F902 Spring 2020 Mason Faculty Club Series, Part 2
Mondays, 9:30–11:00, Apr. 27–May 11
Come join us at the Mason Faculty Club (Pilot House on the Fairfax campus) and enjoy breakfast and a stimulating presentation just for OLLI members. The fee includes a three-hour parking pass for the Rappahannock parking deck and a continental breakfast consisting of fruit, yogurt, granola, bagels and pastries, coffee, tea, and juice. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Topics include:
- Apr. 27: The Church-Burners: Philadelphia’s Anti-Irish Riots of 1844. Professor Zachary Schrag will discuss his current book project, which tells the story of angry men who built a political movement by attacking immigrants, despising them for both their religion and their poverty. The riots left bodies in the streets and Catholic churches in ruins, raising questions of liberty and order, of majority rule and minority rights. Amid today’s debates about immigration, assimilation, and white supremacy, the story is particularly compelling.
is a professor of history at Mason and the director of the MA program in history. He is the author of The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro
and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009
Dr. Randi Rashkover
- May 4: Jewish-Christian Dialogue: What Makes it So Difficult and Why It Should Never Be Easy. Randi Rashkover. The past 50 years have marked a dramatic shift in the relationship between Jews and Christians in the United States. Precipitated by the devastation of the Holocaust and Christian assessments of the relationship between modern anti-Semitism and Christian anti-Judaism, Jews and Christians began to engage in meaningful dialogue. This lecture will offer a brief history of post-Holocaust Jewish-Christian dialogical efforts and discuss the possibilities for future developments.
is associate professor of religious studies at Mason and director of Jewish studies. She is the author of many books including Revelation and Theopolitics
: Barth, Rosenzweig and the Politics of Praise
, Freedom and Law: A Jewish-Christian Apologetics
, and, Nature and Norm: Judaism, Christianity and the Theopolitical Problem
- May 11: Immigration 101. James Witte. This lecture introduces immigration to the United States with an emphasis on the demographics of immigration, as well as US immigration policy. The aim is to identify the key trends in immigration and in US policy responses to these trends, while also highlighting the complexity of the current situation.
is a professor in the Mason Department of Sociology and Anthropology, director of the Center for Social Science Research and director of the Institute for Immigration Research. Witte, who earned his PhD from Harvard University, has been a professor at Clemson University and Northwestern University. He has written numerous articles that have appeared in journals such as The European Sociological Review
, Population and Development Review,
and Sociological Methods and Research
. He has also published three books, Labor Force Integration and Marital Choice
, The Internet and Social Inequality,
and The Normal Bar,
co-authored with Chrisanna Northrup and Pepper Schwartz.