Cancel Culture, Casting in Film, and Censorship: A Discussion
November 3, 2022
Please join the PBKNY Diversity & Inclusion Committee on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 7PM EDT for an interactive and intriguing panel discussion on the impact of social media, “cancel culture,” and “wokeness” on directors’ casting of actors in their movies and actors’ decisions to play characters from different racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, or religious backgrounds.
For example, consider the following:
Should Lin-Manuel Miranda have been criticized (and then apologized) for not casting Afro-Latinos in the main cast of “In the Heights”? Is it problematic that Eddie Redmayne played a transgender role in “The Danish Girl” or Tom Hanks played someone with a disability in “Forrest Gump”? Are criticisms of James Franco playing Fidel Castro in an upcoming film valid because Franco is not Cuban or Latino? Should Jamie Foxx’s “All-Star Weekend” have been shelved because Robert Downey Jr. plays a Mexican character? Should that same reasoning also apply to Ana de Armas playing Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde”?
What impact does such criticism and limitation on creative thought and artistry have on free speech? Should social media users, other actors, etc. function as a de facto jury on what viewers can and cannot watch (or access)? What are the consequences of setting such limitations on the directors/actors themselves, society as a whole, or us as actual and potential viewers? How should we, as individuals, PBK members, community leaders, react and respond? Does cancel culture and/or “wokeness” stifle discourse, knowledge sharing, and creativity?
Moderated by Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair Nicole Lancia, panelists Dr. Angelyn Mitchell of Georgetown University and Professor Louis Seidman of Georgetown Law will address these challenging questions and more, with an opportunity for audience Q&A at the conclusion of the panel. For more information about panelists and the moderator, click here.
Deconstructing Dahmer: Series Debrief and Discussion
November 10, 2022
The PBKNY Diversity & Inclusion Committee invites you to participate in an open and informal conversation about the popular Netflix miniseries "Dahmer” on Thursday, November 10 at 7pm. We will discuss the portrayal of how the intersections of race, class, and sexuality impacted Dahmer’s investigation, along with the victims' and Dahmer's treatment by the criminal justice system. Have we, as a society, progressed since these events of the 80s and 90s? What reforms and social recognitions are required to ensure that marginalized peoples are not overlooked or mistreated by the system? Was Dahmer's behavior motivated by bias and discrimination, or mere opportunity? We will discuss these inquiries and more in what is sure to be an exhilarating program.
PBKNY 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting
November 15, 2022
Join the Phi Beta Kappa New York Association on November 15th at 8PM for our 2022 Key Connections Annual Meeting. During this virtual meeting, the PBKNY Nominating Committee will formally welcome our 2022 - 2023 Board of Directors and provide an opportunity to connect with fellow members.
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
PBKNY Key Connections
October 27, 2022
Join the Phi Beta Kappa New York Association on October 27 at 7:30PM EDT for our 2022 Key Connections event. Key Connections is an annual national program that supports the career development of liberal arts and sciences graduates. During our virtual regional meeting as part of this program, we will provide an opportunity for members to connect and network over breakout rooms.
Please reach out to us at email@example.com with any questions.
Disability Pride Month: Understanding Autism
August 25, 2022
Please join the PBKNY Diversity & Inclusion Committee on Thursday, August 25 at 7PM EDT for a discussion on Naoki Higashida’s book, The Reason I Jump. The author, who is autistic and nonverbal, wrote the book at age thirteen to shed light on his experience with autism. His work details his way of seeing the world and the disconnect between his experience and how others perceive him. The book is 133 pages and audiobooks are available online.
The documentary of the same name follows five autistic individuals to highlight their diverse experiences in different parts of the world. The film is available on Netflix.
During the event, we will engage in a discussion about these two works, the broader topics of autism and disability rights, and how to provide better support for autistic individuals.
PBKNY Summer Social
July 12, 2022
Get to know your fellow Phi Beta Kappa New York Association members at an informal, outdoor happy hour gathering in the East Village! Together we will chat, connect, and explore ways to collaborate to make PBKNY bigger and better than ever.
157 Loisaida Ave (between 9th & 10th Street)
New York, NY 10009
*We will meet in the outdoor space in the back! (If it is raining, we will meet indoors.)
