LECTURE TOPICS AND DESCRIPTIONS
White Supremacy in the Age of Trump
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Calling in Not Calling Out
We are facing a tumultuous future in this country, with the rise of neo-fascism scaffolded by the Republicans in the context of neo-liberalism enabled by the Democrats. Fighting against oppression and injustice are the dues we pay for the privilege of being conscious and we are honored to be able to challenge it with great responsibility. We begin to build a unified and strategic human rights movement that weaves our strengths together, that uses our differences as a platform for modeling a positive future built on justice and the politics of love, rather than a return to the past based on the politics of fear and prejudice. However, to create this movement we need to make a commitment to recognize and support each other – Calling People in rather than Calling them Out. Loretta will talk about how we can transform the Calling Out Culture into a Calling In Culture in order to build a united movement for human rights.
Sexual Assault on Campus
When Loretta Ross was 16 years old, she was raped on a college campus. The experience inspired her to volunteer at the Washington DC Rape Crisis Center in 1979, the first rape crisis center in the country. Yet 35 years later, rape and sexual harassment on campus are still widespread. One in five women are sexually assaulted in college. Yet most colleges and universities have yet to forge a consistent and strong response to this crime again women.
Speaking out as the issue permeates the headlines, Ross is a powerful voice on behalf of women's human rights. She urges us to start a new conversation about campus rape and assault which does not blame young women for their clothes or drinking, and counters the narrative that sanitizes these brutal realities through the schools' media machines.
Reproductive Justice as Human Rights
Reproductive Justice moves beyond choice and access to abortion. The term was coined by African American women, including Ross, in 1994, following the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt. It is a broader term that uses a human rights framework and also looks at reproductive oppression, sterilization abuse, immigration restrictions, gun culture, rape culture, the prison-to-school pipeline, etc. This presentation covers all aspects of Reproductive Justice which is becoming the primary framework new voices in the movement are using to move beyond the paralyzing debates of abortion politics.
Appropriate Whiteness is a lecture series based on Ross' experience doing anti-Klan and anti-white supremacy organizing. It is directed at young people who want to move beyond the hurtful, hardened racial patterns of the past and live more intersectional lives. It explores how technology can play a role in easing and crossing rigid boundaries. The lecture addresses situations of racial awkwardness and fears of "messing up." It helps normalize discussions of race with a frank analysis of what to do and not to do in moving forward difficult dialogues.