Current Affairs, Politics, & Activism

Current Affairs, Politics, & Activism

The Rise and Fall of Uber

Thursday October 10th, 12:00pm-1:15pm @ Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F
New York Times correspondent Mike Isaac peers into the inner workings of Uber and reveals the turmoil within–from battles against the company’s own drivers to clashes with labor unions and from the toxic internal culture that propelled Uber to its heights and sowed the seeds of its own downfall.

Justice & A Free Market: Saving Capitalism from Capitalists

Thursday October 10th, 1:30pm-2:45pm@ Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room E
Steven Pearlstein challenges often-taught business school theories and offers his critique of an American free market system that only benefits the richest 10%, while undervaluing workers and customers, shirking taxes, and leaving vulnerable communities in peril.

Because I’m A Woman: Nana Rawlings on Leadership in Ghana

Thursday October 10th, 1:30pm-2:45pm@ Lecture Hall 1, George Mason University
Join former First Lady of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, as she discusses her book, It Takes a Woman: A Life Shaped by Heritage, Leadership and the Women Who Defined Hope, and recalls how her childhood shaped her future success.

Gender, Power, & Violence in the #MeToo Era

Thursday October 10th, 1:30pm-2:45pm@ Research Hall, Room 163
From college campuses to Hollywood circles, from prisons to the military, child abuse and intimate partner violence is prevalent. George Mason Professors Angela Hattery and Earl Smith examine these institutions and discuss why this violence happens and the various factors that determine who perpetrates and who suffers. Sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies Program.

Inclusivity in the University: Examining Affirmative Action

Thursday October 10th, 10:30am-11:45am@ Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room E
George Mason professor Amaka Okechukwu documents the challenges affirmative action policies face in today’s political climate. Okechukwu provides context for the current battle to protect affirmative action, analyzes conservative messages and tactics against it, and gives a voice to the students and activists working hard to fight for inclusive policies.

Sports and Politics: Are They on the Same Playing Field?

Friday October 11th, 12:00pm-1:15pm@ Research Hall, Room 163
Former NBA player Etan Thomas discusses the influence professional athletes have when they speak about race and civil rights. Thomas includes interviews and essays from over fifty high-profile activist athletes, executives, and media figures as they explore the intersection of sports and politics. The New York Times says, “Before Kaepernick, there was Etan Thomas.”

Excessive Force: Examining Police Brutality

Friday October 11th, 10:30am-11:45am@ Piedmont Hall Room 104
At the age of thirty-four, Loretta Prater’s son was killed by police officers in Tennessee. In Excessive Use of Force: One Mother’s Struggle against Police Brutality and Misconduct, Prater places the death of her son into the larger conversation about police brutality against African American men. Sponsored by Women & Gender Studies.

Let’s Get in Formation: Preventing Future Charlottesvilles

Saturday October 12th, 11:45am-1:00pm@ Merten Hall, Room 1201
Governor Terry McAuliffe deconstructs the forces and events that resulted in terrible violence at the 2017 “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA. Governor McAuliffe and Wellstone explore the ways in which these tragic events could have been prevented, how the events have shaped who we are today, and the important changes that must still be implemented in order to prevent something similar from happening again.

To Look For America: The Truth about Abraham Lincoln

Thursday October 10th, 1:30pm-2:45pm@ Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room
Democracy, tyranny, or both? In Lincoln: The Ambiguous Icon, Steven Johnston explores Lincoln’s complicated and surprisingly legitimized political practices—as a president who pursued racist policies yet hated slavery, who suppressed freedom of speech yet delivered inspiring speeches, who proclaimed U.S. exceptionalism yet indulged in the very worst when conducting political affairs—and suggests that the reason we routinely fall short of our democratic principles here in the U.S. is precisely because, just like Lincoln, we may not fully believe in them. Sponsored by SCHAR