When: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
COVID-19 Information: Please note that this event will adhere to New York City’s most current COVID-19 guidelines. Proof of vaccination is strongly preferred.
Asian Americans and the Labor Movement: A (Work)Force to be Reckoned With
May 23, 2022
Join the PBKNY Diversity & Inclusion Committee on Monday, May 23rd at 7PM EDT for a moderated discussion with three exceptional panelists who have contributed and still contribute to America's labor movement. They will discuss their rich and unique backgrounds, the current issues faced by the AAPI workforce today, and insights into the future based on their roles in labor and employment.
Register with the form below to reserve your spot! For more information on the panelists, click here.
Drink, Talk, Learn Party!
May 4, 2022
After the success of the Young Professionals' first Drink, Talk, Learn Party back in 2020, PBKNY is excited to invite all members to grab a drink and partake in this festive symposium event on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30PM EDT! In the spirit of spontaneous learning, members will provide brief presentations to party attendants on any topic of their choosing.
Enlightening? Comical? Life-changing? The nature and subject of the lecture is up to you! We only ask that lectures should not exceed three minutesand that you include a presentation, either with PowerPoint, Google Slides, Press, or Canva. At the end of the party, attendees will vote on the "Best Presentation" and the "Most Unique Topic." There are a limited number of presentation spots, but plenty of (virtual) spots for audience members.
Movie Discussion: "Passing," Race & Privilege
March 30, 2022
Join the PBKNY Diversity & Inclusion Committee on March 30th at 7PM EST for a discussion of the 2021 film Passing. The film, which is available on Netflix, is set in the 1920s and tells the story of two childhood friends who reunite after many years. While both are Black women, one friend has skin light enough to be perceived as, or “pass” for white - and leads a very different life as a result. Attendees should watch the film beforehand, then join us for a conversation about the film's key moments, themes, and perspective on race in our society.
Professional Development Series: Interview Workshop!
March 15, 2022
Join the Young Professionals Committee for a virtual session devoted to job interviews on Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00PM EST. The first half of this workshop will focus on interviewing strategies while the second half will be activities to put those techniques into practice.
For questions, contact the Young Professionals Events Chair, David Zarowin.
PBKNY Annual Holiday Party
December 16, 2021
Celebrate the holidays with PBKNY! Join us on Thursday, December 16th at 7:30PM EST for our virtual Annual Holiday Party. We look forward to a festive celebration with our community, including an “ugly” holiday sweater contest* and an opportunity to connect with each other in smaller breakout rooms. We will also present the 2021 Scholarship Winners and celebrate our Toy Drive efforts in partnership with CancerCare.
*The winner of our “ugly” holiday sweater contest will win a gift card to Book Culture, a local NYC bookstore!
PBK-ify Your Resume
November 18, 2021
Are you struggling to compile your past experiences into an aesthetically pleasing resume? Or perhaps stuck writing that cover letter? Do you have an upcoming interview giving you the jitters?
If yes, we implore you to join your fellow Young Professionals on Zoom for PBKNY’s first professional development event of the academic year! The event will be taking place on Thursday, November 18 at 7 PM. Expect time-tested strategies and activities designed to help you build your strongest resume to date! We look forward to seeing you there.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Critical Race Theory: Core Ideas and the Current Controversy
October 26, 2021
Please join the PBKNY Diversity & Inclusion Committee on Tuesday, October 26 at 7PM EDT for a moderated discussion and Q&A with Professor Janel George, Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Her work and scholarship focus on racial stratification and inequality in U.S. education. She has written about the resegregation of public schools, discriminatory school discipline practices, Critical Race Theory, and resource equity.
Over the past few months, activists have targeted Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, and other efforts to illuminate the ways that racial power has impacted and continues to impact social relations. They have asserted that schoolchildren are being indoctrinated with Critical Race Theory, and that CRT advocates reverse racism. The campaign succeeded in inducing over 20 states to pass laws banning the teaching of CRT and other progressive approaches to racial justice. Professor George will analyze the current controversy, explaining the core ideas of the Critical Race Theory approach and its opposition to a "colorblind" narrative of race.
