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Stay ENGAGED! 2018

Stay ENGAGED! Is a week of events designed to build on and extend the social justice education, dialogue, and community building catalyzed by the ENGAGE! conference. Show up and stay ENGAGED!

Events are exclusively for Hampshire students, staff and faculty with the exception of the DEAFinitions Conference and the Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture. Registration is necessary only for the DEAFinitions Conference.




Hampshire's commitment to working toward anti-racism, social justice, and inclusion requires persistent attention, reflection, and revision of our efforts. Stay ENGAGED! provides our entire community with opportunities to focus our learning and share our experience and skills through conversation and creativity practices.

Community members participating in Stay ENGAGED! will gain information, understanding, and skills as well as learn more about the resources available and current efforts on campus.


Friday, March 23

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.:

Faculty/Staff Reading Group on “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump”

Text: White Rage: The truth about our racial divide (2016) by Carol Anderson*

Sponsored by the Knowledge Commons and Center for Teaching and Learning

*Copies of the book are available through interlibrary loan and on reserve at the library.

2nd floor library training room
This event is for Hampshire community members only.


Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25

10 a.m.-7 p.m.:

DEAFinitions Conference: A Deaf Studies Conference

Sponsored by the Hampshire College Deaf Studies Collective

Registration in the Franklin Patterson Hall Lobby


Monday March 26

Noon-1:30 p.m.:

Being Comfortable Being White: Appropriately Fighting White Supremacy?

Loretta Ross, human rights activist and visiting assistant professor of women's studies

West Lecture Hall
This event is for Hampshire community members only.

3-5 p.m.: 

Pedagogy, Diversity, and Power: A teaching discussion for faculty and staff

Kristen Luschen, professor of education studies and dean of multicultural education

Natalie Sowell, associate professor of theatre

Franklin Patterson Hall Lounge, Limited to Hampshire staff and faculty

PDP is an ongoing facilitated teaching discussion designed to strengthen a culture of teaching that is built on a foundation of social justice and inclusive pedagogy at Hampshire. Each session will provide space for faculty and staff to discuss how dynamics of identity, access, equity, and power connected to race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and ability shape our classroom culture and teaching, advising, and mentorship practices. The seminar will engage examples and concerns brought by participants for review and consultation. Participants will extend their pedagogical resources and develop new strategies for equitable and inclusive teaching.


Tuesday, March 27

Noon-1 p.m.:

Re-Engaging a Conversation on Whiteness and Anti-Racist Organizing

Mary Bombardier, assistant dean of community engagement and director of Community Partnerships for Social Change

Beth Mattison, assistant director of  the Childhood, Youth, and Learning Program

Merrill Living Room, Limited to Hampshire staff and faculty

Join us as we share ideas for showing up for racial justice. We’ll read a short piece together, look at tools for assessing institutional racism, discuss ways to be accountable and take action in coalition with communities of color.  All staff and faculty are welcome.

3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.:

Hate at Hampshire: Uniting as a community against hate speech


A panel discussion exploring anti-semitic hate speech at Hampshire College

Tuesday, March 27, 3:30-5:00 pm

Airport Lounge

Sponsored by the Harold F. Johnson Library
This event is for Hampshire community members only.

“The greatest danger is doing nothing. Ignoring Hitler was the first mistake Germany made. The symbols of today enable the reality of tomorrow. Do not look away and do not ignore them.”

As part of the Spring 2018 iteration of ENGAGE, the Harold F. Library is hosting a panel to provide some history and context for the multiple occurrences in recent years of anti-semitic graffiti on our campus and in our library. In an effort to address the implications of these acts and stand up for our campus’ stated mission to promote dialog and aim to dismantle racism and xenophobia in all their forms, we invite any student, staff, or faculty member who wishes to gain an expanded understanding of our very complex current moment in higher education regarding hate speech and intellectual freedom to please attend and contribute your perspective.


The panelists will explore such questions as: Why has hate speech of an antisemitic nature been rising in recent years? Why are libraries and colleges particularly popular targets of all forms of hate speech? Who does this kind of thing and why? (Hint: it’s both simpler and more complicated than you think.) How are antisemitism and other forms of bigotry interrelated? Together we will gain a sense of the complexity of our current moment and strive towards some solutions, immediate and long-term, to strengthen our community with a renewed sense of hope for our shared future.


Wednesday, March 28

Advising Day: NO CLASSES


12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.:

First Thoughts: An Embodied Writing Workshop

Amy Dryansky, assistant director of Culture, Brain and Development Program

Jamila Jackson, dance intern and director of the Embodied Leadership Program

FPH 101, Limited to Hampshire and Five Colleges students

A supportive, hands-on workshop for students that combines mind-body awareness with process-writing and deep listening. The workshop will start with simple movement and be followed by free-writing from prompts, listening and structured feedback. Participants will engage in exercises that help them:

  • access their deep awareness, body intelligence, and “first thoughts”;
  • understand how cultivating awareness in their own body and mind can help them to connect more authentically and sympathetically with others;
  • learn practical skills for listening and responding to others.


3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: 

Beyond Talk: Using Forum Theatre

Yijie Zhu, Division III student

This workshop is open to all, but attendance at the ENGAGE! workshop "Theatre of the Oppressed: Beyond Talk" or experience with Theatre of the Oppressed is recommended.

Studio Theater, Emily Dickson Hall
This event is for Hampshire community members only.


Thursday, March 29

Noon-1 p.m.:

Collective Resistance: Towards Reproductive, Environmental and Climate Justice

Anne Hendrixson, director of Population and Development Program at Hampshire College

FPH 103
This event is for Hampshire community members only.

This interactive workshop is for anyone who cares about reproductive, environmental and climate justice. Together we will explore what these terms mean, the movements that define them, and how they challenge racism, nativism, and sexism among other issues. We will look at the ways that reproductive, environmental and climate justice issues intersect. How can we uphold social justice to address these interconnecting issues, support multiple movements, and forge meaningful solidarities?

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.:

11th Annual Eric N. Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture, "Feminism and the Politics of the Commons"

Silvia Federici, Professor Emerita, Hofstra University

Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

Silvia Federici is a longtime activist, teacher, and writer. In 1972 she was among the founders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the Campaign for Wages for Housework in the US and abroad. She has also been active in the anti-globalization movement and the anti-death penalty movement and was a founding member of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, which for more than ten years documented the struggle of African students against the austerity programs imposed by the IMF and the World Bank on African countries. She is the author of many essays on political philosophy, feminist theory, cultural studies, and education. Her published works include: The New York Wages for Housework Committee: Theory, History, Documents 1972-1977 (2017), co-edited with Arlen Austin; Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle (2012); and Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004). She is Emerita Professor of Political Philosophy and International Studies at Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York).

Eric Schocket taught American literature at Hampshire College from 1996 until his death in 2006. A much-admired teacher and colleague, his courses inspired a generation of students. Nationally, he was a leading figure in working-class studies. His writings on figures like Herman Melville, Rebecca Harding Davis, William Dean Howells, and Langston Hughes engaged the important relationship between class and culture. His book, Vanishing Moments: Class and American Literature, was published in 2006.


Friday, March 30

Day of Compassion

Sponsored by Hampshire Spiritual Life

Event schedule will be available through the Daily Digest


ENGAGE! Conference Sponsorship

Stay ENGAGE! is made possible by support from the Hampshire College Center for Teaching and Learning; Community Partnerships for Social Change; Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning; Culture, Brain, and Development Program; Deaf Studies Collective; Dance Program; School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies; Knowledge Commons; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; and the Population and Development Program.

For more information contact Kristen Luschen, dean of multicultural education and inclusion

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Snail Mail
Office for Diversity and Multicultural Education
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002