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    University Hosts Panel Reflecting on Anti-Asian Violence

    April 16, 2021

    Media outlets worldwide report an alarming increase of verbal slurs, threats, and physical violence against Asian people over the past year, especially in the United States. Join us on Tuesday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m., for an important panel discussion reflecting on the roots of anti-Asian violence, discriminatory immigration acts and laws, and harmful stereotyping that continues to impact the Asian community today.

    This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please click here to register.

    The next part of the Diversity + Inclusion = A Better U! series will be moderated by Elizabeth M. Garcia, executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity.

    Dr. Meghan Ashlin Rich, Ph.D.,  is a professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Scranton. She also serves as faculty coordinator for the Office of Community-Based Learning. She trained in sociology at University of Delaware (Ph.D.), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.A.), and University of Maryland (B.A.). Dr. Rich will discuss the history of Asian immigration to the U.S., highlighting the exclusionary immigration acts and discriminatory laws aimed at limiting and restricting Asian Americans and Asian immigration, post-1965 immigration trends and the “pan-ethnic” Asian American identity, constructed in the face of discrimination and will explain aspects of the “model minority” and gendered stereotypes, and the harm they cause to Asian Americans.  

    Dr. Amitava Krishna Dutt, Ph.D., is a Professor of Economics and Political Science Department of Political Science at University of Notre Dame, and Fellow at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies and Kellogg Institute of International Studies. He received his BA and MA from University of Calcutta, and his Ph.D., from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983. Dr. Dutta will discuss anti-Asian violence in the US, with respect to Asian immigration, general issues about “nationalism and race/ethnicity issues concerning Asians in the US in particular, involving social, political and economic factors, and finally, about how attitudes are influenced by some politicians for their personal benefit.

    Dr. Jingyi Song, Ph.D., is a professor of history, teaching courses such as Chinese Diaspora and a graduate school level class, Transnational Migration and Identify: Asian American History at the Department of History and Philosophy, SUNY at Old Westbury. She has several published works on these topics. Dr. Song will discuss the Denver Riot that took place October 31, 1880, and its legacy of racism against Asian Americans. She will depict the various dimensions of ethnicity, culture, ideology, politics and economic policies that shape the anti-Chinese sentiment leading to the Riot.

    For more information on the program and the diversity and inclusion lunch and learn series, contact Liz Garcia at 570-941-6645 or email elizabeth.garcia2@scranton.edu. Questions regarding registration and Zoom information may be sent to jennifer.pennington@scranton.edu.

    This program is being sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity, Asian Studies, The CAS Dean's Office, The Provost's Office and the Cross Cultural Centers.

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