The History and Future of Diversity at
Connecticut College

Saturday, April 2, 2011

On April 2, 2011, the Center sponsored a day-long conference on the history and future of diversity at Connecticut College. The conference was open to the public.

The schedule was as follows:
9-9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:45 a.m. “Diversity at Connecticut College Today”
Opening remarks by Armando Bengochea, Dean of the College, and Roger Brooks, Dean of the Faculty

9:45-10:00 a.m. “A Historian’s Perspective”
by David Canton, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity

10:00-11:15 a.m. “Alumni Perspectives on Activism”
A panel discussion with alumni, moderated by David Canton, Estella Johnson '75, Frank Tuitt '87 and Robin Wilson '82

11:45-Noon “Tribute to Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb”
Jewel Plummer Cobb is a distinguished biologist and former university administrator who did groundbreaking research on cell biology and skin cancer. Between 1967 and 1975, she served as Dean of the College and professor of zoology at Connecticut College. The granddaughter of a freed slave who became a pharmacist, she has helped reduce barriers to women and minorities in the sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Noon-12:45 p.m. “Inclusive Excellence: Are We There Yet?”
Keynote Speech by Dr. Robert Hampton, Vice President for Academic Affairs, American Intercontinental University; Dean of the College, Connecticut College 1987-1994

12:50-2:15 p.m. “Here to Stay! Africana Studies and the Academy”
Charles Jones, Associate Professor and Chair of African-American Studies, George State University; President, National Council for Black Studies

1:00- 2:00 p.m. “Latino and Ethnic Studies: The Challenge of Post-Identity Frameworks”
Arlene Davila, Professor of Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

2:20-3:30 p.m. “21st Century Student Activism”
Q&A with 2010-11 Student Government Association Diversity Committee