2017 Program

Clash or Conversation?: 
Engaging Multiple Perspectives as a Way toward Truth

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

9:00 a.m.            Opening Plenary

10:00 a.m.          Concurrent Sessions I

A.  Disputatio in the Board Room
Manny Flores, Sister Judith Jewison, OP, Douglas Keberlein Gutierrez, Kevin Killips
Parmer 113

In their professional lives as well as in their role in Dominican University governance, trustees are regularly mired in complex and controversial issues.  Panelists share their experience with navigating and decision-making when faced with difficult issues, reflecting on the ways in which the Dominican tradition has influenced their practice of leadership. 

B.  Engaging With World Literature: An Approach To Multiple Perspectives Of Truth
Jasminum McMullen,Gema Ortega, Olivia Solbrig, Yvonne Trujillo
Bluhm Lecture Hall (Parmer 108) 

In this panel, English majors engage in the reading of World Literature to understand the experience of others within the context of their own cultural traditions. As they encounter stories from around the world, awareness of clashes across cultures facilitates the dialogue between Western and non-Western perspectives, enabling an understanding of multiple voices and an increased appreciation of perspectives other than our own.

C.  Clashes In Truth-Telling In Healthcare: Navigating The Patient-Provider Relationship
Jonathan Uebelhor
Martin Recital Hall (Small Theatre, Fine Arts Building)

In their role as a fiduciary, the provider is expected to act in the best interest of their patient.  In the context of these guidelines can it be morally defensible to knowing deceive patients with the intention to improve upon their overall care taking into account physical and emotional well-being


What The Eastern World Learned About The Autonomic Nervous System While The West Wasn’t Looking
Bill Jenkins
Martin Recital Hall (Small Theatre, Fine Arts Building)

Many Asian mind and body practices are becoming popular in western culture and along with them come various claims of health benefits, stress reduction, healing, and recovery.  How efficacious are these practices?  What are the neuro- and physiological bases for their beneficial claims?  What role, if any, does the religious belief structure play in their effective use and practice?  And, are they really the key to Happiness?  An objective survey of available literature and scientific evidence will be presented for those interested in using various techniques as physical and mental exercises as opposed to adopting them as religious disciplines.

D.  A Beginning To Diversity
Andrea Samayoa
Noonan Reading Room (2nd floor, Lewis Hall outside Rosary Chapel) 

“A Beginning to Diversity” was the 2016-17 winner of the Sister Mary Ellen O’Hanlon Essay Prize in Social Justice and Diversity. This paper examines the relation between personal, familial, and worldly experiences, while correlating the differences that make up our society and the need for education in diversity.


Truth, Hope And A Mission: Cristal's 4K For Cancer’s Coast To Coast Journey In Support Of Young Adults With Cancer
Cristal Ortega
Noonan Reading Room (2nd floor, Lewis Hall outside Rosary Chapel) 

The purpose of this presentation is to ensure that the marginalized voices of young adults with cancer are heard and affirmed—that their truth is understood. I will share my journey– a journey that started with a life changing experience, which led me to pioneering an internship, which put me on my bicycle for 70 days, riding coast to coast from Baltimore, MD to San Francisco, CA in support of young adults with cancer.

E.  Alternate Facts In The Face Of The Truth About Race: Stereotypes Aren't Real…Unless You Believe Them.
Martha Jacob
Lund Auditorium (Large Theatre, Fine Arts Building) 

A discussion about our perceptions of ourselves, the perceptions others have of us and why the difference sometimes means the difference between life and death.  A brief presentation about stereotyping from a sociological perspective will begin the roundtable.  Topics included will be profiling, racial assumptions, and of course, stereotypes.

F.  What is that Stuff? Truth, Lies, and the Structure of Matter
J. Brent Friesen
Lewis 204

The quest to understand the true nature of matter has lead scientists on a centuries-long pursuit of a complete description of molecular structure. A powerful suite of techniques known as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance has been instrumental in increasing our insight, however, at the same time new questions arise.


Disputation, Data, And Perception: How Data Visualization Influences Truth
Stacy Kowalczyk
Lewis 204

“Lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  In our multimedia world, this observation attributed to Mark Twain needs to be amended to include visualizations.  How we present data to support our arguments impacts the story that others remember.  We will look at ways to create visualizations that are both impactful and truthful.

