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Culture and Society Forum Series to begin September 27

Bowling Green, OH (September 21, 2017) – The 2017 “Culture and Society Forum” showcases innovative, interdisciplinary research being done by the faculty and staff of Bowling Green State University. This series is a collaboration between the Wood County Committee on Aging and the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society at BGSU. In this series, attendees will have access to humanities research and information on various topics in a similar vein as with our “Great Decisions Series” earlier this year, and will offer an opportunity to engage in intellectual conversations on a variety of subjects in the humanities. All of these events are free and open to the public.


Events in this series include:


“America’s Most Unjust Export: Considering Justice and Prisons in a Global Context”

Baz Dreisinger, Professor of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Tuesday, September 27, 4:30 p.m.

206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Theater)

(This talk was rescheduled from Spring 2017.)



“Tales of Wa (Harmony) and Woe:  Japanese Organizational Culture and the Production of Science and Technology”

Walter Grunden, Associate Professor of History

Wednesday, October 4, 2:30 p.m.

Wood County Senior Center (305 N. Main St, Bowling Green, OH)

Grunden is a 2017-2018 ICS Faculty Fellow.


“Women at Work: Gender in Popular and Material Culture”

Radhika Gajjala, Professor of School of Media & Communication and American Culture Studies

Susannah Cleveland, Head Librarian, Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives

Nancy Down, Head Librarian, Browne Popular Culture Library

Michelle Sweetser, Head Librarian and University Archivist, Center for Archival Collections

Wednesday, October 11, 2:30 p.m.

228 BTSU (Multi-purpose Room), BGSU


“More than Mexico’s Robin Hood: Political, Cultural and Gendered Meanings of the Legendary Chucho el Roto”

Amy Robinson, Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures

Wednesday, October 18, 2:30 p.m.

Wood County Senior Center (305 N. Main St, Bowling Green, OH)

Robinson is a 2017-2018 ICS Faculty Fellow.



“‘12th & Clairmount’: Documenting the Detroit Riots 50 Years Later”

Thomas Castillo, Assistant Professor of Film

Brian Kaufman, Documentary Filmmaker

Wednesday, October 25, 2:30 p.m.

228 BTSU (Multi-purpose Room), BGSU

A film screening of “12th & Clairmount” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in room 206 of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union after this presentation. Synopsis: In late July 1967, a police raid of a Detroit bar turned into one of the nation’s deadliest riots. In his new documentary, “12th and Clairmount,” filmmaker Brian Kaufman brings together home movie footage from local Detroiters, as well as new interviews, to take a fresh look at life in Detroit before, during and after those violent events. Kaufman is executive video editor of the Detroit Free Press and an Emmy-winning videographer. The documentary is produced by the Free Press in collaboration with Bridge Magazine and WXYZ-TV.


Parking information can be found at Registration is encouraged and entitles participants to a packet of supplemental readings for each talk, so please call 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or e-mail today!


The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.


For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or

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