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MCLA TO PRESENT FIRST ‘DAY OF DIALOGUE’



Nov. 5, 2018
WHAT:  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will hold its inaugural “Day of Dialogue,” a campus-wide initiative with suspended day and evening classes to ensure full campus participation by students and faculty.  The theme of this year’s Day of Dialogue is “Complicating Race.”

The day’s events are free and open to the public.

WHEN:  Thursday, Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Ta-Nehisi Coates delivering the Eighth Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Bowman Hall classrooms, as well as other campus locations (see schedule, below)

WHO:  MCLA Chief Diversity Officer Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Ph.D, along with other College staff, as well as MCLA faculty and students


Schedule of events

Pancake “sundae bar,” 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., in Venable Gym

Morning workshops – 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.

-        Power Up: Art as Action, Art as Dialogue, with Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of visual art – Bowman 303

-        A Short History of Anti-Immigrant Feeling in the United States with Dr. Ely Janis, associate professor of history – Bowman 222

-        Multiracial Identity: Check all that Apply with Kayla Hollins ’12, associate director of admissions – Bowman 220

-        A Participatory Discussion on how Dr. Seuss could be racist at times, with Dr. Dale Fink, professor of education – Bowman 203

-        Dr. Christopher MacDonald-Dennis and Dr. Jenna Sciuto, assistant professor of English, will screen the documentary film, “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” followed by a discussion on Reflections on a Radical: Grace Lee Boggs, Solidarity, and Political Revolution – Sullivan Lounge

Lunch, 12-1:45 p.m., in Venable Gym

-        Dr. Kerri Leyda Nicoll, assistant professor of social work, will facilitate a discussion

Afternoon workshops – 2 to 4 p.m.

-        Race, Ethnicity, and Language: Stigma, Prestige, and Power with Emily Alling, associate dean for library services – Bowman 203

-        Race, Standardized Testing, and Admissions with Kayla Hollins ’12 and Dean of Enrollment Management and Community Relations Gina Puc ’07 – Bowman 205

-        Afrofuturism: A Literary Exploration of a Moving Genre (and a creative writing engagement) with Dr. Caren Beilin, assistant professor of English – Bowman 222

-        Why Representation Matters: A Conversation about the Role of Museums with BCRC Director Michelle Daly – MCLA Gallery 51

-        Agency for People of Color in Entertainment Media with Assistant Director of Diversity Programs and the Multicultural Education Center Michael Obasohan ’11 and Jamal Ahamad ’11, a teacher of math and English at Taconic High School in Pittsfield –  Sullivan Lounge

Closing discussions, 4:15-5 p.m., Bowman 2nd Floor Lobby

Eighth Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture with Ta-Nehisi Coates, 7 p.m. – MCLA Campus Center Gym. Please arrive early to insure seating. This lecture also will be simulcast in the Sullivan Lounge, in the Amsler Campus Center. Please note: no large bags will be allowed in the gym. All small bags will be checked at the entrance by security.