Lawrence University’s Cultural Competency Lecture Series provides faculty, staff, students, and community members the opportunity to learn about topics that will increase their ability to live and work well with people they perceive to be different in some significant way.
- Panel webinar "Understanding Polarization," Tuesday 9/29 at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Ideological polarization is a central feature of politics today. Our webinar panel will discuss the causes of polarization in a society and what we can do to diminish this divisiveness in the Lawrence community. The panelists for this lecture are:
Ameya S. Balsekar, Associate Professor of Government
Peter Glick, Henry Merritt Wriston Professor of the Social Sciences, Psychology
Arnold Shober, Professor of Government.
- Panel webinar "Safety in Appleton: A Conversation with City Officials," Thursday 10/29 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Hosted by The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Diversity and Intercultural Center, the goal of the event is to help Lawrentians learn about resources in the City that are available to support their safety and wellbeing. In addition, they will hear about local diversity, inclusion and antiracism initiatives. Panelists include:
Appleton Mayor Jake Woodford
Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas
City of Appleton Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Karen Nelson
Moderator: Dr. Brittany Bell
Assistant Dean of Students and the Director of the Diversity and Intercultural Center
Past topics we have covered range from art to religion, and presenters have drawn attention to myriad ways in which issues of diversity and inclusion challenge the way we think about gender, the environment, able bodyism, music, and more:
- Jesus Smith, “Is Race Real?” (Cancelled)
- Katie Schweighofer, “Everyday Sexism?”
- Cecile Despres-Berry, “ELF: English as a Lingua Franca at Lawrence,”
- Helen Boyd Kramer, “Non-Binary Gender and Bathrooms,”
- Kathryn Zoromski, “Social Class, Silence, and Solutions,”
- Jedidiah Rex and Jay Dansand, “Accessibility as Inclusiveness,”
- Erin Buenzli, "A Community of Self-Care"
- Jason Brozek, “Environmental Justice – Global Movement, Local Actions”
- Helen Boyd Kramer, “Smash the Binary”
- Meghan Lally, "Reframing Disability: Designing Inclusive Classrooms and Communities"
- Guilberly Louissaint and Max Loebl, "Activism and Social Change"
- Elliot Ratzman, "Antisemitism and Intersectionality: Understanding the Subtleties of Anti-Jewish Oppression and Jewish Privilege"
- Stephen M. Sieck and Matthew R. Arau, “It Matters How and Why We Say This: Navigating Cultural Identities in a Liberal Arts College/ Conservatory”
- Jesus G. Smith, “Cultural Appropriation: What Is and Isn’t”
- Martyn Smith, “Islam in America: The Success Story of Dearborn, Michigan”
- Beth A. Zinsli and Elizabeth Carlson, “More than Meets the Eye: Engaging with Controversial Art”
As we move forward with the lecture series, we are inviting experts on topics that impact our campus and community to deliver talks sure to ignite powerful conversations that will challenge some of our deeply held assumptions in ways that promote growth and understanding.