Report on Reading Group for “Embracing Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence for Inclusive Education”

On Friday, April 19, 2024, DKU faculty, staff, and students were invited to our last Session 4 reading group on “Embracing Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence for Inclusive Education”. During this session, we commenced our discussion with a brief overview of the study conducted by Allen, Cowie, and Fenaughty (2020), titled “Safe but not Safe: LGBTTIQA+ Students’ Experiences of a University Campus.” This study sheds light on episodes of name-calling, fear of coming out, and the lack of gender-neutral toilets and inclusive practices for addressing discrimination, highlighting the nuances of queerphobia on campus. Although the institution had a “Zero tolerance for discrimination” policy in place, it lacked the necessary structures and processes to ensure true inclusivity. Departing from this point, we further discussed three diversity statements from different universities and elaborated on what we can do as the next step to truly promote cultural competence among DKU students and address DKU students’ specfic needs on campus.

Building upon the discussion from the previous reading group event, where we delved into various aspects of fostering cultural competence, we collectively identified an essential next step in our endeavor to promote diversity and inclusivity on the DKU campus. Recognizing the importance of understanding the specific concerns and experiences of our student body, we unanimously agreed to initiate a comprehensive survey aimed at soliciting feedback from DKU students. This survey will be designed to explore a wide range of topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, allowing students to voice their perspectives, challenges, and suggestions regarding these crucial issues. By actively involving students in this process, we aim to gain valuable insights that will inform our strategies for creating a more inclusive and supportive environment at DKU. Moreover, the survey results will serve as a foundation for faculty members to tailor their pedagogical approaches, ensuring that classroom practices align with the diverse needs and perspectives of our student community.

The event was organized by Zhenjie Weng, Assistant Professor of English Language Education, and Yanan Zhao, Senior Lecturer of English for Academic Purposes, from the Language and Culture Center. The event was sponsored by the Humanities Research Center, covering the fees for event promotion and refreshments for attendees.

Who travels thousands of miles? Gender Dimensions of War Dead Accounting and Memory Making in Post-war Vietnam

Date & Time: May 2, 17:30 -18:30
Location: AB 1079

Description: Dr. Tâm T. T. Ngô, Senior Researcher/Associate Professor at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, part of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In the last four decades, to find, to identify, and to commemorate more than half a million fallen soldiers who died for the Vietnamese state in the three international wars that the country fought in the twentieth century, nearly the entire Vietnamese population has been mobilized. While the public face of this mass mobilization is dominantly male, the private and intimate driving force behind this work of war accounting and war memory making is saliently female. Millions of Vietnamese mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters who have been waiting, grieving, and mourning for their sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers who did not return when the wars ended. In addition to emotional pain and the psychological anguish of not knowing the faith of a missing loved one, these women also had to deal with the social, economic, legal and familial implication of the absence of their men, and often had to deal with these issues in a social context laden with patriarchal values and hierarchies. Since the 1990s, many of them joined the search for the remains and the spirits of their fallen men. This presentation sketches out a few among those million journeys to search for their male missing relatives and voice women’s perspectives about warfare and its human cost. In so doing, it aims to go beyond the uncomfortable yet established link between war and gender to restore the agentive power of women in keeping memory, healing wound and suturing the social fabrics torn by war violence.


Date and time: 6:00 PM, April 29th
Location: Water Pavilion

Description: Join us for an engaging discussion on the intersection of gender and language with Professors Zhenjie Weng, Stephanie Anderson, and student speakers. Explore how language shapes and reflects gender norms, identities, and perceptions.


HRC Student Film Festival

Date & Time: 4.26 8 PM
Venue:  IB Lecture Hall

Featuring works including:

  • Eternity by Chujie Cao (02:35)
  • Dreams of Skateboarding by Liew (4:52)
  • Lost in Art by Yinan Wang (8:31)
  • Hand Book by Lan Wei (4:13)
  • My Bamboo Teacher by Jessie Cao (8:18)
  • Bubble Gum by Chengxi, Hanxi, Yile, & Mengyue (3:24)
  • Emotional Holiday by Ruikang Wang (4:41)
  • The Answer by Chujie Cao (2:39)
  • Relearning to Breathe by Matilde Molinari (4:51)
  • Dog-cute-mentary by Jackie (15:08)
  • Final Project by Group X (3:13)
  • Final Video Essay by Jiaxin Wang (6:33)
  • MEDIART Project by Aastha Mangla (2:05)
  • Excerpts from Katie by Jimmy (3:35)

