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Unity Week - 2015

Unity Week Events

November 6 - November 16, 2015

Friday, November 6

Griot Performance 
Hogan Ballroom
7 - 9 p.m.
A griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. This event captures and celebrates this tradition of storytelling with student and guest performances.
Sponsored by the Black Student Union

Dr. Wyatte Hall
Rehm Library
6 - 7 p.m.
Dr. Hall will speak on the role of language deprivation in Deaf children's mental health.  He will talk about how Deaf children's deprivation of access to their native language, American Sign Language, affects them psychologically. 
Sponsored by the American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Program

Troika Ranch Swarm
Fenwick Theatre
$7 HC community, $10 general public
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
SWARM is an immersive, multimedia installation/performance that uses visual and aural stimuli to call the audience and performers into collective action. The audience is invited to actively reveal a “media opera” consisting of live and computer media – movement, text, music, and video imagery. SWARM is an experience greater than the sum of its individual contributors.
Sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders

Saturday, November 7

Diwali: “The Festival of Lights”
Loyola Ballroom
6 - 9 p.m.
Diwali (or Deepavali, the "festival of lights") is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) every year. Diwali is the biggest and the brightest festival in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness.This event will include classical and modern dance performances, gourmet Indian cuisine, and talks regarding the traditions of Diwali and conflicts in the surrounding area.
Sponsored by D.E.S.I. (Developing and Educating South Asian Ideologies)

Troika Ranch Swarm
Fenwick Theatre
$7 HC community, $10 general public
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
SWARM is an immersive, multimedia installation/performance that uses visual and aural stimuli to call the audience and performers into collective action. The audience is invited to actively reveal a “media opera” consisting of live and computer media – movement, text, music, and video imagery. SWARM is an experience greater than the sum of its individual contributors.
Sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders

Sunday, November 8

“A Tale of God’s Will: A Requiem for Katrina”
Brooks Concert Hall
3 p.m.
Celebrated jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard will perform his Grammy Award-winning project “A Tale of God's Will: A Requiem for Katrina” for jazz quintet and orchestra, a poignant meditation on the devastation in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders

C.A.S.A. Head-to-Toe Fashion Show & Dinner
Loyola Ballroom
$7 HC Community
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
CASA is holding our fourth annual Head-To-Toe Expo, “Caribbean Meets Africa.” This event is about educating the Holy Cross Community about the beauty and strengths of the African and Caribbean culture through art, clothing, and food. Please come and enjoy the celebrated event on campus.
Sponsored by C.A.S.A. (Caribbean African Student Assemblage)

Monday, November 9

LGBTQ Inclusivity Training, Brown Bag Lunch
Hogan Suite B/C
12 - 1:15 p.m.
Want to learn about how to create lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer inclusive spaces? Come engage in thoughtful dialogue and get an “ally” sticker!
Sponsored by Outfront & the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling: “Process, Not Trait: The Dynamics of Gender Differentiation in Infants” Seelos Theatre
4:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Department of Biology; Department of English; Women’s and Gender Studies; Montserrat; Department of Psychology; Department of Sociology and Anthropology; and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

In the Line of Fire: Wearing the Blue
Hogan B/C
4 - 6 p.m.
Third panel of Campus Conversations: Social Justice and Solidarity - Community Voices Heard.
FBI Director James B. Comey recently stated "There is a line of law enforcement and a line of communities we serve, especially communities of color..., Each time somebody interprets #BlackLivesMatter as anti-law enforcement, one line moves away.  And each time some interprets '#PoliceLivesMatter' as anti-black the other line moves away." An informative, balanced, and multi-perspective response to these issues will be discussed.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education

Tuesday, November 10

Coming Together Dialogue Series: The Power of Storytelling
Dinand Library, Levis Browsing Room
12 -1:30 p.m.
Rob Jones, associate director of Multicultural Education, will engage the participants in discovering the power to transform themselves and others through the telling of their stories.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education

Bystander Intervention Educational Program 
Hogan 519
3:30 pm 
Sponsored by SAFER, for Holy Cross Faculty 

Faculty Teach In: Social Justice Movements of the 20th & 21st Centuries, The Good, Bad & The Ugly
Hogan 406/7
4 - 6 p.m.
Several faculty members will present their views on the Social Justice Movements of the 20th & 21st centuries exploring all facets of various movements.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education

Meira Levinson: “Educational Justice
Rehm Library
4 p.m.
Meira Levinson, professor of education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of "No Citizen Left Behind" (Harvard University Press, 2012), combines philosophical analysis and school-based case studies to illuminate the complex dimensions of evaluating, achieving, and teaching justice in schools.
Sponsored by the Charles Carroll Speaker Series and the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.

