The 2nd annual Beitzel Symposium will take place on September 27 and 28 in SSC 1075.

Free and open to public. No registration required.

2023 Schedule of Events

Visitor parking for the symposium available in the Mason St. Parking Deck attached to Hotel Madison.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast/Networking

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.: Keynote Speaker on AI (Online)

"Harnessing the Era of AI in Higher Education"

Arianna Valentini, Analyst for Research and Foresight, The UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America, and the Caribbean (IESALC)

Arianna Valentini is a Political Scientist by degree and holds a Masters in Development Studies as well as a double degree in Public Policies for Education Development from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and University of Bremen. Currently she is a Policy Analyst for Research and Foresight for UNESCO IESALC. She is the co author of "ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education, a quick startguide" and the co-author of the Primer "Harnessing Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education" to be published by UNESCO IESALC in early September. 

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(Meeting id: 890 2467 8771, passcode: 258580)

11:30 - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and book display

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: Visiting Scholar Presentation + Q&A

"Mahatma Gandhi on Celluloid"

Dr. Chandrakant Langare, Associate Professor of English, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Author roundtable and discussion

Race, Gender, Class, and Criminal Justice, Second Edition

Dr. Danielle McDonald, Professor of Criminal Justice, Faculty Diversity Fellow, Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice & Organizational Leadership, Northern Kentucky University

6 - 8 p.m.: After Yang (2021) 

AI Film Screening and Discussion (Grafton-Stovall Theatre)

Thursday, Sept. 28

9 - 10 a.m.: Breakfast and networking 

10 - 11 a.m.: Keynote Speaker on AI

“AI in Education: Areas of Application in Higher Education, Pros & Cons, Opportunities & Risks”   

Michael Trucano, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution

Keynote sponsored by Research, Economic Development, and Innovation (REDI)

11 - 12 p.m.: Panel Discussion on AI (Online)

Emily Campbell-Ratcliffe, Head of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation's (CDEI) AI Assurance Programme, UK Government (United Kingdom) 

Maureen Metcalf, Advisory Board Member at The Franklin University Leadership Center, Fellow at International Leadership Association, Advisory Board - Vice Chair at JMU School of Strategic Leadership (Columbus, Ohio, US)  

Olga Viberg, Associate Professor and Docent at the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) 

Natalie Cernecka, Head of Business Development at TeraLab | Coorganiser of WiMLDS (France) 

Yves-Martin Felker, Assistant Professor in Strategic Management at California State University (LA, US, scholar from Germany & UK) 

Moderator: Tatjana Titareva, Doctoral Assistant at Research, Economic Development, and Innovation (REDI), Research Fellow at Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence

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(Meeting ID: 841 5080 7945, Passcode: 702730)

12 - 1 p.m.: Lunch and video break

1 - 2 p.m.: JMU Faculty/Staff Research Presentations on AI

"Smart City, One World: Singapore's Response to AI Responsibility"

Dr. Philip Frana, Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, and Independent Scholars

Postsecondary Administrative Technology Leadership and Educational AI: An ethical shared approach

Dr. Benjamin Selznick & Tatjana Titareva, School of Strategic Leadership Studies

Leading the Way: Best Practices for Responsibly Integrating AI into Economics and Business Curricula”

Dr. Fariss Mousa & Tatjana Titareva, College of Business

2 - 3 p.m.: Panel Discussion on AI (JMU Faculty/Staff)

Dr. Philip L. Frana, Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Independent Scholars

Dr. Benjamin S. Selznick, Associate Professor and Advisor of Postsecondary Analysis and Leadership   

Dr. Hala Nelson, Associate Professor of Applied Math

Dr. Michael J. Klein, Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Coordinator of the Medical Humanities Minor

Tatjana Titareva, PhD Candidate, School of Strategic Leadership Studies

Moderator: Dr. Peggy Plass, Academic Unit Head, Department of Justice Studies

3 - 3:30 p.m.: Closing Notes

Dr. Peggy Plass, Academic Unit Head, Department of Justice Studies & Dr. Taimi Castle, Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, Professor

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Reception for Faculty, Staff, and Presenters (The Union Taylor 404)

2022 Schedule of Events

Thursday, Sept. 22 | Student Success Center

3 - 3:30 p.m.: Dr. Gaurav Pathania

"Gandhi's India at 75"

Gaurav J. Panthania teaches sociology & peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. Gaurav is an anti-caste activist, writer, poet and a community organizer.

3:30 - 4 p.m.: Dr. Mia Brett

"From 1662 to 2022: The Long History of White Supremacy and Abortion"

Mia Brett has a Ph.D. in History from Stony Brook University and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in African American History at Washington and Lee. She specializes in American legal history and the legal construction of race and gender.

4 - 4:30 p.m.: Dr. Spencer Leonard

"The Negative Dialectic of Anti-Imperialism: Reading Fanon's Wretched of the Earth After Decolonization"

Spencer A. Leonard is the founding editor of Sublation Magazine, the manager of Platypus Publishing, and a frequent commentator on the contemporary left. Having taught for the last five years at UVA, he will begin in the Spring teaching at James Madison University. Taking his joint-Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations and in History from the University of Chicago, he is the editor of three volumes of Marx and Engels's journalism on imperialist state forthcoming in 2023 from Rowman & Littlefield and the author of Marx, the India Question, and the Crisis of Cosmopolitanism forthcoming in 2024 from Palgrave USA.

4:30 - 5 p.m.: Questions

7 p.m.: Us Kids 

Film Screening (Grafton-Stovall Theatre)


Friday, Sept. 23 | Student Success Center

1 - 1:20 p.m.: Brenna Matlock, CISR

"Demining in Ukraine"

Brenna Matlock is the Senior Project Manager and Program Coordinator at the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR). In this role, Matlock plans and implements CISR's grants including the Senior Managers' Course in Conventional Weapons Destuction (SMC).

1:20 - 2 p.m.: Dr. Lexi de Coning

"The Decline of the West and Black Babies: Discourses of Race in Men's Rights Watch"

Alexis de Coning holds a doctorate in Media Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on the history and discursive tactics of the men's rights movement in the US. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

2 - 2:40 p.m.: Dr. Kevan Feshami

'"We stand as One": Evaluating White Nationalism's Networked Structure'

Kevan A Feshami holds a doctorate in Media Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is an independent researcher based in Northern Appalachia.

2:40 - 3 p.m.: Questions


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