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Looking Back, Moving Forward: Schedule of Events

Throughout the week, the focal point is an interactive exhibit in the Airport Lounge and Bridge: "Looking Back, Moving Forward." One element of the exhibit presents a timeline of the history of racial justice and anti-racism organizing at the College. Like any historical timeline, it is constructed and partial. Community participation is necessary to review the timeline, ask questions, illuminate what is missing, and add nuance. The second element invites community members to interact with the College's current commitments to become an institution committed to anti-racism and to reflect on and consider personal commitments to racial justice. As the community moves forward shaping our institutional commitment to anti-racism, the exhibit provides a necessary foundation to have historically informed dialogues.

Please visit the exhibit at some point during the week.

Monday, October 24

4:30 p.m. Opening Comments: History and Commitments Exhibit
Airport Lounge
6:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner and workshop for Baldwin Scholars
KERN 202
Alumni Guest: Elora Pindell
Open to current James Baldwin scholars and alumni

Tuesday, October 25

10:30-11:30 a.m. Timeline Talk with Mary Bombardier and Beth Mattison
Airport Lounge (Note location)

Beth and Mary will speak to their experience with white solidarity within racial justice organizing at Hampshire and in the Five Colleges.  Mary Bombardier is the assistant dean for Community Engagement and director of Community Partnerships for Social Change. Beth Mattison, assistant director of the Childhood, Youth, and Learning Program, is a Hampshire alum who participated in student organizing on campus that included efforts to increase the recruitment and retention of students, staff and faculty of color at Hampshire in the mid 80s.
4 p.m. The Eqbal Ahmad Symposium Lecture
"Life in a Penal Democracy:Race, Policing, and the Limits of Liberal Reform"
 Robert Crown Center (Open to the public)

Naomi Murakawa, associate professor of African American Studies at Princeton University
Khalil G. Muhammad, professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Wednesday, October 26

10:30 a.m.-Noon The Eqbal Ahmad Symposium Panel
Resisting Racial Violence: Making Our Communities Safe
Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

Cara Page 88F, a Hampshire alum, Audre Lorde Project
Charlene Carruthers, Black Youth Project 100 in Chicago

The panelists will address the kinds of activism that have surged in response to the constant confrontation with police violence and the racialized system of injustice, how the communities they work with are experiencing and responding to this moment, and how they view its significance.
Noon-1 p.m. Community Reflection Spaces (Note locations)
Interested in a space to talk about and hear from others about the themes of the Eqbal Ahmed Symposium? Participate in facilitated discussions. Student discussions will be in the Merrill Living Room. Faculty and staff discussions will be in the Franklin Patterson Lounge.
3:00-4:30 p.m. Dialogue through Theater
Main Stage, Emily Dickinson Hall

Professor Natalie Sowell and students in Applied Theater: Rehearsing for Reality will host a Theatre of the Oppressed Forum to engage with some of the micro-aggressions and macro-aggressions around race experienced on Hampshire's campus.  This mode of applied theatre is dialogic with theatre emphasized not as a spectacle but rather as a language designed to analyze and discuss problems of oppression and power; and explore group solutions to these problems.

This event is open to all community members: students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
4:30 p.m. Teaching and Learning for Love and Justice
Main Stage, Emily Dickinson Hall

"Teaching and Learning for Love and Justice" is an original short poetry/theater piece created for Hampshire's 2016 Convocation by an ensemble of students, faculty, and staff. The ensemble will be joined in performance by members of the Hampshire College dance community.

This event is open to all community members: students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
3-5 p.m. Pedagogy, Diversity and Power Teaching Seminar
This four-session seminar provides a space for faculty and teaching staff to examine and share with one another how diversity, identity, and power shapes our teaching and classroom culture. Sessions begin on Wednesday, October 19. Interested participants must register.

Thursday, October 27

9-10 a.m. Timeline Talk: "Dis-Orientation" by J.D. Stokely
Airport Lounge (Note location)

J.D Stokely (07F) is a Hampshire alum who participated in the 2008 Action Awareness Week events and protests. Stokely will speak about organizing this week and their creation of the Disorientation Packet, a history of social justice and anti-racism organizing on Hampshire Campus, following the actions.
Noon-1:30 p.m. Meditation space for staff and faculty of color
Spiritual Life Center, Donut 5 Greenwich (Please bring your Hampshire ID)
5:30-6:30 p.m. Timeline Talk: "Decolonizing Media" by Aurelis Troncoso and Dre Woodberry
Airport Lounge (Note location)
Dre and Aurelis are Hampshire alums and Baldwin Scholars who, as members of the Hip Hop Collective and the Decolonizing Media Collective, participated in the Yurt Takeover on April 26, 2012.

Pizza will be available at this timeline talk.

Friday, October 28

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Looking Back, Moving Forward
Airport Lounge (Note location)
Facilitated by Lori Lobenstine from the Design Studio for Social Intervention, this closing session examines the themes articulated by participants in the “Looking Back, Moving Forward” interactive exhibit and develops the next steps in this year’s work of shaping an institution committed to anti-racism.
1 p.m. Interactive Exhibits Close


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