Labor, Aspiration, and Gender Justice Beyond the Plantation with Mythri Jegathesan

October 31, 2017

Today we’ll explore why Tamil women on Sri Lanka's tea plantations work in formal and informal labor economies in and beyond Sri Lanka. We’re joined by Mythri Jegathesan, Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Santa Clara University and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Her research focuses on gender, labor, minority politics, and development in the global south, specifically Sri Lanka and South Asia and she currently serves on the board of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies.


Gender Justice Through the Eyes of Children with Sonja Mackenzie

October 24, 2017

Today we’ll explore LGBTQ+ community advocacy and social action among school-aged children and their families.  We’re joined by Sonja Mackenzie, Assistant Professor in the Public Health Program at Santa Clara University and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Her book, Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic, examines intersections of gender, sexuality, and racism and her current project looks at the work of community advocacy in relation to LGBTQ rights among some of our youngest members of society.


Gender In/sight and the Common Good with Stephanie Wildman and Adam Chang

October 17, 2017

Today we’ll explore questions of gender justice from legal and advocacy perspectives, examining privilege and discrimination dynamics associated with gender expression and gender identity. We will also explore a new integrative approach to these issues through a methodology called gender in/sight. We’re joined by Stephanie Wildman and Adam Chang. Stephanie is Professor of Law, emerita at Santa Clara University whose scholarship emphasises systems of privilege, gender, race, and classroom dynamics. Adam Chang is an educator and community organizer, whose work engages refugee resettlement, LGBT civil rights, HIV prevention, and youth leadership.


Constructing Masculinity in the Criminal Justice System with Patrick Lopez-Aguado

October 10, 2017

Today we will examine how our criminal justice institutions function as socializing forces, particularly with respect to lessons on masculinity. We’re joined by Patrick Lopez-Aguado, Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Santa Clara University, and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. His research interests include juvenile justice, urban ethnography, and the collateral consequences of mass incarceration and he is currently completing a new book entitled Stick Together and Come Back Home.


Gender Justice and the Indian Comic with Sharmila Lodhia

October 3, 2017

Today we will examine the reality of gender violence on a global scale and consider emergent forms of community advocacy to effect transformative social change. We’re joined by Sharmila Lodhia, Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Santa Clara University and Bannan Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Her research examines legal responses to violence against Indian women through a transnational lens, highlighting the impact of migrating spouses, traveling cultures, and shifting bodies of law.


Do Political Contributions Hinder the Pursuit of Economic Justice? with Anne Baker

May 16, 2017

Today, we’ll explore the impact of money on congressional representation. How is economic justice and the common good realized within our democracy today? We’re joined by Anne Baker, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Santa Clara, and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center. She teaches courses on American Politics and her present research focuses on money in US Politics, particularly its impact on congressional elections and representation as well as the operations and strategies of political parties and interest groups.


Economic Justice in the Christian Scriptural Tradition with Catherine Murphy

May 9, 2017

This week we’ll critically examine how the Christian scriptural tradition underwrites historical and even contemporary commitments to economic justice. We’re joined by Catherine Murphy, Associate Professor of New Testament in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara and Bannan Institute scholar in the Ignatian Center. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Bible, historical Jesus, gender and early Christianity, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a course on economic ethics, titled “Wealth, Work, and The Gospel”. She’s published three books and is currently preparing a book that situates early Christian testimonies in their economic and political contexts.


Self-Interest, Economic Instruction, and the Common Good with John Ifcher

May 2, 2017

Today we’ll explore the discipline of economics itself. Do classical economic models teach us to privilege our own self interest as the most efficient means to the good? Is an economy of the common good even possible? We’re joined by John Ifcher, assistant professor in the economics department at Santa Clara and Bannan Institute scholar in the Ignatian Center. He teaches courses in microeconomics, the economics of the public sector, and the economics of poverty and income inequality. His recent work focuses on subjective well being, social welfare programs, and the decisions people make that affect others.


Educational Inequality and First Generation College Students with Laura Nichols

April 25, 2017

Today, the social class you are born into is the greatest predictor of your likelihood of graduating from college. The success of students in graduating with the necessary skills and ethical foundations provides a valued good to our communities. We’re joined by Laura Nichols, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Santa Clara University in conversation with Erin Kimura-Walsh, Lorenzo Gamboa, and Alma Orozco. What are the barriers and bridges for first-generation college students today? What supports are necessary? Does the Jesuit Catholic mission of a place like Santa Clara University uniquely shape the experience of first-generation college students?


The Computer Girls and the Digital Divide with Sreela Sarkar

April 18, 2017

Does access to Information Technologies lead to the leveling or breaking down of inequalities? This week we’re joined by Sreela Sarkar, Assistant Professor in the Communication department at Santa Clara and Bannan Institute Scholar in the Ignatian Center. Drawing from approaches in global communication, feminist studies, and critical policies studies, her ethnographic research seeks to understand how economic development is experienced by urban, marginalized communities who have complex and intersecting identities of class, caste, religion, and gender.