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Winter Term Diversity Events

Anti-Defamation League "Campus of Difference" Program
Multiple dates

The Anti-Defamation League "Campus of Difference" program will be offered multiple times for students, faculty, and staff during Winter Term. Email Leigh-Anne Royster to sign up or arrange a time for your group.

Wednesday, January 8
wInterfaith Lunch and Learn Series - Islams
Elon Community Church, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Do you wonder what it means to follow a certain religious or spiritual path?  We offer lunch and learning at the wInterfaith luncheons as we seek to understand basic practices and also internal pluralisms of meaning making systems and religions.  Wednesdays during winter term we offer personal and educational perspectives from two practitioners of each of three spiritual traditions.  Lunch will be served and requires a reservation by noon the day before each luncheon.  Free to students with a reservation.  $5 for faculty/staff/community members.  All wInterfaith luncheons will be held in the community life center of the Elon United Church of Christ on the corner of Haggard and Williamson. To RSVP, email Jan Register.

Wednesday, January 8
William A. Darity, Jr., “Bold Policies for Economic Justice”
LaRose Digital Theater, 6:00 p.m.

William A. Darity, Jr. is Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy and African & African American Studies and Professor of Economics at Duke University. His research focuses on stratification economics, inequality and race and identity.

Thursday, January 9
Elon Poverty Simulation
8:30-11:30 a.m.

The Elon Poverty Simulation is an interactive 2-hour experience that educates students, faculty, staff and community members in the realities of poverty in the United States and Alamance County. Participants are given a profile with a socio-economic situation that is just above the poverty line.  The simulation is split into four fifteen-minute “weeks,” during which they must pay their bills, purchase food for their family, take their children to childcare and/or school, go to work, apply for a job, apply for benefits, etc.  At the end of each simulation, a trained faculty facilitator will lead a discussion based on the participants’ experiences.  Professors are welcome to sign up an entire class for a simulation date.  Email Toddie Peters to sign-up.

Thursday, January 9
"Black Men in America – Imagining the Future"
Whitley Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

Panelists take a serious look at the complexities facing Black men in America today and imagine what the future might be for Black men if only... Panelists will disscuss the issue from the point of view of:  Law, education, medicine, students and religion. Panelists include:  Professor George Johnson, Dean of Elon Law School; Dr. Gerald Truesdale, M.D., Physician, Greensboro, NC; Dr. Anthony Graham, Professor and Chair – School of Education, NCA&T University; Rev. Dr. Sir Walter Mack, Sr. Pastor, Union Baptist Church, Winston Salem, NC; Gian Spells, mentoring project, ABSS school district; and Jordan Joshua, Watson / Odyssey Scholar, Elon University.

Friday, January 10
"Home"-cooked Vegetarian Shabbat Dinner
Sklut Hillel Center, 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a home-cooked vegetarian Shabbat dinner, prepared by students at the Sklut Hillel Center, featuring winter produce from the Elon Community Garden.  Enjoy home-made specialty Jewish desserts.  Cooking will start at 4:00pm.

pic of Cael KeeganMonday, January 13
Neobodies: The Matrix and the Transgender Cinematic Real
Belk Pavilion 201, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (Lunch provided)

This talk addresses the ongoing cultural and historical importance of transgender director Lana Wachowski's iconic film series, The Matrix Trilogy. As an out, queer transgender woman and mainstream blockbuster film director, Wachowski has become perhaps the most important transgender image-maker in the history of the Western world. Her film The Matrix, which exploded into American popular culture in 1999, permanently altered our understanding of the cinematic body in ways that are informed by the political and technological development of modern transgender consciousness. This workshop is led by Dr. Cael Keegan, Visiting Assistant Professor of LGBT Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Monday, January 13
Dinner Workshop: Cisgender privilege collaborative training session
Belk Pavilion 208, 4:45 - 6:45 p.m. (Dinner provided)

