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#blacklivesmatter series 

The #blacklivesmatterbeloit series was initiated by Cecil Youngblood, Bill Conover, Ron Nikora, and Nicole Truesdell in the aftermath of recent highly publicized police killings of unarmed black men, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.  These events, along with the subsequent non-indictments of police officers involved and the activism and protests that have taken place across the country, have deeply impacted Beloit College students, faculty, staff and the larger community. #blacklivesmatterbeloit will consist of four panel discussions over the coming semester that delve into some of the key issues these cases raise.  The intention is to prompt long-term research and activism on and around campus and the community well beyond the end of the semester.

January 30th - Kick Off in Moore Lounge from 12:30pm-1:20pm. 

Here we will lay out our reason and rationale for the development of this series, present the focus of the next three panels, and end with our long term vision for this project.  Please join us to learn more about the series and movement here at Beloit. We will begin promptly at 12:30pm - please be on time.

February 20th - Hashtag activism and the new normal - 7 to 8:30 p.m. Richardson

Panelists: Caitlin Gunn  ('13 - Women and Gender PhD student at University of Minnesota), Kidiocus Carroll ('13 - Sociology MA student at UW-Milwaukee), Aaron Gurlly (Visiting Professor in Media Studies),  Claudia Garcia-Rojas (Writer, Commentator, Consultant)

Moderator: Cecil Youngblood, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs

This panel will focus on the ways in which movements like #blacklivesmatter and #shutitdown have emerged in the wake of the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and others cases.  We want to look at the new ways solidarity is being formed across the globe through social media and the impact this is having on the ground with protests.

March 20th - Institutional Racism And The Black Body -7 to 8:30 p.m. Richardson.

PanelistsCourtney Patterson (Visiting professor in CRIS),  Mark Smith (local anti-racism and incarceration justice activist), Lois Quinn (Sr. Research Scientist, Employment and Training Institute, UW-Milwaukee)

Moderator: Nicole Truesdell, Director McNair Scholars Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology

This panel will focus on the construction of racism and the ways it is embedded within various US institutions, in particular the police and judicial system.  This brings in issues of white supremacy and the hold racism (and race) has on who is considered a full citizen in America, and therefore who has (and is given) full rights.

April 17th - Policing in Post-9/11 America - 7 to 8:30 p.m. Richardson

Panelists: Chris Magnus (Richmond, CA Police Chief), Adonis Billy ('16 Education), Charlie Tubbs(former Beloit deputy Police chief, currently Director of Dane County Emergency Services) , Norm Jacobs (Beloit Police Chief), Ron Nikora (Assistant Professor of Political Science and Health and Society)

Moderator: Bill Conover, Director of Spiritual Life

This final panel discussion in the series will focus on the post-9/11 construction and enforcement of the police in America, and what that has meant to the civil and human rights of American citizens.



Friday April 25th, 2014 @ 4 in Java Joint[Medaia Portaryl of Identites 2]

Let's Be Real Portrayal of Identities in the Media and World

We will continue our conversation on topics such as gendernormativity, heteronormativity, body image, sex and more! This time, we will talk about how people are transforming the media. This event will recap on our last discussion and highlight positive things that are occurring in the media today.

How does the media influence our perception of gender and sexuality?
How are subordinate groups transforming the media?

Saturday April 12th, 2014 Boxes and Walls[Boxes & Walls]

Boxes and Walls Rooms
No More Deaths - Peace and Justice Club
To reveal to the audience the purpose and reasoning behind the organization “No More deaths”, its importance, and the privilege we are all inherently born with due to our nationality.
Confronting the Iconoclastic Paradigm: A Per-formative Sociology of the
Anthropology of the History of the Science of the Art of Interreligious Discourse in

Multicultural Pedagogy -
Interfaith and Spiritual Life Program
“Students” (the cast) will contribute problematic statements to a class discussion about religion. We hope to create a scenario in which attendees’ perception of religion on campus is challenged, specifically the ways in which a classroom experience can become an (overtly or subtly) hostile environment for religious students.

Shopping while... - Black Student United (BSU)
Have you ever been singled out at a shopping store because of the way you look? Have you been followed, interrupted, or bothered by clerks? What is it like to be a shopper and be treated differently than those around you? BSU invites you to participate in shopping while...

