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Wayward Sons: the Babu's search for Self Outside of Tradition

Friday, February 26

Instructor: Dr. Sayanti Ganguly Puckett

Britain's colonization of India produced a particularly subversive western influence among upper-class Bengali men from the city of Calcutta, the capital of the British Raj. This influence resulted in many startling similarities between the lifestyles and behavior of the British Restoration rakes (1660-1700) and the babus of colonial Nineteenth Century Calcutta. The presentation will explore how the philosophy and lifestyle of the Restoration rakes were imported into a uniquely Indian context, thus exhibiting the rise of a new culture of libertinism in Calcutta that helps to enrich our understanding of the British-Indian colonial relationship.

Dr. Sayanti Ganguly Puckett is a Professor in the English Department at Johnson County Community College. She completed her doctorate in 2009 from Oklahoma State University. Her dissertation, Cultures of Corruption: British Libertinism and Its Colonial Manifestations, is a cross-cultural study focusing on the libertine lifestyles of the British Restoration Rakes (1660-1700) and the “babus” of Nineteenth Century colonial Calcutta, the capital of the British Raj in India. She has also published several biographical pieces on influential British novelists and playwrights. 

Politics of the Good Ol’ Days: Nostalgia and the Teaching of History

Tuesday, March 2

Instructors: Vincent Clark, James Leiker and Irene Olivares

History matters. A panel of JCCC history faculty will explore the ways historical memory and the history curriculum have been central features of the political landscape in the United States. Join us to discuss the 1619 and 1776 Projects and the controversies behind Western Civilization courses.

Vincent Clark holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Riverside, where he studied under Kenneth Barkin and American religion historian, Edwin Gaustad. During his graduate studies he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Germany. He subsequently received a second year fellowship granted by the local German committee. He carried out dissertation research at the University of Heidelberg and various government archives.  In Germany he was invited to join the select Working Group for German Social History. Since receiving his Ph.D., he has written book reviews and articles. Two of the most important were published in books by Klett-Cotta in Stuttgart and  Oxford University Press. Before coming to JCCC, he taught at the University of Kansas, where he received a General Research Grant, rarely given to non-tenure-track professors. Following the German academic practice of researching and writing on a wide variety of subjects, he has spent the past several years working on the American social gospel and the Progressive Period of 1870-1920. His presentation today relies on this research.

Dr. James Leiker is a professor of history and chair of the history and political science departments, teaches courses in United States History survey, African American studies, and the American West.  He is the author of numerous books and articles on Western History, among them "Racial Borders: Black Soldiers along the Rio Grande, (Texas A & M Press, 2002) and The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory (Oklahoma, 2011), which was named a Kansas Notable Book and won the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize.  

In 2009, he founded JCCC’s Kansas Studies Institute, a program he directed for five years.  Jim serves on the board of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame and on the editorial boards of the journals Great Plains Quarterly and Kansas History.  Dr. Leiker has been involved in several National Endowment for the Humanities programs, both as consultant and participant, and was a Fulbright-Hays scholar in Egypt and Israel.

Currently, he serves on the national College Board committee that prepares the annual College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam for History and the Social Sciences.  Jim earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Fort Hays State University and his PhD from the University of Kansas.

Irene Olivares is an Assistant Professor of History. She received her undergraduate degrees from Phoenix College and Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas. Her research interests include popular politics and the petition system in the Spanish empire, early modern monarchies, and gender and women’s history. She was a Fulbright scholar in Spain, and her research has been supported by fellowships from the Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography, Newberry Library Renaissance Consortium, and the Hall Center for the Humanities, among others. She has presented her work at multiple conferences and workshops, nationally and internationally. In 2019, she presented her work at Harvard University Workshop: Rethinking Petitioning in the Habsburg and Colonial World.

Self-Care: Bigger Than Thyself 

Tuesday, March 16

Instructor: Clara Anderson Sainte, LCSW, LSCSW

Self-care has almost become an antiquated term, used up. It isn’t about bubble baths. It’s necessary to come up with your own language and your own safety plan. How will you plan to stay in this work for the long game? How will you take care of yourself today, tomorrow, for the future? What can you do today that tomorrow you can be proud of? Let’s discuss components of building your community and developing a plan that extends beyond cliched tips.   

Clara Anderson Sainte, LCSW, LSCSW, pronouns: she/her/hers, is a senior consultant, presenter, and workshop leader with the Encore Institute for Social Impact with a focus on equity and inclusion. She is also the Program Director for Gilda’s Club Kansas City, local cancer support nonprofit, where she develops and oversees the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of the organization and the educational programming. Clara is also trained as a Grief Recovery Specialist. 

Clara serves many community organizations and is a board member of Kansas City Center for Inclusion: LGBTQIA+ community center; Chair-Elect of Children’s Mercy’s Equity and Diversity Council; and Big Brothers Big Sisters DEI board member. Clara previously served as a board member of Mental Health America of the Heartland. 

Clara’s master’s degree in social work is from UMKC and she is an alumnus of Northwest Missouri State University. She spends time away from work with her husband and their children enjoying their favorite spots around KC. 

Fun Fundraising -  Finding your  Match

Friday, March 26

Instructor: Sarah Shipleey

We are going to put some fun in fundraising. Fundraising is a lot like dating - you have to work and find your match. Learn how to "date" for fundraising  and some tips about deciding how and who to ask to support your nonprofit. 

Sarah is an award-winning consultant with a love for all things civic. In 2008, she left K Street for KC and has not looked back. 

With over 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, finance and fundraising, she finds product-market fit for high-profile clients. 

In 2010, she founded Shipley Communications, a full-service consultancy that focuses on fundraising, creating social capital and income streams for nonprofits and startups. 

She creates value for her clients and partners by designing campaigns and directing projects that focus on the success of the client and end user. From hosting charrettes, implementing crisis communications strategies, creating new lines of business to fundraising her high-functioning, nimble teams create lasting impact for corporations and communities.

Future ED Talks

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Conquering Your Fear of Speaking

in High-Stakes Situations

Tuesday, March 30

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