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Documentary to be screened as part of Hispanic Heritage month

“14 The Movie: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez” will be shown Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in Student Union Room 2592.

“We believe this documentary is perfect to show during Hispanic Heritage Month because this is a topic that affects Latinos on campus directly and indirectly through ourselves, family and friends,” Arturo Ordoñez Vazquez, graduate assistant for Latino initiatives in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, said.

Hispanic Heritage Month movie screening“14” explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen. The documentary examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through personal stories and history. The story is told through the lives of three American families who changed history by their challenges to the status quo.

“This film was chosen because it explores the question about who has the right to be an American citizen,” Ordoñez Vazquez said. “Even today, some want to restrict birthright citizenship to children whose parents are U.S. citizens or permanent residents only if they are born here themselves. Many of our students have family members who are undocumented or have ancestors from other countries. It’s a perfect film to show during a month of diversity celebration in order to spread knowledge on the issue. In addition, immigration is a huge topic right now with the next presidential election.”

He said he hopes that UT students and community members open their hearts to this issue.

“Many of the undocumented people in the U.S. have planted their roots here and have U.S. citizen families. You can’t label all people the same or tear families apart,” Ordoñez Vazquez said.

“The film also introduces the case of Dred and Harriet Scott, who claimed they were enslaved in the Missouri territory. Although a court agreed that they were free, upon appeal the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that, as descendants of Africans, they did not have freedom. In other words, all black people in the United States and its territories could be stripped of any right at any time because they were not truly citizens. This is a film we can all relate to as immigrants,” Ordoñez Vazquez said.

A question-and-answer session will follow the documentary.

The free, public screening is part of the University’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

For more information, call the Multicultural Student Success Office at 419.530.2261.

Civil rights icon, former UN ambassador to speak at UT Sept. 29

The first African American to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations will speak at The University of Toledo Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena.



Andrew Young, a former member of Congress and mayor of Atlanta, worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement to organize desegregation efforts throughout the South, including the 1963 march through Birmingham, Ala. Young was with King in Memphis, Tenn., when King was assassinated in 1968.

“Ambassador Andrew Young’s life of humanitarian service and activism for racial and social justice can inspire all of us to reinvigorate our efforts as individuals and as a University and community to achieve justice, peace and inclusion,” Dr. Jamie Barlowe, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters, said. “His presence on our campus is both a gift and a call to service, particularly important in today’s world of social and political unrest.”

The free, public event presented by UT’s College of Arts and Letters marks the 10th anniversary of the Edward Shapiro Distinguished Lecture Series that has included such speakers as Toni Morrison, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Elie Wiesel, Oliver Sacks, E.J. Dionne, Michael Sandel, Jon Meacham and Wynton Marsalis. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Young served as U.N. ambassador from 1977 to 1979. He is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, France’s Legion of Honor and the NAACP’s Springarn Medal. He founded the Andrew Young Foundation to support and promote education, health, leadership and human rights in the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean.

Celebrate Right to Read at Banned Books Week Vigil Sept. 29

University students, faculty and staff, and area citizens will celebrate the right to read and think freely during the 19th annual UT Banned Books Week Vigil Thursday, Sept. 29, on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The free, public event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. Throughout the day, 20-minute presentations will focus on censorship and the importance of freedom of expression.

Banned books week 2016_Poster.jpgAll day, free snacks and light refreshments will be available, and door prizes — including donated banned books and UT items — will be given out to make the event fun as well as educational for the audience.

UT faculty and area teachers are invited to bring classes; attendance vouchers will be available at the freedom of expression festival.

“I hope the UT Banned Books Week Vigil raises awareness of the importance of reading to our democracy,” Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication, who coordinates the event, said. “Without reading freely, citizens could not think freely and, therein, would not ask the questions that lead to reform and a better nation. I hope the event gives students a fun break from their routines and enlarges their understanding of the First Amendment.”

Topics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Read On, Everybody! Welcome to Our Annual Celebration of Free Inquiry” by Barbara Floyd, interim director of University Libraries and director of the UT Press, and Dr. Jeffrey Wilkinson, professor and chair of communication.

• 9:30 a.m. — “Free Expression and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange” by Emily Numbers, community and public relations specialist in the College of Engineering, and community art coordinator.

• 10 a.m. — “Stereotyping Indigenous Peoples in Children’s Books” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor of women’s and gender studies.

• 10:30 a.m. — “Censorship and Media Ethics” by Sarah Ottney, former editor of the Toledo Free Press, which closed in 2015.

• 11 a.m. — “The Not-So-Free Press: Global Media Troubles,” Arjun Sabharwal, associate professor and digital initiatives librarian.

• 11:30 a.m. — “W.W. III: The War Against Women” by Warren Woodberry, Toledo author.

• Noon — The Dr. Linda Smith Lecture: “Owning the Words: Intellectual Property, First Amendment Law, and the Parlous State of Free Speech” by Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of political science and public administration.

• 1 p.m. — “Lifting the Veil: Banning the Graphic Novel Persepolis” by Dr. Matt Yockey, associate professor of theatre and film.

• 1:30 p.m. — “Revealing the Hidden Rules of Broadcast News” by Lou Hebert, Toledo broadcaster and historian.

• 2 p.m. — “Words” By Dr. David Tucker, professor of communication.

• 2:30 p.m. — “Oops! When lol Posts Backfire” by Jessica Harker, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian.

• 3 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” led by The Independent Collegian staff.

• 3:30 p.m. — “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs,” an episode of “South Park” in which J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is revisited.

• 4 p.m. — “What? Can You Teach THAT?” by Cindy Ramirez, Bedford High School English teacher.

• 4:30 p.m. — “Banned Songs” by Dr. Edmund Lingan, associate professor and chair of theatre and film.

Banned Books Coalition logoKilmer said this Banned Books Week Vigil would not be possible without help form generous sponsors: Ann Lumbrezer; Aramark; Barry’s Bagels; The Independent Collegian; Lambda Pi Eta, UT Communication Honor Society; UT Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America; Mitchell and Kelley Auctioneers; New Sins Press; Phoenicia Cuisine; Barnes & Noble University Bookstore; UT Campus Activities and Programming; UT Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development; UT Counseling Center; UT College of Arts and Letters; UT Jesup Scott Honors College; UT Department of Art; UT Department of Communication; UT Department of English Languages and Literature; UT Office of Multicultural Student Success; UT Federal Credit Union; UT Toledo Friends of the Library Foundation; UT Foreign Languages Department; UT General Libraries; UT Greek Life; UT Marketing and Communications Office; UT Office of the Dean of Students; UT Student Government; UT Theatre and Film Department; UT Starbuck’s; UT School of Visual and Performing Arts; and WXUT radio station. She added a special thanks to the UT Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

Three selected for UT’s Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor

The University of Toledo Medical Center will recognize three individuals for their contributions to the field of emergency medical services at the Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 27.

A reception will start at 11:30 a.m. in the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on Health Science Campus. The program will begin at noon with remarks from UT President Sharon L. Gaber, Dr. Christopher Cooper, executive vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and Dr. Kristopher Brickman, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

“This is the sixth year we have honored those who have made a significant contribution to the field of emergency medicine,” Brickman said. “The individuals recognized are the trailblazers in their field, and they have set the gold standard for what it means to be an emergency medicine professional.”

The Emergency Medicine Wall of Honor, made possible through funding from The Blade, was established in 2011 to celebrate the achievements of those who have lived a life of self-sacrifice in committed service to the emergency medicine community.

Each year, nominations are submitted by a committee of community stakeholders and reviewed by a multidisciplinary selection committee.



This year’s honorees are:

• Carl W. Neeb, retired Toledo Fire Chief. After serving 30 years with the Toledo Department of Fire and Rescue, Neeb retired as chief of the department in 1980. He was known as the “Father of Paramedics” in Toledo due to his invaluable contributions in establishing emergency medical services within the Toledo Fire Department. His expertise and involvement helped develop and implement Lucas County’s Advanced Life Support System and was instrumental in its success as one of the first and finest systems in the country.



• Bruce D. Janiak, professor of emergency medicine, Medical College of Georgia. Janiak was the first resident in emergency medicine in the United States and is recognized as one of the fathers of the specialty. He is considered a true visionary in the field, having explored and implemented concepts such as telemedicine well before it became standard practice. He served as president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance, an organization that defines the best clinical and administrative practices. He is a lecturer, instructor and author, as well as a consultant specializing in medical malpractice.



• Judith A. Ruple, registered nurse. Ruple was chair of the National Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee Education Subcommittee for the American Heart Association and president of the National Association of EMS Educators. She was the director of the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program in the UT Department of Health and Human Services. Ruple served as a content level leader of the National EMS Education Standards Project and was the principal investigator for the State of EMS Education Research Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has written more than 30 publications and received numerous grants for research and development in the area of emergency medicine services education.

Satellites to hold $6 sale this week

The Satellites Auxiliary’s $6 sale will take place Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 28-30, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

$6 sale FlyerCheck out a wide array of items that will be for sale for $6: rings, watches, bracelets, scarves, ties, sunglasses, belts, earrings, cuff links, purses, wallets, totes, reading glasses, pendants, chains and more.

“There’ll be more than 1,000 unique accessories and gifts from around the world,” Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, said. “We’ll have something for everyone.”

The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

For more information on the sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Juice House to host concert Sept. 27

Want an organic college life? Want to be a pioneer of this new social movement of UT?

Stop by “Juice Is in the Air” Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Centennial Mall.

juice event septemberSponsored by Juice House, the free, public event will include a backyard karaoke concert, snacks and conversation on living a healthy lifestyle.

Juice House was founded by University students and local community members who recognized the need for healthy living among college students on the UT campus.  

