ISIS vs isis: Does the Past Matter?

Date:  Sunday, November 8, 2015
Speaker:  Dr. Ewa Wasilewska

Meet & Greet: 1:45 pm • Presentation: 2:00 pm • Meeting Closes: 3:30 pm
Salt Lake Main Library, 210 East 400 South

Fourth Floor Meeting Room

 Dr. Ewa Wasilewska is a professor at the University of Utah (the Middle East Center) with more than 30 years of experience working on different aspects of both the ancient and modern Middle East and Central Asia. Her formal education includes master degrees in archaeology and history of the Middle East and Europe, Middle Eastern Studies with emphasis on Turkish and a doctorate in anthropology. She is an author of two books: Creation Stories of the Middle East, and Anthropology of Humor and Laughter, as well as of many articles for both specialized and general audiences.

“Does the past matter when people are dying as the result of violent conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere? Should any efforts be made to preserve ancient temples and past civilizations when modern housing is bombed daily and mass migrations challenge humanitarian principles of any religion to protect “the others’” identity? Who owns the past? These and other thought provoking questions will be raised and discussed during Dr. Wasilewska’s presentation on archaeology at war or and war.”


Creating More Just and Humane Law Enforcement






Date:  Sunday, October 25, 2015
Speaker:  Deeda Seed

Meet & Greet: 1:45 pm •  Presentation: 2:00 pm • Meeting Closes: 3:30 pm
Salt Lake Main Library, 210 East 400 South
Fourth Floor Meeting Room

Deeda Seed is a community activist and organizer who has worked for a wide variety of non-profit organizations and causes, addressing issues such as social justice and environmental sustainability. She is a former member of the Salt Lake City Council, and served as Mayor Anderson’s Chief of Staff and his Communications Director. She has worked on law enforcement issues as an elected official, a city administrator and now as a volunteer with the community summit for law enforcement accountability (CS4LEA).

“You’ve read the headlines about police shootings. Law enforcement is a critical element of civil society, yet it seems that the use of force by police is getting out of control. What do we really know about how law enforcement operates in Utah and nationally? What kind of data are collected by law enforcement agencies with regard to use of force? What kind of data need to be collected? What kind of training in de-escalation and social interaction do police officers receive? What additional training should they be getting? Take time out to consider creating more just, humane, and effective law enforcement.”

References and Resources

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