G.  Clash Or Conversation: Religion And Today's World Politics
Patrick Homan
Springer Suite (Lower Level Crown Library, near Cyber Cafe)


Is religion a source of global conflict or is it the basis for cooperation and conversation? This round table seeks to examine the role of religion in world politics today to try and decide whether and how it is pulling us apart or bringing us together. Is religion really the problem and what is the best way to teach this in the classroom?

H.  Learning Demands More:  Inclusive Education For All Learners
Judy Paulus
Parmer 0014

Learning Demands More does not mean “making things more difficult”.  It demands an understanding of how we help the learner meet that demand. This presentation is aimed at shifting our community understanding to a position where disability is seen as difference, as a valuable dimension of institutional diversity, and as a gift that can be an individual’s greatest strength. Rather than focusing primarily on the individual student’s disability, active faculty outreach, consultation, and collaboration are central. 

I.  Learning to Listen
Susan McDonough, Students from EDUC 386
The Underground (Downstairs from Social Hall)

A dynamic classroom is a space where voices converge, ideas are shared and disputed, and participants grow intellectually and morally when they listen to “texts” and to each other. Future teachers enrolled in the EDUC 386: Diversity, Language, and Culture course will lead this interactive workshop that encourages listening in the classroom, and in life.

J.  Adaptation, Disruption, And Engagement: Lessons From Faculty
Wenlian Gao, Ryan Mason, Derek Ruth, Susanne Schmitz
Parmer 107

During this session, faculty consider the nature of disruption in our workplaces, careers, and personal lives. In an age of fast-paced, disruptive change and innovation, what are some strategies for successfully managing these transitions? Four faculty share their experiences with transitions from one employer to another, from graduate school to professional positions, and from one state to another. We offer strategies, specifically geared to undergraduates, for ways to manage when they find themselves in the midst of change. The social, emotional, cultural, and political aspects of such transitions are particular relevant to students entering professional positions of a hierarchy as they make the transition away from being customer, child, and/or student.

11:15 a.m.          Concurrent Sessions II

A.  Lunch Seating #1
Dinning & Social Hall - Please refer to nametag for your lunch session. 

B.  Auto-Ethnography As Research And Teaching Tool
Jose Blanco
Parmer 113

This presentation discusses how auto-ethnography can be used as a research and teaching tool. Auto-ethnography provides an opportunity for a larger and more diverse number of voices to engage in theoretical discourses about identity. By using themselves as a primary unit of analysis, researchers can engage on a meaningful discussion in knowledge and research areas that have often favored the study of dominant cultures.


Clashes And Conversations In The Depths Of The Soul
Bill George
Parmer 113 

Starting from personal reflections on a teenage farming accident and, years later, my engagement of fierce debates in international affairs, the aim of this paper is to emphasize that, in the search for truth in the academy and beyond, conversations and conflicts take place not only in the classroom or the public realm, but in the realm of conscience as well.

C.  Fractured Fandoms: Handling Communication In Contentious Fan Communities
CarrieLynn Reinhard
Parmer 107

This presentation focuses on “fractured fandom” which involves problems and tensions that occur between fans, fan communities, and even entire fandoms. From basketball to video games, from Sherlock Holmes to Liza Minnelli, fans disagree, clash and fight over basic differences in opinion to whether or not someone is a "true" fan. The presentation considers the roles communication practices play in the creation and maintenance of fractured fandom, as well as the possible resolution of it. This presentation would focus on the discussion of these communication practices as experienced by the fans, with additional thoughts as to how these communication practices are not unique to just fans, fan communities, and fandoms but also occur across different areas of life, especially when different ideologies clash, such as in discussions about politics and religions.


Negotiating Contradictions: The Culture Of Sports In The Harlem Renaissance
Daniel Anderson
Parmer 107

American sports reached unforeseen levels of popularity and influence in the 1920s, not only in the mainstream media capital of New York City but also in the African-American cultural renaissance associated with Harlem. Looking specifically at Claude McKay, the Jamaican-born poet and novelist whose interest in sports was rare among major writers of the era, this presentation will ask how intellectuals and sportswriters used sports in distinctive ways to communicate their vision of an ideal culture. 

