ECCSSA Colloquy Spotlight

 An Online Webinar Series
2020 & 2021

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Race and Economic History: Violence and Profit

Dr. Walter Greason, Associate Professor & Chair,
Educational Counseling & Leadership                                           
Dean Emeritus of the Honors College                                                                                                                Monmouth University, Long Branch, New Jersey

The processes of enslavement, industrialization, and globalization share several common concepts. Beyond a Marxian analysis of the alienation of labor, a mixed-methods approach to political economy illustrates the ways that consumerism replicates historical outcomes of erasure, displacement, and gentrification. These approaches are based on economist Partha DasGupta's work on social capital and sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein's approach to world systems theory. This presentation will emphasize the evidence of these connections across six locations and time periods: Montreal in 1750, Liverpool in 1800, Philadelphia in 1850, Chicago in 1900, New Jersey in 1950, and Mumbai in 2000.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Who Polices the Police?
The Historically Required Intersection of Race and Class
Dr. Gene Grabiner, ECCSSA Board of Directors, Emeritus
SUNY Distinguished Service Professor
Erie Community College,Buffalo, NY

The question of class and race are situated in the historical practice of police violence. Communities of color, which are mostly working class, are disproportionately policed/non-policed and experience disproportionate police violence. But a focus on racist 'customary repression' alone avoids the larger class question, in which 'customary repression' negatively impacts the white working class and poor people.  

It is only by emphasizing the intersection of race and class that we can build the broad solidarity needed to fundamentally address these questions. It is necessary but insufficient to condemn discriminatory police practices and racism in the overall criminal justice system in the absence of raising the class question.

As things stand, isn’t it fair to ask where the Black Lives Matter movement is headed in the absence of making programmatic and economic (or class-based) demands such as: quality jobs for all, Medicare for all, a Green New Deal, and free tuition for all public colleges, universities and skilled trade centers, and more? After all, referring to the now iconic Greensboro Lunch Counter sit-ins, Martin Luther King asked, “What good is having the right to sit at a lunch counter if you can’t afford to buy a hamburger?”

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Thursday, July 30, 2020, 2:00pm to 4:30pm

A Focus on the Environment: Issues, Awareness, Education, Ethics,
Responsibility, Advocacy, Research,  Collaboration & Models


There is a need to raise awareness and educate all about the human contributions to current environmental impacts, climate change, pandemics and to the future sustainability of the nation, world and planet. The call for papers for the 2020 46th Annual ECCSSA Conference Roundtable was to focus on all aspects of the environment, including climate change and the role of academia in helping leaders, students, community and citizens at large  become more aware, and understand their contributions and role in saving the natural world. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Conference could not take place as planned.

This month’s ECCSSA Colloquy Spotlight will feature a few of the presentations originally scheduled for this conference and will be presented by members of our Board of Directors from their scholarly work and research.


A Focus on the Environment, Pandemics and the Human-Environment Interaction
--A Need for Education, Awareness, Ethics and Responsibility
Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Professor of Psychology & Chair, Board of Directors, ECCSSA
Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus


Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Economy for Economic Growth
Dr. Sushma Shukla, Assistant Professor of Economics,
Fairfax University of America and Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus


How to Connect with Millennials and Beyond about Climate Change
Dr. Stanton Green, Professor of Anthropology
Monmouth University, West Longbranch, New Jersey


Toxic Pollution in India: Using Policy, Education and Green Energy to Increase Air Quality
Dr. Babita Srivastava, Adjunct Professor of Economics & Business
William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ


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Sunday, June 28, 2020, 3:00pm to 4:00pm