Gregg A. Kindle Distinguished Lecture on Community
2016 Speaker Biography
Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson is an educator focused on creating a society that values, supports, and loves people from all diverse identities. His work spans many identities and digs deep into issues facing lLGBTQ+ communities, religious communities, and people of color. Joshua’s diverse background and passion for social justice fuels his work as he has served in student affairs, the classroom, and community non-profit organizations. Much of Joshua's work stems from his personal identity as a Christian, queer, multiracial Asian-American/Euro-American, man who grew up in Mississippi. His understanding of identity has led to a career training, consulting, writing and presenting at colleges and organizations around the country.
He is currently the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Multicultural Student Center at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Joshua’s understanding of identity and conflict has led him to becoming a best-selling other with his first book, Beyond Surviving: From Religious Oppression to Queer Activism. Joshua loves pop culture and critiquing TV, movies, and music, which he has got to put to practice when he served as a faculty member for Popular Culture and Identity, and from 2011-2013 he hosted a weekly radio talk show on 91.9 FM, KCSB Santa Barbara called Check Ya’Self, which critically examined media and popular culture through a social justice lens.
The 7th Annual Gregg A. Kindle Distinguished Lecture on Community
Thursday, April 28th, 2016 - Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson
- Staff & Faculty: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Northwestern Room, Norris
- “Not in My House: Taking Action to Build Community for All”
- Students: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Louis Room, Norris
- “The Birds and the B’s of Belonging”
The Gregg A. Kindle Distinguished Lecture
Creating and sustaining an inclusive Northwestern experience requires open, authentic communication; inspired leadership; and a commitment to social justice. The Gregg A. Kindle Distinguished Lecture features scholars and/or practitioners who are making significant intellectual and practical contributions to support thriving communities. Each year our featured lecturers challenge our assumptions about our role in community, help us understand ourselves and others, and give us tools to succeed.
The annual spring lecture honors the legacy of the late Gregg A. Kindle, Director of Residential Life and Assistant Dean of Students from 1986 to 2003. Gregg worked at Northwestern for 22 years and was passionate about developing inclusive residential communities. He cared deeply for students and led department efforts to create timely and innovative campus programs, some of which continue today, such as the SafeRide program, the LGBT support network, and anti-sexual assault education initiatives. Gregg is remembered for his contributions to the development of a new generation of residential living areas including ACCI, Kemper Hall, and Slivka Hall. He also helped create the first residentially based coffeehouse/café, which led to the development of Lisa’s Café on north campus.
Past Distinguished Lecturers
2015: Patrick Day "50 Shades of Purple: The Uncomfortable Intimacy of Community"
2014: Dr. Vijay Pendakur "The Only Constant is Change: A New Approach to Managing Inter-Cultural Conflict" and "Understanding Privilege and Leading with Responsibility"
2013: Dr. Maura Cullen “Building Inclusive Communities”
2012: Vernon Wall “One Better World”
2011: Dr. Harry Boyte “We the People: Students and the Global Movement for Civic Empowerment”
2010: Paul Rogat Loeb “Personal Belief, Community, and Making a Difference in a Cynical World”