Gender Spectrum - Women's Center
The goal of the “Gender Spectrum” activity is to encourage participants to think about how they experience gender roles and stereotypes in their lives and the lives of others.
Participants are invited to place themselves on a “gender spectrum,” where two opposing walls represent “male” and “female” and the other opposing walls represent “feminine” and“masculine.”

Counting Spoons: Understanding Invisible Disabilities - Learning Enrichment & Disability Services and Reid Caplan

To help students re-evaluate their perspectives on disability (as more than just a visible impairment), and stress the importance of being under-standing to disabled people. This short interactive experience aims to show that as important as it is for disabled people to keep track of their individual well-being, it is just as important for those involved with disabled people to be supportive and understanding of their circumstances.

Monday March 24, 2014 Mixed Mamas[Mixed Mamas] Remix  

Mixed Mamas Remix is a two-women show by Sage Morgan-Hubbard and Stacy Rene Erenberg. Stacy and Sage met in Chicago. One sings, one writes poetry together they flow like chocolate-covered fried matzoh…

Monday March 24th. They will perform the full show in a performative staged reading capacity which will include a talk back session which can merge into a writing workshop.

Here is their Facebook:


Friday February 28, 2014 Let's Be Real about Internalized Oppression @4

internalized oppression occurs when a person believes the stereotypes and misinformation heard about themselves, and it often occurs when people are discriminated against or oppressed over a period of time. People may hold themselves back from their full potential or act in ways that reinforce the stereotypes.

Women might internalize that they are not good at math or science, academically-successful students of color may be called “oreos” or not representative of their race, or teenagers who don’t receive enough encouragement and believe they won’t succeed and give up on learning or pursuing their dreams.

In what ways have you felt the effects of others’ stereotypes upon you? Are there beliefs you hold about yourself that you recognize as internalized oppression?

Come join an open discussion about internalized oppression this Friday, February 28 at 4:00pm in Java Joint. Let’s be honest, let’s be open, and let’s be real. You get to decide how you want to participate in the conversation and what you want to share or gain from it.

We’ll have snacks and drinks!



Location: Java Joint


Wednesday February 19, 2014 Intersections “Mixed Race”[Intersections]

Location: Richardson-Auditorium

 The panel, moderated by McNair Scholars Director and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nicole Truesdell, will feature viewpoints from:

  • Nate Edwards, co-director of student support services

  • Reine Lucas’15

  • Gabriel Quetell’16

  • Jesse Rosechild’17

The panel discussion is the second in a series organized by Beloit College called Intersections, which aims to explore the social identities that make us who we are. Each month, a new intersection of social identities will be explored.  The next intersection of identity explored will be "immigrant" and "American."

Sponsors of the Intersections series include the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the Spiritual Life Program, the department of critical identity studies, and the department of philosophy and religious studies of Beloit College. 

 Sunday February 23, 2014 @ 2 "The Meeting"

["The Meeting"]

Location: Pearsons

Come join the IC and Calago Hipps, Bellande Bertrand, Albert Battle III in this powerful play.

Synopsis: After surviving the bombing of his home, Malcolm X has retreated to a secluded hotel. Tonight will mark his first time formally sitting with Martin Luther King Jr, but he hoped that his mission for the night will be accomplished. Met with resistance from Martin, Malcolm must persuade Martin that his passive approach will never gain freedom. This ultimate test of will's examines the philosophies of two of the Civil Rights movement's most influential leaders and how their quests for equality, were even more alike than they could have ever imagined.

Written by: Jeff Stetson 

February 21, 2014 @ 7  AfriCaribe


Location: Eaton Chapel 

This is an educational and cultural event in celebration of Black History Month. Africaribe is a folkloric dance group performing bomba, a traditional style of music that originated from Puerto Rico and was influenced by the African slaves during the sugar cane plantations.



November 15, 2013 @ 4 

LET’S BE REAL about WHITENESS on campus and in the community[wutenes]

Conversation and Discussion at Java Joint

Muslim and American: Beloiters share their perspective

November 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

What’s it like to be Muslim and American?  