D.  Beyond ‘He Said, She Said’ Journalism
Jason Keyser, Ryan Pagelow
Bluhm Lecture Hall (Parmer 108)

Over the past 15 years, the news media world has been upended by digital technology in ways both strikingly positive and troubling. In this panel discussion, Office of Marketing and Communications staffers and former journalists Ryan Pagelow and Jason Keyser will discuss how news consumers can make sense of it all and why it matters. Using examples from their reporting days and current events, they will also talk through the ways today’s journalists can go beyond “he said, she said” coverage to get as close to the truth as possible.

E.  Honoring The Story:  Truth In The Practices Of Psychology And Theatre
Tracy Caldwell, Krista Hansen, Tina Taylor-Ritzler
Martin Recital Hall (Small Theatre, Fine Arts Building)


Join us for a panel and performance about honoring the human story in the practices of psychology and theatre. This presentation will explore truth through listening, analysis, therapy, and storytelling, and will also preface the upcoming show being created with Erasing the Distance, a professional theatre company that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma surrounding issues of mental health. The show—Erasing the Distance: Dominican Chapter Two—is an original docu-drama that will feature true Dominican stories about mental health.

F.  Multiple Perspectives - Multiple Truths
Josephine Sarvis, Penny Silvers
Noonan Reading Room (2nd Floor, Lewis Hall outside Rosary Chapel)

Facilitated by two Education faculty, participants will read and explore critical sociocultural issues, examine them from multiple perspectives; share their thinking from various points of view, and reflect on their own assumptions and identities while working toward transformation of self and community in the pursuit of truth and justice.

G.  Transforming Spanish Curriculum To Best Serve The Needs Of All Students In The Context Of A Hispanic Serving Institution
Alexis Howe, Lily Ibarra, Lisa Petrov
Springer Suite (Lower Level Crown Library, near Cyber Cafe) 

Since 2008, the Spanish discipline at Dominican University has focused on creating a program that prioritizes the heritage learner majority and partners strategically with others (on and off campus) to best serve the needs of all students. In this session, the panelists will outline and share the philosophy and methods for creating this new discipline.

H.  Diversity, Inclusiveness, And Environmental Sustainability
Yasemin Ersun-Hallsby, Sheila Radford-Hill
The Underground (Downstairs from Social Hall) 

Despite the challenges that are currently being faced regarding energy policies and the future of environmental protection programs, we are in need of a grassroots awareness of how these environmental issues go hand-in-hand with social justice topics. We will continue with the topics developed in Diversity Dialogues, Energy Policy, and Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home, 2015 encyclical by Pope Francis. How can we develop programs here at Dominican University to help our students, faculty, and staff to continue building awareness and gain a level of mastery in these essential topics of environmental sustainability and social justice, and how they go hand-in-hand?

I.  IDEALS:  Promoting Conversation about What Matters
Jeffrey Carlson, Elizabeth Silk
Lewis 204

Launched in fall 2015, the Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) tracks a national cohort of students over the course of four years to better understand the impact of college on their attitudes and engagement with others of diverse religious and nonreligious worldviews. Dominican University is a participant in this study.  This presentation will share what we are learning about students’ deepening engagement with worldview diversity.

12:30 p.m.          Concurrent Sessions III

A.  Lunch Seating #2
Dinning Hall and Social Hall - Please refer to your nametag for your lunch session

B.  How Did We Get Here?  Reflections On How We Arrived In A Post-Truth World
Chris Colmo, Larry Gorman, Ellen McManus
Noonan Reading Room (2nd floor, Lewis Hall outside Rosary Chapel)

The concept of truth has always been complex and many-sided, but today there seem to be a variety of forces whose aim or outcome is to undermine the processes by which we collectively determine what is true.  Through their own exchange of ideas, the three speakers on this panel hope to stimulate discussion in the audience, especially among students, about the nature of truth, the importance of a shared understanding of how we arrive at truth , the consequences of losing that shared understanding, and the possibilities of reestablishing it.

C.  An Exploration Of Leadership In Era Of Constant Change
Lisa Amoroso, Molly Burke
Lewis 204

Management professors Lisa Amoroso and Molly Burke facilitate a discussion exploring leadership in a Dominican context. Disruption and conflict are part of progress and yet, both can be “interpersonally challenging.” Leaders need to guide, nurture, nudge, or sometimes push their communities to overcome these challenges. Several perspectives on leadership will be shared via multimedia.

