Red Talks is a quarterly speaker series featuring intersectional voices on a range of topics under the umbrella of inclusive excellence at Seattle University. Led by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the Office of the Provost, the series aims to elevate faculty voices at SU across disciplines to advance discourse on issues that bear on diversity, equity and inclusion. This inaugural series will feature diverse voices in our campus community. This year’s theme, Women’s Voices at the Intersection, will provide a forum for exploring women’s leadership over the course of this academic year. Featuring faculty voices this year aligns with the strategic priorities of the university to engage our robust talent in advancing discourse around issues that bear on diversity, equity and inclusion. The series will be videotaped for broader distribution.
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Department of Performing Arts & Arts Leadership
Chair and Professor of Theatre
The western classical canon can present challenges for theatre artists wanting to make work that is relevant for a contemporary American audience. In this talk, Joshi explores the need for inclusivity in classical performance specifically in the work of William Shakespeare, the most produced playwright of our time. Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed in the Elizabethan era by a company of men and boys, and it was not until the 17th century that women were permitted on the English stage. Following the original Elizabethan convention, there is a long tradition of all-male companies performing Shakespeare. All-female work by contrast is a relatively newer practice that has in recent years spurred conversations around diversity and equity in the theatre. Focusing on her work with upstart crow collective, a company that produces classical work with female and non-binary casts, Joshi will explore what it means for Shakespeare to be embodied by a diverse group of people and why representation on the classical stage matters.
Professor Joshi has been teaching at Seattle University since 2000 and directs one production annually for the Seattle University Theatre season. She has also taught at Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts and has directed at Cornish College for the Arts. She holds an M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of Drama and B.A. in Theatre and Psychology from Bucknell University.
Joshi’s professional directing credits include: As You Like It, Henry V (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Richard III, Bring Down the House (upstart crow collective and Seattle Shakespeare Company; King John, Titus Andronicus (upstart crow); John Baxter is a Switch Hitter(Intiman Theatre Festival); Richard II (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Life of Galileo(Strawberry Theatre Workshop); Fen, Twelfth Night (New City Theater).
Joshi was Interim Artistic director at Northwest Asian American Theatre (NWAAT) where she led the International Artists Program, a Ford Foundation funded program that supported multi-disciplinary collaborations between Asian American and Asian artists. She was a resident director at New City Theatre under the sponsorship of a Princess Grace award. She is a co-founder of upstart crow collective, a Seattle-based theatre company that is committed to producing classical plays with diverse female and non-binary casts.
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Associate Professor of Management| Director, Professional MBA Program|Fellow, Center for Ethics & Wismer Professor of Gender and Diversity Studies
In this talk, Ferraro discussed her recent research on how racism may differently influence the experiences; therefore, the meaning of safety for employees of color in comparison to white employees within the United States. For example, recent news stories have highlighted the many mundane activities people of color cannot do without fear for their safety including (but not limited to): napping in a common space in their dormitory, meeting a friend for coffee at Starbucks, golfing too slowly, or working out with a friend (Horton, 2018; Siegel, 2018; Wootson Jr., 2018). These incidents are newsworthy because white people can generally engage in the same activities without considering whether their race may trigger threat concerns and subsequent vigilance to threat. She proposed that workplaces (and classrooms) are similarly rife with interactions that alter the meaning of safety. This talk will open up an opportunity for our community to discuss and reflect on how definitions of safety differ across groups, why it matters, and how we can create safer spaces.
Holly Slay Ferraro's research examines how people and organizations grow, learn and enhance performance in the face of challenges to deeply held beliefs about who they are. Her most recent research is focused on how racial oppression influences definitions of safety and the power of relationships to create inclusion and equity in workplaces. She has published articles in Human Relations, Human Resource Management and Group and Organization Management. Dr. Ferraro's research on midlife/midcareer transitions won a Cutting Edge Award from Academy of Human Resource Development. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before pursuing her doctorate, Ferraro held technical and managerial positions in industry for over 12 years.
School of Law professor Brooke Coleman, co-associate dean of research and faculty development, discussed her research into the demographic composition of a powerful, but little-known, judicial committee that writes the rules for how civil litigation works. Professor Coleman discussed her most recent essay, #SoWhiteMale, followed by a broader community discussion on what diversity means, why it matters and how we can—institutionally and individually—do more to make a difference.
Professor Coleman’s research and teaching interests focus on procedure and procedural justice. She has published in many prestigious law journals and coauthored an innovative civil procedure casebook. Among other honors for her teaching, Professor Coleman has received the law school’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Coleman was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School. She also clerked for the Honorable David F. Levi, district judge in the Eastern District of California and then-chair of the standing committee on the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure.