Annual Celebrations of Latino, Black, and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Months
For Latino Heritage Month in the fall, Black History Month in February, and Asian Pacific Islander Month in April, the College’s multicultural center, Unity House, calls together a committee of students, staff and faculty from various departments to program events for each of these months. Each features Convocation, the major opening event, at which a first-year, senior and alumnus share their life story as it relates to the Connecticut College community and beyond. Other events held in honor of the three major heritage months include brown bag lunches, lectures, movie nights and panel discussions.
CCSRE 2011-2012 Events
CCSRE 2010-11 Events
On April 2, 2011, the Center sponsored a day-long "Centennial Diversity Conference," a conference on the history and future of diversity at Connecticut College. Connecticut College hosted the Mon., Nov. 15, award ceremony for the winners of the 2009, 2010 North East Black Studies Alliance (NEBSA) W. E. B. Du Bois Book Prize.
The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) sponsored a two-day symposium March 4-5, 2010, "The Health Gap: Inequality in U.S. Health Care," examining the racial gap in health care and the current national debate about health care policy, featuring panel discussions, lectures, a community conversation and a keynote address by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.
CCSRE Co-Sponsored Events, 2009
- Rushing to Judgment: Limbaugh and the NFL
- Using Social Entrepreneurship as a Vehicle to Respond to the Changes of Global Sustainability
- The Problem of Egypt, Professor Troy Allen
CCSRE Co-Sponsored Events, 2008
"Of all the Nerve" Speaker Series, Fall 2008
- "Of all the Nerve: Speaking Back in History and Literature.” Saidiya Hartman, English department, Columbia University, Wed., Sept. 10.
Hartman's talk was drawn from her book, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route.
- Alissa Quart, author of Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child, and Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, Mon., Oct. 6.
- Tera Hunter, associate professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University, and author of the award-winning book To Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War
Remembering Sakia Gunn on Matthew Shephard Day, Oct. 14
On Tues., Oct. 14, James Credle, retired Dean of Students at Rutgers University, spoke about the 2003 murder of 15-year-old African-American lesbian Sakia Gunn of Newark, N.J. and the public indifference to violence against LGBTQ people of color. Mr. Credle currently serves as Executive Director of the Newark Pride Alliance, a community organization geared to create an LGBTIQQ,TS community services center. With nearly 30 years of organizing, Mr. Credle has served as co-chair for Men of All Colors Together, New York, co-chair of the national organization, The National Association of Black and White Men Together, and co-founder of Project "FIRE," an HIV/AIDS education and prevention program in Newark. He has also been an active member of the Vietnam Veterans Movement and helped establish numerous organizations and services focusing on Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans.
Obama or McCain in '08: Journalism Panel
"Obama or McCain in '08: Journalists Take Pulse of Muslims in the U.S.A. and the World." Raghida Dergham, columnist and senior diplomatic correspondent for London-base Al Hayat, the leading independent Arabic daily, and Asra Q. Nomani, author and former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, spoke on Wed., Oct. 29. The two journalists discussed the issue of race and the elections and the ramifications of the U.S. presidential election outcomes on US - Islamic world relations.
2007-2008 CCSRE Events (pdf)
2005-06 CCSRE Events (pdf)
2006-07 CCSRE Events (pdf)
2006 Inaugural Event April 21-22, 2006
A Symposium on Cornel West's Democracy Matters
View the videos. Read the news article "Never Let the Present Define the Future" and view a slide show of highlights of the "Democracy Matters" event.