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  •  From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt

    Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

    Lecture on Wednesday, 3/7/12, at 5 p.m., in the Locatelli Center.

    Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, who has taught at SCU, is one of the leading voices in the U.S. on national education policy. She argues that the term "racial achievement gap" unfairly constructs students as "defective and lacking" and "admonishes them that they need to catch up."

    She also argues that the term "education debt" moves us to a discourse that "holds us all accountable."

    Professor Ladson-Billings holds the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    The lecture is being coordinated by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

  •  Lecture on Shakespeare and Gender Justice

    Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

    Women's and Gender Studies Winter Lunch Lecture
    Professor Judith Dunbar, Department of English
    Wednesday, 2/15/2012
    11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Williman Room, Benson Center

    For more information, contact Jeanette Miller, at

  •  Jazz Has a Dream

    Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

    Sat., 1/14/12, 7:30 p.m., Music Recital Hall

    Experience a powerful evening integrating jazz and justice in an artful night of music and imagery that takes us through the civil rights movement to the present day. A true homage to the human spirit, Great Jazz . . . Great Jamming . . . and a Great Way to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Directed by David Duenas, Department of Music, and JAI.

  •  The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

    Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

    Tuesday, 1/31/12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nobili Hall

    Please join us for a special screening of The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman (69 minutes screening time). This documentary film was created by a group of teachers and parents as a response to the controversial film Waiting for Superman.

    The film will be followed by a discussion about some of the complex issues in today's public schools, facilitated by Professor Rita Kohli. 

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Coordinated by the Office for Multicultural Learning.

  •  The Phenomenon of the Gee's Bend Quilts

    Friday, Jan. 6, 2012

    Wed., 2/1/12, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Williman Room in Benson Center

    In this lecture, art historian Bridget R. Cooks will discuss the cultural history of quilts made by African American women in Gee's Bend, Alabama. She will discuss the popularity of the museum exhibition, The Quilts of Gee's Bend, and discuss what is lost, gained, and learned when quilts are recontextualized in mainstream art museums.

    Coordinated by the Women's and Gender Studies Program.  For more information, contact Jeanette Miller at

  •  Civil Liberties After 9/11

    Friday, Sep. 9, 2011

    New exhibit in the Multicultural Reading Area
    2nd floor, University Library
    9/19/11 to 12/9/11

    Civil Liberties After 9/11: A Multicultural Perspective

    The new exhibit invites viewers to reflect on what it means to be an American and the role that civil liberties play in a post-9/11 world.

    Co-sponsored by the University Library and the Office for Multicultural Learning
    See for more information.

    Civil Liberties Post-9/11 Panel
    5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building

    Panel discussion on civil liberties post-9/11 in the context of religion, law and politics.

    Co-sponsored by the University Library and the Office for Multicultural Learning

  •  SCU to Host Diversity Leadership Conference

    Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2010

    Santa Clara University will host a diversity leadership conference - (De)constructing Diversity in the Bay Area - with San Jose State University, Stanford University and De Anza College in Saturday, 4/30/11. With support from the Council on Inclusive Excellence, the conference will be funded by the Office for Multicultural Learning through a grant from the Google Foundation. See or contact Lester Deanes ( or Mary Ho (

  •  New Campus Theme Announced

    Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2010

    The Council on Inclusive Excellence charged the Advisory Committee for Co-Curricular Diversity Programs with developing a campus-wide programming theme for 2010-2012. The choice is Legacies, which signifies what we inherit and what we leave behind. It lends itself to exploring the legacies of past oppression, struggle, and successes while asking us to consider what we will choose to create and leave behind for future generations.

  •  Searching for Whitopia

    Thursday, Sep. 3, 2009

    Rich Benjamin, author of "Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America," will speak about his new book on Tue., 10/27/09, from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Wiegand Room, Arts & Sciences Building.

  •  Chicano Latino Heritage Month Speaker

    Thursday, Sep. 3, 2009

    During Chicano Latino Heritage Month, Professor Felix Gutierrez (Journalism and Communication) at USC will be speaking about "Voices for Justice: 200 Years of Latino Newspapers in the U.S." on Thur., 10/29/09, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Wiegand Room, Arts & Sciences Building.

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