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 2018: "Bodies that Matter"
  • Fredy Peccerelli is director of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation. FAFG carries out exhumations of Guatemala’s clandestine cemeteries from its civil war (1960-1996) and works to identify victims of massacre and return bodies to families and communities for proper reburial. His engagements on campus will focus on his own journey in this work: his life as a young political refugee in NYC in the 1980s, coming to know about his country’s armed conflict, the work of forensic anthropologists in documenting “truth,” and his founding of and work in FAFG. His visit is scheduled for September 17-21. The main event will take place September 19, at 5 pm in Commonwealth Auditorium.

  • Bernedette Muthien is an activist, poet, educator, and government minister. Her life’s work has been directed toward increasing access to basic social institutions that have long excluded women, and in particular women of color, in South Africa. Her visit will focus on her passion and strategies for reversing patterns of victimization through increased representation and access to education, financial institutions, and government services. Her visit is scheduled for October 8-12.  The main event will take place October 10, at 5 pm in Commonwealth Auditorium.

  • micha cárdenas PhD, has been using technology for art and social justice for over a decade. Inspired by her Latinx spiritual ancestors Gloria Anzaldúa and Sylvia Rivera, she works to challenge borders of all kinds, including borders between academia and activism, poetry and politics. Her current passion is combining theory and practice to consider how algorithms are like rituals, recipes and poems, and can be used for racial and gender justice. cárdenas is writing a new algorithm for gender, race and technology. Her current work uses algorithms to try to reduce violence against trans women of color. She is Assistant Professor of Art & Design: Games + Playable Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. cárdenas’s co-authored books The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (2012) and Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs (2010). cárdenas, a first generation Colombian-American, is an artist/theorist and the inaugural recipient of the James Tiptree Jr. fellowship in 2014, a fellowship to provide support and recognition for the new voices in science fiction who are making visible the forces that are changing our view of gender today. Her artwork has been described as “a seminal milestone for artistic engagement in VR” by the Spike art journal in Berlin. Her visit is scheduled for October 17-19.  The main event will take place on October 17, at 5 pm in Commonwealth Auditorium.

Visitors for Spring 2019: "Ceremony"

We are in the process of negotiating dates with the selected speakers. Faculty interested in developing a course should contact the CLA Associate Director, Ben Boone [] for speaker names and topics.

Past Visitors