As a thank-you each year to the partners who have made the program a success, the Duffy offers and opportunity for the campus and community to come together to explore an aspect of the program’s guiding question, “What makes a good society?” These conversations are catalyzed by nationally known activists, artists and academics.
2023: April 20, “What I’ve Learned From You: Twenty Years of Take-Aways” Carol Wickersham, who is retiring after 20 years as the Director of the Duffy Community Partnerships will share stories and insights about what she has learned from community partners, students, colleagues, the City of Beloit and environs.
The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church, the Director of the Kairos Center for Rights, Religions, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary and the Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. She has spent the past two decades organizing amongst the poor and dispossessed in the United States, working with and advising grassroots organizations around the country. She has led hundreds of trainings and bible studies, and recently published “Always With Us: What Jesus Really Said About the Poor”.
In 2018, alongside the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, Theoharis helped to launch the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Over the coming years, the Campaign will organize poor people across race, religion, geography, political party and other so-called lines of division to fuel a moral revolution of values in the country.The Poor People’s campaign connects the dots between issues of oppression due to class, race, labor, faith environment, LGBTQ identities through a moral framework in order to empower those at the margins. Using the tools of grassroots organizing the Campaign works with local groups to speak truth to power.
Dr. Theoharis spoke about the continuity between the civil right movement and current non-violent protest and organizing efforts.
Raphael Gang’06, Political Science, Director of Pathways, 4.0 Schools, New Orleans Iris-Ann Hoover’09, Sociology, Connector of Purpose, Strategy and Change, Princeton Review, Minneapolis Phil Mangis’05, Political Science, Director of International Operations, The School for Field Studies, Boston Ruby Jennings’10, Political Science/HEALS, Senior Research Analyst, IMPAQ International, Washington, D.C. Alumi/ae from some of the first Duffy cohorts lead a conversation about changing social dynamics from the vantage points of how the important work they have done and how the Duffy and other experiential learning opportunities has shaped it.
Paul Notzold is a new media artist and designer specializing in mobile and interactive technology. Notzold received his MFA from Parsons, the New School for Design’s graduate Design and Technology program, where he later taught. He has 14 years of experience designing and building large scale online experiences for clients such as Nokia, HBO, Humana, Scholastic, Intel, Warner Brothers, Madison Square Garden, TIME magazine and the Obama campaign. His work has been exhibited and performed internationally, appearing in dozens of notable publications. Mr. Notzold taught cell phone based curriculum and the mobile phone’s place in society at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, among other institutions.
Amy Horst is the Deputy Director of Programming for the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan Wisconsin. JMKAC functions as a catalyst for and explorer of new art forms and ideas that impact both artists and communities. She works closely with curatorial staff and community to create a vision incorporating multiple art forms which speak to and for a diversity of people. Ms. Horst holds a B.A. studio art and an M.P.A from Indiana University-Bloomington’s School of Public And Environmental Affairs.
Mr. Notzold created an interactive projected graffiti interface on the exterior wall of Campbell Hall.
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Alinsky’s birth, a lecture was given by Dr. Sanford Horwitt, author of the critically acclaimed biography, Let Them Call Me Rebel: the Life and Legacy of Saul Alinsky. In addition to his work as an author and critic, Dr. Horwitt has served as a national policy advisor, as an instructor at the University of Illinois, Circle Campus and as lecturer at colleges and universities around the country. His lecture was followed by observations by local organizers about community change in the stateline area:
- Tammie King, Community Action, Inc.
- Michael Ramsdail, Beloit Board of Education
- Kurt Handrich, Justice Overcoming Borders
- Mark Spreitzer, ’09 Political Science
This Forum was co-sponsored by the Beloit College Duffy Community Partnerships; the Beloit College Sociology and Political Science Departments; Community Action, Inc; and Justice Overcoming Borders.
2023: “What I’ve Learned From You: Twenty Years of Take-Aways” Carol Wickersham, who is retiring after 20 years as the Director of the Duffy Community Partnerships will share stories and insights about what she has learned from community partners, students, colleagues, the City of Beloit and environs.