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Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

The College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Lecture Series returns this fall with a six-part series on Understanding Violence from an Interdisciplinary Perspectives.

The series, hosted in partnership with our interdisciplinary programs, invites well-known national and international scholars, authors, and experts in select fields to help us dissect and dive into social and cultural issues.

While each series has a distinct focus, various perspectives are woven together to create a foundation of knowledge. This program is open to the Loyola community, including students, alumni, faculty, and staff and is available in a hybrid format. Previous topics included Migration (2022 - 2023), Information, Misinformation, and Disinformation in Global Affairs (Spring 2022) and Global Racism in Comparative Perspective (Spring 2021). 

Understanding Violence from an Interdisciplinary Perspective | 2023 - 2024

The human experience is shaped by violence. From world wars to interpersonal brawls, violence is wielded as a weapon for dominating, defending, and establishing status. Through it all, violence leaves an enduring and unforgettable legacy in its wake on the nations, communities, relationships, and individuals it touches, feeding into a neverending cycle. As stories, accounts, and depictions of violence continue to infiltrate every form of media we consume daily, it begs the question: is violence the catalyst behind or the result of our human nature?

Upcoming Events


Women and the Violence of the Migration Process

When: April 4, 2024 | 4-5 PM 
Where: McCormick Lounge
Presented by: Interdisciplinary Race and Ethnicity Program // The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

  • Featuring Cecilia Menjivar, Professor and Dorothy L. Meier Social Equities Chair in the Department of Sociology at University of California - Los Angeles


This program is presented as part of the Ann F. Baum Speaker Series


Past Events


The Roots of Violence

Featuring faculty from across the College of Arts and Sciences

The faculty panel discussed the multi-faceted concept and impacts of violence at the intersection of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Panelists included:



The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the Geopolitics of Gender

Featuring Cinzia Solari, Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Massachusetts Boston

Solari will explore how Russia seeks to redefine itself in opposition to its former Soviet state policies that supported women’s liberation by creating an oppositional idea of modernity, placing the focus on men and re-masculinization.  Within the past decade, other nations across the world have followed suit in embracing this oppositional view of gender identity and sexuality:  Belarus, Brazil, India, the Philippines, Turkey, and even factions within the United States.  The invasion of Ukraine and its subsequent violence has allowed Putin to position Russia as the leader of this transnational modernity of manliness ideal by forcefully keeping Ukraine out of Europe and within its repressive control.

When: Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 4-5 PM 
Where: Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean MPR North
Presented by: Women's Studies and Gender Studies Program



Defining the Connection Between Illegal Drugs and Violence

Featuring Patrick J. O'Dea, Field Intelligence Manager at the United States Drug Enforcement Administration

When: Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 4-5 PM 
Where: Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean MPR North 
Presented by: Forensic Science Program



The Impact of Violence on Identity

Featuring faculty from across the College of Arts and Sciences

The faculty panel will discuss the intersection of vviolence and identity. Panelists include:

  • Olga Avdeyeva, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science
  • William French, Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Director of the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies program
  • Omer Mozaffar, Instructor in the Department of Theology and Muslim Chaplain for Loyola University Chicago

When: February 15, 2024 | 4-5 PM 
Where: Damen Student Center, Sr. Jean MPR North