February, Black History Month, was sponsored by the President’s Office, CCSRE, CISLA, American Studies Dept., Connsider, Africana Studies, Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Dean of the Faculty, Dean of Students, Dean of the College, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, OVCS, History Department, Office of Student Life, Gender and Women’s Studies, Women’s Center, Joy Shecthtman Mankoff Center for Teaching and Learning, and Unity House.
"One Book One Region" Connecticut College was a partner of One Book One Region of Eastern Connecticut, based on the idea of expanding a small book club to that of an entire community. The year's book was “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson, who was the keynote speaker on April 5, 2016.
Monday, Feb. 1
Black History Month Kick Off Event, Keynote speaker by Jeffrey Ogbar, professor at University of Connecticut and performances by Jermaine Doris ’19 and Writers Block. 5-8 p.m., College Center Crozier-Williams 1941 Room.
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Black History Month Event. Scott Lewis: "The Long Road to Innocence." Recently freed after 19 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Lewis, who was assisted by the Connecticut Innocence Project, will speak about his experience. 7-8 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center Ernst Common Room. This is a One Book, One Region event.
Friday, Feb. 5
La Casa Rosa performed by Forum Theatre Mexico, 4-5:30 p.m., College Center Crozier-Williams 1962 (West), Contact: Natalie Avalos, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, February 8
Black History Month Event. "Rainbow Coalition Organizing in Chicago: The Economic, Political, and Social Impact of the Illinois Black Panther Party." Dr. Jakobi William, associate professor at Indiana University will lecture on demonstrating why and how groups emulated the BPP as a means for political and social change. 6 p.m.-8:30p.m. Ernst Common Room. This is a One Book, One Region event.
Wednesday, Feb. 10
Rennie Harris Puremovement Academy -Common Hour - Welcome/Introduction to the Academy of Legends, Myers Studio The Hip Hop Year continues at Connecticut College as the Dance Department presents a series of hip hop workshops, master classes and workshops, talks and meet-the-artist events with Rennie Harris Puremovement: Academy of Legends. Presented by the Connecticut College Dance Department and Funded by the Dayton Artist-in-Residence Program.
Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of The Spook Who Sat by the Door. A Film Screening and Q&A by Associate Professor Christine Acham, University of Southern California, 4-7 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center 210
Monday, Feb. 15
Black History Month Event. Film Viewing and Discussion: CHI RAQ. In Spike Lee’s modern-day adaptation of Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata, a gang leader’s girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) is called to action after a child is killed by a stray bullet. She convinces a group of women to help put an end to the violence in Chicago’s South Side by taking a vow of abstinence, which will only end when their men decide to bring peace to the city. 7-11 p.m., Cro's Nest.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Black History Month Event. “The Long Black Freedom Movement, from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter: History Lessons and Contemporary Realities." A lecture by Barbara Ransby, a historian, writer and longtime activist, the author of “Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement” and a professor of African American studies, gender and women’s studies, and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she directs both the campuswide Social Justice Initiative and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. She will discuss Ella Baker, one of the most influential women in the civil rights movement, and 21st century activism. 7-8:30 p.m., Cro's Nest, College Center at Crozier-Williams. This is a One Book, One Region event.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Black History Month Event. Screening of filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” This film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and combines archival footage and interviews with surviving Black Panthers and FBI agents to tell the story of the revolutionary Black Panther Party. 7-10 p.m., Blaustein 210.
Book Reading: “No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadows of Poverty and Drug Dealing." Waverly Duck, professor and Conn alumnus, recently published "No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadows of Poverty and Drug Dealing" based on a seven-year ethnographic research project in an impoverished neighborhood in a city in the Northeast. 4:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Building, Room 210. This is a One Book One Region event.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Black History Month Event. Common Hour “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” Documentary Discussion Stanley Nelson is an African American director and producer of documentary films known for examining the history and experiences of African Americans. He will discuss his 2015 documentary, “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” 11:50 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ernst Common Room.
Black History Month Event. "A Caribbean Feminism For Our Times?" with Dr. Tonya Haynes. Dr. Tonya Haynes is a Caribbean feminist academic and activist. She holds a PhD in Gender and Development Studies and was a 2011 Centre for Gender Excellence Visiting Scholar at Linköping University, Sweden. Her research is animated by concerns about knowledge and power in the production of self-legitimating discourses that sustain injustices and inequalities. It covers such diverse thematic areas as gender-based violence, Caribbean feminist thought, cyberfeminisms and men’s organisations. 7-8:15 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center Hood Dining Room.
Tuesday, March 1
Lecture. "Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream." Professor Chris Bail of Duke University. This lecture will examine how anti-Muslim discourse became so firmly entrenched within mainstream political discourse in the United States using new techniques from computational social science that examine more than 300,000 newspaper articles, television transcripts, and social media messages. 4:30 - 6 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Building, Ernst Common Room. Contact Eileen Kane, email@example.com. Sponsored by the Global Islamic Studies program.
Wednesday, March 2
Panel Discussion: “Education for All: Center for Prison Education” College-in-prison is a decisive intervention into the cycle linking imprisonment to alienation from educational opportunity. Since 2009, the Wesleyan University’s Center for Prison Education has brought the transformative power of the liberal arts into Connecticut’s prisons, offering incarcerated individuals the opportunity to take Wesleyan courses and receive college credit for their efforts. Join a panel of experts to discuss the transformative power of liberal arts education in Connecticut’s prisons. The panel features Kristin Ingles, academic development and planning manager at Wesleyan University’s Center for Prison Education; Lori Gruen, professor of philosophy at Wesleyan; and Christopher Hammond, associate professor of mathematics at Connecticut College. The panelists will discuss the history and mission of the Center for Prison Education, reentry and recidivism issues as well as public policy challenges. 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Charles E. Shain Library, Charles Chu Room.
Thursday, March 3
A Brief Introduction to Africana Philosophy by Professor Lewis Gordon. Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies, with affiliations in Asian and Asian American Studies, Caribbean and Latino/a Studies, and Judaic Studies, at UCONN-Storrs in the United States; Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Government, the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica; European Union Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France; Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor of Politics and International Studies at the university currently known as Rhodes in South Africa; and Chairman of the Anna Julia Cooper, Frantz Fanon, Nicolás Guillén, and Claudia Jones awards committees of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. A graduate of Yale University and the Lehman Scholars Program of the City University of New York, he is the author of several influential monographs. 4-6:30 p.m., Charles E. Shain Library Charles Chu Room.
Tuesday, March 8
(Re)Claiming Caribbean Inclusion: Examples from the LGBTI Liberation Movement. Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican LGBTQ, and HIV/AIDs activist, winner of the David Kato Vision and Voice Award, and who was featured in the documentary, Abominable Crimes will be speaking at Connecticut College. Mr. Tomlinson will give a talk on the intersectionality of masculinities. We will be screening Abominable Crime, the documentary in which Maurice was featured to educate the community on issues surrounding marginalized masculinities, HIV/AIDS, homophobia, transphobia, and asylum. Following a Q&A with Maurice Tomlinson. 4:30-6:30 p.m., College Center Crozier-Williams Cro's Nest.
Tuesday, March 8
Can Talking Help? The Politics and Psychology of Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking. Phillip L. Hammack, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, will discuss his book, "Narrative and the Politics of Identity: The cultural psychology of Israeli and Palestinian youth." Professor Hammack is an internationally acclaimed researcher on identity development and narrative psychology. His book on Israeli and Palestinian youth was a groundbreaking study of how dominant narratives in each group's respective culture have complicated these young adults' paths to developing integrated and coherent identities. Hammack shows how their struggles with inherited ideologies and social constructions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have undermined their efforts to promote peace and reconciliation. Ernst Common Room, Blaustein, 7 p.m. Sponsored by: CCSRE, CISLA, Dean of the College, Global Islamic Studies, Psychology Department, Zachs Hillel House.
Wednesday, March 9
Ladies of Hip Hop Performance Residency: Artist talk with choreographer and dancer Teena Marie Custer. Artist talk with choreographer and dancer Teena Marie Custer. Martha Myers Studio, College Center at Crozier-Williams. Funding provided by the Dayton Artist in Residency Program. 12-1 p.m., College Center Crozier-Williams Martha Myers Studio (300).
Wednesday, March 9
Perceptions and Misperceptions of Women in Prison. One Book, One Region Talk by Judy Dworin, Dworin Performance Project, Trinity College. How creative arts enrich the lives of female prisoners at York Correctional Institution. 4:30-6 p.m., Charles E. Shain Library Charles Chu Room.
Wednesday, March 30
"Historicizing the Carceral State: Race, Sex, and Power in Early America" - Common Hour presentation by Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History and Director of the LGBTQ Center. The penitentiary system was established in the United States during a period of dramatic social and political upheaval. Changing attitudes about work, freedom, property, sex, and family all shaped the aim and reach of punishment. Those who were most frequently subject to surveillance and regulation--immigrants, servants, the enslaved, and African Americans--were not passive victims of social control schemes but rather played an active part in instigating and resisting these forces. Close examination of the intertwined relationship between democracy and carceral culture at the moment of the nation's founding is vital to understanding the present crisis of mass incarceration. 11:50 a.m.-1 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Ernst Common Room.
Wednesday, March 30
Palestinians & Israelis: Building Economics Pathways to Peace. Palestinian and Israeli speakers will discuss their experiences with coexistence, the challenges they face from those who oppose cooperation, and their hopes for a better future together. 5 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210. Sponsored by Connecticut College Hillel, Zachs Hillel House, the Office of the Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Standwithus, World Jewish Congress and the Consulate General of Israel in New York.
Monday, April 4
One Book One Region Event: Keynote speaker author Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is the founder and executive of the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit legal practice dedicated to defending those in need who have received unfair treatment by the criminal justice system. Stevenson is a recipient of a MacArthur ("Genius") fellowship. He will discuss his book, "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption." 7-10 p.m., Palmer Auditorium.
Stevenson’s visit will also launch President Katherine Bergeron’s new Distinguished Lecture Series. Stevenson’s talk will be the inaugural lecture, and he will be on campus in conjunction with the College’s Founders Day celebration.
Tuesday, April 12
Book Talk - "Hands on the Freedom Plow," with author and documentary filmmaker Judy Richardson. In “Hands on the Freedom Plow,” fifty-two women - northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina - share their courageous personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. Author Judy Richardson and three of the women featured in “Hands on the Freedom Plow,” Dorothy Zellner, Betty Garman Robinson and Muriel Tillinghast, will share their stories and answer questions about the black freedom struggle, SNCC and the collaboration that lead to the book. 4:30-6 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center 210.
The Fran and Ray Stark Distinguished Guest Residency in Film Studies brings leading scholars and artistic professionals involved with the production, distribution and interpretation of cinema to campus for intensive engagement with students in the Film Studies Program. Stark Guest Residents work with film students in an intensive, comprehensive film seminar or production setting over the course of an academic semester.
Wednesday, April 13
Poetry Reading by Remi Kanazi This event will be a poetry performance by Palestinian-American poet, Remi Kanazi, a poet and writer based in New York City. He is the author the forthcoming collection of poetry, Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up From Brooklyn to Palestine. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine and the editor of Poets For Palestine. His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Salon, Al Jazeera English, and BBC Radio. His poetry has taken him across the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, and he has appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. Charles E. Shain Library, Chu Room. 4:30-6 p.m.
Africana Studies Lecture - Simon Gikandi on the Black Atlantic archive. A lecture by Dr. Simon Gikandi (English, Princeton University) on Wednesday, April 13th at 7p.m. in Ernst Common Room. "The Secrets of the Archive: Lessons from the Black Atlantic." A reception follows. Copies of Gikandi's recent book, Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton, 2011), will be available for purchase.
Thursday, April 14
Talk and Discussion with Rebecca Vilkomerson '93 The Executive Director of the Jewish Voice for Peace speaks about her work at JVP and discusses the difference between Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism. Coffee Grounds.
Friday, April 15
Film Screening: “Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters” The Stark Distinguished Guest Artist Residency at Connecticut College presents “Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters,” a two-hour History Channel documentary that depicts the system of slave policing. The stories are set in both the South and the North, from the mid-1700’s colonial era through the end of the Civil War and its aftermath, and told through archival material, scholar interviews and recreations. While the stories show the brutality of the slave system, they also reveal another, often-overlooked side of the history—the strength and ingenuity of the enslaved. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210.
Monday, April 18
Film Screening: "Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968” The Stark Distinguished Guest Artist Residency at Connecticut College presents "Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968,” that brings to light one of the bloodiest tragedies of the Civil Rights era after four decades of deliberate denial. The killing of four white students at Kent State University in 1970 left an indelible stain on our national consciousness. But most Americans know nothing of the three black students killed at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg two years earlier. This scrupulously researched documentary finally offers the definitive account of that tragic incident and reveals the environment that allowed it to be buried for so long. It raises disturbing questions about how our country acknowledges its tortured racial past in order to make sense of its challenging present. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 203.
Wednesday, April 20
Film Screening - “The Mine Wars” The Stark Distinguished Guest Artist Residency at Connecticut College presents filmmakers Tracy Strain and Randall McLowry. They will present clips from their film, “The Mine Wars,” American Experience, which tells the story of West Virginia coal miners’ uprisings in the early 20th century and their new film, “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” a feature documentary about the late playwright Lorraine Hansberry. Judy Richardson will lead them in a Q&A. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210.
Friday, April 22
Talk by Junot Díaz: "Immigration and Storytelling in the Age of Trump." Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O'Henry Award. The talk is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the talk. 3:30 p.m. in the 1941 Room of the College Center at Crozier-Williams.
Monday, April 25
Film Screening - “Ain’t Goin’ Shuffle No More.” The Stark Residency at Connecticut College presents “Ain’t Gonna Shuffle No More” (1964-1972), the 11th episode of the famous PBS documentary. The episode offers a call to pride and a renewed push for unity to galvanize black America. World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali, a minister of Islam who refuses to fight in Vietnam. Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., fight to bring the growing black consciousness movement and their African heritage inside the walls of this prominent black institution. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210.
Tuesday, April 26
"CCSRE Theme - Capital" CCSRE 10th Anniversary Celebration Artist Steve Lambert discusses the impact of his "Capitalism Works for Me" installation at Connecticut College and elsewhere. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Ernst Common Room.
First Inaugural Student Teach-In Day The Connecticut College Diversity Coalition seeks to bolster inter student cultural competency by hosting an annual Teach-In Day. Through student facilitated workshops, we will examine the nexus between pop culture and stereotypes. Presented by the CC DIversity Coalition and CCSRE. Session 1, 3-4:10 p.m.; Session 2, 4:20-5:30 p.m. "Shakin' Off Your Privilege" in Cro's Nest; Words with Power in the 1941 Room; Fake It Til You Make It in the 1962 Room West; Social Capital in Invisible Frameworks in the 1962 Room East.
Wednesday, April 27
Film Screening - “Little Rock Nine” The Stark Residency at Connecticut College presents “Little Rock Nine.” This episode of Eyes on the Prize tells the story of a group of courageous black students who integrated the Arkansas capital city's Central High School in September 1957. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210.
The 30th Anniversary of the Second Fanning Takeover. Keynote by Dr. Frank Tuitt '87, participant in the takeover and emeritus trustee; Guest speaker Dr. Robert Hampton, former Connecticut College Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College. Sponsored by Unity House, UMOJA, CCASA, La Unidad, SOAR, DIEI, Office of the President, Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives; the Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving; Blackstone House and Harkness House. 5-7 pm., 1941 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams.
Thursday, May 5
"Photoshop Politics in Ghana's Fourth Republic." Dr. Joseph Oduro-Frimpong, Assistant Professor of the Department of Arts and Sciences at Ashesi University College in Ghana, South Africa, will examine the recent form of 'digital political engagement' within the complicated entanglement of popular media genres such as Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp. Within these spaces, members of the various political parties use Photoshopped images to represent and discuss issues like corruption and cyberfraud. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cro's Nest, College Center at Crozier-Williams.
Fall 2015 Events
Monday, September 28
“From Four Little Girls to Sandra Bland: The Herstory of State Violence Against Black Women” Professor Treva Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University. Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center, 5-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30
Common Hour: “(No) Harm in Asking: Class, Acquired Cultural Capital, and Academic Engagement at an Elite University” Anthony Jack, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center, 11:50 a.m.-1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30
“I, too, am Hungry:” An Examination of Structural Exclusion at an Elite University” Anthony Jack, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University, Chu Room, 4:30-6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 6
"Ancient Egypt and the Peoples of the Middle Nile: Uncovering the Cultural and Political Foundation of Old Kingdom Egypt.” Christopher Ehret, Professor Emeritus UCLA Chu Room, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 7
"Don't Get Trump(ed): Politics and Latinidad" Discussion of Donald Trumps stated views on Mexicans/Latinos and Latino responses as examples of how race and identity play out in politics and media. Facilitated by Professor Jennifer Rudolph. Unity House, 7 p.m.
Monday, October 12
"Women and Activism: Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years After" Roxana Walker-Canton will screen portions of her video, "Belly of the Basin," filmed following the tragic floods that resulted in the breaking of the levy in the 2005 New Orleans disaster. The documentary film as activism is an act of resistance as we see the devastation of a community that hundreds of people called home. New London Hall 101, 5-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 22
"Challenges and Opportunities facing Western Democracies and Israel's Role in a Rapidly Changing World" Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Danny Ayalon. Olin 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27
Film Screening: "Freedom Summer" New London Hall 101, 7-10 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28
Common Hour: “The Civil Rights Movement at Connecticut College: A Conversation with Karin Kuntsler Goldman, Class of ’65." Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center, 11:50 a.m.-1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28
Reading and Discussion: "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America" Kiese Laymon, Associate Professor of English, Vassar College Chu Room, 7-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 29
Melrod Lecture: "What do we argue about when we argue about Israel?" Yehudah Mirsky, Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University. Chu Room, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 12
Lecture: "Threats to Academic Freedom in the Early 21st Century: Case Study of Connecticut College, Spring 2015" Richard Landes, author of "Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience" and "The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-Year Retrospective on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion" Sponsored by the Connecticut College Chapter of the AAUP Blaustein Humanities Center 210, 4:30 p.m.
Then and Now: A discussion with a trustee, alumni of color On Thursday, Nov. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m., trustee Annie Scott '84 and alumni Frank Tuitt '87, Grissel Benitez-Hodge '86, and Catherine "Cay" Young '75 will talk about their time as Connecticut College students and compare the challenges, campus climate and gains of the past to those of today.
Tuesday, November 17
"Race and Campus Climate: From Connecticut College to Mizzou" Conversations with Cherise Harris, associate professor of sociology; Nathalie Etoke, associate professor of French and Africana Studies; Jennifer Rudolph, assistant professor of Hispanic Studies; and Sandy Grande, associate professor of Education and director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. Cro's Nest, 4:15 -5:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 3
Is it Racism? Is it Free Speech? Is it Coddling? A dialogue with two award-winning journalists, moderated by NPR's John Dankosky. Jelani Cobb is a staff writer for The New Yorker, author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress," and associate professor of history and director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, a contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register, and founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter dedicated to exceptional nonfiction. His writing focuses on politics and national affairs. 1941 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams, 6:30 p.m.