Three talented faculty are opening their classes to the campus and local community to explore the themes of social justice through their disciplines. Join us for this very special opportunity!

Skewering Stereotypes: How Acts of “Serious Comedy” Have Advanced Our Understanding of Justice – and Each Other

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Campion Student Center, President's Lounge (2nd fl)

C. Ken Weidner, II, Ph.D.,  Department of Management

This multimedia presentation and discussion will examine how artists in TV, film and other media have engaged in acts of “serious comedy” to constructively overcome racial and other stereotypes, advancing our understanding and appreciation of justice and of each other. Dr. King devoted his life to eradicating racism and ending discrimination. As we’ll see, a variety of artists have used humor to efficiently and effectively speak truth to power, challenge stereotypes, and build upon King’s legacy in their own work, each in their own way.

Interpreting the Great Migration, Then and Now: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Campion Student Center, President's Lounge (2nd fl)

Emily Hage, Ph.D.,  Department of Art

Jacob Lawrence's landmark Migration Series (1941) creatively chronicled African Americans’ mass move from the American South in the early 20th c. This multimedia class will explore Lawrence’s unusual means of producing these innovative paintings, their appearance in Fortune magazine and the notable and controversial ways they’ve been exhibited.

The Role of Law in Social Change: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Campion Student Center, President's Lounge (2nd fl)

Susan Liebell, Ph.D.,  Department of Political Science

We assume that the Supreme Court’s decision in Plessy v. Ferguson upheld racial segregation and the unanimous decision in Brown v. Board brought it down. We’ll begin with a mini-lecture on how the NAACP launched a legal strategy to end racial segregation - to create “a Brown” - then discuss the success of the law in creating social change. To what extent does such social change require the type of social movement led by Dr. King?