This will be the topic of an upcoming panel discussion featuring a professor and student from Beloit College, and a member of the Beloit Muslim Center Monday (Nov. 11) at 7 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

Beloit College Professor of Religious Studies Debra Majeed will moderate the panel, which is composed of Beloit College teaching fellow Catherine Bronson, who teaches Arabic and Islamic studies, Beloit College sophomore Mohammed Abbed’16, and Salih Erschen, a member of the Beloit Muslim Center.

“When you say ‘Muslim’ and ‘American’ in the same breath, it can bring up a lot of controversy and confusion in post-9/11 America,” said Bill Conover, director of Beloit College’s Spiritual Life Program and the organizer of the event. “But under those two little words are some very complex and generally misunderstood personal and social realities. Beyond the noise and confusion of the controversy, millions of Muslim-Americans defy stereotypes by the actual commitments and choices they make every day. We’re hoping to give people the opportunity to ask questions and hear three Muslim-Americans tell about the blessings and challenges of their lives.”

The panel discussion is the first in a series organized by Beloit College called Intersections, which aims to explore the social identities that make us who we are. Each month, a new intersection of social identities will be explored. In January, the focus will be on the experience of being "mixed race," and in February, the intersection explored will be "immigrant" and "American."

Sponsors of the Intersections series include the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the Spiritual Life Program, the department of critical identity studies, and the department of philosophy and religious studies of Beloit College.

Candle Light Study Session

No Electricity -Study in candlelight - Monday November 4 and Tuesday November 5, in the Intercultural Center

What if you had no choice but to study by candlelight.For many children in Africa, this is a daily reality, it is a difficult task. In sub-Saharan Africa, 7 out of 10 people – that’s 589 million citizens – lack even the most basic electricity. 90 million children in the region attend schools that lack electricity. In order to study at home, candles are the only source of light ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

Candle Light Study Session

Monday the Nov. 4th  and Tuesday the Nov. 5th

From 7-9pm (both days)

BTYB: ONE @Beloit

Annual- Welcome Reception for New Domestic Minority Students, Family and Friends - In August on first day of new student day
Each year our office kicks off the Fall semester with our Annual reception for new domestic minority students. The reception allows new students to meet and chat with professors, staff members and current students, they are able to ask any questions they may have about Beloit College. A great opportunity for new students to hear from current students on what their first college year was like and what they should expect as Freshmen students. 

MLK Week - Martin Luther King, Jr. Week of Remembrance and Celebration Monday, Jan. 20 – Friday, Jan. 23 2014 A week of events celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. bringing together members of the Beloit College community and the Beloit community as a whole to honor and embrace Dr. King’s life, legacy, and dream for our country and the world. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an influential leader during the Civil Rights Movement. He was also a great speaker and his powerful words resonate with us today. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”.

[Boxes & Walls]Boxes and Walls - April 12 2014 - Where the audience is put in the shoes of marginalized and oppressed population through an interactive performance, thus providing a personal touch and allowing the audience to feel the gravity of the situation. It is designed to raise awareness about diversity, giving participants an up-close and personal experience with everyday stereotypes and examples of discrimination that are often overlooked. The presentation incorporates informational displays, role-playing, interactive situations and actors to convey messages about three diversity topics: socio-economics, religion and hate crimes. Topics are sensitive in nature and intended for a mature audience.
Impact of Boxes and Walls: The giveaway message of the event is not to show pity to those affected by the social and cultural issues, rather be aware of and respectful to the society that exists beyond our individual bubble.

Let's be Real Named after Speaker’s Corner, after the famous space in Hyde Park where anyone can stand up and speak up about anything on their minds, including controversial topics such as political theory and religion. The OIA has changed the formatting to better account for the needs of the campus. Instead of creating a space where speakers interact with passerby, the Office will have meetings at a specific location. To get the conversations started, broad topics will be chosen ahead of time for their ability to bring out different perspectives. The first Beloit College Speaker’s Corner featured a conversation about greetings; as participants learned, something as simple as how we say hello to each other can reveal worlds about human interactions.

Let's be Real will take place every other Friday at 4:00pm in Java Joint.

Next topic- Microaggressions and Microracism