Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities

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The Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities (in the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Toledo) advocates for and supports the study of human culture — from a great variety of fields — at all levels of learning and scholarship, through both disciplinary and interdisciplinary means. It seeks both to sustain the work of humanities-related inquiries at The University of Toledo and also to foster the dissemination of that knowledge and expertise to a larger community of learners, both inside and outside higher education.

SPRING 2023 Institute Events

HUMANITIES IN PUBLIC - SPEAKER SERIES

Presented by the Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library

THE WORLD'S GAME?Dr. Shingi Mavima, assistant professor of history at The University of Toledo

Global Politics, Culture, and the World Cup

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, 6-7:30 P.M.

Shingi Mavima, Assistant Professor of History

Toledo Lucas County Public Library - Main Branch
325 Michigan St. Downtown Toledo

Every four years, the international community gathers around the cauldron of sporting excellence, nationalism, and globalization that is the FIFA Men's World Cup. Dr. Mavima will discuss several of the most significant geopolitical implications in the tournament's 92-year history that give substance to the phrase "more than just a game." 

ABOUT Shingi Mavima, Ph.D.

Dr. Mavima is an assistant professor of history at The University of Toledo. He specializes in contemporary Southern African history with a focus on both its colonial and postcolonial periods, with additional scholarly interests in African literature, sport history, and popular culture. His peer-reviewed publications have focused on a wide range of subjects, from Afro-based traditions in Battle Rap to ethno-political conflict in postcolonial Zimbabwe.


FALL 2022 Institute events

Humanities in Public-Speaker Series

Presented by the UToledo Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Kimberly Mack, Ph.D. associate professor at The University of Toledo, who specializes in African American literature and culture, twentieth- and twenty-first century ethnic American literature, autobiographical narratives, and American popular music

"We, too, Write Rock and Roll: African American Writers and Rock Music, 1970-1983"

Kimberly Mack, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies Affiliated Faculty

Wednesday, October 19 at 6 p.m.

Toledo Lucas County Public Library-Main Branch
325 Michigan Street, Downtown Toledo

This presentation focuses on two prominent Black American rock writers--Cynthia Dagnal-Myron and Vernon Gibbs--who wrote during the 1970s and 80s for many publications, including Detroit's legendary CREEM magazine. Prof. Mack's talk will show how their bold writing style disrupted that era's race and gender expectations for what a rock writer (and rock star!) should look like.


"the Trial of F.D.R."

Sunday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

McQuade Law Center Auditorium 

SS St. Louis Returning to Hamburg, Germany, June 1939United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Herbert and Vera Karliner

1825 West Rocket Drive
Toledo, OH 43606

Parking Free during this event in all Area 12 lots (Law Center parking lots) 

"The Trial of F.D.R." is a stage play dramatizing the 1939 voyage of the S.S. St. Louis, a ship carrying 937 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. The ship was first turned away by Cuba and then by the United States despite multiple asylum requests. Ultimately the ship was forced to return to Europe where over 200 of its passengers were murdered in the Holocaust. This performance, which includes an audience participation component, puts President Roosevelt on "trial" for refusing to grant U.S. entry to these asylum-seeking passengers.  

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo's Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center, and UToledo's Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and the College of Arts and Letters.


SPRING 2022 Institute Events

hUMANITIES Lunch

humanities word cloud graphic, other words include writing, culture literature, philosophy

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 12-1:30 p.m.

MEMORIAL FIELD HOUSE, 2420
2801 W BANCROFT ST, TOLEDO, OH 43606

The University of Toledo's Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities invites you to participate in our next forum on ENGAGING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE HUMANITIES. We will consider current challenges and opportunities and discuss ways to generate further interest in the humanities on campus and in the local community. Lunch will be provided free of charge!


HUMANITIES IN PUBLIC - SPEAKER SERIES

PRESENTED BY THE UTOLEDO ROGER RAY INSTITUTE FOR THE HUMANITIES
AND THE TOLEDO LUCAS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Kim Nielsen, Ph.D. chair and professor of Disability StudiesDistinguished University PROFESSOR

KIM NIELSEN

Dorothea Dix: A 19th Century Female Activist and Her Complex Legacies

Wednesday, March 23, 6-7:30 P.M.

