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Ask a Recent Alum Series Part 4 – Featuring Taylor Dickson ’13

Taylor Dickson

Taylor Dickson ’13 is a proud alumna from the Department of Communication. She also received her minor in sports communication and enjoyed being involved in HawkTV. Taylor landed her first job with the National Basketball Association in 2014 as a production trainee. She navigated her career path within the NBA and is currently an associate manager of International Events, leading events across the globe. Most recently, she headed the NBA Season Restart in Orlando. Taylor is excited to speak about navigating your career path and the importance of finding the right job for you.


Policing in Communities of Color

A Conversation on Police Violence, Black Lives Matter, and Police Reform.

Virtual event via Zoom

Sponsored byt he Intercultural Center, the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Sociology Program, and the Helen Bennett McMurray Endowment for Social Ethics. In Collaboration with the Program for Gender & Intersectionality Studies, the Black Student Union, Students for Systemic Change, the Social Work Society, and the Guardians Club.


ArtNOW Art+Feminism Wikipedia-Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia is a worldwide collaborative encyclopedia project made up of a globalized network of volunteers who give their time to edit the site. Within this globalized network, there still lacks a diversity of voices. “In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female; more recent research puts that number at 16% globally and 23% in the United States.”  (Mandiberg, M., Prajapati, S., & Schrock, R., 2020). Who contributes to a database matters. Especially when in 2015, that database was “the 7th most visited website in the world” (Paling, E., 2015). A 2011 study from the Pew Research Center, shows that “the more educated someone is, the more likely he or she is to consult Wikipedia. Almost 70 percent of Americans with college degrees read Wikipedia” (Paling, E., 2015). If college-educated people and students are using Wikipedia as a main source of information, there is an argument for students learning how to edit and contribute to the online encyclopedia that they use.

It is increasingly important for cis and trans women, gender-non-conforming people, people of color, and Indigenous communities to be written back into history. When information systems like Wikipedia systematically exclude aspects of the human experience, our understanding of the world is incomplete. To have access to a more accurate information system that includes representation of historically marginalized groups, our understanding of success, knowledge, and of ourselves can become more whole.

VIRTUAL EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday, September 18th

8:00 AM                               WIKI EDIT-A-THON BEGINS

8:15 AM                                OPENING REMARKS

8:30 AM                                EDITING WIKIPEDIA: TRAINING

9:15 AM                                 LIBRARY RESEARCH: ONLINE TRAINING

9:30 AM­–12:00 PM              EDITING WIKIPEDIA: FREE TIME

12:00 PM                                EDITING WIKIPEDIA: TRAINING

12:45 PM                                LIBRARY RESEARCH: ONLINE TRAINING

1:00 PM–4:00 PM                  EDITING WIKIPEDIA: FREE TIME

4:00 PM5:00 PM                  CLOSING REMARKS


ArtNOW Art+Feminism 2020 is a Wikipedia-Edit-a-thon hosted by ArtNOW and the IDM Research Lab.

Co-sponsors: The Monmouth University Guggenheim Library and Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies (PGIS) at Monmouth University.

This event was organized with the guidance of Art+Feminism, “an intersectional feminist non-profit organization that directly addresses the information gap about gender, feminism, and the arts on the internet… ensuring that the histories of our lives and work are accessible and accurate” (Mandiberg, M., Prajapati, S., & Schrock, R., 2020).

Current Topics in Counseling Virtual Conference 2020

The Department of Professional Counseling’s Virtual Current Topics in Counseling Conference is facilitated by the department’s active alumni organization, Counseling Alumni Connection (CAC). This is the fourth annual conference coordinated by the CAC. The purpose of this event is to provide timely and important information relevant to the counseling field.

On Friday, October 16, a pre-conference ethics institute presented by Perry Francis, Ed.D, NCC, ACS, LPC will take place on the topic Ethics, Law, and Social Justice: The Intersection of Behaviors and Beliefs. A certificate for five (5) ethics continuing education hours will be provided. Participants will have one hour for lunch on their own.

On Saturday, October 17, a full-day event will be held starting with a keynote presentation, followed by six workshops over three sessions (one morning, two afternoon) on a variety of subjects. A certificate for six (6) continuing education hours will be provided. Participants will have one hour for lunch on their own, with virtual networking opportunities available during that time.

Registration Costs

Professional Rates

  • Friday Only: $100
  • Saturday Only: $125
  • Full Conference: $200

MU Alumni, MU Employees, & Current Field Placement Supervisors Rates

  • Friday Only: $100
  • Saturday Only: $100
  • Full Conference: $175

PLEASE NOTE: All current undergraduate and graduate students can attend the conference free of charge.

