Dialogues on the Quad 2019

October 24

All-Day Event

Dialogues on the Quad 2019
The Conversation Continues...

Panel discussions based around meaningful topics for the twenty-first century


The panel will address the similarities and differences between Fake News and plain old lies. The conversation will focus on how to identify trustworthy information in general and specifically the importance empirical truths and shared facts have in sustaining a healthy democracy.  Highlighting the history of fake news and how to combat it will bookend the discussion.

Guest Panelist:

Damaso Reyes
Head of Global Partnerships, News Literacy Project (NLP)

A multimedia journalist whose work has been published by The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, New York magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and Der Spiegel, Damaso Reyes spent three years as a volunteer journalist fellow for NLP, making presentations in New York City classrooms both in person and remotely from Barcelona, Spain, where he lived for several years. He joined the NLP staff in June 2016.

Damaso is also a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, focusing on migration issues, and spent more than a decade as the principal photographer for The Europeans, a long-term photographic documentary project examining the changes that Europe and its people are experiencing as the European Union expands and integrates. Previous assignments and projects have taken him to a variety of countries, including Rwanda, Iraq, Indonesia and Tanzania, and throughout the United States. His images are featured in the 2014 monograph Black: A Celebration of a Culture and the 2005 book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War.

A 2008 Fulbright Scholar, Damaso has received several grants and awards, including a 2007 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, a 2012 Knight-Luce Fellowship for reporting on global religion, a 2013 French-American Foundation Fellowship for immigration reporting and a 2015 Holbrooke Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists.



The panel will discuss how death has been dealt with historically and across cultures. How is death being addressed in the twenty-first century? How does it enter (or not) into public discourse? Conversations will center on the impact the knowledge of mortality has on religion, philosophy, law, music, and love.

Guest Panelist:

Christina Staudt
President and Co-founder, Westchester End-of-Life Coalition (WELC)
Presidential Scholar, Concordia College New York

Christina Staudt is an advocate for looking at the dying experience as a holistic, human event that involves family and community. WELC works to improve the end-of-life experience through educational programming and resources, offering preparedness, guidance, and information so Westchester families can live more confidently with serious illness and at the end of life.

As a member of several Advisory Boards, she fosters education around issues of mortality and mourning. She is experienced in organizational and development work and writes about topics related to death and dying. An active hospice volunteer, she sits by the bedside of those at the end of life and interacts closely with their families.

Christina received a Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University and is the Chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Death, which focuses on timely inquiries into dying, death and grief, and organizing interdisciplinary conferences.



This panel’s discussion will discuss crime and punishment.  Focusing on social and cultural interpretations of sin and the context in which punishment is used, the panel will exchange ideas concerned with: balancing sin and forgiveness, the effectiveness of punishment, and how punishment has changed. The panel will also explore how long one should be associated with a past sin.

Guest Panelist:

Rev. Dr. Michael Gerald
Senior Pastor, Shiloh Church New York

Rev. Dr. Gerald is a spiritual and communal leader who emphasizes holistic ministry as an empowering religious discipline that lifts up, heals and educates humanity.

He was the Undersheriff for the Mercer County Sheriff's Office and a New Jersey State Police Trooper for over fourteen years. He brings his former and current avocations together in his service as a member of the Westchester Correction Advisory Board, and as creator of the UNITY Sunday event, a celebration of law enforcement officers and their families. He believes strongly that law enforcement is a vocation and a call to service, and that these should be recognized. He is also a community activist with particular interests in education and housing in Westchester County.

Rev. Dr. Gerald received his Doctorate in Psychology of Leadership from Eastern University, and his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.


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