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2013-2014 Cultural Events Calendar

Participating in at least one of these activities will qualify as the Calvin College annual required FEN-related activity.
August 2013

Thursday, August 22

August 22, 2013
Spoelhof Center 322
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by August 14
FEN and Intro Anti-Racism Workshop
This three hour session begins with an overview of the dynamics of race and the history and legacy of racism in the United States. The concept of anti-racism is presented as a response to racism. The session concludes with individual and institutional strategies for responding to racism. Calvin’s From Every Nation document is presented as the blueprint for the college’s anti-racism position.
September 2013

Thursday, September 12

September 12, 2013
SC 322
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by September 4
Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts Workshop
Staying silent in the face of demeaning comments, stereotypes or bias allows these attitudes and behaviors to thrive. This undermines our ability to create an inclusive workplace where all employees are welcomed, treated with respect and able to do their best work. Yet, most employees and leaders who want to speak up don't know how. So, we say nothing. The learning objectives for this workshop are to help participants: Understand the impact of stereotypes and biased statements, even when casually said;  Identify the most common reasons people sit silent in the face of bias and stereotypes; and Enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes without blame or guilt.

Monday, September 16

September 16, 2013
President's Conf. Rm.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Bring your lunch
RSVP by September 1
Fall Reading Group begins
Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery by Michael Fosberg
This book depicts the struggles and triumphs of Michael Fosberg, a young actor in Chicago, as he encounters surprising discoveries about his family roots in his search for his biological father. The first ten to sign up will receive a free book. More information here.
When: Every other Monday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 16, 2013.
  • Sept. 16, pages 1-54
  • Sept. 30, pages 55-95
  • Oct. 14, pages 96-144
  • Oct. 28, pages 145-212
  • Nov. 11, pages 213-271
  • Nov. 25, pages 272-317, potluck lunch
October 2013

Monday, October 7

The RACE CARD PROJECT BEGINS: Speak up!

Tuesday, October 8

October 8, 2013
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by September 30
Diversity/Social-Equality: Theory and Practice Workshop (with Michael Fosberg)
Michael Fosberg, a professional actor and diversity trainer, is the presenter for this workshop. Michael will help participants explore the categories we have for ourselves and the process by which we place others in ‘boxes’. Where does one start the dialogue, and how do we effect change? White, black, male, female, gay, straight, religions, dialects, even names affect the way we see and talk with each other. How can we respect and honor each individual, yet neutralize the bias' we carry based on group associations?


"Incognito" is a play depicting the struggles and triumphs of Michael Fosberg, a young actor in Chicago, as he encounters surprising discoveries about his family roots in his search for his biological father.
Free/no tickets required. Covenant Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 11

Diversity Strategies: Creating, Sustaining, and Bridging Communities in Higher Education
Presented by the West Michigan College and University Presidents' Compact Committee Conference

          Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
          17 Fountain St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI
This annual regional conference is open to college and university faculty, staff, administrators, and students. The conference features a series of panels and a plenary speaker which address issues surrounding inclusive communities, pedagogy, and current diversity related scholarship.

Featured Speaker - Damon A. Williams, PhD is one of the leading experts on diversity in higher education. He is the author of the book Strategic Diversity Leadership and co-author of the book The Chief Diversity Officer. Formerly the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently leading Program, Training & Youth Development Services for the Boys and Girls Club of America. More information can be found here.

This conference is free and open to all.
November 2013

Thursday, November 14

November 14, 2013
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., President's Conf. Rm.- bring your own lunch
3:30 - 5:00 p.m., SC 322-
Refreshments provided
RSVP for either by Nov. 6
The Race Card Project: a Facilitated Discussion
This fall the Office for Multicultural Affairs and the Office for Multicultural Student Development will sponsor its own version of The Race Card Project, as heard on NPR. This date has been set aside for two  campus-wide to discussions of  The Race Card Project and the six-word-statements on race and racial identity submitted by the faculty, staff, and students of Calvin. Two times are available:
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., President's Conference Room, bring your own lunch
  • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Spoelhof Center 322, refreshments provided  
December 2013