Professor George published an article for the American Bar Association's Human Rights Magazine, which you can find here, that provides an overview of the points she will discuss during our program: A Lesson on Critical Race Theory.
The Insular Cases: Rights and Representation in the U.S. Territories
October 6, 2021
Please join the PBKNY Diversity & Inclusion Committee on Wednesday, October 6 at 7PM EDT for a discussion with Alejandro Ortiz, an attorney with the ACLU Racial Justice Program. He will provide an overview and discuss the history of the 1901 U.S. Supreme Court cases known as the Insular Cases, their relevance today, and the ACLU's current and ongoing work fighting to ensure equal rights for peoples in US Territories, people who historically were prevented from having the same legal rights as mainland Americans. Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.
“The Insular Cases are a series of opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1901, about the status of U.S. territories acquired in the Spanish–American War, and the periods shortly thereafter. When the war ended in 1898, the United States had to answer the question of whether or not people in newly acquired territories were citizens, a question the country had never faced before. The preliminary answer came from a series of Supreme Court rulings, now known as the Insular Cases, which responded to the question of how American constitutional rights apply to those in United States territories. The Supreme Court held that full constitutional protection of rights does not automatically (or ex proprio vigore—i.e., of its own force) extend to all places under American control. This meant that inhabitants of unincorporated territories such as Puerto Rico—’even if they are U.S. citizens’—may lack some constitutional rights (e.g., the right to remain part of the United States in case of de-annexation). Today, many legal scholars refer to the Insular Cases as a constitutional justification for colonialism and annexation of places not within United States boundaries.” (Wikipedia, Insular Cases)
For more information from the ACLU:
October 3, 2021 and October 14, 2021
This year, Key Connections will have two components - an in-person casual meetup in Sheep Meadow, Central Park (West Side between 66th and 69th*) and our (virtual) Annual Meeting during which we will share our 2021-2022 Board of Directors Slate.
We are excited to have our first in person event since February 2020 and provide a space for our members to connect.
To keep our community safe, we ask that all members joining us bring proof of vaccination to be checked upon arrival. For members that want to connect virtually, we invite you to sign up for our (virtual) Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 14th at 7:30 PM.
COVID-sations: Womxn in COVID
June 27, 2021
Due to the success of our COVID-sations event in April, we look forward to sharing the latest information regarding COVID, vaccines, travel, and safety guidelines set by health organizations on Sunday, June 27th at 1PM EDT. For this session, we have invited a panel of womxn to speak and help lead the conversation about COVID and the challenges they have disproportionately faced during the pandemic. From women in the workplace, to vaccinations for
pregnant women, to unpaid care work, we will discuss the impact of the pandemic from the perspective of womxn of different backgrounds and learn how womxn navigate specific challenges faced as a community.
Womxn noun, plural wom·xn [wim-in].
A woman (used, especially in intersectional feminism, as an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequences m-a-n and m-e-n, and to be inclusive of trans and nonbinary women): (Dictionary.com)
Guests - friends and family are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Kindly have each participant use the RSVP form to receive the meeting information.
PBKNY Discussion: How Can We Recognize and Combat Racism?
April 22, 2021
Hate crimes have been rising since the start of the pandemic. As Americans, it’s our shared responsibility to condemn bigotry and racist attacks and root out prejudice in our midst.
Join us for a discussion about how we can identify bias, inequity and hate and do our part - as individuals and in our communities - to build a better future for us all.
We will be joined by Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and CEO Secretary of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. Fred will give a short background talk on the nature of bias crimes, how they are different from otherwise similar but non-bias motivated crimes, and the case for increased sentencing of bias crimes.
Following Fred’s introduction, we will open the floor to questions and comments. We will discuss the following questions:
1. How can we identify bias, inequity, and hate?
2. How can we combat racism?
3. How can we do our part - as individuals and in our communities - to strive towards equity?
Please find the Opening Remarks from this event by Frederick M. Lawrence on our YouTube channel here.
