Spring 2021 Visiting Scholars

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All events are virtual.


Joint Visit: Sarah Kaye & Phil Kaye | April 1, 2021, 5 p.m.

Phil Kaye

Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, united in Project Voice, has been using spoken-word poetry as a tool of education and empowerment both in the US and worldwide. Phil Kay was also involved in teaching poetry in prisons. the magic of Spoken Word Poetry, but for long-time Spoken Word fans, this show also promises to surprise and reinvigorate a love of the art. Armed with only a microphone, award-winning Project VOICE. performers are champions of vulnerability, cheerleaders for the unexpected, and ruthless flashlights for all your heart’s nooks and crannies.

Co-Sponsored by the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center.

You can register for this Visiting Scholars event here.

Past Visiting Scholars

Joint Visit: Elham Kazemi & Hala Ghousseini | Feb. 4, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Elham Kazemi

Elham KazemiDr. Elham Kazemi is the Geda and Phil Condit Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Washington. Her research centers around developing strong professional learning communities in schools serving students from racially, linguistically, and culturally diverse communities. She investigates the complex work of eliciting and responding to children’s mathematical thinking, building joyful classroom communities where children feel they are known and seen, and designing professional learning experiences so that teachers learn with and from their students. She collaborates with teachers and leaders to recognize and tackle inequities perpetuated both at a structural level through school policies and practices and in everyday interactions in the classroom.

Co-Sponsored by the College of Education.

Hala Ghousseini

Hala Ghousseini Dr. Hala Ghousseini is the John Grover Harvey Professor of Math Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her scholarship focuses on understanding how teachers learn complex interactive practice and how the designs of professional education can support them in developing knowledge, skills, and commitments that center students as sensemakers and resist oppressive practices. Her work is also concerned with supporting practitioners to learn collaboratively in the contexts of their own work. She is currently a co-principal investigator on two interdisciplinary projects concerned with the study of professional learning both in surgery and in teacher education.

Co-Sponsored by the College of Education.

Christos Bergeles | Feb. 18, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

Christos Bergeles Christos Bergeles received the Ph.D. degree in Robotics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2011. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, and the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College, United Kingdom. He was an Assistant Professor at the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (which he co-founded) at University College London. He is now a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at King’s College London, leading the Robotics and Vision in Medicine Lab. Dr. Bergeles received the Fight for Sight Award in 2014, and the ERC Starting Grant in 2016. His main research area is image-guided micro-surgical robotics.

Co-Sponsored by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Dick Covey | Feb. 23, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Dick Covey

Richard O. “Dick” Covey retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Space Alliance, LLC, in 2010. As President and CEO, Covey was ultimately responsible for the direction, development and operations of the company. United Space Alliance (USA) is NASA’s prime contractor for Space Shuttle and Space Station operations, including launch and recovery, mission planning and support, and Astronaut training.

A former NASA astronaut, Covey commanded the flight of Endeavour in December 1993 to service and repair the Hubble Space Telescope, a mission for which he and his crew received the National Space Club’s Goddard Trophy in 1994.  His other space flights included STS-38, a classified Department of Defense mission in 1990; STS-26, the first flight of Discovery after the Challenger accident in 1988; and STS 51-I, another spacecraft repair mission in 1985.  In addition to his flight duties, Covey held key management positions in the Astronaut Office and Flight Crew Operations Directorate at the Johnson Space Center during his 16 years with NASA.

Prior to joining NASA, Covey served as a US Air Force test force director, test pilot and operational fighter pilot. His honors include two Defense Distinguished Services Medals, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and five Distinguished Flying Crosses, including four received during the 339 combat missions he flew over Southeast Asia.  In 2004, he was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. He is a fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University.  Covey was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 1, 2004. He currently serves on the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s Board of Directors.

This event will be a special Q&A with Dr. Covey.  To be a part of the Zoom meeting and ask a question directly, register here – https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0q5MTKFVqNtd6nk

Co-Sponsored by the National and International Scholarships Office, which is housed in the Honors College.

Robin DiAngelo | Mar. 4, 2021

Robin DiAngelo

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is an American author, consultant, and facilitator working in the fields of critical discourse analysis and whiteness studies. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. She has numerous publications and books. Her 2018 book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list upon its release and has remained there for over two years. To date, it is being translated into 10 languages.

DiAngelo is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. In addition to her academic work, DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.

Register for this free event here.

Co-Sponsored by the Honors College as a Visiting Scholars event.

Carlton Waterhouse | Mar. 26, 2021, 3:30 p.m.

Carlton WaterhouseProfessor Carlton Waterhouse is an international expert on environmental law and environmental justice, as well as reparations and redress for historic injustices. He is the founding director of the Environmental Justice Center at the Howard University School of Law.  He is a Fulbright research scholar and is a board member of the Environmental Law Institute.  His views have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets. He is a highly sought-after speaker who regularly addresses national and international audiences. His forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press explores the historic and contemporary role of the United States Supreme Court in maintaining racial hierarchy.

Co-Sponsored by Purdue’s Center for the Environment (C4E)

You can view this Visiting Scholars event live on Youtube.