2019 Archive

A Day for Learning and Speaking Out Against Racial Injustice

"Whiteness: From Complicity to Solidarity"

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

10:00-11:30: "Hate in America: Hate and Extremism in Pennsylvania and Abroad"
Power Center Ballroom
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) works to combat hate movements in the United States. In this talk, SPLC Outreach Manager Kate Chance will provide an overview of the historical and current status of hate movements in the U.S., especially here in Pennsylvania. She will discuss the efforts to combat these movements by fighting hate, teaching tolerance, and seeking justice. Respondent: Dr. Daniel Burston.


1:00-3:00: "Working across Boundaries to Achieve Solidarity: A Panel of Partners"
Power Center Ballroom
Leon Ford, author and activist, will introduce and lead a panel of members of the Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice. The panel will include formerly incarcerated citizens that-collectively-have served 89 years in penitentiaries, a former police officer, a lawyer, and a Duquesne professor. The panel will explore how they have negotiated the boundaries that try to separate them to embrace solidarity.


3:15-4:30: "Race and Pedagogy": A Discussion of Readings
Power Center Ballroom
Facilitated by Dr. Erin Rentschler, with faculty and graduate student discussion leaders
How do race, teaching, and learning intersect at a predominantly white university? What strategies and habits of mind can foster inclusivity? What strategies can we use to engage in effective race talk? What happens when conversations about race emerge but aren't part of the intended curriculum? Our 5th annual session will explore these and other questions by engaging with selected readings. For details on the readings and to register, please visit the CTE Event page.

5:00-7:00: "Not Giving Up: Maintaining Our Commitment to Justice in Unjust Times"
Power Center Ballroom

In this presentation, Tim Wise explores the importance of staying strong in difficult times, and committing to the struggle for justice, even when justice seems far away. Weaving social movement history with contemporary analysis, humor and storytelling, Wise provides practical tools for movement building, self-care, how to build effective coalitions, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that occasionally befall organizers and activists in every generation. In this talk, Wise also examines the ups and downs of social media as a tool for movement building; the importance (and potential blind spots) of movement allies; and understanding the difference between systems of oppression and individuals who occasionally act in oppressive ways, and how to stay focused principally on the former, as a way to lessen the harms of both. Additionally, he explores the importance of "radical humility," in movement work: recognizing our own mistakes, our own (often slow) process of becoming aware of injustices, and the recognition that we still have much to learn from one another. This presentation is a great primer for movement building and effective activism, which will help boost the resilience of those seeking a more just and equitable world, but who find themselves frustrated by the slow-and often backwards-pace of change. Dinner will be provided.


9:00 pm: "A Walk in My Shoes - Sacred Conversations on Race" Student Roundtable in the
Africa Room
This event is an opportunity for students to come together and have authentic conversations on racial identity and how we understand the "racial other." Food will be provided. This event is for undergraduate students only.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:
Critical Race Theory Speaker Series, CETR, CIQR, Center for Student Wellbeing, CTE, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, Department of Theology, Division of Mission and Identity, Division of Student Life, Faculty Social Justice Association, Gumberg Library, Honors College, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost, School of Nursing, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, and UCOR.

2019 DLSO Committee: Kathy Glass, Chair; Anna Floerke Scheid, Chair; Michelle Blohm; Luci-Jo DiMaggio; Christine Lorenz; Erin Rentschler; Angelle Pryor; Darlene Weaver.