The Gay Games: A Catalyst for Change

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Thomas NobbeSunday, June 15Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Thomas Nobbe is executive director of Gay Games 9. The Gay Games are the largest diverse amateur sporting event in the world. The Games are expected to draw 11,000 participants and more than 30,000 visitors to the greater Cleveland area. The Gay Games, created in 1982 by former Olympian and gay man Tom Waddell, are held every four years and are a celebration of our diversity and seeks to make inclusiveness real for everyone. The Cleveland and Akron area was chosen because of its welcoming atmosphere and the ability of the Games to…

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Review of the Supreme Court Docket

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Brant LeeSunday, June 1Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. The Docket of cases before the current Supreme Court is a series of cases that are constitutional issues that will have great consequence. The cases being considered by the Court concern campaign contributions, abortion rights, affirmative action, public prayer and presidential power.

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Canceled: Brown vs. The Board of Education — 50 Years Later

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Please note this forum has been canceled. Sunday, May 18Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. This year is the 50th anniversary of the landmark decision by the Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. Handed down on May 17, 1954, the Warren Court’s unanimous (9-0) decision stated that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” and ruled to be a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This ruling paved the way for the integration of schools and was a major victory of the civil rights movement. This forum will look…

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Death Cafes

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Nicholas Fenell and Lauren Herzak-BaumanSunday, March 30Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective of the Death Café movement is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” The Death Café is now a social franchise where discussions about death are offered on a not-for-profit basis; in an accessible, respectful and confidential space; with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product, or course of action; and alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food. Nicholas Fenell…

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When Death Occurs

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Ed RomitoSunday, March 23Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Ed Romito is owner of Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, that is family owned and operated and serves the greater Cleveland area. Romito will discuss the services that funeral homes provide and how families can be better prepared to face the tremendous responsibilities and negotiate the decisions required when a death has occurred.

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Spirituality of Dying

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Dr. Sheryl BuckleySunday, March 9Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Is human life sacred? In Western Culture — both within the religious and secular contexts — human life is regarded as being intrinsically important. In fact, this sense of human life is so indelible that we refer to the deliberate extinction of human life by another human as murder while referring to the killing of animals by humans only as killing. So, how do we honor the sanctity of human life in the face of death?

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Sneak Preview of the Cleveland International Film Festival

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Bill GuentzlerSunday, March 2Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. The Cleveland International Film Festival will be held from March 19–30, 2014. During the Festival, some 300 plus films will be presented to some 75,000 people. The films presented typically covers the gamut — foreign films, documentaries, light comedies, whimsical musicals and, as noted in the Plain Dealer, “just plain weird stuff.” Bill Guentzler, who is responsible for the line up of films at the festival, will give us a sneak preview of the films that will be shown this year and his insight into the richness and depth of these films.

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Facing History and Ourselves

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Mark Swaim FoxSunday, Feb. 23Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Mark Swaim Fox is the Director of the Cleveland Region, Facing History and Ourselves. Facing History and Ourselves provides resources and strategies for educators on how to deal with the racism, anti-Semitism and prejudice that is so often part of our history and thus social fabric. By revealing the inherent the biases of our history, we can begin to acknowledge and address the influence of prejudice.

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Spirituality of Jazz

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The Rev. Dr. Joy BosticSunday, Feb. 2Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Jazz, a uniquely American genre of music, has not only influenced American culture but has shaped our understanding of the world. One of the great limitations of the established methodologies of academia and traditional theology is the dichotomous worldview.

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