D.  Diversity, Language, And Culture
Susan McDonough, Students from EDUC 386
The Underground (Downstaris from Social Hall)

In this student-led interactive workshop, participants will engage in activities that seek to affirm identity and cultivate community, leadership, and a local and global commitment to learning in support of a more just and humane world.  Prospective educators enrolled in the EDUC 386: Diversity, Language, and Culture course will design and lead the workshop centered on exploring how we can encourage varied perspectives and marginalized voices to be heard and engaged in dialogue. 

E.  Two Groups, One Message: How Paul Presents The Gospel And Himself To Different Audiences
Timothy Milinovich
Parmer 107

This paper builds on present research with Romans 1-3. The first three chapters of the letter to the Romans then serve as an example of multicultural expression of a single topic to divergent but related audiences. Here we can find a guide for dialectic and disputatio for communicating the story of the gospel in our own ethnic-related challenges today.


Sea, Land, And Spirit At The End Of Europe: Paddy Bushe And Kerry Hardie On Skellig Michael
Joseph Heininger
Parmer 107

For centuries, Irish poets and prose writers have written about Ireland’s west as they seek to create in words the experiences of inhabitants and visitors to the variegated geographies of the west.  Many contemporary Irish poets have added their voices to these western witnesses, notably Paddy Bushe, John F. Deane, Kerry Hardie, Paula Meehan, and Theo Dorgan, who have all spent receptive, tutelary time on Skellig Michael, an ancient former monastic habitation.

F.  Do Popular Music, Cheerleading, And Feminism Mix?: Polysemic Potentials And Pitfalls
Jennifer Dunn
Bluhm Lecture Hall (Parmer 108)

Pop-punk, cheerleading, and feminism represent bodily experiences that hold the potential for female empowerment. But popular music and cheerleading can also perpetuate stereotypical notions of ideal femininity contrary to feminist endeavors.


Classification Is Not A Neutral Act
Karen Snow
Bluhm Lecture Hall (Parmer 108)

It is human nature to categorize objects and ideas as it helps us navigate a complex world, such as finding groceries in a supermarket or picking a political party.  However, choosing to group objects and ideas together in a certain way, and then labeling them using particular language, is not a neutral act and has practical and ethical implications in everyday life.

G.  Soul Stories
Asma Alneel, Claudia Guzman, Yasmin Vasquez-Moreno, Nidhin Thomas, Demirhan Tunc
Martin Recital Hall (Small Theatre, Fine Arts Building)

Come, listen to student, staff and faculty share stories of spiritual experiences that have transformed the teller's everyday life.  This will be a space of faith as lived experience wherein we might encounter the sacred in ourselves and in each other. We practice the art of listening compassionately and nurturing awareness of what members of our community with diverse identities hold sacred.

H.  Conflict, Clash Or Opportunity?  Culture And Challenges As Hispanic Service Institution
Brendan Curran, Mary Groll, Alexis Howe, Clinton Nichols, Gema Ortega, Anthony Suarez-Abraham
Springer Suite (Lower Level Crown Library, near Cyber Cafe)

This roundtable will allow for in-depth conversation about the opportunities as well as the challenges that Dominican University has as it adopts the designation of Hispanic Serving Institution. We will discuss the role of culture at the center of our university mission and emerging initiatives around La Plaza, a place of encounter/encuentros among faculty, staff, community, and students at D.U.

I.  Colonial Mentality In Africa
Nkuzi Nnam
Parmer 113

Intended for a broad audience, my book on Colonial Mentality in Africa explores the lingering effects of colonization in preset day Africa. Despite the independence of all African nations from their former colonizers, mental slavery still persists. This new work explores the social climate of Africa and the thriving "colonial mentality."


A Portrait Of Change: Nine Leadership Strategies In Dominican's Growth From Rosary College
Gerald P. Wickham
Parmer 113

The presenter examined the narrative surrounding the name change from Rosary College to Dominican University, for the purpose of his dissertation at DU's sister Edgewood College. Nine leadership strategies were identified from interviewing six institutional leaders at Dominican, and utilizing a method of portraiture. Dr. Wickham will present these nine leadership strategies and share reflections on the element of Veritas evident in this research.

1:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions IV

A.  Must Everything be an Argument?
Daniel Anderson, Sheila Bauer-Gatsos
Noonan Reading Room (2nd floor, Lewis Hall outside Rosary Chapel) 

This panel of composition instructors will discuss the primacy of argumentation and the role of uncertainty in inquiry-based research and the pursuit of truth.

