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          • Edinboro University panel to explore convergence of the Kavanaugh hearings, #MeToo and American Politics

          Edinboro University panel to explore convergence of the Kavanaugh hearings, #MeToo and American Politics

          Panel kicks off Edinboro’s ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’ series

          October 05, 2018

          “Fury: Kavanaugh, #MeToo and American Politics,” a panel discussion, will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Multipurpose Room A of the Frank G. Pogue Student Center on the Edinboro campus.

          Panelists will lead a discussion about the controversial nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and related cultural and political issues.  A question and answer session with the audience will follow the panelists' opening remarks.

          Panelists will include:

          • James Fisher, J.D., Ph.D., interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs – Prior to serving as interim provost, Fisher taught courses in politics and legal studies at Edinboro. After earning his undergraduate degree at Edinboro, he went on to earn a law degree from William and Mary and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His interests include the U.S. Supreme Court, civil liberties and reproductive rights.
          • Rhonda Matthews, Ph.D., associate professor in the History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department – In addition to teaching courses in American politics and popular culture, Matthews is an active researcher in the areas of intersectionality, gender and women’s studies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Alcorn State University, a master’s degree in counseling from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Oklahoma.
          • James Wertz, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Wertz has taught courses in journalism, digital media and U.S. history. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Edinboro, a master’s in history from American University and a Ph.D. in communications media and instructional technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include communication, the impact of media production on economic development and the history of American politics and culture. Wertz serves as the chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party and is a contributing editor at the Erie Reader
          • Molly Wolf, Ph.D., associate professor in the Social Work Department – Wolf is a subject matter expert in research related to child sexual abuse and dissociative amnesia. She holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in social welfare from University at Buffalo.

          This event is the first in the University’s 2018-2019 “Uncomfortable Conversations” series.  Launched last academic year, the intent of the series is to engage in meaningful, civil discourse on timely, often sensitive, issues that are shaping the national dialogue.  

          For more information on this and other events at Edinboro University, please visit the EU event calendar at events.edinboro.edu.