ESC Dialogue Series
Ethnic Student Center Discussion Series Spring 2014
Every Wednesday from 5:00 - 6:00 P.M. in the Ethnic Student Center located in 318B Math Sciences (unless specified)
What is an Intergroup Discussion?
Intergroup Discussion Series invites students from different backgrounds and social identity groups for an opportunity to talk in non-superficial ways about various topics that need dialogue and better understanding of historical, cultural, and structural inequalities in the society. We encourage individuals representing different and all social identities to attend and to learn from each other. As an educational approach, an important aspect of intergroup discussion is learning to listen, to ask questions of others, and to commit to understanding the perspectives of others, even if not agreeing. It is also important to remember that this venue is not a debate in which people try to convince each other so that one side “wins.” Students (and all of us) have to learn how to communication that facilitates understanding rather than debate!
The overall goals of intergroup discussion series are:To develop a meaningful communication -- deep listening, suspending judgments, identifying assumptions, reflecting, and inquiring—in a diverse society;
- To reflect upon and learn about self and others as members of a social group(s) in the
context of systems of privilege and inequality;
- To explore the similarities and differences in experiences within and across social group
- To gain knowledge and understand the impact of different position of power and its relations;
- To develop skills to work with differences, disagreements, and conflicts as opportunities for
- To identify and plan individual and collective actions that contributes toward more inclusive
and just communities.
SPRING 2014 Schedule
|January 22|| "Reactions to Multiracial Families in America"|
How are interracial or multiracial families perceived in the USA today? Last year, a Cheerios commercial caused a lot of dialogue around multiracial couples and families.
"Islamic Culture and Religious Identity"
Special Location: 314 Bowen-Thompson Student Union
|February 5||"The New Black Movement: Race and Student Protests in the 21st Century"|
|February 12||World Religions - Buddhism|
|February 19||No discussion series event - MOSAIC Series event and night of film showing "The New Black"|
|February 26||"The International Student Experience"|
|March 5||Examining Cultural Norms for "Girl Culture" and Femininity|
|March 12th||Spring Break - No Classes|
|March 19||Civic Engagement Related to the Civil Rights Movement|
|March 26||Leading to Leave Your Legacy|
|April 16||American Consumption of Japanese Popular Culture|
If you have any questions about the Discussion Series, please contact:
Krishna Han, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Christopher (CJ) Klein
Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Math Science Building, 318-B
Bowling Green, OH 43402