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Race in America. Coping with New Infectious Disease Outbreaks. Digital Privacy for Journalists, Activists, and Others. Join Pace faculty as they tackle these and other timely topics in one-time virtual interactive sessions.

Online Shopping and Internet Security: A Behind-the-Scenes Glimpse
Monday, June 29, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Shamita Dutta Gupta, PhD
With online shopping and digital communication on the rise, a secure means of transmitting sensitive information (such as credit card numbers, passwords, social security numbers, etc.) is a necessity. One such way of producing a secret code, which students will learn about in this interactive session, is RSA public-key cryptosystem. The public-key is a key available to the public (ex. the shopper) with which they can encode a message (ex. their credit card number) and send that message to the owner (ex. the merchant) of the public-key. While anyone (ex. the shoppers) can encode a message, only the owner (ex. the merchant) knows how to decode it, and so is the sole person who can charge your credit card.


How Will Technology Affect the Way We Live, Learn, Communicate, and Work?
Tuesday, June 30, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Brian Evans, EdD
How will technology affect the way we live, learn, communicate, and work? What will life look like in 2050 when the students of today are mid-career? What skillsets will be most important for future careers? This interactive session will allow students to stretch their imaginations and consider how current trends could affect our future.


Digital Feminist Politics and Advocacy at the United Nations: A Special Experiential Practicum
Monday, July 6, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Emily Bent, PhD
Want to influence global policy agendas for gender equality and girls’ human rights? Join Emily Bent, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies, to learn about a new experiential practicum in digital feminist politics and international advocacy at the United Nations. Based on Bent’s research with feminist organizations and girl activists from around the globe, this unique three-semester opportunity exposes Pace students to the world of human rights advocacy inside the UN. This Zoom session will describe the project and the opportunities associated with it, as well as answer questions about how to get involved, educational and professional benefits, and how the work will be conducted in digital and/or in-person formats.


Meet and Greet: NYC’s Chemistry Department
Tuesday, July 7, and Tuesday, August 4, at 12:00 p.m. ET
Incoming students are invited to attend this special meet and greet to learn more about the different programs (chemistry, biochemistry, and forensic science) offered by the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences on the NYC Campus. Faculty will introduce themselves and briefly summarize their research programs, while current students and recent graduates will be available to share their insights on their Pace University experience.


Digital Privacy for Journalists, Activists, and Others
Wednesday, July 8, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Katherine Fink, PhD
This session examines the surveillance of journalists, activists, and others by law enforcement, past and present. The session focuses particularly on the importance of mobile phones—not only for surveillance, but also as a crucial tool for activists and journalists to document and distribute what they see and hear. Additionally, discussions will focus more generally on what information people are unwittingly sharing online (with law enforcement as well as other parties, such as advertisers) and what they can do to keep more of their personal information private.


Meet and Greet: NYC’s Biology Department
Tuesday, July 14, at 12:00 p.m. ET
The Department of Biology on the NYC Campus will present the outstanding research and educational opportunities for incoming students. Attend this session for an opportunity to meet those in the Biology Department and get a feel for the tight-knit community of award-winning faculty, current students, and alumni.


Coping with New Infectious Disease Outbreaks Across the Globe
Wednesday, July 22, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Amy Freedman, PhD, and Joseph Morreale, PhD
This timely session will discuss how countries perceive and respond to threats from the outbreak of diseases, going beyond public health concerns to address economic, political, and social threats. How well or poorly do different countries address these problems? What does the evidence show? Who was most successful in controlling pandemics and why were they? How do you balance health risks and economic risks? Students and faculty will brainstorm ideas for how to study these questions and what factors they would want to see included in an investigation on this. Faculty will also share what they know from prior research.


Why Is It Important to Learn a Foreign Language at College?
Tuesday, July 28, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Ying Wang, PhD
This session discusses why learning a foreign language during college is important, what the language requirements for Pace students are, how to succeed in language courses at Pace, and how language skills can open the door for professional opportunities. At the end of the session, every student will learn how to greet each other in a foreign language.


Race in America: How Did We Get Here?
Wednesday, July 29, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Kiku E. Huckle, PhD
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many unnamed others; the subsequent widespread BLM protests; the uneven effects of COVID-19; family separation at the US border; and the persistent and increasing economic and political disparity between whites and communities of color. How are such events possible given our American ethos of equality and liberty and justice for all?  This workshop offers a historically grounded presentation demonstrating that recent events as well as the US’ ongoing racial inequality are the logical and inevitable result of longstanding laws and policies written to institutionalize a racial hierarchy that places whites at the top. Students will work to brainstorm ways to counteract the longstanding and deeply entrenched systems creating racial inequality with an eye for identifying actions that can be taken today to effect substantive change.


The Struggle Against Nuclear Racism
Thursday, July 30, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Matthew Bolton, PhD, and Emily Welty, PhD
What does banning nuclear weapons have to do with racial justice and decolonization? How have protest movements and civil disobedience supported ongoing work against nuclear weapons? What is the intersection between nuclear weapons and New York City and what can we do to prevent such weapons from ever being used again? Join Professors Welty and Bolton for a conversation about banning nuclear weapons as justice work and their experiences as members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize).


Enhancing Your Criminal Justice Experience: We Are So Much More Than Our Classroom!
Monday, August 3, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD
This session will explore learning opportunities available within the criminal justice major/minor which take place outside of our traditional classroom. These opportunities that not only serve as a resume-builder, but also provide experience that differentiates job candidates from their peers. Students will learn about our jail-based services and how they can be an integral part of criminal justice reform, particularly in the field of corrections. They will discuss Pace’s national award-winning Parenting, Prison, and Pups (PPP) program; our “Inside-Out” class, which takes students to the Westchester Jail to learn from incarcerated people; and information about our Criminal Justice Society, which is responsible for exposing students to numerous criminal justice organizations in order to provide networking, internship, and employment opportunities.

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The Biology and Epidemiology of COVID-19
Wednesday, August 5, at 1:30 p.m. ET
Hosted by Aaron Steiner, PhD, and the Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society
This session will delve into the scientific evidence on the origin and biology of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, as well as its effects on the human body. Students will discuss what makes it so contagious, what risk factors contribute to COVID-19-related mortality, and how drugs are being designed to prevent and combat this infection. This session will provide students with evidence-based tools to evaluate new information on COVID-19 as it emerges, helping to separate science from spin. Members of the Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society will also be on hand to introduce their organization and answer questions.

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