Los Pleneros de la 21
Dance and Drumming Workshop, Sept 18, 7:00 pm, Smith Hill Annex
Performance, Sept 19, 6:30 pm, Smith Center for the Arts
Founded in 1983, the group consists of three generations of venerated traditional and professional musicians, incomparable dancers and passionate educators. Los Pleneros de la 21
fuses the "down home" Afro-Puerto Rican traditions with contemporary sound to showcase their versatility and complexities of Latino experience in the United States.
Yesenia Barragan, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Columbia University
Oct. 2, 4:30 pm, Slavin Center 112 (Fishbowl)
As opposed to the United States, where slavery was destroyed in the context of a Civil War, or Haiti, where slavery was exterminated in 1804 to create the world's first black republic, the majority of republican governments in the Americas dealt with the 'problem' of slavery through a process of gradual emancipation by passing Free Womb laws in the aftermath of independence. This presentation examines the social repercussions of this Law of the Free Womb in the Republic of New Granada (modern-day Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador), established in 1821, specifically focusing on the Pacific Coastal province of Chocó, once the gold-mining center of the former Spanish empire. Apart from showing how this law attempted to monopolize the meaning and path to freedom as a state project, and served as a ‘national compromise’ between white, republican elites and the substantial enslaved and black underclasses, this presentation offers a more complicated narrative of emancipation and the trials and tribulations faced by the last generation of enslaved peoples in northern South America.
Segregation Forever: Education & Civil Rights 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education (Sept 4)
Dr. Pedro Noguera
, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University. In this presentation we will analyze the current reform agenda being promoted by states, the federal government and various advocacy groups. We will also explore why issues pertaining to racial segregation and social inequality are no longer considered central to school change initiatives and the implication of allowing these issues to be ignored. Finally, we will consider the possibilities for change that exist in the current period given the constraints confronting public schools.A Conversation with Richard Rodriguez, author of Darling (Sept 16)
is a collection of essays in which Rodriguez considers the complete
reality of faith-based violence among the three Abrahamic religions of
the desert, growing atheism in the West, the roll of women in Church and
society, sexuality, and other timely topics.
First Class Jails/Second Class Schools: Education in the Age of Incarceration (Oct 2)
A Lecture by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, associate professor of education, Columbia University. Education scholar and media personality Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
will be visiting to give a public lecture and Q&A session. Co-sponsored with the Diversity and Inclusion Professionals.
How Far Toward Justice? The Arc of History 50 Years After the March on Washington
An interdisciplinary panel and discussion featuring:
- Dr. David Canton, associate professor of history, Connecticut College
- Dr. Kara Cebulko, assistant professor of sociology, Providence College
- Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery, associate professor of political science and director of the Black Studies Program, Providence College
- Dr. Manu Vimalassery, visiting professor of American Studies, Williams College
Hate Crime & Civil Rights: Federal and State Perspectives (May 8)
On May 8, 2013, several high-level administrators - including Major John Leyden, Executive Direction of the Office of Safety and Security - attended a 3-hour training designed for Police Departments and college and university campus safety and security offices in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. It was presented by the Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Prejudice & Bias, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, and hosted by the Justice System and Training & Research Institute at Roger Williams University.
Embracing Diversity: A Student Forum with Fr. Shanley (May 3)
In response to community requests for administrative attention and action to racial profiling and discrimination on campus, a dinner and discussion was held with Fr. Shanley where students were given the opportunity to dialogue with the President and share their thoughts, concerns, and experiences.
A Conversation with Junot Diaz (Apr 10)
On April 10, the Office of Institutional Diversity brought in Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer, Junot Diaz, for a reading and conversation, which drew in over 250 students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community into the Smith Center for the Arts.
Friar Forum - Diversity: The Vision Realized (Mar 18)
For the first annual Friar Forum, hosted by The Cowl and co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity along with BMSA, the topic addressed diversity on campus and involved students, faculty, and administrations representing such groups as SHEPARD (Stopping Homophobia, Eliminating Prejudice, and Restoring Dignity), SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism), Student Congress, the Department of Sociology, and Campus Ministry. Over 100 members of the community attended the event.
Film Presentation: Bully (Mar 13)
This 2011 film documentary which follows the lives of five students who encounter bullying on a daily basis was shown, followed by a Question & Answer session with direct Lee Hirsch.
Freedom and its Discontents (Feb 27)
Princeton University professor Dr. Imani Perry presented a lecture and reflection on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation to a group of 30 people.
One Drop Rule: Fate, Fiction, or Fate (Feb 5)
Dr. Yaba Blay of Drexel University spoke to a crowd of 30 people about her multiplatform project which examines the nuances of of skin color politics, racial ambiguity, and negotiations of Black identity.
Yours in Struggle (Feb 5)
Dr. Allison Dorsey of Swarthmore College presented a lecture entitled "Yours in Struggle: Learning Strength, Courage, and Wisdom from Women in the Civil Rights Movement."
Transition Program Reception with Fr. Shanley & Fr. Sicard (Jan 5)
President of the College Fr. Shanley and Vice President Fr. Sicard joined students from the New Student Transition Program for a dinner reception in Aquinas Lounge on a Tuesday evening.
Returning to America (Nov 28)
Co-sponsored with the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, the Office of Institutional Diversity featured Fr. David Orique, O.P., in a lecture presentation entitled "Returning to America: The Opening of the Atlantic World," which brought in 40 members of the College and local communities.