Join us on campus to reconnect with your classmates, with your college, and current students. At its core, Lawrence is about community. The Lawrence University Black Alumni Network is an inspiring and rewarding weekend designed to unite the alumni and campus community in support of Lawrence's diverse, multicultural future.


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Friday, September 30

 

Noon
Cultural Conversations

Join Associate Dean of Students for Diversity, Pa Lee Moua and current students for a lunch and small group conversations addressing key campus issues, such as identity development, diversity and socioeconomic background. 

1:50-3 p.m.
Afternoon of Liberal Learning

Do you miss your days in the classroom? Here is your chance to become a student again! Below is a list of courses being offered Fall Term. Complete the registration form to sit in on one or more of these classes with today’s students. Space is limited. Courses are subject to change, pending final approval of the class schedule.

Democracy in Comparative Perspective
This  course examines variations in the institutional design and practive of democracy, drawing on a range of national and historical cases. Course materials will address the following questions: Are there social, cultural or economic prerequisites for democratic stability? How and why does the design of democratic institutions vary accorss national borders? Why does democracy sometimes produce undesirable social, political and economic outcomes? And why and how do democracies collapse?
Ameya Balseka, associate professor of government.

Introduction to Gender Studies
What is gender? How is it constructed by the social world in which we live? how are our models or masculinity and feminity interwoven with models of race, sexuality, class, nationality, etc.? We will explore these questions theoretically and through interdisicplinary focal points. These may included "testosterone," "beauty," "domesticity" or other examples as chosen by the instructors.
Amy Nottingham-Martin, lecturer of Freshman Studies

Literature and the Environment
An interdisciplinary investigation of the ways literature shapes environmental values and practices and responds to environmental concerns. This class will study novels, films and essays on topics such as organic food and farming, air and water pollution, and environmental justice movements. 
Lena Khor, associate professor of English

4 p.m.
What's New Campus Tour
Lawrence has changed a lot. Join current students for this 60-minute walking tour as they showcase all of the new and exciting spaces, places and plans on campus.

6 p.m.
Opening Reception and Dinner

Join faculty, staff and students for this grand kickoff celebration.

8 p.m.
Sankofa Open House

Sankofa House is a formal group house located on campus. Sankofa House is the name the Black Student Union chose because it has the loose translation of “to look back and bring forward.” 

 

Saturday, October 1

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Burstein
Lawrence University President Mark Burstein will host a conversation with black alumni. Introductory remarks will be followed by an open forum for questions. 

10 a.m. 
“Race in America: A Deeper Black”
On Nov. 5, 2015, author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of the nation’s most important contemporary writers on the subject of race, examined the conflicted and hopeful state of black America in a Lawrence Convocation entitled Race in America: A Deeper Black. Following a screening of his remarks, join alumni, students and Fox Cities community leaders for a facilitated group reflection.

Noon
Lunch with Senior Leadership
Senior campus leadership will join alumni and students for lunch in the campus center.

2 p.m.
Diversity Circle
Discover your own truths about diversity and inclusion with this powerful, enlivening and contemporary approach to diversity training, moderated by current Lawrence students.

3:30 p.m.
What's New on Campus Tour

Lawrence has changed a lot. Join current students for this 60-minute walking tour as they showcase all of the new and exciting spaces, places and plans on campus.

6 p.m.
Reception and Photos (cash bar)

7 p.m.
Dinner and Dancing (cash bar)
Break out your dancing shoes and celebrate new and renewed connections with students,
faculty and staff.

10 p.m.
After Party in the Viking Room (cash bar)

 

Sunday, October 2

10:30 a.m.-noon
Brunch and Q&A with the President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs
The President’s Committee on Diversity Affairs was established to foster diversity in the Lawrence community and curriculum and to help create a more inclusive campus community. This session will allow members of the Lawrence University Black Alumni Network to share their experiences and feedback with this key group of campus leaders. 

 

Times are subject to change. Final program will be distributed upon check-in on campus.

Black Affinity Reunion
September 30–October 2, 2016

Register

Registration deadline is
September 19

2016 Invitation (PDF)

Hotels

Rooms have been reserved at the following area hotels:

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa
$179 and up
300 W. College Avenue
920-749-0303

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
$99 and up
333 W. College Avenue
920-733-8000

Both properties are less than one mile from campus. Make your reservations by September 9 and mention “Lawrence University” when you call to guarantee the best rates.

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