Hope your J-Term was fabulous whether you were in Decorah or somewhere in the world, stop by and tell us all about how the New Year is treating you! You’re always welcome in the Diversity Center!
Black History Conference: Why Black History?
The Diversity Center partners with the Center for Ethics and Public Life, Africana Studies, Art, and other departments to co-sponsor a conference during Black History Month. The conference is for our community to explore the contributions of African-Americans to the American experience. These conferences provide an opportunity to see black history as a series of valuable perspectives from which to view American life and the global landscape. This year’s theme is: Body Politic: Cultural Identities and Representations of Black Women’s Sexuality. The main speaker is Dorothy Roberts, a Professor of Law, Sociology, and Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books are required reading around the world. Killing the Black Body: Race Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty and Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Recreate Race in the 21st Century are two fascinating books. Those who do not understand the continuing impact of race in American society and how gender intersects with race and class in the US must hear Dorothy Roberts! The Conference begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6 with Dr. Roberts lecture. Panel discussions will be held all day Thursday, February 7 in the CRH! Come, listen, and learn!
The conference has eight additional speakers from around the country and an exciting Gallery Talk by Danielle Scruggs, photographer and founder of Mabu Badu, a photography collective. Come see Danielle’s work and listen to how she is making a difference in her field and in her community.
Lunar New Year
Come celebrate the Year of the Snake. Have some yummy desserts and learn about how Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world. This event is sponsored by College Ministries and the Luther College Diversity Center. It will be held on Sunday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.
If you are looking for an opportunity to share your faith journey with others who are seeking, questioning, or attempting to deepen their spirituality, join us at Journey Conversations. Journey Conversations groups seek meaning in life through contemplative practices such as silence, breathing exercises, wisdom literature, storytelling, listening deeply and compassionate questioning.
If you have attended a Journey conversations retreat in the Spring or Fall Semesters in 2012, you can sign up for a group. Don’t be surprised if you get an invitation as well. The options for group meetings will be sent to international and multicultural list soon with deadlines for choosing if you want to participate listed on the College Ministries website.
Weddings ceremonies is the theme for this year!! Let’s celebrate. Now is the time to sign up for a table, check your culture kits, suggest festive foods, and prepare for the Ethnic Arts Talent show. Just stop into the Diversity Center and sign-up, we’d love to put you to work! Just so you know, for over 25 years, Luther College has celebrated its international students and those who travel abroad. The idea is to bring the cultures of the world to our doorstep. Whatever your background, you can help! Help with a table, donate some artifacts from countries you’ve visited, participate in the Talent Show or promotional activities such as tabling or CAF promo Night. With your help, we can organize storytelling, dances, art projects, and other fun for kids. Ethnic Arts is a fun way to meet new people, learn new customs and eat new foods. Join us on March 2. Tables from Around the World will be in the Williams Lounge from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Ethnic Arts Dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. and Ethnic Arts Performances will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the CFL.
A full calendar of events is available at diversity.luther.edu/calendar (CHECK THIS SITE).