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Past Events

Spring 2012

Volunteer Fair

Degenstein Campus Center
Jan. 17, 4:30–6:30 p.m. 
Open to the campus community

MLK Winter Convocation: "Nurture the Dream—Diminish the Fear"

Degenstein Center Theater
Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Susquehanna University celebrated the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an inspiring program of music and remarks. Barbara Love, Ph.D., professor emeriti of social justice education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was the guest speaker for the event. A reception in the foyer followed the convocation.

Barbara Love, Guest Speaker
Love is a former teacher with an academic background in history and political science, who has worked closely with schools and school systems throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her education background includes teacher education and staff development, curriculum development, and multicultural organizational development. She consults internationally on empowerment of women, especially women of color; has published widely on issues such as internalized racism, self-knowledge for social justice educators, building alliances for change, and black identity development; and is greatly sought after as a keynote speaker for NGO Forums and leadership conferences dealing with multicultural organizational development and social change.

MLK Advocacy Awareness Day

Degenstein Campus Center
Jan. 21, 1:20–4 p.m.
Open to the campus community

Chapel Service Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Weber Chapel
Jan. 22, 11 a.m.

The service featured hymns that were favorites of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in addition to readings by and about Dr. King. 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest

In conjunction with its Martin Luther King commemorations, Susquehanna University sponsors an annual essay contest for high school students. The winner was invited to read their essay as part of the Winter Convocation program.

Alain Leroy Locke Lecture: Screening--Crusade for Justice

Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m.

April Martin, an activist and visual artist, and Paul Hill, an accomplished editor and filmmaker, presented a film screening, Crusade for Justice. This is a feature-length documentary about police brutality, racism and injustice in Cincinnati, Ohio. It focuses on the death of Roger Owensby Jr. and Timothy Thomas at the hands of the Cincinnati Police Department. Set against the backdrop of an economic boycott and a federal investigation into the city's policing practices, the documentary examines Cincinnati's attempts to confront and resolve its long-standing problems of police brutality and issues of social justice.

Tunnel of Oppression

Meeting Rooms 3-5
March 13, 14, 15, 4-9 p.m.
The Tunnel of Oppression program was designed to create an awareness of different types of oppression, and its effects within society and the campus community. The primary goal of the project is to challenge the senses and feelings of participants in a safe environment.


Fall 2011

Metamorphosis Performing Company

Weber Chapel
Sept. 7 and, 8, 7-8 p.m. 

MPC performed Strange Like Me, an interactive theatrical presentation that involves the audience and cast in provocative scenes. Perspectives faculty are encouraged to attend this performance, which provides a relevant platform for subsequent dialogue on inclusion and the first-year experience. Said a first-year student, "It was so real, I almost forgot it was theater; don't miss it!"

Peer Mentoring Training / Mentoring for Retaining Students and Building a Successful Community

SDR 1-3
Sept. 9 , 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
SDR 2-3
Sept. 10/ Mentor Training, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Maurice (Tony) Davis, counselor, Student Success Center, Montgomery County Community College, and Wayne Jackson, director of multi-cultural academic and support services, University of Central Florida, conducted trainings. Participants learned mentoring skills and procedures in order to develop a well-planned mentoring program for the retention and sustainability of minority students.

Community Dialogues: A collaborative Series on Race and Ethnicity

The following events are sponsored by CARE (Community Alliance for Respect and Equality), Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University, Susquehanna University and Geisinger Health System.

Tim Wise Lecture

Campus Theater, Market Street, Lewisburg
Sept. 13, 7 p.m.

Anti-racism activist and author of Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama; Speaking Treason Fluently, and White Like ME: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son 

Screening -- Colorblind: The Rise of Post-racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

Stretansky Concert Hall
Sept. 14, 7 p.m.

Discussion after the film with Dr. Ramsaran, head of the Department of Sociology at Susquehanna University 

Inter-Affinity Workshop on Race/Privilege

Bucknell University, Elaine Langone Center, 2nd Floor
Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Activist in Residence--Kimberly Dark

Oct. 3-6
Performance: Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall 
Oct. 5, 7 p.m.

Matt Glowacki: Diversity According to South Park and Family Guy

Oct. 11
Faylor Hall
8 p.m.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Nov. 14
Meeting Rooms 1-5
7-9 p.m.

Stephen Schwartz

Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
Nov. 1, 4:30 p.m.

Stephen Suleyman Schwartz is an American journalist, columnist and author. He has been published in a variety of outlets, perhaps most notably The Wall Street Journal. His background is on the political left and much of his recent journalism has focused on America's new fear industry, Islamophobia.


Fall 2010

MLK Essay Contest Launch: Sustaining the Dream

Essay solicitations begin Sept. 13
This contest focused on sustaining Martin Luther King’s Dream. Students were asked to consider the question: What do we need to do to sustain and make the dream a reality in our society? The winning essay was read by the author at the annual MLK Winter Convocation at Susquehanna University.

Peterson Toscano, Activist in Residence

"Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Laugh" Stand-Up Comedy
Charlie's Coffeehouse
Oct. 5


Isaacs Auditorium
Oct. 9
Internationally renowned performance artist Peterson Toscano creates outrageously funny plays that entertain while stirring up the best kinds of trouble. For one week, Toscano was on campus to interact with the campus community as Activist in Residence. Facilitating in classes, meeting groups of students, and presenting his original one-person comedies, Toscano contributed to the ongoing work of diversity and social justice on issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and religious diversity. 

Panel Discussion—Response to the Gulf of Mexico Crises: Justice or Mercy?

