Focus on Diversity Lecture Series
Thoughtful, productive and critical conversations about diversity are at the heart of Linfield’s mission. In 2015-16, various lectures, events and programming, supported in part by Diversity Committee grants of funds designated by the Board of Trustees, will explore and support the intellectual and research interests of students, faculty and staff in areas of diversity and inclusion, promoting courageous conversations about diversity and lived experiences across our college and communities.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., Nicholson Library
Mexican Railroad Soldiers: A Forgotten Story of World War II
Erasmo Gamboa, associate professor of history at the University of Washington, author of Mexican Labor and World War II: Braceros in the Pacific Northwest, will discuss migrant industrial workers in the railroads of the Pacific Northwest. For more information, contact Sonia Ticas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m., Portland Campus
How Health Care Professionals Can Effectively Work with and Support HIV Positive Clients, Thomas Davis
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Ice Auditorium
What We Don’t Know CAN Hurt Us, Thomas Davis
Thomas Davis, a young gay African American man and a Human Rights Campaign Youth Ambassador who is living with HIV, will meet with students and staff in Portland and McMinnville and examine multiculturalism in the context of sexual orientation, ethnicity and minority status. He will discuss his own experience and raise awareness about the need for more honest and inclusive education programs in sexuality. Davis will also remind us that HIV does not discriminate, and stress the importance of taking responsibility to reduce our risk of exposure. For more information, contact Dawn Graff-Haight, email@example.com.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5 p.m., Delkin Recital Hall, Vivian A. Bull Music Center
Sámi and Native American Folklore, Poetry, Song & Joik
Guests from Arctic Norway will present joik, music and stories from northern Scandinavia. They will be joined in a panel discussion by an Oregon Native American poet and scholar, a representative from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and Linfield sociology and anthropology professors. For more information, contact Joan Paddock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Ted Wilson Gymnasium
History, Herstory, YOUR Story…
Tish Norman, executive director of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc., will address diversity, racism and inclusion in a keynote address and in smaller meetings with various student groups including the Black Student Union, Greek Life, ASLC and others. For more information, contact Dan Fergueson at email@example.com.
photo credit: Teju Cole/Tim Knox
Monday, April 18, 7 p.m., Ice Auditorium
Teju Cole is an interdisciplinary Nigerian-American writer, art historian, photographer and cultural critic. His second book Open City was named as the Book of the Year by the New York Times, the Globe, NPR and the Telegraph and won numerous prestigious awards. He will present a public lecture April 18 and meet with students and faculty on April 19. For more information, contact Marie Noussi at mnoussi@linfield or Nick Buccola at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- "Unmournable Bodies": New Yorker
- Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s "Stranger in the Village": New Yorker
- "White Savior Industrial Complex": The Atlantic
- Teju Cole articles in the New Inquiry
- Teju Cole in THe New Yorker
- Teju Cole's Website
Co-Sponsors: French and Francophone Studies Program, Dept of Modern Languages, Political Science, English, Sociology and Anthropology, The Black Student Union, Nicholson Library and International Programs.
START Smart Workshop, Friday, April 15
According to AAUW research, just one year after graduation, women earn just 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn, and that gender gap widens over the next 10 years. Over the course of her working life, a woman will earn roughly $1 million less than a man – simply because she is a woman. Start Smart is an interactive workshop designed to give participants the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation. The workshop will provide benchmarks for salary and benefits, offer salary negotiation skill-building exercises, and teach participants how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs. For more information, contact Amy Orr at email@example.com.
Faculty Reading Group
Faculty with interdisciplinary interests are invited to participate in a reading group that will discuss the book, Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America (Brookings Institute 2014) by William Frey, a leading U.S. demographer. It examines the demographic impact of various ethnic groups in the U.S. using the latest census data and argues for more inclusion of these groups in the social fabric of American society. The reading group will meet twice in the fall with additional meetings in the spring. For more information, contact Sonia Ticas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Humanities Conversation Project
Linfield College will host a series of discussions on diversity.
The Oregon Humanities Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to talk about their differences, beliefs and backgrounds about important issues and ideas.
Wednesday March 9th
Emily Drew, sociologist
Monday, April 4
Donnell Alexander, storyteller
Wednesday, May 4
Jade Aguilar, sociologist
All events are at 4:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall
The discussions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Linfield Professor of English at 503.883.2485 or Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt