WSCC hosts diversity seminar

SCOTTVILLE - Fr. John Staudenmaier, Ph.D. will deliver a lecture entitled “Hospitality or Suspicion: The Nature of Borders” on Tuesday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m. in WSCC’s Center Stage Theater, and again at 7 p.m. at the Ludington Center for the Arts. Both talks are free and open to everyone.

This event is part of WSCC’s Big Question, “How Can You Make a Difference?” which asks how individuals can make positive changes and elevate themselves and their communities in the face of social, economic and political challenges. Staudenmaier’s talk will focus on the role that cultural and geographical identity plays in the ability of individuals to work together towards achieving a better future.

Staudenmaier is a professor of history and assistant to the president for mission and identity at the University of Detroit Mercy. In addition, he serves as the editor of Technology and Culture, has previously been fellow of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology and a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from St. Louis University and a doctorate from the University of


WSCC Communications Instructor Jennifer Lundberg Anders says, “Fr. Staudenmaier’s lecture directly speaks to this year’s Big Question by encouraging us to consider how where we live impacts our ability to understand others. How do the barriers, both literal and figurative, that we construct in our communities influence our relationships with other people?’

“Whether it is constructing a separate bathroom or refusing to ‘go to that side of town,’ how we inhabit our world influences our ability to identify and connect with others, and as such, work together to make a difference. In this way, examining the various social and physical borders between ourselves and others is an essential first step towards the kind of individual and collective initiative about which this year’s Big Question is challenging us all to think more deeply.”

For more information about the Big Question, contact Professor of Psychology Geoff Kramer at 843-5878.