PBKNY Presents: COVID-sations
April 18, 2021
Please join us on Sunday, April 18th at 2PM EDT for an open conversation about the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, variants, and vaccines. We look forward to talking with one another and listening to our co-hosts who will share insights from their pathology studies and patient interactions. We will also answer questions and discuss topics related to COVID-19 in the hopes of reaching a better understanding as a community.
We invite you to bring friends and family as we strongly believe that sharing this information in an informal way may be the key to including communities that have felt excluded from these conversations.
Oppression in the United States: Intersections of Islamophobia and Rising Anti-Asian Sentiment
April 14, 2021
Please join the PBKNY Diversity & Inclusion Committee on Wednesday, April 14 at 7PM EDT for a discussion with Professor Engy Abdelkader. We will discuss how to recognize Islamophobia and anti-Arab sentiment for Arab American Heritage Month and explore the intersections with the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes.
Dr. Engy Abdelkader is a professor at Rutgers University as well as a fellow at the Public Religion Research Institute and German Marshall Fund of the United States. Some of her courses include “Racism, Xenophobia, & Related Intolerance,” “Islam, Women & Development,” and “International Human Rights & the United Nations.” She holds an L.L.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School.
PBKNY Discussion: What is Our Common Truth?
March 4, 2021
As a follow-up to our Community Listening Forum from January 16, we invite Phi Beta Kappa members to join us for our next discussion event on March 4th at 7pm EST. Some potential discussion questions include:
1) How can PBK members reach a common truth in an era where democracy is threatened by misinformation?
2) How can we be good allies?
3) How can we identify performative allyship and encourage action when we see injustice?
We look forward to having another productive conversation and learning from our membership.
PBKNY's Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Book Club Event
February 25, 2021
Please join the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Book Club as they co-host the February 25th meeting to discuss "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson. We will be meeting over Zoom at 7pm EST. We look forward to discussing Stevenson's experiences and how we can become champions of justice as individuals and as members of Phi Beta Kappa.
Criminal justice in America is often times more criminal than just — undermined by error, malfeasance, and racism, coupled with an irrational resistance to reform. Bryan Stevenson's memoir illustrates the problems inherent in the U.S. criminal justice system, particularly in Alabama. It also details his zealous representation of a Black man wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison, along with his continuing fight for fairness for countless Alabamans who received unduly harsh or disproportionate sentences for their alleged crimes.
To attend, please email PBKNY Book Club Leader Kala DeStefano at email@example.com.
For more information on "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20342617-just-mercy
PBKNY Community Listening Forum
January 19, 2021
Please RSVP to join a Zoom discussion moderated by Phi Beta Kappa New York Association's Executive Committee on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
In response to our recent statement on the events of January 6, 2021, we have received a variety of comments on this issue and our letter in specific. We appreciate the feedback we have received and look to use this session as a place to evaluate how we respond to crisis as an organization. We strongly believe civil, open discourse of ideas and opinions is the best way to address the threat of our nation’s democracy.
Our statement aside, we also invite our members to this forum to provide a safe, respectful space for us all to explore the events of January 6, 2021 themselves, the historical moments that preceded them, and discuss the best way for our community to move forward.
PBKNY Diversity & Inclusion Committee Book Club Event Featuring Alina Das Author of “No Justice In the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants.”
January 14, 2021
Please join the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at our next book club event on January 14th at 7pm, as we discuss “No Justice In the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants” with the author Alina Das.
Alina Das is an immigrant rights activist, lawyer, and professor at New York University (NYU) School of Law. Professor Das is the co-director of the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, a leading institution in national and local struggles for immigrant rights. She defends the rights of immigrants facing deportation and partners with community groups on immigrant rights campaigns. Her legal scholarship has been published by leading law journals and cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. She is the author of No Justice in the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants (Bold Type Books, April 2020).
Professor Das is the recipient of numerous awards for advocacy and teaching, including the Immigrant Defense Project Champion of Justice Award, the Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law, the New York State Youth Leadership Council Outstanding Attorney Award, the NYU Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award, and the NYU Law School Podell Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a frequent commentator on immigration law and policy for national and local media outlets. Professor Das lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
For more information on "No Justice in the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants:" https://www.boldtypebooks.com/titles/alina-das/no-justice-in-the-shadows/9781568589459/