What is cisgender privilege? Who has it, and when? What are its effects? This workshop will help participants understand how society has been historically constructed to benefit and protect gender-conforming individuals at the expense of trans* people. Participants will be introduced to the limitations of the "Trans 101" format, learn to identify cissexist and administrative forms of violence, and practice accountability skills for agent group members.  This workshop is led by Dr. Cael Keegan, Visiting Assistant Professor of LGBT Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Tuesday, January 14
Lunch and Learn: How to be a trans ally
Lindner 206, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (Lunch provided)

What does it mean to be an "ally" to trans* people? What are the major issues facing transgender people in our society today? Is "allyship" enough? Designed for newcomers to trans* topics as well as self-identified allies (cis and trans* alike), this session offers participants a range of opportunities to grow their understandings of effective transgender allyship.  This workshop is led by Dr. Cael Keegan, Visiting Assistant Professor of LGBT Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Tuesday, January 14
Martin Luther King, Jr. College Coffee
Moseley - New Student Center, 12:00 p.m.

Elon University’s office of Student Activities will be sponsoring a special college coffee featuring posters and installation inspired by themes of the Civil Rights Movement as well as Multiculturalism and Diversity.  We invite the campus community to attend and commemorate the life and legacy of one of the world’s most inspiring human rights leaders.

Wednesday, January 15
wInterfaith Lunch and Learn Series - Pagan and earth-centered traditions
Elon Community Church, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Do you wonder what it means to follow a certain religious or spiritual path?  We offer lunch and learning at the wInterfaith luncheons as we seek to understand basic practices and also internal pluralisms of meaning making systems and religions.  Wednesdays during winter term we offer personal and educational perspectives from two practitioners of each of three spiritual traditions.  Lunch will be served and requires a reservation by noon the day before each luncheon.  Free to students with a reservation.  $5 for faculty/staff/community members.  All wInterfaith luncheons will be held in the community life center of the Elon United Church of Christ on the corner of Haggard and Williamson. To RSVP, email Jan Register.

Wednesday, January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech Readings
Moseley Front Terrace, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

In an effort to commemorate his legacy and the writings, this event will feature several faculty, staff, and students who will read a variety of excerpts from several of MLK’s world renowned speeches and letters. These speeches will be read in front of the Moseley building as a way to remember our commitment to human rights and social justice for all persons.

Wednesday, January 15
Tu B'Shevat Program & Dinner
Sklut Hillel Center, 6:00 p.m.

Tu B'Shevat, the New Year for the Trees, is a celebration of the environment.  The Jewish holiday begins tonight and ends at sundown tomorrow.  Hillel's special Tu B'Shevat program includes dinner and interesting adventures tasting fifteen different fruits and nuts.  The program will also include the dedication of the olive tree newly planted in front of the Hillel Center.  One of the "trees of faith," the olive tree was planted as a part of Elon's 125th anniversary celebrations. This event is free and open to all students. For more information contact Nancy Luberoff, Hillel Director, via email or by calling x7729.

Thursday, January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-faith Service
Numen Lumen Pavilion Sacred Space, 12:00 p.m.

Much of MLK’s work was rooted in his role as a religious leader.  While he was a Christian minister, he also greatly influenced and was influenced by leaders of many other faith traditions.  Students and staff connected to Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life from many different traditions will offer a service in the spirit of MLK and his life, passion, and principles.  Join us as we recognize the relationship between of multi-faith and social justice.

Thursday, January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Difficult Dialogue: "Continuing the Spirit of Social Justice"
Lakeside 213, 6:00 p.m.

This program will provide an opportunity for students to discuss the impact of social justice efforts on local, national, and international policies. Participants will hear from students who lead organizations or groups in an effort to effect change in the community.

Friday, January 17
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Boney Fountain, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AND 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement for Elon’s annual celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Students can sign up for either a morning or afternoon project to work with local nonprofit organizations to address needs in our community. The morning project takes place from 9:00am-12:00pm and the afternoon project runs from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Spaces are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign-up, please email bfrigo@elon.edu by Friday, January 10.

