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The Art of Illustrated Maps: A Complete Guide to Creative Mapmaking’s History, Process and Inspiration

Speaker: John Roman

Thursday, Dec 10th @ 1pm

Poetry Center

While literally hundreds of books exist on the subject of maps and cartography, The Art of Illustrated Maps (release date: October 23, 2015) is the first book ever to fully explore conceptual, “illustrated” mapping. Author, educator and map illustrator JOHN ROMAN correlates not-to-scale maps as “the creative nonfiction of cartography,” and in this book he reveals how and why the human mind instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in imaginative maps. Drawing from a wide range of references, The Art of Illustrated Maps traces the roots of this specialized art form’s two-thousand-year history, and through the works of numerous contemporary illustrators from around the world, documents the creative process of professional map artists as well as the inspirations behind 21st-century illustrated maps.

John Roman, a Boston-based map illustrator and graduate of Suffolk University’s New England School of Art & Design, has been teaching illustration for over twenty years at the Massachusetts College of Art. He is also the author of the F+W Media eBook, 50 Markets of Illustration.


Latest Polling on the 2016 Presidential Race

Speaker: David Paleologos

Monday, Nov 16th @ 12pm

Poetry Center

David Paleologos will be discussing his most recent polling on the presidential election with USA TODAY and the Boston Globe. David is the director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center (SUPRC), where he has worked since 2002. In addition to his duties with the Research Center, David is also a lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences' Government Department, where he teaches one of the department's most popular courses: Political Survey Research. This intensive 14-week course exposes students to every aspect of political polling, including pretest, questionnaire design, sampling, interviewing, coding data, and analyzing results. Every spring semester, David's students produce a unique poll on a subject of their choice.

David also serves as frequent guest lecturer on the political survey process at many Boston-area schools and institutions, including Emerson College, Boston University, Boston College, Harvard University, and Roxbury Latin.

Before beginning his career in academia, David was one of the Bay State's most sought-after pollsters and field operatives. A graduate of Tufts University, David is a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers and the Northeast Political Consultants Association.


Nir Eisikovits is Associate Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy at Suffolk, where he also directs the Program in Ethics and Public Policy. His writing and teaching focus on questions of transitional justice and the ethics of war. Nir’s first book, Sympathizing with the Enemy: Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Negotiation was published by Brill. His second book, A Theory of Truces is due out later this year with Palgrave Macmillan. Nir is also co-editor of a recent collection of essays, Theorizing Transitional Justice, out this year with Ashgate and guest editor of a special issue of Theoria, forthcoming later this year, on "The Idea of Peace in the Age of Asymmetrical Conflict". In addition to his academic writing Nir comments frequently for newspapers and magazines about Middle East politics.


Understanding ISIS: Inside the Terrorist State

Speaker: Nir Eisikovits

Thursday, Oct 15th @ 1pm

Poetry Center

A year ago few of us heard of ISIS and president Obama dismissed it as Al Qaeda's "Jayvee Team". Now it controls an area the size of Great Britain and has upended the balance of powers in the Middle East. How did this happen? And what does ISIS want? We will discuss the background for the rise of ISIS - from broken promises after World War I to the flaming of sectarian tensions after the US withdrawal from Iraq. We will explore ISIS' apocalyptic religious ideology, the manner in which it governs the areas it controls, how it lures recruits (including many from Europe and the United States), how it compares to other organizations such as Al Qaeda and what the west can do to protect itself.

Nir Eisikovits is Associate Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy at Suffolk, where he also directs the Program in Ethics and Public Policy. His writing and teaching focus on questions of transitional justice and the ethics of war. Nir’s first book, Sympathizing with the Enemy: Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Negotiation was published by Brill. His second book, A Theory of Truces is due out later this year with Palgrave Macmillan. Nir is also co-editor of a recent collection of essays, Theorizing Transitional Justice, out this year with Ashgate and guest editor of a special issue of Theoria, forthcoming later this year, on "The Idea of Peace in the Age of Asymmetrical Conflict". In addition to his academic writing Nir comments frequently for newspapers and magazines about Middle East politics.


Book Talk - Theatre of the Borderlands: Conflict, Violence, and Healing

Speaker: Iani Moreno

Thursday, Oct 1st @ 1pm

Poetry Center

Professor Moreno discusses her recently published book, which focuses on how dramatists from the Northern Mexico border territories write about theater. The northern border playwrights included in the study present the US-Mexico borderlands in a socio-historical and political context and include discussions of: the indigenous, border crossings, heroes and folk saints, the city of Tijuana, and violence in the borderlands. These themes have led to the birth of the Teatro del Norte movement, a group of determined playwrights insistent on presenting dramaturgical themes that show the bond between their particular geographies, histories, socio-political and economic situations, thereby giving birth to an original voice and new aesthetic of representation.

Professor Moreno holds a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kansas. Before coming to Suffolk she taught a variety of courses in Spanish language, culture, and literature at the University of Denver and Salve Regina University. Her interests include contemporary Latin American Theatre, U.S.-Mexico Border Studies, Brazilian Studies, Spanish and Portuguese language and literature, and contemporary Latin American cinema and music. Her publications discuss contemporary Latin American theatre and U.S.-Mexico Border dramaturgy. She has attended numerous conferences both at the national and international level in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

The artwork for the book's cover was created by Lenin Tejeda, a Suffolk University Spanish major


Back to the Future: Old School Tricks for New Age Sports Journalism

Speakers: A. Sherrod Blakely, Digital Media Reporter at Comcast SportsNet

Tuesday, Sept 15th @ 1pm

Poetry Center

We’ll discuss ways to jazz up your Twitter and Facebook posts, make your Periscope videos pop and your blog bulge at its digital seams because of all the traffic! And there’s an old school trick that helps make this happen.

