I am very excited to report that the theme of Messiah College Humanities Symposium (run by the Messiah College Center for Public Humanities) is “Race in America.” Needless to say, in light of our current cultural climate the timing could not be better for this kind of conversation. The Symposium runs from February 24-27 and is free and open to the public.
The keynote address will be delivered by Michelle Norris of National Public Radio on Thursday, February 26 at 7pm in Parmer Hall in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts at Messiah College.
Here is the slate of sessions:
Film and Discussion: “Understanding the Cesar Chavez movie: ‘Race, Activism and Mexican-American Farmworkers”–Sheila Rodriguez, Messiah College Dept. of Modern Languages (Feb. 24, 6:30-9:00, Parmer Cinema)
“Being Sayers and Doers of the Word: The State of the Humanities and Inequality in Higher Education.”–Peter Powers, Dean of the School of Humanities, Messiah College (Feb. 25, 4:30-5:15, Boyer 131)
“Beyond the Notion of ‘Hospitality’: A Theological Examination of Power and Inclusion and its Implications for Christian Higher Education“—Robert Reyes, Messiah College Department of Human Development and Family Science (Feb. 25, 5:30-6:00, Boyer 131)
“The Genetic Ancestry Project: Comparing Modern Racial, Ethnic and National Identities with Our Deep Ancestral Identities.”–Fabrizio Cilento (Film Studies), Joseph Huffman (History), Michael Shin (Biology), and the students and staff participants in the Genetic Ancestry Project (Feb. 25, 7:00-8:30, Parmer Cinema)
“Let’s Talk: A Conversation About Race and Dialog-to-Change Mode Expanding in Harrisburg.” –Panel discussion with Tina Nixon (YWCA Greater Harrisburg), Amanda Arbour (YWCA Greater Harrisburg), Patricia Gadsden (Life Esteem Inc.), and Tara Leo Auchey (Today’s the Day in Harrisburg). (Feb. 26, 3:45-5:00, Boyer 131)
“Recalibrating the Witness of the Church Amidst Racialized Violence in America: Towards Counterintuitive Solidarity with the Oppressed.” –Drew Hart, Ph.D candidate, Lutheran Theological Seminary (Feb. 27, 9:10-10:10am, Boyer 131)
“Race for Beauty: Mapping the Social Contours of Early 20th Century Harrisburg.” David Pettegrew, James LaGrand, Dept. of History, Messiah College. (Feb. 27, 10:20-11:20, Boyer 337)
“This Paper is Not White: Reading and Writing Race.” –Cora Hines and Allen Fernandez, Messiah College English majors. (Feb. 27, 11:30-12:15, Boyer 131)
“Race at Messiah: Past, Present, and Future.” Scott Hwang (Multicultural Programs), Faith Minnich (Intercultural Office), Kevin Villegas (International Student Programs), Brian Reynolds (Messiah College student) (Feb. 27, 1:50-2:50, Boyer 131)
“The Giants of Harrisburg: Harrisburg’s Negro League Baseball Team.” Film and discussion with film producers Jonathan Barry Wolf, Kyle Kull, and Scott Orris, and team members of the Harrisburg Giants. (Feb. 27, 4:00-5:30, Parmer Cinema)
“Six Words: Dances Inspired by the Race Card Project.” —GiViM, Messiah College Dance Ensemble (Feb. 27, 7:00-8:00pm, Poorman Black Box Cinema, Climenhaga Building)