze the state of Eastern Europe then and now. Panel by Professors Lisa Baglione (Political Science Department), Thomas Buckley (Modern and Classical Languages Department), Melissa Chakars (History Department), Erik Huneke (History Department)
October 23, 2014, located in the Presidents’ Lounge. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I a panel of experts, Professors Amber Abbas, Emily Hage and Melissa Chakars, will explore the war through a discussion of art, empire, and ideology.
September 10, 2014, The panel discussion, which included opportunities for audience members to ask questions, focused on the background and intentions of the Act when it was passed fifty years ago and various ways the legislation has affected matters of racial and gender equality, economic opportunity, social conscience, and politics thereafter. Panelists include Dr. Laura Crispin (economics), Dr. Francis Graham Lee (political science), Dr. Robert Moore (sociology) and Dr. Katherine Sibley (history), Dr. Randall Miller (history) served as moderator.
September 17, 2014, in the Post Learning Library. Dr. Chakars, professor of Russian history, explores the effects of socialism and modernization on the Buryats, a minority group of the Mongolian population. Reading and discussion.
April 1, 2014 Barbelin 226. A question and answer session with a panel including, Dr. Berezovski, Dr. Chakars, and Dr. Baglione.
April 2, 2014, in Barbelin 254 Lecture Hall. Presented by John and Bonnie Raines, members of the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI. Many of us have heard of Edward Snowden’s effort to expose NSA spying on Americans, but more than forty years ago, Philadelphians John and Bonnie Raines joined six other in the Citizens Commission To Investigate the FBI to expose another story of widespread domestic surveillance. The Raines talked on a topic which continues to preoccupy us all today and we wrestle with the apparatus of the surveillance state and the dilemmas occasioned by our sometimes competing priorities of security and civil liberties.
March 4, 2014 in the North Lounge. Dr. Mary Beth Norton, Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History, Cornell University spoke on her book, :Beyond Boston, The Fate of the Seven Tea Ships of 1773. Annual Frank X. Gerrity Lecture.