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Humanities Symposium

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Keynote Lecture:
Anthony Ray Hinton "Surviving Criminal Justice in America"

Anthony Ray Hinton Head Shot

Anthony Ray Hinton is a survivor of Alabama's death row. His story is a decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. In 1985, after being wrongly convicted of two murders in Alabama, Mr. Hinton was sentenced to death and spent 30 years on death row. With the assistance of the Equal Justice Initiative, led by attorney Bryan Stevenson, Mr. Hinton was freed on April 3, 2015. Since his release, Mr. Hinton has become an advocate for reform in America’s criminal justice system. He now serves as the community educator for the Equal Justice Initiative, the same nonprofit organization that helped him regain his freedom. Mr. Hinton has traveled the world sharing his story and discussing the changes that need to be made to prevent similar injustices from happening to other people. In 2018, Mr. Hinton published The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and is a New York Times bestseller.

  • Date: February 20th, 2020
  • Location: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, Parmer Hall
  • Cost: Free tickets are required for this event; to reserve, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036.




Symposium Schedule

4:00-4:45 pm: Opening reception (Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall)


4:45-5:45 pm: "Harrisburg, the City Beautiful, the City Vulnerable: A Celebration of Student and Faculty Research" (Boyer 131)

Faculty-Student Colloquium: Dr. David Pettegrew (history), Dr. Jim LaGrand (honors program) et al.


6:30- 8:00 pm:  "Until We Have Faces: A Poetic Documentary Exploring Death & Life in Five Acts" (Parmer Cinema)

Preview screening followed by panel discussion: Dr. Nathan Skulstad (film) and guest, Dr. Katheryn Whiteley (Lebanon Valley College)

3:45-4:45 pm: “Documenting Security: Exploring Pennsylvania's Records of Imprisonment and Camp Security: York County's Revolutionary War Prison Encampment" (Boyer 131)

Guest lectures: Sponsored by the history department: Tyler Stump and Jonathan Stayer (Messiah history alum)


4:55- 5:25 pm: " Criminal Justice and Mental Health: Intersecting Stories of Vulnerability and Security" (Boyer 131)

Faculty Lecture: Dr. Charlene Lane (Social Work)


5:35 -6:05 pm: “Fractured Glass: Women Rising with the Strength of Vulnerability" (Boyer 131)

Graduate student lecture: Kristal E. Murren, MA in Strategic Leadership


6:30-7:15 pm: “’Forced Migration and the Climate Crisis" (Boyer 131)

Panel discussion: Sponsored by the Agape Center and Sustainability Office: Madi Keaton (Agape Center) and Brandon Hoover (Sustainability Office)


7:15-8:30 pm: "Love Thy Neighbor: Immigrants in Our Midst" (Library's main floor - beyond Cafe' Diem)

Panel of speakers; presented jointly by Murray Library and the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Messiah


4:10-4:40 pm: “Playful Teasing in Advertising: How Inclusive Joking can Create Security” (Boyer 131)

Faculty lecture: Dr. David Hagenbuch (marketing)


4:50-5:20 pm: “The Vulnerability and Security of Choosing to Trust" (Boyer 131)

Faculty lecture: Dr. Paul Johns (human development and family science)


5:30-6:00 pm: “There Go My Gametes: The Bioethics of Egg and Sperm Donation" (Boyer 131)

Faculty lecture: Professor Marti Derr (nursing)

6:30 -7:15 pm: "Narrative, Arts, Metaphor and Trauma: How the Humanities Restores Our Lost Humanity" (Boyer 131)

Faculty and guest lecture: Dr. Timothy Schoettle (philosophy) and Melissa Schoettle



3:45–5:00 pm: “I Too Sing America: Finding Security through Vulnerability"

This session has been moved to a virtual presentation that will air next week on our Humanities in Place Blog. 

7:30-9:00 pm: “Surviving Criminal Justice in America" (High Center)

Symposium Keynote Address: Anthony Ray Hinton

9:10-10:10 am:   "Vulnerable Women: Novel Representations" (Boyer 131)

Class panel: Dr. Samuel Smith (English), advisor; students from English Capstone class


10:20-11:20 am: "Vulnerability as a Prelude to Partisan Realignment" (Boyer 131)

Class panel: Dr. Robin Lauermann (politics), advisor; students from "Parties and Elections" class

11:30-12:30 pm: "Security and Vulnerability in Language Learning" (Boyer 131)
Faculty-student Colloquium: Dr. Stella Ye (Chinese) and students
12:30-1:40 pm: "Join us for lunch and "Vulnerabilities & Securities in Historic Harrisburg: From Abolition to Suffrage" (Howe Atrium)
An exhibit produced by the Center for Public Humanities Student Fellows and Dr. Sarah Meyers' Public History class
1:50-2:50 pm: "On the Edge of Freedom: Writing, Slavery, and Abolition in 19th-Century Harrisburg" (Boyer 131)
Class panel: Dr. Kerry Hasler-Brooks (English), advisor; students from "Slavery and Abolition Literature" class

3:00-4:00 pm: “Cervantes and the Vulnerability of Humankind" (Boyer 131)

Class panel: Dr. Gladys Robalino (Spanish), advisor; students from "Cervantes" class 


4:10-5:30 pm: "Vulnerability and Security: Multidisciplinary Perpectives" (Boyer 131)
Student Kecha Puchas and Film
"Listening to the Forgotten", The Collaboratory Economic Empowerment team
"Dandelion Child: Vulnerability and Self-Disclosure for Military Youth" Hannah Rauhut (English)
"Performing Fear: 'Spectagraphia' and Blackface Minstrelsy" Joshua Reid (history):
"Vulnerability and Security in an Inter-connected World" Amy DePretis (psychology), Chloe Kaufman (history), and Jennifer Myers (communication)
"What is Home? Ne Znam" Melea Irby (film)
7:00-8:00 pm: "Daring to Move: Dance Explorations of Uncertainty, Risk, and Emotional Exposure" (Poorman Black Box Theatre, Climenhaga Building)
Dance performance and discussion: (free event, tickets required) Professor Greg Hurley (theater and dance), advisor

7:00-8:00 pm: “Daring to Move: Dance Explorations of Uncertainty, Risk, and Emotional Exposure" (Poorman Black Box Theatre, Climenhaga Building)

Dance performance and discussion: (free event, tickets required) Professor Greg Hurley (theater and dance), advisor