ENGAGE! on October 20th, 2021

At this year’s Engage Conference, we explore Race, Power and Empire across multiple geographies, abilities, racial and gender identities. Engage is comprised of faculty panels, anti-racism training, craft making, play and film screenings.

It’s crucial that our many voices are represented, heard, and engaged.  Classes are canceled on Wednesday, October 20, and we encourage departments to work with staff so that everyone can participate.


9:30-10:30 a.m.: Check-in and Coffee & Tea @  FPH Lobby

10:30 a.m.-noon: Welcome and Opening Panel: Faculty Respond to Daniel Immerwahr’s How to Hide an Empire at MLH

  • Omar Dahi, "Obama as a 'Bad Samaritan': How to hide US imperialism in Syria”
  • April Merleaux, “Imperialism is actually really boring”
  • Lili Kim,”Confronting Two Empires: A Korean American History”

Noon -1 p.m.:  LUNCH BREAK (on your own)

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Kabucha Toli/Choctaw Stickball Demonstration at Library Lawn

Professor Robert Caldwell will introduce students, staff, and faculty to Kabutcha Toli/Choctaw Stickball.  All ability levels are welcome to this multicultural demonstration. Go here if you are interested in practicing.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Cider doughnuts, cider and button-making at Library Lawn

In celebration of International Pronouns Day we will be making pronoun buttons.

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Screening & discussion of Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution. at Bill Brand Screening Room in Liebling

The film chronicles teenagers whose transformative experiences at a 1971 summer camp for youth with disabilities empowers them to provide critical leadership to the disability rights movement.

3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Workshop for Faculty at FPH Faculty Lounge

Complicating Your Syllabus: White Supremacy, Research and the Scholarly Endeavor. Faculty can register here for the workshop. 

5-7 p.m. Screening of Sylvia Rivera: She was More Than Stonewall at WLH

In recognition of Latinx Heritage & LGBTQA+ History months we are screening this documentary about a trans warrior who understood that all of us are in the fight for liberation together.

Oct. 20, 21, and Nov. 3

10 am-5 p.m.: Re-thinking Racism Workshop for faculty, staff, and students at Red Barn & Zoom

Two and a half day workshop intended to provide an analysis of racial and ethnic oppression and how it manifests within ourselves and our institutions. Register here.