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Race Matters

race matters

However much we may want to believe otherwise, we do not live in a post-racial state. Conflict over race and racial disparities can be found in the workplace and in the criminal justice system, at our schools, on our borders, and across the globe. The topic of race can be polarizing—and thus avoided—for fear of the difficult conversations that may ensue when we face the ways our contemporary life is bound to a history of genocide, slavery, racism and white supremacy.

During the 2012-13 academic year, St. Ambrose focused on racial justice as part of the university's commitment to social justice. A yearlong project series, "Race Matters," examined the pressing dilemmas and facilitate the difficult conversations, including the idea of race as an invention that serves the ideology of states and economies worldwide. Events included lectures, films, concerts, artistic performances, and exhibits.

Race and the Constitution Panel Discussion

Monday, Sept. 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Gottlieb Lounge, Rogalski Center
Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Leadership Studies

Slavery and the American Constitution

Monday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Justin Dyer, PhD, University of Missouri
Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Leadership Studies

Posing Beauty: African American Women in Photographic Art

Thursday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. lecture, Figge Art Museum
Deborah Willis, exhibit curator and Professor of Photography, New York University

Race Still Matters

Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Cornel West, PhD, Union Theological Seminary, philosopher, author, civil rights activist 
Baecke Endowment for the Humanities Lecture

White Students Doing Racism: No Post-Racial America

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Joe Feagin, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Sponsored by the Diversity Work Group, School of Social Work, Student Affairs Office, and the Departments of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Women's Studies

You Look Beautiful Like This: Selling Race and Heritage to Chicago's African American Community in the era of the New Negro
Thursday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. lecture, Figge Art Museum
Kimberly Glenn, University of Iowa
Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Department at St. Ambrose University

Race Matters Workshop: Sharing Stories, Seeking Justice

Thursday, Oct. 25
Workshops 9:25-10:40 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. -12:05 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom 
Film and discussion 1:30-2:45 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Sponsored by Ambrose Women for Social Justice

Lakota Women: On the Front Lines in Protection of Land, People and Children

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Lakota Harden, American Indian activist, community organizer, workshop facilitator, orator, radio host and poet
Annual Ambrose Women for Social Justice Lecture keynote speaker

Kiran Ahluwalia, Indio-Canadian vocalist

Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Allaert Auditorium, Galvin Fine Arts Center
Galvin Performing Arts Series

United States Uprising: The Self-emancipation of Slaves and the Spread of Jubilee after the Civil War
Tuesday, Nov. 13,  7 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
David Roediger, PhD, University of Illinois 
Richard Geiger History Lecture 

Race Matters? Racism Matters! Post Racial, My Ass
Friday, Jan. 25
Artist Lecture: 4-4:45 p.m., Galvin 141
Opening Reception & Poster Sale: 5-7 p.m., Catich Gallery
Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.  
Show runs Jan. 15-Feb. 22
Catich Gallery Show

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., Allaert Auditorium, Galvin Fine Arts Center
Presented in cooperation with Quad City Arts


Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Women's a cappella singing group 
Sponsored by Student Activities

The Hyphen Matters: Race and Asian-Americans

Thursday, Feb. 7 - CANCELED

Placing Blame: European Racism in an Era of Crisis

Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom  
Film and Panel Discussion 
Sponsored by the Center for International Education

I Don't Mind Talking About It: Breaking the Silence about Race and Racism
Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Callie Crossley, journalist, host of The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH, Boston 
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Lecture

Malcolm X:  Directions for 21st Century Religious Thought and Activism

Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Fr. Bryan Massingale, STD (doctorate of sacred theology), Marquette University
Wilber Symposium on the Christian Tradition and Non-Violence 

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Memorial Celebration 
Sunday, April 7, 7 p.m., Temple Emmanuel of Davenport

The Significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, Seattle University
Catholic Studies Lecture