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NewsMarlboro College’s Lecture Series Invigorates Winter’s Monday Nights

Marlboro, VT—Five discussions on the theme of “Education and Engagement” enlivens winter’s evenings as part of the Monday Night Lecture Series at Marlboro College. Discussions include a reflection about Martin Luther King and 21st Century problems, hunger in the United States, the role of science in liberal education, the unspoken ethnicity of whiteness, and how dance can create community. Each event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College. For cancellation information, call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

On January 17, long time activist and scholar Dr. William Strickland will probe the mystique of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and explore how King would weigh in on current injustices in “Martin Luther King and the Need for New Engagements in the 21st Century.” Strickland is associate professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois papers collection located at the University of Massachusetts. A screening of “The Promised Land (1967-1968),” an episode of the acclaimed documentary Eyes on the Prize, will precede the discussion.

In “Citizenship and Scientific Literacy” on January 24, Dr. Judith Ramaley, presidential professor in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine, will address the connections between citizenship, science and education, and what does it mean to “understand” science? Dr. Ramaley, former president of the University of Vermont and a senior fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, will also discuss how science and technology are vital to the ideal citizen and are needed to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

On February 7, Liz Lerman, founding director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, will talk about the theory and practice of making art that crosses boundaries between concert and community. In “Breaking Rules, Making Rules: Art in a Democratic Society,” she asks, “Who gets to dance? What are we dancing about?  Where is it happening?  And why does it matter?” Lerman, a renowned American choreographer and 2002 recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant,” draws on literature, personal experience, philosophy and political and social commentary in her choreography.

On February 14, Dr. Gail Griffin, professor of English at Kalamazoo College, investigates how whiteness haunts the dynamics of racism. For white Americans, the task is glaringly simple and endlessly difficult: to see our invisible whiteness and thus to place ourselves in the national drama of race. “Teaching Whiteness” will explore what it means to teach and learn whiteness in the context of a small liberal arts college. Griffin is also the chair of the women’s studies department at Kalamazoo, and is the author of Calling and The Season of the Witch.

On March 7, Dr. Janet Poppendieck, professor of sociology at Hunter College, will consider “Charity, Justice and Social Action: Confronting Hunger in America.” Since the early 1980s, charitable responses to the problem of hunger in America have grown in number and volume. Dr. Poppendieck will discuss the ways in which this outpouring of compassion and assistance may be contributing to the very problem it is trying to solve—by undermining public sector responsibility for assistance to people in need and by diverting the attention of those most concerned about poverty from the fundamental economic and political causes of hunger and food insecurity.

Marlboro College’s Monday Night Lecture Series is funded by the Thomas Thompson Trust and an anonymous donor.

Each event in the series is free and open to the public. For more information about an event, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.


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