Author: Dr. Beth Berila
Thursday, April 7, 2016 12:30-1:30 PM
Miller Center 114/115
Racism, Sexism, Classism, Ableism, Homophobia, Transphobia, Xenophobia, and other "isms" send us toxic messages about ourselves and others in our group. If we are members of marginalized groups, chances are we have layers of harmful internalized oppression to unlearn. But how do we do so with fierce compassion? Drawing from mindfulness education and social justice teaching, this book explores an anti-oppressive pedagogy for university and college classrooms. Authentic classroom discussions about oppression and diversity can be difficult; a mindful approach allows students to explore their experiences with compassion and to engage in critical inquiry to confront their deeply held beliefs and value systems.
Author: Robert D. Putnam
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 8:45-10:00 am
Miller Center 114/115
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam is a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: Why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.
During the Student Success Campus Conversations, the Provost asked 4 key questions. One question was “What would it look like if we were the leader within our peer institutions in serving AND graduating students of color with no achievement gaps?” This book provides an examination of the opportunity gap in the educational system. The narrative provides a great reference point to anchor thoughtful conversations around the origins of the achievement gap. With that understanding our community — students, faculty, staff, and administrators — can think creatively on how best to respond to the provost’s very important question.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the National Urban League were national civil rights organizations that worked together as a movement to address the civil rights concerns of African Americans. Ending segregation was a goal the groups had in common, but after that legally happened through the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, unifying issues were harder to come by. The coalition was not that cohesive before then, but the organizations had put up a public united front. The fissures became more public when the groups disagreed about the “Black Power” phrase in 1966, and the following year they further split on whether to oppose President Lyndon Johnson’s handling of the Vietnam War. The coalition eventually came to a consensus on both issues, but the movement’s infighting and the federal government’s efforts at sabotage permanently split the coalition by late 1973. Power, Politics, and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement traces the development of that split. "Power, Politics, and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement"
THE ROAD TO COSMOS is a collection of 35 short stories about the unique characters in the mythical town of Cosmos, USA. In an informal session, Meissner will read passages from the book and answer questions about stories and their creation. “(Bill Meissner is)… A storyteller with remarkable gifts.”
"The book is a must reading for parents, teachers and policy makers. It presents a portrait of today's young people, not in terms of the traditional historical events of their lives, but instead the digital technology that shaped this generation. It compellingly and powerfully examines the impact, consequences, and implications for their and society's future."---- Arthur Levine, President of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation & former President of Teachers College, Columbia University.