Superdeep #26: “Social Values & Expert Disagreement in Psychiatric Classification: the Case of Gaming Disorder” (Wang Yafeng) | Thu Apr 25, 5 pm

5 pm | IB 2028

It doesn’t take an expert to agree on this one being a Superdeep treat: Wang Yafeng (Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Sciences) joining the Workshop to present on “Social Values & Expert Disagreement in Psychiatric Classification: the Case of Gaming Disorder”. Thu Apr 25 | 5 pm | IB 2028

Snacks & drinks will be served at the Workshop.


The Workshop is Superdeep‘s venue for philosophical work-in-progress research & practice. For more info or to submit proposals for the Workshop, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep more generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.


Cultural Domination:Philosophical Perspectives

Date: Friday, April 19th
Time: 205 pm
Location: IB1056

Thomas M. Besch is Luojia Professor of Philosophy at Wuhan University and Honorary Associate at the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney. He mainly taught in Sydney, Wuhan, and Ankara, with stints in Hradec-Kralove and Oxford. His research focuses on ideas of public reason and justification, political liberalism, and related ideas of discursive respect and discursive equality. He published widely on these themes, including a monograph on political liberalism, Über John Rawls’ politischen Liberalismus, and papers in journals like the Southern Journal of Philosophy, Philosophia, Theoria, Social Theory and Practice, or The European Journal of Philosophy, amongst others.

Recruiting DKU Climate Change Communications Fellows

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In Fall 2024, as part of the joint DKU-Duke climate commitment, DKU will launch a new course, DKU102 Let’s Talk About Climate Change!, modeled on Duke’s course of the same name.

The course takes place every Thursday from 7-9pm for 13 weeks in the fall semester and is worth 2 credits. There are no graded assignments.

The course directors are currently recruiting DKU undergraduate and graduate students to work closely with the professors as DKU’s first cohort of Climate Change Communications Fellows.

Position Overview

The Climate Change Communications Fellows will work as volunteer teaching assistants for DKU102 Let’s Talk About Climate Change! in Fall 2024.


The main responsibilities of the position are:

  • Act as a brand ambassador for the course and recruit other DKU students to join the course
  • Lead activities and discussions with the other students who are taking the course each week for one hour
  • Compile a short summary report on each week’s activities
  • Meet with the course directors each week to provide continuous critical feedback from the students to the professors


  • Be physically present on the DKU campus in Fall 2024
  • Undergraduate Climate Change Communications Fellows must enroll in DKU102; graduate students do not need to enroll in the course
  • Commit to attending all 13 weeks of the course
  • Complete a one-day training session with the course leaders at the start of the semester


  • Receive the title of DKU Climate Change Communications Fellow
  • Gain leadership experience working with other DKU students
  • Gain teaching experience with the professors as a key member of the teaching team for the course
  • Help DKU become China’s leading climate change university

How to Apply

Fill out this short Qualtrics form to apply, or scan the QR code above.


The deadline for applications is May 15, 2024.


Superdeep Nighthawks: Sound of Metal (Marder 2019) | Apr 25, 8:28pm

8:28pm  |  IB 1008

Join the Nighthawks, in collaboration with DKU Metal & Rock Clubs, to learn about the power of music & community with Darius Marder‘s 2019 Sound of Metal (…& food & drink). Thu Apr 25, 8:28pm IB 1008.


Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late); more info here. To propose a screening, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.

Superdeep Nighthawks: Amarcord (Fellini 1973) | Apr 18, 8:08pm

8:08pm  |  IB 1008

Join the Nighthawks for some Superdeep nostalgic revocation with Federico Fellini‘s 1973 Amarcord (…& food & drink). Thu Apr 18, 8:08pm IB 1008.


Superdeep Nighthawks meet on Thu eve (~8pm till late); more info here. To propose a screening, follow this link; for more info on Superdeep generally, follow this one.

Superdeep is sponsored by DKU’s Humanities Research Center.