Coffee & Conversation: March 31, 2023

Topic: Florida’s New Bill and Its Effect on Higher Education For this week’s Coffee & Conversation, we will discuss a new Florida education bill (HB 999) which would build on Governor Ron DeSantis’ efforts to restrict teaching about race and gender in Florida’s public universities. This bill would also force other state colleges to shut […]

Coffee & Conversation: Feb. 10, 2023

Topic: The Censorship of school curricula in the U.S. This week for Coffee & Conversation we’ll be discussing how some state and local officials are working to ban diversity and inclusion initiatives at universities, as well as how K-12 book bans affect higher education. “At least 17 states have introduced bills containing gag orders or taken […]

Coffee & Conversation: Nov. 18, 2022

Topic: The acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk Elon Musk completed the deal to acquire Twitter on October 28th, and since that time Musk “has laid off half its workforce; alienated powerful advertisers; blown up key aspects of its product, then repeatedly launched and un-launched other features aimed at compensating for it; and witnessed an […]

Coffee & Conversation: Nov. 4, 2022

Topic: Kanye and where we draw the line with celebrities’ controversial actions. Suggested Readings:  The Self-Destruction of Kanye West  – (New York Times) Kanye West’s celebrity gives his brazen antisemitism a more toxic power, reach – (The Los Angeles Times)  

Coffee & Conversation: Oct. 14, 2022

Topic: How Do You Define Wellbeing? For this week’s Coffee & Conversation, we’ll be discussing mental health and wellbeing practices.  Resources:  Student health services – Behavioral medicine Student Wellbeing  – Campus Resources   

Coffee & Conversation: Oct. 07, 2022

Topic: The Death of Mahsa Amini in Iran For this week’s Coffee & Conversation, we’ll discuss the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Amini died in custody after she was arrested by morality police in Iran for allegedly breaching the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women. Thousands have taken to the streets to protest against Iran’s hijab […]

Coffee & Conversation: Sept. 30, 2022

Topic: The Outrage in Fantasy Adaptations In this week’s Coffee & Conversation, we’ll discuss people’s outrage about Black actors being cast in fantasy adaptions like The Little Mermaid and Lord of the Rings. Suggested Reading:  1. Fear of a Black Hobbit (The Atlantic) “These fantasy adaptations are not stories set in universes where race works similarly […]

Coffee & Conversation: Sept. 23, 2022

Topic: This weeks Coffee and Conversation will be on Beyonce’s new album Renaissance, the history of dance music, her relationship to queer music communities and the ways in which she reframes understanding of authorship and ownership. “Beyoncé’s seventh solo album, “Renaissance,” is a rich tribute to the long history of Black dance music, from disco up through ballroom […]

Coffee & Conversation: Sept. 16, 2022

Topic: This week’s Coffee and Conversation will be on Queen Elizabeth II “As their leaders paid homage to the queen — with the presidents of Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria among those who offered tributes and praised England’s current partnerships with their countries — residents of former colonies publicly recounted the havoc wreaked by the […]