Wednesday, November 11

Meeting at the Intersection
Hogan 305
12 - 1 p.m.
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the concept of intersectionality and how intersecting social identities show up in our lives. Participants will engage in activities to analyze their identity and a discussion based on their lived experiences.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education and the Office of Residence Life and Housing

Diversity at Work: Wine & Cheese Conversation
Hogan Suite B
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Come enjoy a glass and wine and rich conversation surrounding diversity in the workplace. What is diversity? What does it mean to work in a diverse environment? Are there different ways of defining diversity and ourselves in the workplace?
Sponsored by Human Resources, for Holy Cross faculty and staff

AMA (Ask Me Anything) Cider & Conversation
Stein 402
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
This event is an opportunity for people to learn about Deaf culture by asking questions. Professor Pirone and Professor Robinson from the ASL/Deaf Studies program will be present to answer any questions.
Sponsored by ASL/Deaf Studies

When Posters Aren’t Enough: Identifying and Addressing Cultural Appropriation
Hogan 304
5 - 6 p.m.
Theme parties on college campuses have been trending in news outlets nationwide. Many of the parties are associated with costumes and decorations that perpetuate societal microaggressions and stereotypes.  As a result of several poster campaigns at Holy Cross, the presenters will provide a space for discussion and discernment related to cultural appropriation and microaggressions. Join us for the discussion and an exploration of historical context.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Residence Life and Housing

"Defamation (The Play)" 
Hogan Ballroom
7 - 9 p.m.
This interactive theater production will explore the issues of race, class, gender, antisemitism, privilege and bias through the lens of a court case where the audience is the jury.
Sponsored by the Donelan Office of Community Based Learning; Women’s and Gender Studies; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture; the Office of Multicultural Education; the Multicultural Peer Educators; and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Thursday, November 12

Faces of the Hill - Photography Project
Hogan 1
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Come be part of the second installment of “Faces of the Hill”. Complete the phrase “My message to the world is…”, have your photo taken, and share who you are with the Holy Cross community.
Sponsored by College Marketing and Communications and SGA Diversity

Food and Faiths - Open House in Campion
Campion House
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Members of the Holy Cross community are invited to stop by Campion to sample foods that are important to different faith traditions represented on campus and learn why these foods are significant.
Sponsored by the Chaplains Office

Wendy Brown: “Cultures of Capital Enhancement: Who is the Neoliberal Subject and What Does It Know of Democracy?”
Rehm Library
4:30 p.m.
Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley, explores neoliberal reason and its influence on democratic practice and imagination. Brown is author of "Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism's Stealth Revolution" (Zone Books, 2015). Sponsored by the the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

“Feminicidios: Stop the Violence Against Women”- Panel Discussion
Hogan Suite C
6 p.m.
The event is to speak about the violence that women endure that continues to go unnoticed and to speak about in what ways have there been progress to not only shed light on the issue, but to also stop the violence. The origin of the word femicide, examples of femicide, and the prevalence of femicide in Latin America will be examined in this discussion.
Sponsored by L.A.S.O. (Latin American Student Organization) and Women’s Forum

Troika Ranch Swarm
Fenwick Theatre
$7 HC community, $10 general public
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
SWARM is an immersive, multimedia installation/performance that uses visual and aural stimuli to call the audience and performers into collective action. The audience is invited to actively reveal a “media opera” consisting of live and computer media – movement, text, music, and video imagery. SWARM is an experience greater than the sum of its individual contributors.
Sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders

Friday, November 13

Dr. Carlos Santiago, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education
Rehm Library
4:30 p.m.
Dr. Santiago will be speaking on his journey as an educator and the importance of pursuing your passion.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Education

Comedian Eliot Chang
Crossroads
9 p.m.
Eliot Chang's comedy  has been described as “honest, unapologetic and not based on predictable ethnic stereotypes”. His sharp biting opinions combined with his trademark polished wardrobe help to make his act a memorable one. Each year he tours the country for eight months, and has performed at over 400 colleges and universities. You may have  seen him on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and in his own half-hour special "Comedy Central Presents: Eliot Chang", Showtime and E!'s "Chelsea Lately."
Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board & A.S.I.A.

Troika Ranch Swarm
Fenwick Theatre
$7 HC community, $10 general public
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
SWARM is an immersive, multimedia installation/performance that uses visual and aural stimuli to call the audience and performers into collective action. The audience is invited to actively reveal a “media opera” consisting of live and computer media – movement, text, music, and video imagery. SWARM is an experience greater than the sum of its individual contributors.
Sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders

Saturday, November 14

Troika Ranch Swarm
Fenwick Theatre
$7 HC community, $10 general public
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
SWARM is an immersive, multimedia installation/performance that uses visual and aural stimuli to call the audience and performers into collective action. The audience is invited to actively reveal a “media opera” consisting of live and computer media – movement, text, music, and video imagery. SWARM is an experience greater than the sum of its individual contributors.
Sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders

Sunday, November 15

SGA Diversity Brunch
Hogan Suite A
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SGA Diversity would like to invite you to come enjoy a delicious brunch and discuss diversity issues on campus as we bring this year’s Unity Week to a close. We will be reflecting on events and lectures hosted during Unity Week. Topics will include micro-agressions and how to become a better ally.
Sponsored by SGA Diversity; Email sgadiversity@holycross.edu to RSVP

Monday, November 16

Keynote Speaker Jose Antonio Vargas: Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Filmmaker, & Undocumented Immigrant
Hogan Ballroom
7:30 p.m.
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker whose work centers on the changing American identity. He is the founder of Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America, and the executive editor of #EmergingUS, a multimedia news platform he conceived focusing on race, immigration, and the complexities of multiculturalism. A partnership with the Los Angeles Times, #EmergingUS will launch in June 2015. Also this year, MTV will air, as part of its “Look Different” campaign, White People, a television special he directed on what it means to be young and white in America.
Sponsored by SGA Diversity