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2011 Claiming Williams event


Film: Not Just a Game: Power, Politics and American Sport

Not Just a Game examines the relationships between sports and militarism, politics, and social justice. Associate Producer and former Williams athlete Diane Williams ’02 joins us to discuss the making of the film and answer questions along with a panel. Panelists include Lisa Melendy, Interim Director of Athletics; Aaron Kelton, Williams Head Football Coach; Gina Coleman ’90, Associate Dean; and Will Dudley ’89, Professor of Philosophy.
Event poster (PDF)
MainStage, ’62 CTD

Lessons from The Color of Fear

Victor Lewis is best known for his inspiring and catalytic leadership role in the award-winning race relations documentary, “The Color of Fear.” His workshop is an indispensable resource for educators, diversity trainers and facilitators.

Victor Lewis is an internationally recognized leader in the field of anti-oppression diversity work and alliance building. As an educator, trainer and activist, he has conducted keynote speeches, seminars, workshops and “train the trainer” programs throughout the U.S. as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Germany. Lewis is currently Co-Director of the Center for Diversity Leadership, a human relations training and consulting firm.

A veteran diversity worker with national recognition, he specializes in teaching, guiding and inspiring individuals and organizations in the creation of communities learning and action to heal and dismantle racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and the other “isms” that undermine people’s ability to live, love and work well together.

He is best known for his inspiring and catalytic leadership role in the award-winning race relations documentary, “The Color of Fear.” Lewis is co-author, with Hugh Vasquez, of Lessons from “The Color of Fear,” a four-volume curriculum to be used in conjunction with the film. This is an indispensable resource for educators, diversity trainers and facilitators. Lewis also conducts trainings using the curriculum.
Directing Studio, ’62 Center

Intergroup Dialogue on Socioeconomic Class and Rank at Williams

Intergroup Dialogue is a face-to-face facilitated learning experience that brings together people from different social identity groups to understand commonalities and differences, examine the nature and impact of societal inequalities, and explore ways of working together toward greater equality and justice (Zuniga, Nagda, Chesler and Cytron -Walker 2007).

By focusing specifically on issues of socioeconomic status and rank, we hope to facilitate a lively dialogue regarding these issues at Williams. The dialogue is open to faculty, staff and students, though space is limited to 20 participants. Intergroup dialogue is wholly interactive by its nature. It is held in small groups and is a relationship-building and processing model for people who don’t otherwise know each other.
Event poster (PDF)
Makepeace room, Greylock

Exploring Contexts: Culture and Religion in Storytelling

This workshop explores the role of stories in shaping individual identities, and group cultures. Participants will share stories from a variety of cultures and then discuss the role of stories in defining a culture, as well as their limitations and how these limitations can be overcome. Stories form part of the raw material that individuals encounter within their cultures, as they form their sense of who they are. At the same time, stories can become a vehicle for transmitting and/or transforming group culture. We are interested in exploring both the individual and group dimensions of stories.
Dodd House Living Room

Understanding Men’s Violence against Women and the Dynamics of Defensiveness and Denial

In the first part of this workshop, Allan Johnson will build on his earlier presentation to explore the connection between male privilege and men’s violence and harassment directed at women. In the second part, we will explore the forms and dynamics of patterns of defensiveness and denial that often get in the way of effective action for understanding and change.
Attendance at Allan Johnson’s 1:45 presentation is strongly suggested.
Event poster (PDF)
Schapiro 129

Let Me Tell You A (Really Fast) Story

Ever wonder what all those people you pass on your way to class are thinking? Ever want to tell them what’s on your mind? Storytime is hosting “Let
Me Tell You A Really Fast Story,” which is your chance to put stories behind the names and faces of the students, faculty, and staff around you. Each participant will alternate listening and telling stories, for three minutes each, in a kind of platonic speed-dating. What you hear might surprise you!
Baxter Great Hall