Otis Social Justice Lecture on March 1

A world-renowned lecturer, McIntosh consults with higher education institutions on creating multicultural and gender-fair curricula.  Her evening lecture, “Power and Privilege,” will be held in Hindle Auditorium from 7:30 to 8:45; this is free and open to the public. But she has also agreed to consult with a limited number of faculty and staff in a mini-workshop to be held in the President’s Dining Rooms from 4:00 to 5:00. This conversation will be the kick-off event for the Provost’s Infusion Revitalization project. McIntosh does not believe that it is possible for us to share one critical vocabulary across all disciplines that will address the issues of infusion. But, committed to education as a process of growth and development whose goal is self-knowledge, she does believe that we can share angles of vision. Starting from their admission that their disciplines have histories and are artifacts, creations of people with histories; and from their own self-disclosure as learners, beneath whose feet the ground has shifted since they were trained; faculty can broadly support Wheaton’s infusion project by helping their students to see things systemically, to understand things in terms of their experience rather than their opinions, and to see the effects of privilege and discrimination (unearned advantage and disadvantage) in their (both the faculty’s and the student’s) institutions, fields, and personal histories.

Seating at this workshop is limited. Those interested should contact Joel Relihan, Associate Provost, by phone (X3497) or by e-mail to jrelihan@wheatonma.edu.