Eastern Washington University and Humanities Washington are partnering to bring Gonzaga Professor Jessica Maucione, PhD, to EWU for free speakers bureau event.
The community is invited to an engaging conversation with Jessica Maucione, PhD, a member of the 2017-2018 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.
This free event begins at noon, Tuesday, June 19, in EWU’s Hargreaves Hall, 201, on the Cheney campus.
About this program
Humans have evolved and maintained our integrity as a species because of our ability to collectively create and tell stories. But what happens when those stories divide, segregate and even encourage violence among us?
Understand the narratives of contemporary literature, film and popular culture that separate the human species along manufactured racial lines. In this talk, Maucione discusses texts that celebrate and explore white characters, in contrast to – and at the expense of – black and brown characters whose dehumanization is sometimes blatant, but often incredibly subtle. She talks about ways we can seek out narratives that counter this white-centered approach, with the goal of making us more responsible consumers of dominant narratives, better role models and more connected human beings.
About Jessica Maucione, PhD
Jessica Maucione is associate professor of English and women’s and gender studies and has a PhD from Washington State University. She currently teaches at Gonzaga University where she also co-directs the Underrepresented Minority Post-doctoral Fellowship program. Maucione teaches contemporary multi-ethnic texts and employs anti-racist pedagogy in courses on race, place, displacement, gender, sexuality and class in literature and film. Maucione’s scholarly publications combine critical race theory with space and place theory applied to popular media and literature.
At a glance
About Humanities Washington
Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. For more about Humanities Washington, visit www.humanities.org.
About the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau
In communities throughout Washington State, Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, spiritual traditions and everything in between.
The roster of 35 Speakers Bureau presenters is made up of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists and others – all chosen not only for their expertise but also for their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. Hundreds of Speakers Bureau events take place each year. Each talk lasts about an hour.
To reach as many Washingtonians as possible, we partner with a wide range of organizations, including libraries, schools, museums, historical societies, retirement homes, community centers and civic organizations. These organizations host and publicize the events.
Speakers Bureau is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington via the Office of the Secretary of State, the Satterberg Foundation, the Women’s History Consortium, The Boeing Company, the Norcliffe Foundation and generous contributions from other businesses, foundations and individuals.