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What's happening is an ever evolving summary of these events.  Please note: The separate offices and programs within CDGE (OISAOICMOMSAOCSAmbassadorsC3Safe ZoneLEADership Institute and I-Seminar) sponsor their own events throughout the year.

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MLK Series of events - Spring 2015

"Lift Every Voice and Sing"

A Collaboration of The College of Wooster and the Wooster City Schools

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" is often referred to as the Black National Anthem. The song was first performed on Feb. 12, 1900, in Jacksonville, Florida, to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Its moving lyrics, originally written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson, reflect the joy, pain, perseverance, and drive for equality that our MLK Jr. celebrations hope to perpetuate in this first-ever day of classes devoted entirely to social justice education and reflection.
The Center for Diversity and Global Engagement is proud to work in concert with the Provost's Office and representatives from the Wooster City Schools (WCS) to present this series of events that recognizes MLK Day as a National Day of Service and features performances and workshops devoted to peaceful conflict resolution; the history of race relations locally, nationally, and globally; and the role of the liberal arts in advancing social justice. As one can see from the full program presented below, this is a true collaboration of faculty, staff, and students from both institutions. We hope it becomes a long-standing tradition.

Jan. 12 – 19 - Wall of Justice: Lowry Center, including art by WCS elementary, middle, and high school students.
Service Project: "Fill the Bus" Food Drive – Scots Center – Ashley Reid

Jan. 18 – SUNDAY
Film Screening: The Farm: Angola, USA by filmmaker Jonathan Stack.

Jan. 19 – MLK DAY – MONDAY
• Interfaith Prayer Breakfast (Office of Interfaith Campus Ministries): 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Kittredge Dining Hall. Guest speaker: Lisa Sharon Harper

Opening Ceremony: 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – McGaw Chapel (streaming live in Lowry Center)
Opening Remarks by Grant Cornwell and Michael Tefs
Art Performances in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognition of WCS MLK essay contest winners.

Justice Dialogues: Block A from 10:30 a.m. – noon and Block B from 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Various Locations Across Campus

"The Beloved/Just Community"– Kauke Garden Level
- "Voices of Ferguson, MO," an interactive app created by Dan Archer – Amyaz Moledina (Economics) and Laure Burch (French) (Morning in CORE)
- "The Essential Elements for Creating a Just Community" – Kevin Lowry (Development Office, morning and afternoon)
- "Working to Live" – Linda Morgan-Clement (Chaplain) (LEAN in Afternoon)
- "Sports and Social Justice" – Shelly Judge (Geology)
- "Queer Lives" – Ahmet Atay (Communications Studies)
- "Race and Prison Life" – Jonathan Stack, Anne Nurse (Sociology) (Morning in Lean)
- "Environmental Justice" – Melissa Schultz (Chemistry)
- "Immigration" – Jennifer Guillen (Sociology/Anthropology)
- "Being Multi-racial in Our Community – An Honest Conversation" – Shaquez Dickens (Office of Finance and Business) and Kayla Campbell (Dean of Students Office)

"Conflict Resolution/Activism" – Kauke First Floor
- "Drones and A Just War?" – Ron Hustwit (Philosophy)
- Two-part Faith-Rooted Activism Workshop – Lisa Harper (morning and afternoon in Kauke Tower)
- "Strategies for Resolving Conflicts"– Meg Armstrong (Development Office)
- "Students Organizing for Activism: a How-To Workshop" – Emerald Rutledge ('17)
- Student-Run Panel on Social Justice Issues on Campus – (CoRE in Afternoon)
- "Cesar Chavez" – Diane Uber (Spanish)

"Educating for Peace & Justice" – Babcock Hall
- "MLK and Peace Bracelets" (for Elementary School Students only) – Gretchen Tefs (WCS), Ashley Bowman (WCS), Jamie Morris (WCS) – Afternoon (2:30 to 3:15)
- "Teaching Pre-School Students About Justice" – Barbara Thelamour (Psychology) (2:30 TO 3:15)
- "Teaching Elementary and Middle School Students About Justice" – Sharon Ferguson (Education)
- "Teaching Diversity & Acceptance Through YA Literature" – Polly Fenton (WCS)
- "FIFA and International Social Justice" – Yorgun Marcel and Jill Munro (Office of International Student Affairs/CDGE)
- "Wooster Linked Courses on Ethics" – Shannon King (History)

"Justice and the Liberal Arts" – Second Floor Kauke
- "Transnational Healing Through Music" – Debotri Dhar (WGSS)
- "The Politics of Resistance Through Music" – Lisa Fisher and Abby Shupe (Music)
- "The History of MLK Day and African American Holidays" – Tara Staurch (History)
- "How Misconstruing Animal Behavior Perpetuates Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia" –Bryan Alkmeyer (English) and Laura Sirot (Biology)
- "Latino/Latina Justice and Theatre" – Jimmy Noriega (Theatre and Dance)
- "sableXpress, activism, artistic responsibility, and power" – Jestin Kusch ('15)
- "Race and Medicine" – Bill Morga (Biology)
- "Why Diversity is Important in STEM" – Judy Amburgey-Peters (Chemistry), Laura Sirot (Biology)

Lunches – Noon to 1:30 p.m.
- "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" – Wooster/WCS Faculty Lunch – Kittredge Dining Hall
- "Soup and Bread" – In all student dining halls
- "Lunch and Leadership Workshop" – Area Upward Bound Students – Babcock Dining Hall and Formal Lounge

Service Projects: 10:30 a.m. – noon and 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – PEC Hot Box
- "Hygiene Kits" – 10:30 – noon – Ashley Reid (Physical Education) – Ashley Reid (Physical Education) and WCS Honor Society Students
- "Baby Kits" – 1:35 – 3:15 p.m. – Ashley Reid (Physical Education) – Ashley Reid (Physical Education) and WCS Honor Society Students

Closing Ceremony: 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Lowry Center
Recognition of Art Wall Participants from WCS. Refreshments provided.

All-City MLK, JR. Day Commemoration – St. Mary's Church and School, Beall Ave., Wooster, OH

Jan. 20 – TUESDAY
I-Seminar – "21st-Century Race and Justice": 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Babcock Formal Lounge Refreshments provided. Yorgun Marcel – Program Coordinator
- Erin Andrews –"Latino Identities in Appalachia" (Sr. Spanish Major)
- Teresa Butel – "'Homeless, Not Helpless'": A Study of Tent City in Wooster, Ohio" (Sr. Sociology Major)
- Jestin Kusch – "How Violence Affects Life for African American Males" (Sr. Political Science Major)
- Harper Luke – "White College Students' Perceptions of Race, Racism, and White Privilege" (Sr. Communication Studies Major)