This panel discussion will reflect on the issues raised by the Netflix drama series "The Chair" featuring Sandra Oh as the first Asian American woman to serve as the chair of the English Department in a fictional university. We have invited panelists with diverse teaching and administrative experiences to share their responses to the drama.
Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is Senior Vice President and Director of Shay Moral Injury Center, Volunteers of America. She is a pioneering Asian American feminist theologian and her books include Journeys by Heart, Proverbs of Ashes (with Rebecca Parker), and Soul Repair (with Gabrielle Lettini)
Dr. Jung Ha Kim is CEO and President of Center for Pan Asian Community Services. Before that she was a professor of sociology at Georgia State University. She coedited the PANAAWRM volume Leading Wisdom and the anthology Religions in Asian America.
Dr. Michelle Maldonado is Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at University of Scranton. Her areas of specialization include Latino/a and Latin American theology; Afro-Caribbean and Latino/a studies; and Third World and feminist theologies. She is the author or editor of 10 books, including Sor Juana: Beauty and Justice in the Americas and Created in God's Image.
Dr. Beverly E. Mitchell is Professor of Systematic Theology and Church History, C.C. Goen and Douglas R. Chandler Church History Chair at Wesley Theological Seminary. She is the author of Black Abolitionism and Plantations and Death Camps, Religion, Ideology, and Human Dignity.
Dr. Junehee Yoon is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics and Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. As a United Methodist clergy, Yoon is also pastoring part-time at Waterloo Village United Methodist Church in Stanhope, New Jersey.