Cancelled: Lives of the ‘Brows’: Autobiography, Taste, Ethics

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Dr. Max Cavitch, Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

Please join us for a guest lecture by Dr. Max Cavitch, Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also an affiliated faculty member of the programs in Cinema Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and Psychoanalytic Studies.

Dr. Cavitch will be discussing literary taste and value in relation to autobiography—one of the world’s most popular and widely practiced genres. From “highbrow” triumphs of artistic intention to “middlebrow” narratives of historical significance to “lowbrow” tell-alls of gossipy celebrity, there are autobiographies to suit every taste. But what is “taste,” anyway? What does it have to do with “literary value”? And, moreover, what do either taste or literary value have to do with the question of whose lives and life-stories matter?

Refreshments will be served. Students, faculty, and interested members of the public are warmly invited to attend.

Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair in the Humanities, Dr. Kristin Bluemel

Toni Morrison Day

Photo of author Toni Morrison with one of her more famous quotes: This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

Join us for a celebration of the life and works of Toni Morrison: author, activist, academic, and Nobel Laureate.

These events are free and open to the public. For questions or additional information, please contact Professor Linda Sacks at

Sponsored by the Department of English, the Guggenheim Memorial Library and the Honors School.

Schedule of Events

Library 101

10:00 – 11:25 a.m. | Dr. Courtney Werner – Welcome; Professor Beth Sara Swanson – Opening remarks; Dr. Walter Greason – Keynote address

11:40 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. | Sigma Tau Delta: marathon reading of Sula, read in its entirety by student and faculty volunteers

4:30 – 5:50 p.m. |  Dr. Anwar Uhuru: “Finding Self Regard in the Works of Toni Morrison,” followed by discussion

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Screening: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019), sponsored by the Honors School

Library 102

10:05 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. | Visit the Toni Morrison Gallery – enjoy food and refreshments

Faculty Symposium

Magill 107

11:40 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Pedagogy Panel: “Teaching Toni Morrison”

1:15 – 2:35 p.m. | Scholarship Roundtable: “Morrison: History, Themes, and Craft”

Wilson 104

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Open Room: Student & Faculty maker/creator space

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Collage Workshop with Professor Linh Dao, Department of Art and Design

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. |  Collage Workshop with Professor Linh Dao (video)

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6th Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race

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Monmouth University’s upcoming 6th biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race is themed Race, Memory and Identity and brings distinguished speakers and cultural performances.

This conference aims to bring together scholars from multiple disciplinary perspectives to broadly explore the intersections of Race, Memory, and Identity. Contemporary social, political, and media discourses demonstrate the continued need to evaluate the differing ways that race and identity impact memory in connection to history, trauma, loss and remembrance. Understanding memory as both a subject and a tool can act to promote conversations about how memories of the past impress upon individual and collective memory to affectively shape racial and cultural identities.

This year, historian Dr. William Sturkey, UNC, Chapel Hill, will deliver the opening plenary lecture. Dr. Qiana Whitted, USC, and other distinguished speakers will also participate in this conference.

Registration Fees:

  • Scholar/General Public: $125
  • Non-MU Student: $85
  • Monmouth University Faculty, Students & Staff: No Charge
    (Please Note:  members of the Monmouth community still need to register. )

For more information, please contact Brooke Nappi at or use the link below to visit the conference web site.

Reproductive Justice 2019: Perils and Prospects

The personal is the political has been a part of the American vocabulary since at least the 1960s. Initially this argument was a source of identity and politics-making in the male public arena, not the female domestic space. Recently, this personal has been targeted in both Western Europe and North America where varying nationalist resurgences have resulted in anti-choice legislation. In response, some American states have passed reproductive-specific protections through legislative acts of their own. Against the backdrop of culture war, what does this renewed attention to female agency and their bodies say about our broken, polarized present? What prospects lay ahead for women? And more importantly, what perils?

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Opening Remarks

Dr. Nancy Mezey – Dean of the Honors School


Dr. Rekha Datta – Interim Provost

Host and Organizer

Dr. L. Benjamin Rolsky


Anne C. Deepak – Associate Professor of Social Work

Sasha N. Canan – Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education

Lazara G. Paz-Gonzalez – Adjunct Professor of Nursing and Health Studies

Sponsored By:

The Provost’s Office, The School of Humanities & Social Science and the Department of History & Anthropology in conjunction with the Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies, The University Library, The Leon Hess Business School, The School of Education, The School of Social Work, and The Honors School.

Graduate English Meet-Up

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A goosebump inducing evening of perfect readings for the season. Enjoy spooky readings of the season from faculty members and students. Meet and mingle with other Graduate students.

For more information, contact Michele McBride at