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Lebanon Valley Campus Unites for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Programming
01.16.14 |
Lebanon Valley College students and staff will take a break from their traditional class schedules on Monday, Jan. 20 to learn, grow, and commit as a campus to comprehensive and continuing engagement with our diverse community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The first Symposium on Inclusive Excellence includes two morning sessions, a community luncheon, and an afternoon speaker.

Participants register for two morning sessions from the following topics facilitated by LVC faculty, staff, and community presenters including Rev. Frank Schaeffer and Rabbi Paula Reimers:

  • American Musical Instruments and American Music
  • Blackface Minstrelsy
  • Circle Walk
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Equality House's Successful Response to Westboro Baptist Church
  • Female Coaches Panel
  • Forming a Community Out of Nothing: Rethinking our Responsibilities Toward Others and Otherness
  • Inclusive Instructional Excellence for Students with Concussions, Disabilities, and Other Health Issues
  • Intersectionality and Difference: Race, Class, and Gender
  • Just The Individual
  • Linguistic Diversity - How different ways of speaking contribute to culture and identity.
  • LVC Think Tank
  • Martin Luther King Jr. on War, Race, and Poverty
  • Presentation of "4 Little Girls"
  • Presentation on Color and Culture
  • Public Spirituality and Bias
  • Racism and Privilege Defined
  • Reflections from the Rev. Frank Schaefer
  • Responding to Systemic Bias
  • See Color?
  • Social Media and Hate Speech
  • Talking About Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality Inside the Classroom & Out
  • The Life of Berenice Abbott
  • The War Within
  • Victorian Painting and Reading Racial Type
  • Visions of Social Justice in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms
  • What The Heck is Queer Theory?

The afternoon session features Yewande Austin, president and founder of the Global Institute for Diversity and Change, in a presentation titled "Bridging the Gap: Rhythms, Rhymes, and Race in America." From M.T.V. and B.E.T. to the historic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Austin’s internationally acclaimed music has sung universal truths about issues that many artists shy away from—poverty, religion, war. While moments performing with the Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, India Arie and Sean Paul are memorable, it is her work as an award-winning lecturer and social activist that has become perhaps her greatest achievement.

The Global Institute for Diversity and Change’s programs are committed to bridging the gap between cultural understanding, leadership excellence and social justice across the globe. As an honorary Cultural Ambassador to the United States Embassy (Malawi, Africa), her message of solidarity continues to foster critical relationships between America and our global community through the transformational power of music. When she’s not lecturing, Austin’s humanitarian organization, the Change Rocks Foundation, produces music-based empowerment initiatives from Africa to the Americas where extreme poverty threatens the lives of millions of vulnerable children every day. As an M. A. candidate in Ethnomusicology at the prestigious University of Sheffield in England, her research is dedicated to uncovering our profound connection between music and socio-economic transformation. It is this inspiring commitment to humanity that has ignited a global movement.

Follow @LVC on Twitter on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for photos and real-time updates from Lebanon Valley students, and watch for personal reflections on the day's events from our students.

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