Thursday, March 29, 5 p.m.
From Invisibility to Justice:
Women of Color Changing the Face of TV and Film
University of Puget Sound, Smith Hall, Room 106, Tacoma
What is it truly like to be a mixed-raced Latina; a Puerto Rican raised in the borderlands of Mexico; female; left-of-center; bisexual; feminist; Buddhist; a survivor of cancer, a cult, domestic violence, and sexual abuse; while living in the borderlands and to be considered subculture… in the United States of America? Join Elisha Miranda, assistant professor of film studies at Eastern Washington University, as she discusses how her work is reshaping the film and television industries through her most current projects, which include the Go Girl Chronicles. As a filmmaker, writer, educator and cultural activist, Miranda has powered through mainstream media barriers and stereotypes to explore answers to these questions, and hopefully to inspire the newest generation of artists to become no less than architects of authenticity through fearless imagination and activism. Miranda is a graduate of UC-Berkeley, Columbia University, and MIT, a recipient of dozens of awards, the founder of three organizations, and a self-taught entrepreneur.
Downtown on the Go’s Bike to a Business
Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., Tacoma
Downtown on the Go’s Bike to a Business program is designed to help get people moving around town without their cars. In March, they have partnered with Foss Waterway Seaport, and they are offering a “buy-one-get-one-free” ticket all this month.
Each month a different business if featured. All businesses are equipped with bike racks, bike pumps and an extra lock to borrow in case you forgot yours. Show Tacoma how much you love biking to your local businesses by using #B2ABTacoma and #Bike253 on social media.
Participants in the program get a punch card. If you visit seven of the participating businesses throughout the year, you will receive some exclusive B2AB (Bike to a Business) swag at the end of 2018. Pick up your card on your first visit to a B2AB.
Friday, March 30, 7 p.m.
Populism, Conspiracy Theories, and Paranoia
University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma
Anti-establishment candidates rail against the government they seek to lead; populist groups like the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street howl about corruption in political and economic institutions; and wild conspiracy theories abound. Has American politics always been so crazy?
With political science professor Cornell Clayton, explore how American politics has become an arena for suspicious and angry minds. Rather than debunking today’s conspiratorial claims, Clayton argues that both populism and a paranoid thinking have always played important roles in American politics. From the fear of the Illuminati, to the Know-Nothing movement in the 1850s, to Father Charles Coughlin, Huey Long, and the John Birchers, there always have been leaders and groups who see politics in apocalyptic terms and believe powerful elites are conspiring against ordinary Americans. Clayton’s talk explains the rise of today’s populist and conspiratorial politics, draws parallels to earlier periods, and describes how populism on the left and right today differ.
This event is part of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau program. It is free and open to the public.