Tuesday, January 21
Douglas Foster, “Making Good on the Promise: Generational Challenges in Post Apartheid South Africa”
Yeager Recital Hall, 6:00 p.m.

Douglas Foster is a former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, television correspondent, and documentary producer who now teaches feature writing to graduates and undergraduates at Northwestern University while overseeing the Journalism Residency Program in South Africa.  His most recent book is After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

Wednesday, January 22
wInterfaith Lunch and Learn Series - Hinduisms
Elon Community Church, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Do you wonder what it means to follow a certain religious or spiritual path?  We offer lunch and learning at the wInterfaith luncheons as we seek to understand basic practices and also internal pluralisms of meaning making systems and religions.  Wednesdays during winter term we offer personal and educational perspectives from two practitioners of each of three spiritual traditions.  Lunch will be served and requires a reservation by noon the day before each luncheon.  Free to students with a reservation.  $5 for faculty/staff/community members.  All wInterfaith luncheons will be held in the community life center of the Elon United Church of Christ on the corner of Haggard and Williamson. To RSVP, email Jan Register.

Wednesday, January 22
Walk around the World
Colonnades Neighborhood, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Come participate in the Colonnades Neighborhood's Walk around the World! Travel the world by visiting all the Colonnades Halls and experiencing the food, music, and culture of 15 different countries. Get your Phoenix Passport stamped at each nation and collect facts to win prizes.

Wednesday, January 22
Beyond Faith and Reason: Same-Sex Marriage
McBride Room - Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Come to McBride Wednesday, January 22nd at 7:30pm to discuss Same-Sex Marriage with Dr. Kate Bruce.
There will be light refreshments and all are welcome. This is part of a Wednesday evening discussion series, Beyond Faith and Reason, focusing on social and environmental justice concerns while considering how our faiths and worldviews inform our response.

Thursday, January 23
Patricia J. Williams, “The Eradication of Prejudice”
Whitley Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

Patricia J. Williams has published widely in the areas of race, gender, and law, and on other issues of legal theory and legal writing. Books include The Alchemy of Race and Rights; The Rooster's Egg; and Seeing a ColorBlind Future: The Paradox of Race. She is a columnist for The Nation.  Following the talk, please join a Coffee Klatch in the Isabella Cannon Room to continue the conversation.

Sunday, January 26
Bagel Brunch
Sklut Hillel Center, 12:30 p.m.

Hillel's famous monthly bagel brunch with bagels, cream cheese, lox, and all the fixings!  Free, and friends are always welcome.

Monday, January 27
Community Connections - Focus on Poverty
McKinnon Hall, 7 p.m.

Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon B. Johnson used his State of the Union address to declare a “war on poverty,” which soon led to the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, Head Start, the Job Corps and permanent food stamp programs, among other initiatives.  Has the war been won or lost? A public forum to hear both expert and citizen opinions will provide possible answers to that question this month when the university hosts an evening forum as part of its Community Connections program. Visitors will hear from invited panelists who include:

John Hood, John Locke Foundation
Toddie Peters, Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University
Tom Henricks, Professor of Sociology at Elon University
Nikki Ratliff, Program Services Director at Burlington Housing Authority/Burling Development Corporation

In addition to the invited panelists, there will be four or five “community panelists” chosen through an application process who will share brief remarks at the event. If you are interested in participating in this way, submit a brief 50- to 100-word statement to Catherine Parsons by January 17. All faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply to be a community panelist. 

This event will be interactive and include questions from the audience as well as the use of "poll everywhere" technology. A reception following the event will provide space for informal discussions.  Community Connections events are opportunities to listen to and participate in meaningful dialogue about the critical issues in Alamance County and, more broadly, in the state and nation. The event is free and open to anyone. For more information about the event, please contact Professor Tom Arcaro or Assistant Professor Carrie Eaves.