“Juice House is not only promoting juicing to help balance the current American diet, but also provides a new style of social gathering for the whole campus through a series of juice parties and clubs starting this semester,” said Tiffany Richmond, a UT alumna and communications coordinator with Juice House, who is pursuing a PhD at Bowling Green State University.

“We promote organic food, healthy living, healthy relationships, and organic thinking to help students create and discover a fresh social life on campus.”

For more information and future notifications, visit juicehouse.org.

UT Political Science Dept. hosting presidential debate watch events for students

The University of Toledo Department of Political Science and Public Administration is holding its first presidential debate watch event with students Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. in University Hall Room 3820.

Political science students will watch the debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, engage in fact-checking, follow social media response, and participate in a discussion and evaluation.

“The debates are the last significant events that potentially move poll numbers unless there is a sudden major economic crisis or terror attack,” Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, said. “Debates are rarely game-changers, but Trump is a different kind of candidate, so maybe they will have bigger effects than in the past. It’s important for students to participate in the process and see both candidates side by side answering questions about issues facing the country.”

A presidential debate watch event also is scheduled to be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the same location.

Eberly Center offers lunchtime talks, discussions

The Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women will present the inaugural Lunch with a Purpose Tuesday, Sept. 27, at noon in Libbey Hall.

Lunch with a Purpose allows women researchers at The University of Toledo a venue to present their work to colleagues and specialists on campus and in the community, while fostering interdisciplinary discussions. 

lwp flierIn honor of the impending voter registration deadline and the Eberly Center’s ongoing support of campaigns to encourage all eligible citizens to engage in the political process, Dr. Renée Heberle, UT professor of political science, will present a talk titled “Dignity vs. Rights: Exploring the Concrete Effects of Constitutional Principles in Germany and the U.S.”

As co-director of the Program in Law and Social Thought, interim director of the School for Interdisciplinary Studies, and coordinator of the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Project, Heberle’s perspective reinforces the feminist principles of political action and teaching.

“We are glad to highlight our great women researchers and appreciate all the work of the new [Eberly Center for Women] Faculty Advisory Board to make this happen,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, associate vice president for the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and the Minority Business Development Center. “From supporting the Association for Women in Science Mentoring Circle initiative, engaging students in our upcoming women in writing and business panels, and promoting professional development at the ACE Ohio Women’s Network annual conference on Nov. 4, the Eberly Center continues to meet the needs of our students and faculty.”

Campus and community members are invited to bring their lunches to hear Heberle and participate in discussion. Space is limited; call 419.530.8570 to RSVP.

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Disability Studies to launch fall semester film series Sept. 26

The UT Disability Studies Program will screen the film “The Secret Garden” Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.

211secretgarden_scan_hiresFollow Mary Lennox as she discovers that there is life and beauty to be found in a dark and broken world. The 102-minute film features Academy Award-winner and “Downton Abbey” favorite Dame Maggie Smith as the formidable Mrs. Medlock.

This 1993 adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic story is the first film being featured this semester as part of the Disability Studies Program’s film series focusing on disability in film adaptations of literature for young readers.

Listed by date, other films in the series include:

• Tuesday, Oct. 25 — “Hook” at 7:30 p.m.; and

• Tuesday, Dec. 6 — “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m.

After the movies, film-goers are invited to stay for a discussion with faculty from the Disability Studies Program on representations of disability in film, literature, and other media intended for young people.

For more information on the free, public screening, call 419.530.7244 or email kathryn.shelley@rockets.utoledo.edu.

Legal ramifications of sharing economy topic of Cannon Lecture Sept. 27

Nancy Leong, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, will present The University of Toledo College of Law’s annual Cannon Lecture Tuesday, Sept. 27, at noon in the Law Center’s McQuade Law Auditorium.

The explosive growth of the so-called sharing economy has been marked by the emergence of Uber and Airbnb. Yet the sharing economy also raises new risks, as transactions move into a legal gray area.



In her lecture, “The New Public Accommodations,” Leong will discuss how current public accommodation laws designed to prevent discrimination in the provision of services do not always work in the context of this new sharing economy.

Her research on anti-discrimination law and the sharing economy has been featured in The Washington Post, Salon, Slate and on ABC’s “Nightline.”

“Nancy Leong is one of the most prolific and well-known scholars of her generation,” said Nicole Porter, UT professor of law. “Her work is creative and interesting, and I’m excited to hear her thoughts on racism in the sharing economy. It is sure to be a fascinating discussion.” 

Leong’s research interests include constitutional rights, criminal procedure, discrimination, and the commodification of identity. Her scholarship has been published in the California Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Yale Law Journal and other journals.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her juris doctor from Stanford Law School. She is a former law clerk of Judge Kermit Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and previously served on the faculty at the William & Mary School of Law. At Denver, she teaches Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Procedure.

This free, public lecture is part of the Cannon Lecture Series that was established in 1980 to honor former Toledo attorney Joseph A. Cannon. The series hosts nationally known individuals who explore both the humanistic dimensions and limitations of the legal system. Food and beverages will be provided.