november, 2018

08nov8:30 AM9:00 PMMCLA Day of DialogueMCLA Campus8:30 AM - 9:00 PM MCLA Campus Center, 375 Church St, North Adams, MA 01247


Event Details

MCLA Day of Dialogue
MCLA, 375 Church St
(413) 662-5300
MCL) will hold its inaugural Day of Dialogue. This is a campus-wide initiative with suspended day and evening classes to ensure full campus participation by students and faculty. The theme of this year’s Day of Dialogue is “Complicating Race.” This event is free and open to the public.
The day will begin with an opening breakfast and welcome as participants enjoy a pancake “sundae bar” with MacDonald-Dennis and Dr. Christine Condaris, professor of music, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., in the Venable Gym. Condaris will present an opening musical piece to inspire those in attendance to listen deeply to each other.
Attendees may choose to attend one of the following morning workshops from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m., in Bowman Hall, which include “Power Up: Art as Action, Art as Dialogue,” with Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of visual art; “A Short History of Anti-Immigrant Feeling in the United States” with Dr. Ely Janis, associate professor of history; and “Multiracial Identity: Check all that Apply,” with Kayla Hollins ’12, associate director of admissions.
Also, MacDonald-Dennis and Dr. Jenna Sciuto, assistant professor of English, will screen the documentary film, “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” to be followed by a discussion titled, “Reflections on a Radical: Grace Lee Boggs, Solidarity, and Political Revolution,” in the Amsler Campus Center’s Sullivan Lounge.
Following the morning workshops, participants are invited to engage in dialogue over lunch in Venable Gym, noon to 1:45 p.m.
Afternoon workshops will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in Bowman Hall. They will include “Race, Standardized Testing, and Admissions,” with Kayla Hollins ’12, associate director of admissions, and Dean of Enrollment Management and Community Relations Gina Puc; “Afrofuturism: A Literary Exploration of a Moving Genre (and a creative writing engagement),” with Dr. Caren Beilin, assistant professor of English; and “Race, Ethnicity, and Language: Stigma, Prestige, and Power,” with Emily Alling, associate dean for library services.
In addition, “Why Representation Matters: A Conversation about the Role of Museums” will be led by Michelle Daly, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, at MCLA Gallery 51, and “Agency for People of Color in Entertainment Media,” will be presented by Assistant Director of Diversity Programs and the Multicultural Education Center Michael Obasohan ’11 and Jamal Ahamad ’11, a teacher of math and English at Taconic High School in Pittsfield, in the Sullivan Lounge in the Amsler Campus Center.
The Day of Dialogue will conclude with the Eighth Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, with best-selling author, journalist, and comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.


(Thursday) 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM



MCLA Campus Center, 375 Church St, North Adams, MA 01247