Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Location: GLC Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson [read bio], Mott Professor of Africana Women’s Studies
Title: We Wear the Mask(s): Centering Black Women and Girls in Social Justice Work
We are familiar with names like Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Rosa Parks and to a lesser extent Anna Julia Cooper and Pauli Murray as advocates for justice. However, the breadth and depth of Black women and girls’ involvement in social justice movements is under appreciated. Using as inspiration the poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, “We Wear the Mask”, and C. Nicole Mason’s recent publication, Born Bright, this presentation will illuminate instances where Black women and girls have advanced, and continue to advance, social justice here in the U. S. as well as internationally.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Location: GLC Auditorium
Speakers: Dr. Karla McLucas [read bio], Projects, Institutional Effectiveness; and Dr. Sara Wrenn [read bio], Associate Professor, Psychology
Title: From the United States to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Mentoring Students in the Global Arena
Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson is Mott Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of Africana Women’s Studies at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC. Her research, conducted in places such as Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, the Seychelles Islands and the US, centers on gender, bioethics, disability, the health of women and girls, and environmental justice. In North Carolina, Dr. Johnson researches African American foodways, especially focused on the “church supper,” and food justice. In addition, Dr. Johnson is working with Dr. Karima Jeffrey (Hampton University) on an edited volume of science and speculative fiction writings by and about Black women and girls.
Earned degrees include: Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, M.A. in Sociology from Atlanta University, and B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College.
Dr. Johnson chairs the NC African American Heritage Commission, serves on the NC Historical Commission, National Register Advisory Committee, Ms. Committee of Scholars, and recently rotated off the board for Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee – a nonprofit education, conference and retreat center. Activist work includes serving on the Board for the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters and membership in the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. External to Bennett, Dr. Johnson serves on the Steering Committee for the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem North Carolina, and as a faculty mentor for the Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) at Duke University. She formerly served on the advisory board for the Institute for African American Research at UNC Chapel Hill and Our Children’s Place – an advocacy organization for the children of incarcerated parents as well as Planned Parenthood Health Systems (North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia).
Among Dr. Johnson’s most recent publications are: “Realizing Our Institutional Missions: Engaging Present and Past Heroes to Inspire Modern Global Leadership and Service,” co-authored with K. Jeffrey, L. Ralph, and P. Waldron-Moore, in Network: A Journal of Faculty Development (April 2015);“ Introduction: Making a Difference,” Tar Heel Junior Historian, pp. 1-3, edited by Lisa Hall, Raleigh, North Carolina: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, Spring 2014; and “Bringing Together Feminist Disability Studies and Environmental Justice” in the 2011 Barbara Faye Waxman Fiduccia Papers on Women and Girls with Disabilities which will be reprinted in Disability Studies and Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory, edited and with an Introduction by Sarah Jacquette Ray and Jay Sibara, Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, anticipated publication date: June 2017.
Dr. Johnson lives in Oxford, NC with her family.
Dr. Karla M. McLucas is currently employed as a Coordinator of Research and Projects in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Bennett College. From 2006-2016, Dr. McLucas was employed as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and as a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology from 2013-2016. Prior to joining the Bennett faculty, Dr. McLucas held senior positions in a variety of local, state, and regional agencies, including Director of Labor and Industrial Relations for the State of Missouri. She was also employed with the City of Los Angeles’s Department of City Planning in the community and transportation planning sections.
Dr. McLucas earned her Ph.D. in Rural (Applied) Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned her A.B. and J.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and also earned an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California-Los Angeles.
Her research interests include, but are not limited to, asset and wealth generation, community building and community economic development, social and cultural capital, global citizenship and education, health disparities, international development, non-profit management, race, ethnicity and culture, land use, land loss and social networks.
She traveled to Saudi Arabia during the summers of 2015 and 2016 to work as a Writing/Presentation Coach for the Saudi Research Science Initiative (SRSI) summer STEM program for academically gifted high school girls at the University of Dammam.
Dr. Sara Wrenn is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Bennett College. She received her A.B. in psychology from Duke University and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from North Carolina State University. Before coming to Bennett College in 2008, she taught courses in statistics and research methods at North Carolina State University and Meredith College. She also taught educational psychology courses for North Carolina State University’s NC Teach program for lateral entry teachers, and was an instructor for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program.
Dr. Wrenn’s research has touched on varied topics, including the effects of victim impact evidence on jurors’ sentencing decisions, children’s affective social competence, dispositional and situational antecedents of causal thinking, working memory capacity and self-control, and academic implications of atypical performance on the Stroop color-word task. She is currently President-elect of the Bennett College Faculty Senate, coordinates psychology majors’ internship placements, and teaches courses in statistics, cognition, personality theory, behavior modification, and developmental psychology.
During the summers of 2015 and 2016, Dr. Wrenn traveled to Saudi Arabia to work as a Writing/Presentation Coach for the Saudi Research Science Initiative (SRSI) summer STEM program for academically gifted high school girls at the University of Dammam.