A. Sherrod Blakely is a veteran sports journalist who has covered a range of sports, from field hockey to the Final Four. Since 2009, he has been a digital media reporter covering the Boston Celtics for Comcast SportsNet, CSNNE.com, and SportsNet Central. Prior to that, the Syracuse, New York native was an NBA beat writer in Detroit where he covered the Pistons for Booth News Service and MLive.com. His professional career hasn't always been in the pros. Prior to working in Michigan, Blakely spent five years covering Duke, North Carolina State, and the ACC for the Raleigh, North Carolina News & Observer. He credits those opportunities having come about because of the encouragement he received from his tenth grade English teacher - Mr. Paratore - and the education he received at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications..


Record of a Soldier in the Late War: The Confederate Memoir of John Wesley Bone

Speakers: Julianne Mehegan and David Mehegan

Tuesday, March 24th @ 1pm

Poetry Center

John Wesley Bone was eighteen when he enlisted as a private with the North Carolina 30th Regiment. He was a common Confederate soldier who experienced almost every aspect of the War Between the States. Bone fought in battles at Malvern Hill, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek. At the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Bone was struck by a bullet that pierced his chest and lodged in his backpack. After three days laying between the lines of fire, he was rescued and taken to Gordonsville Hospital. He recovered and five months later rejoined his regiment. Bone was at Appomattox Court House when Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia in April 1865. This memoir is his story, written forty years after the surrender.

Julianne Mehegan is the great-granddaughter of John Wesley Bone. Growing up in rural North Carolina, among her many Bone relatives, she developed a strong connection with family history. She went north for College, graduating from Suffolk University with a degree in English. After a long career in education and marketing, she now focuses on her interests in historic preservation and the arts.

Suffolk alumnus David Mehegan is the former book editor and publishing reporter of the Boston Globe. He has a PhD in textual editing from Boston University.

Books will be available for purchase.


Spring's Awakening - Wedekind's Awakening

Speaker: Jay Rosellini, Professor and Director of the German Program

Thursday, Feb 12th @ 1:00pm

Poetry Center

Based on a controversial 19th century German play, Spring Awakening tells the story of a group of young people making their way through the tumult, frustrations, yearning and fears of adolescence. Jay Rosellini, Professor and Director of the German Program, will lead a presentation about the historical background of the show and Wedekind’s place in German and European drama history.

Author of Spring Awakening: Frank Wedekind was born in the 19th century, but his dramatic works, including Spring's Awakening (published in 1891, but not performed until 1906) left their mark on the 20th-century theater. A lifelong outsider who longed to be an insider, Wedekind put considerable effort into creating the legend of his own life−both on the stage and in the turbulent society of pre-1914 Germany.

Professor Jay Rosellini served as Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultural Studies between 2001 and 2007. He teaches courses in German language, literature, civilization, environmentalism, and film. Professor Rosellini’s range of scholarly interest in German literature, drama, culture, and intellectual history has resulted in numerous articles, book chapters, book reviews, and several books.

Co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Department


The Perils, Promise, and Problems of Social Media and its Impact on Sports Journalism

Speaker: A. Sherrod Blakely, Digital Media Reporter at Comcast SportsNet

Thursday, Feb 5th @ 12:00pm

Poetry Center

A. Sherrod Blakely is a veteran sports journalist who has covered a range of sports, from field hockey to the Final Four. Since 2009, he has been a digital media reporter covering the Boston Celtics for Comcast SportsNet, CSNNE.com, and SportsNet Central. Prior to that, the Syracuse, New York native was an NBA beat writer in Detroit where he covered the Pistons for Booth News Service and MLive.com. His professional career hasn't always been in the pros. Prior to working in Michigan, Blakely spent five years covering Duke, North Carolina State, and the ACC for the Raleigh, North Carolina News & Observer. He credits those opportunities having come about because of the encouragement he received from his tenth grade English teacher - Mr. Paratore - and the education he received at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Co-sponsored by the Journalism and Communication Department


Voices Against Sexual Assault

Speaker: Robert Uttaro, Rape Crisis Counselor, Alumnus, and Author

Monday, Nov 17th @ 12:00pm

Robert Uttaro is in his seventh year of working as a rape crisis counselor, public speaker, and community educator. Inspired by his undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice at Suffolk University, he has embraced a lifelong commitment to activism and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence. Serving as a counselor, Uttaro supports rape survivors and their significant others through various legal and case management issues. He also facilitates workshops aimed at education, prevention, and laying out the realities of sexual violence. Uttaro is currently touring many universities and high schools throughout Massachusetts. A recent blessing for Uttaro was the opportunity to address soldiers of the United States Army at Fort Eustis, Newport News, Virginia.


Perspectives on a Modern American Death Penalty

Speaker: Jeffrey Pokorak, Vice-Provost and Professor of Law

Monday, Oct 20th @ 12:00pm

Professor Pokorak is an expert on the topic of the death penalty. He worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Texas Resource Center, an organization dedicated to the representation of indigents on death row in their post-conviction appeals. Pokorak moderated victim forums in the death penalty context, and he pursues research in the areas of race, prosecutorial discretion, and victims' access to equal justice in the criminal law system. He has been a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Defenders Services. The latter is a non-profit organization that provides legal services to death sentenced inmates, and training and assistance to attorneys representing those charged with capital crimes.