Thursday, December 5

December 5, 2013
12:30 - 1:30 p.m., President's Conf. Rm.- bring your own lunch
3:30 - 5:00 p.m., SC 322-
Refreshments provided
RSVP for either by Nov. 28
OneCampus: A Facilitated Discussion
This year faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in the OneCampus e-learning workshop. OneCampus is designed to help Christian college community members gain a biblical and effective approach to ethnic relations for their time on campus and future life and ministry. It lays a foundation for viewing ethnic diversity through the lens of Scripture and for dealing with ethnicity-related challenges in a way that is Christ-honoring and which builds unity rather than division. This date has been set aside for two campus-wide to discussions on the OneCampus e-learning experience.
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., President's Conference Room, bring your own lunch
  • 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Spoelhof Center 322, refreshments provided
January 2014

Martin Luther King programming (See the MSDO calendar for details)

February 2014

Black History month programming (See the MSDO calendar for details)

Monday, February 17

February 17, 2014
President's Conf. Rm.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Bring your lunch
RSVP by February 7
Spring Reading Group begins
Coming Together in the 21st Century: The Bible's Message in an Age of Diversity by Curtiss Paul DeYoung
This newly revised and expanded 15th anniversary edition offers readers an in-depth study of multiculturalism and diversity in Scripture. With nearly 50 percent new material, Coming Together in the 21st Century features contributions from ethnically and culturally diverse men and women who offer their unique perspectives. More information here.
When: Every other Monday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 17, 2014.

  • Feb. 17, chapters 1-2
  • March 3, chapters 3-4
  • March 17, chapters 5-6
  • March 31, chapters 7-8
  • April 14, chapter 9, potluck lunch
March 2014

FEN Symposium on Race
Tuesday, March 11

March 11, 2014
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by March 3, 2014
Bias, Assumptions, and Stereotypes Workshop
Eric K. Foster, Principal for Progress Strategies+, is the presenter for this workshop. Eric brings years of experience as a consultant and administrator of diversity initiatives on the local and national level. This workshop begins with an overview of three related concepts – bias, assumptions, and stereotypes. The workshop will help participants explore “what we think we know, about who we know, when we thought we knew them, and why.”

Wednesday, March 12

"American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" video screening
What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution may surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America's past and its potentially radical future. More...
Free/no tickets required. Commons Lecture Hall, Commons Annex, 7:00 p.m.
April 2014

Thursday, April 10

April 10, 2014
SC 312
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by April 2, 2014
Mirrors of Privilege Workshop
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible is a film which explores what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear, and shame into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice. This film catalyzes powerful dialogue to support the learning, change and healing of all people who want to undo race-based oppression. This film and discussion is open to all and provides pathways for learning and analysis that can build real bridges between White People and People of Color, who can then have authentic relationships across a racial divide.

Friday, April 25

Stand Against Racism - In partnership with the YWCA, Calvin College will be one of thousands of organizations nationally taking a stand to eliminate racism.
May 2014

Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30, 2014

Understanding Racism Workshop presented by Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation (CORR)
CORR, composed of the Anti-Racism Teams of Madison Square, Coit Community and Church of the Servant invite you to attend an anti-racism workshop. This 2-day experience at Calvin College is designed to raise awareness and organize for racial reconciliation. The facilitators for this workshop are Laura Pritchard and Stacia Hoeksema. More information and RSVP...

NOTE: The Calvin College Office for Multicultural Affairs does not have funds to pay for the registration fees but we do encourage you to attend.
June 2014

June 11 and June 25, 2014

Summer Reading Group
May 16, 2014
President's Conf. Rm.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Bring your lunch
RSVP by May 30, 2014

The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir by Michele Norris
This newly revised and expanded 15th anniversary edition offers readers an in-depth study of multiculturalism and diversity in Scripture. With nearly 50 percent new material, Coming Together in the 21st Century features contributions from ethnically and culturally diverse men and women who offer their unique perspectives. More information here.

Thursday - Saturday, June 19 - 21, 2014

Understanding Racism Workshop presented by Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation (CORR)
CORR, composed of the Anti-Racism Teams of Madison Square, Coit Community and Church of the Servant invite you to attend an anti-racism workshop. The 3-day experience at Madison Square Church is designed to raise awareness and organize for racial reconciliation. The facilitators for this workshop are Laura Carpenter and Janice McWhertor. More information and RSVP...

NOTE: The Office for Multicultural Affairs does not have funds to pay for the registration fees but we do encourage you to attend.

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