Author Archives: Stephen J. Rollins

Sept. 30th-Changing Minds in a Divided World 2:30pm

Books of the Year talk: ‘Changing Minds in a Divided World: The Art of Strategic Dialogue’
by UAA/APU Books of the Year |

UAA/APU Books of the Year, Difficult Dialogues Initiative and the Center for Community Engagement & Learning invite you to:

Changing Minds in a Divided World: The Art of Strategic Dialogue

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2:30–3:45 p.m. | To join, see Zoom information below.

A talk by Justin Lee, author of UAA Book of the Year, Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with & Maybe Even Change the World.

In a world divided by political and social issues, how do you get people on the other side to listen to you? Join us virtually as author Justin Lee will discuss the psychological principles behind people’s resistance to new ideas and share simple, proven strategies for discussing controversial issues without losing friends.

Speaker biography
For more than 20 years, Justin Lee has been known for navigating divisive issues with thoughtfulness and nuance. His book Talking Across the Divide is being used as a textbook in college classrooms to teach students how to navigate areas of disagreement. He began his work in the 90s as a spokesperson for Bridges Across the Divide, an organization fostering dialogue across lines of disagreement about sexual orientation. In 2001, he founded a faith-based nonprofit to adapt these conversations for Christian faith communities, where he became internationally prominent for helping families stay together despite differing views on LGBTQ issues. He has co-hosted three podcasts, founded two successful nonprofit organizations, and been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, Dr. Phil, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, and NPR’s All Things Considered. —

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Sept. 28th : In Tandem With Time, Rivers Become, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation: In Tandem With Time, Rivers BecomeTuesday, September 28, 2021, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
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Visit the Exhibition virtually at In Tandem With Time, Rivers Become

“In Tandem With Time, Rivers Become” is a contemplative installation by multidisciplinary artist Nuttaphol Ma. This space becomes a container for relics and ephemera from Ma’s on-going performances titled Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots. Ma’s actions flow as two rivers. One is his public stitchings that alters the US flag from an immigrant perspective. The other is his participatory workshops that invite participants to socially reimagine what a pledge to the flag may be to create a sense of home for all. These undertakings are his direct responses to a tweet where four congresswomen of color were told to “go back” to their country by a former US president.

Like fragmented memories, “In Tandom With Time, Rivers Become” is comprised of parts. Photo documentations, tests, and video works from Ma’s duration performances activate the gallery walls. A site specific participatory object anchors the central space that invites participants to place their reconsidered pledge to the flag back onto the object.

September 28 Decolonizing Academia Webinar

Decolonizing Academia webinars
by UAA Difficult Dialogues Initiative | September 15, 2021

The Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center in partnership with Princeton University’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Clarkson University will host a two-part webinar series on Decolonizing Academe. Please register for one or both webinars. UAA’s Difficult Dialogues Initiative was a co-founder of the Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center and is providing support for this series.

Join us Sept. 21, noon–1:30 p.m. AKDT for a webinar featuring Rodney Coates (Miami University) and Stephen Quaye (The Ohio State University) on Decolonizing Academe. Coates and Quaye will discuss their decolonization frameworks and engage in an audience Q&A. Register at

Also, join us on Sept. 28, noon–1:30 p.m. AKDT for a workshop about putting Coates’ and Quaye’s decolonizing frameworks into practice. Hear from Jennifer Ball (Clarkson University), Brighid Dwyer (Princeton University), Kelly Maxwell (University of Michigan) and Jacki Rodriguez (Occidental College) about how they put these frameworks into practice to create more socially just dialogues, re-center traditionally marginalized voices, and challenge longstanding models of power and privilege. Register at

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Health for All –Online Exhibit from the National Library of Medicine

A revolution in global health is taking place in villages and towns around the world. Communities, in collaboration with scientists, advocates, governments, and international organizations, are taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve quality of life.

Recognizing all the factors that cause illness, they are working on a wide range of issues—from community health to conflict, disease to discrimination. The people who face these problems play an important role in their resolution, and each of us can participate in the search for solutions. As we learn more about the challenges of the past, we join a growing community of people committed to global health.

As the stories here show, we can draw upon a legacy of success, often based on the simplest means. Collectively, we can make a world of difference.

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Coming to Campus? You will Need Your New Wolfcard to Enter UAA Buildings.

Coming to Campus? You will Need Your New Wolfcard to Enter UAA Buildings.

As you return to campus, it is important that you have your new UAA Wolfcard ready to use. The new WolfCard is required to access campus facilities since the buildings are not yet broadly open to the general public. This includes facilities such as the UAA/APU Consortium Library and Seawolf Sports Complex. You can identify if you have the new chip-enabled card by checking if it has a small, blue “HID” logo on the back in the upper-left corner.

Last December UAA mailed out over 8000 new Wolfcards to students, staff, and faculty. If you received your WolfCard in the mail, it should be registered at this website:

If you do not have a new Wolfcard, you can obtain a new card at the Consortium Library or at the Cashiering Office in Eugene Short Hall (102). So far in 2021, the Library has issued about 1500 cards New students at UAA can get their Wolfcards starting August 2nd.

APU students, staff, and faculty: You can obtain your ID Cards from the Information Technology Help Desk in Grant Hall (111). If you have any questions, you can email them at