Campus COLL 300: Visitors

Among the criteria adopted for the Campus COLL 300: "bring the world to W&M" through instructional content and significant involvement of students and faculty with COLL 300 campus visitors - a fruitful experience of disorientation that allows students to see their own lives in broader perspective.

In a typical semester the CLA supports campus COLL 300 courses by hosting three campus visitors related to that semester's theme. Each visitor presents a public event and engages smaller groups of students and faculty in ways that support the goals of COLL 300. Visits generally span several or more days.

Each visitor's public event parallels the semester's theme and stems from some aspect of their life other than scholarly expertise. This may take the form of readings, conversations, performances, presentations of general and scholarly interest, or some combination of all of these – or something entirely different. 

Visitors for Fall 2017
  • Laxmi Naryan Tripathi. Indian hijra/trans* activist/author/performer, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi will share her experiences of battling for hijra rights, from legislation to recognize a third gender (hijra) identity in India’s Supreme Court (2014), to performances and street activism with hijra sex workers, and work at the UN and other global forums. September 9-15, 2017
  • Ifarinwale Ogundiran. Our guest will present an introduction to traditional Yoruba religion, emphasizing its inclusive cosmology and the challenges it faces in the increasingly exclusive religious landscape of contemporary Nigeria. October 9-13, 2017
  • Sarah Deer. Professor Sarah Deer, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation in Oklahoma, is an expert in tribal law and federal Indian policy. She has worked for over 20 years to end violence against women, with a specific focus on Native women and Native communities. November 14-17, 2017
Visitors for Spring 2018

Speakers, topics, and dates have not yet been announced. Faculty interested in developing a course should contact the CLA Associate Director, Ben Boone [] for tentative speaker names and topics.

Past Visitors