B.  Attending to Caritas in Current Approaches to Reform of the American Criminal Justice System
Bill Jenkins, Hugh McElwain, Clinton Nichols
Springer Suite (Lower Level Crown Library, near Cyber Cafe)

As members of the DU faculty we share a strong belief that the American Criminal Justice System is badly broken, focusing, as it does, too much on punishment (criminalization and incarceration) and far too little on rehabilitation and restoration or caritas (compassion, empathy, mercy, forgiveness, community).

C.  Borderlands:  Divisive Or Transformative?
John DeCostanza, Lisa Petrov, Sr. Colleen Settles, OP, MaDonna Thelen
Bluhm Lecture Hall (Parmer 108)

This panel will address our DU/Borderlands (Tijuana) experience and our University’s relevant and challenging questions about immigration.  What contribution can our Dominican community make to ensure that marginalized immigrant voices are heard rather than silenced?

D.  Health Care:  A Right Or Privilege?
Julie Bach, Rachel Hart Winter
Martin Recital Hall (Small Theatre, Fine Arts Building)

Pope Francis recently claimed that “health is not a consumer good but a universal right, so access to health services cannot be a privilege.” This presentation seeks to explore the contested ideas and debates that have emerged in the health care landscape since the beginning of the year integrating the World Health Organization’s Social Determinants of Health.  We will explore the notion of health care as a fundamental human right and review the great health inequities that exist in accessing this right. We will also pay close attention to those most marginalized in our world today, people that struggle for health on a daily bases as a result of their geographic or social location.

E.  Multiculturalism, Academia, And Madness: A Memoir
Jane Hseu
The Undergroud (Downstaris from Social Hall)

This presentation will discuss my memoir-in-progress about growing up Chinese American evangelical Christian with depressive and anxiety disorders and a family history of mental illness. I will link my experiences to research on the crisis of mental health among university students and faculty, particularly in terms of the relationship between race, culture, and mental illness.


The Art Of Peace Does Not Put Us In Pieces
Dianne Costanzo
The Undergroud (Downstaris from Social Hall)

Aikido is a dynamic and powerful martial art that, ironically, focuses  on blending, not bludgeoning, others. In this presentation, which will include some participation by the audience, we shall come to know that we can challenge the power dynamic that insists on winners and losers.

F.  Caritas Provides Motivation For Academic Success
Joann Dickinson, Ben Freville, Felicia Wolf
Parmer 107

There is much academic research which point out that emotionally supportive social contexts in schools, such as positive student-teacher relationships and positive classroom climates produces higher levels of academic engagement, academic achievement, and better metal health. During this workshop participants will be presented with verbatims from Dominican students which inform us that the positive relationships they have with their professors is what motivates them to persevere in and achieve academic success. Dominican students will be present to lead the participants through classroom activities which helped the acquire a sense of emotional support.

G.  Engaging Dominican through the Eyes of Students and Alumni
Kate Brien, Kayla Jackson, Anika Jones, Andre Payne Guillory, David Perez, Sheila Radford-Hill
Parmer 113

This session will provide information about the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, its work and impact on campus. Members will discuss their participation on the Council and ask the audience to help set the Council’s agenda for the 2017-18 academic year.  Addressing equity and inclusion as a strategic priority requires each of us to encounter diverse perspectives and learn to listen and find common ground.  The Council will address issues, ask key questions, and invite student voices to help set the agenda for a maintaining a campus that promotes success for all students.

H.  Wrestling With The Truth Via Engagement In High Impact Educational Practices
Tracy Caldwell, Bob Calin-Jageman, Sophia Duffy, Kathleen O’Connor, Jason Pych, Tina Taylor Ritzler
Parmer 005

For students, the value of engaging in high impact educational practices (e.g., internships, supervised research, community-based learning, and study abroad) is the exploration of alternatives to their own lived experiences and deeply held beliefs. In this panel, faculty members and students from the Psychology Department will share their experiences wrestling with the truth by engaging in HIPs.

I.  Constructive Conflict, Disruption & Dialogue
Anjali Chaudhry, Dan Condon, Roberto Curci, Anne Drougas, Kathleen Odell
Lewis 204

Panelists share their leadership strategies during major transitions, their lessons learned, and future hopes. Each panelist has led significant change efforts, and all were heavily involved in BSB's curriculum overhaul and structural changes.

3:15 P.M. Academic Convocation
Lunch Auditorium (Large Theatre, Fine Arts Building)