This exciting series of lectures and courses further introduces SJC Brooklyn's scholars and their passions into the intellectual ecosystem that is Clinton Hill and Fort Greene. With a limited run and at a modest cost, these courses operate at the nexus of personal edification, thoughtful conversation and engaged community.
Fall 2019 Lecture Series
Challenging Myths about the African Continent
Olusola Togun-Butler, Ph.D., LCSW
Wednesday, October 16, 6:15 p.m.
Olusola Togun-Butler, Ph.D., LCSW is an Assistant Professor in the Human Services Department at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY. She is also a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New York and Ohio. She has been in the field of social work for over 15 years and has experience in mental health, medical social work, substance abuse, foster care, gerontology and foster care prevention. She is actively involved in mission work in developing countries, and established the Victoria Ibironke Togun Scholarship fund to provide educational opportunities to young girls/women in developing countries.
Philosophy of the Child: Revisiting Childhood with Fresh Eyes
Wendy Turgeon, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 30, 6:15 p.m.
Wendy Turgeon, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at St. Joseph’s College. She is the chair of the American Philosophical Society Committee on Precollege Instruction in Philosophy and on the board of PLATO, an organization that supports philosophy for children and young people. Dr. Turgeon was the Interim Executive Dean for Academic Affairs on the SJC Long Island Campus from 2017 to 2019.
One Artist’s Journey
Cecile Chong, M.A., M.F.A.
Wednesday, November 13, 6:15 p.m.
Cecile Chong, M.A., M.F.A. is a multimedia artist working in painting, sculpture and installation in which she layers materials, identities and histories. She was awarded fellowships and residencies including Block Gallery/ AIM Artist Hub, BRIC Media Arts, Queens Council on the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Center, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, the Lower East Side Printshop, MASS MoCA Studios, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, The Center for Book Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIM - Bronx Museum, Urban Artist Initiative NYC, Aljira Emerge and the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally. Her early schooling took place in Ecuador, Macau and China.
The Changing Politics of Race in NYC
Theodore Hamm, Ph.D.
Wednesday, December 4, 6:15 p.m.
Theodore Hamm, Ph.D.,is the Associate Chair of Journalism and Media Studies at St. Joseph’s College and teaches on the Brooklyn Campus. His most recent book is (as editor) Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn (Akashic Books, 2017). He writes regularly about criminal justice and New York City politics for the Indypendent and other local publications. Dr. Hamm was the founding editor-in-chief of The Brooklyn Rail. He is currently on sabbatical at St. Joseph’s, working on a new book about NYC’s more recent history.