An Online Webinar Series

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Inequality–The Pathway to Power
Dr. Jose J. Aybar

Former President, Richard J. Daley College, Chicago, IL, Former Associate Vice Chancellor,  Arts and Sciences, City Colleges of Chicago.

The objective of this presentation is to provoke thoughts on how to make changes in higher education to promote less inequality, even as the economic stakeholders are carving a niche in the new world economic order.  Higher education’s natural tendency is to preserve the status quo ante, but the reality is, that it is in survival mode even as students are dropping out in droves.  Racism persists and the hiring process manifests how it is done.  Examples are provided regarding how the hiring process is manipulated to obtain the desired result.  It is posited that a new curriculum must be fashioned to meet the needs of the United States.  We indeed have a “Nation at Risk” as is evident by the lowered rankings in international higher education.
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About the Presenter: During his eight years as President of Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Aybar was responsible for the administration and oversight of a comprehensive community college with multi-campus locations with over sixteen sites. Prior to this appointment, he served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts and Sciences for the City Colleges of Chicago at the District Office (2003-9).  He also served as Dean of the Vail/Eagle Valley Campus and Executive Assistant to the President in Eagle, Colorado.
He has served as Executive Director of a statewide Commission and carried out various consultantships for the Department of Education, Department of Professional Regulation of the State of Florida, and US Department of Defense Dependent Schools.  
He is the author of numerous publications, including, Dependency and Intervention: The Case of Guatemala in 1954 and the Panama Canal College Study for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. He received the Administrator of the Year Award from the City Colleges of Chicago in 2005.
Dr. Aybar earned his PhD in International Relations from the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont California; a Master of Arts from Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies in Monterey, California; and the Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences from Shimer College in Mount Carroll, Illinois.  He also earned certification in 2012 from the Harvard Institute for Experienced Presidents.

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, 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 Das Gupta’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 Interdisciplinary–Crossdisciplinary–Multidisciplinary

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 Long branch, 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

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