Toledo Lucas County Public Library - Main Branch
325 Michigan St. Downtown Toledo

Dorothea Dix, an asylum and prison reformer, and later Civil War Superintendent of Union Army Nurses, profoundly shaped U.S. psychiatric healthcare. Her work prompted officials to fund a vast expansion of medicalized, racially-differentiated insane asylums between 1830 and 1875. Join us for this exploration of Dix’s activism and its consequences.

 

Assistant professor of English Joey Kim, Ph.D.Asst. PROFESSOR Joey Kim

The 'Korean Wave' in the U.S.: Understanding the Rise of Korean Pop Culture

May 1, 2022

Recorded Talk Available on the Toledo Lucas County Public Library Website May 1

Dr. Kim will discuss the recent rise of Korean pop culture as a global phenomenon. From films like Parasite to the record-breaking series Squid Game, she looks at a host of Korean cultural exports including films, music, and food, tracing South Korea’s development into a major driver of global and U.S. cultures.


FALL 2021 INSTITUTE EVENTS

World War II battle at sea image with several ships afireTURNING POINT 1941: RETHINKING WORLD WAR II 80 YEARS ON

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, 5:30 – 7 P.M.

Toledo Lucas County Public Library - Main Library (Michigan St. Downtown Toledo)

Admission - FREE

Explore key events of World War II during 1941, a pivotal year in the conflict. University of Toledo history professors Rob Padilla, Ph.D. and Barry Jackisch, Ph.D. will discuss how historians have interpreted the larger significance of these events and how certain assumptions about the war continue to survive in public memory 80 years after the fact.

UToledo's Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library have teamed up to present this fascinating historical review.

humanities word cloud graphic, other words include writing, culture literature, philosophyHUMANITIES LUNCH

Wednesday, Nov.  17, 12-1:30 P.M.

MEMORIAL FIELD HOUSE, 2420
2801 W BANCROFT ST, TOLEDO, OH 43606

The University of Toledo's Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities invites you to participate in our next forum on the state of the humanities in higher education. We will consider current challenges and opportunities and discuss ways to generate further interest in the humanities on campus and in the local community. Lunch will be provided free of charge!

photo of Michael Stauch. associate professor of history at the University of ToledoTHE DEATH AND LIFE OF MALICE GREEN

Featuring Dr. Michael Stauch, Department of History

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 12-1:30 P.M.

MEMORIAL FIELD HOUSE, 2420
2801 W BANCROFT ST, TOLEDO, OH 43606

Malice Green was an unemployed factory worker when he was killed in Detroit during a street enforcement incident by Detroit police officers Walter Budzyn and Larry Nevers. In contrast to events in Los Angeles following the death of Rodney King and the acquittal of officers involved in King's brutal beating, Detroit did not experience similar upheaval following Green's death in November 1992. In examining why this was the case, this talk situates Green's death in the context of Detroit during the War on Crime and the grassroots response to crime among residents of Detroit that shaped Green's experience of the city in which he died and lived.

Past Events


Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion

The University of Toledo is committed to building and supporting a diverse, vibrant and inclusive campus community. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works to ensure every member of the UToledo community feels included, respected and free from discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, beliefs, age, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The UToledo Roger Ray Institute for the Humanities supports this effort wholeheartedly in our programs and the support of our students. Below are additional helpful resources.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion   University Strategic Plan for Diversity  CAL Diversity Resources 

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The University of Toledo acknowledges that the region of Ohio in which the University sits is the ancestral homelands of the Seneca, Erie and Odawa, as well as places of trade for Indigenous peoples, including the Anishinaabe (ah-nĭsh-ĭ-NAH-bay) (Ojibwa, Pottawatomi), Kilatika, Lenape, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, Miami, Munsee, Peoria, Piankashaw, Shawnee, Wea and Wyandot. As a steward of public lands, it is our responsibility to understand the history of the land, the peoples who came before us and their continuing ties to this place. We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.

Last Updated: 12/2/22