Degenstein Campus Center
Oct. 26
The panel explored the issue of Response to the Gulf Crises: Justice or Mercy? Churches and other NGOs can do wonderful charitable works, usually on a micro level but only government, with its legislative and coercive powers, can respond adequately at the macro level. Panelists explored views of scientists and representatives of religious life. The panel was facilitated by Susquehanna Chaplain Mark Radecke.

Alain Leroy Locke Lecture

James Loewen
Faylor Lecture Hall, Fisher Hall
Nov. 9
James Loewen, a sociologist who spent two years at the Smithsonian Institution surveying 12 leading high school textbooks of American history, found an embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism and plain misinformation in the texts. He is the best-selling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong and Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. As a researcher, Loewen discovered many “sundown towns,” communities that, for decades, were unsafe for blacks, and sometimes others, after sundown. He is an educator who attended Carleton College, received a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University and taught race relations for 20 years at the University of Vermont.

Social Justice Experience Series: Poverty Simulation

Degenstein Campus Center
Nov. 17
The Poverty Simulation Workshop was a role-playing experience that offered participants the opportunity to learn more about the realities of living in conditions of poverty. Participants entered the workshop with a new identity and family profile, and experienced one month of poverty compressed into the real time of the simulation (generally three hours total). Afterwards in the debriefing, participants shared insights of extraordinary vividness and intensity.



Open House at the Center for Diversity and Social Justice

Degenstein Campus Center
Aug. 29

The Miseducation of the Black Greek Initiative: All We Do is Step, Stomp, Stroll and Hop! (Misconception #1)

Ali Rasheed Cromwell
Stretansky Hall
Sept. 9

What is a black Greek-lettered organization? These fraternities and sororities were formed more than 100 years ago for brotherhood and sisterhood, academic excellence and community service. This presentation dispelled the myth that all we do is step, stomp, stroll and hop by examining three defining points in the evolution of these organizations and focusing on their significance in today’s society.

Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest

This year’s contest focused on the state of America one year after President Barack Obama’s inauguration and asked students to consider the question: If he were alive today, what would the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. most want our president to be concerned about? Considering King’s general concern for humanity and his specific concerns for the poor and oppressed, we asked students to advise the new president on how to advance King’s goals.

Alain Leroy Locke Lecture

The Civil Rights Movement in Claiborne County, Mississippi
Emilye Crosby, John Hope Franklin Fellow 
Faylor Hall 
Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 

Emilye Crosby is associate professor of history at State University of New York, Geneseo, where she teaches African-American history with an emphasis on the modern Civil Rights Movement. She is the author of A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi (University of North Carolina Press, 2005). The Locke lecture honors Alain Leroy Locke, the first black Rhodes Scholar and esteemed member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

Religious Traditions and Sexuality Panel Discussion

The Rev. Mark Radecke, chaplain, Susquehanna University 
Isaacs Auditorium 
October 14 
A panel representing various faith communities discussed the diverse ways in which contemporary religious traditions address matters of human sexuality. The panel was moderated by the Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke, Susquehanna University chaplain and associate professor of religion.

Terri Lyne Carrington

Sponsored by Joshua Davis, DMA
and the Carl Hitchner Social Justice Fellowship
Stretansky Hall
Nov. 9
Terri Lyne Carrington is a Grammy-nominated Berklee College of Music-educated jazz drummer who has collaborated with numerous musical luminaries such as Max Roach, Herbie Hancock and Stan Getz over her more than 20-year career. She was a well-known face on the Arsenio Hall Show, as well as VIBE, serving as the house drummer for both talk shows. She gave a concert at Susquehanna University, as well as a lecture on black women in music.

Guest Artists Recital: Terri-Lyne Carrington and Tim Miller, with Joshua Davis

Weber Chapel Auditorium
Nov. 9

Winter Convocation: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Derald Wing Sue, keynote speaker
Degenstein Center Theater
Jan. 18

Derald Wing Sue is professor of psychology and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Sue, a former president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, was co-founder and the first president of the Asian American Psychological Association. He currently serves as president of the Society of Counseling Psychology. He is the author of the best-selling book Counseling the Culturally Diverse.

Raiments of Self: Fashions of American Women from Slavery, the Suffrage and the Depression

Karen Gilmer
Center for Diversity and Social Justice
Feb. 18

Karen Gilmer is assistant professor of theater and renowned freelance costume designer in American theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Chester University and a Master of Fine Arts from Boston University.

Women’s History Month

  • Cathy Bao Bean, guest speaker
    Shearer Dining Room 1
    March 2

    Cathy Bao Bean is author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual and co-author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle x 2: A Bilingual Reader for ESL (English as a Second Language) and CFL (Chinese as a First Language) learners. In addition, she was a founding member of the Ridge and Valley Conservancy. She is the co-host of The Balancing Act 4 Women.
  • Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association Essay Contest
    The Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association (MAWSA) held its Fourth Annual Student Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Women’s Studies. Two awards are given annually to one undergraduate student and one graduate student who submit the best previously unpublished essays on women’s studies scholarship. In addition to receiving cash prizes of $50, the winners were invited to deliver a presentation based on their essays at the 2010 conference of the association.
  • Gender Identity and Expression – A panel discussion with a Q&A to follow
    Susquehanna University recently added “gender identity and expression” to its nondiscrimination clause, yet many community members lack the vocabulary, knowledge or experience to discuss this topic. This panel provided an opportunity to hear stories and experiences as well as question experts in the fields of biology, gender studies and religion.

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