MLK Day 2014 Breakout Sessions

  Various Locations across the Emory & Henry campus

Monday, January 20, 2014 • 11:30am – 2:30pm

MLK.jpgBreakout sessions address topics related to the MLK Day theme. Specific forms of slavery, both historical and modern-day, are addressed. Topics include Biblical slavery, human trafficking, slavery in Ghana, slavery in Washington County, Emory & Henry’s ties to slavery, as well as fair trade food, clothing and electronics. Presenters of the morning sessions include Todd & Krista Clark, Alise Coen, Ed Davis, Jack Roper, Tal Stanley, David St. Clair, Robert Vejnar, Jimmy Whited, and Claire Wiklund. The afternoon breakout session are led by the keynote speaker, Justin Dillon, who conducts a Q&A session related to the film Call + Response.

Lyceum credit will be given for all Breakout sessions.


Morning Sessions: (11:30 a.m.)


Django and Jesus: Christ Crucified, Quentin Tarantino, The Sage of Monticello and Satygraha
Byars Room 121

This breakout will examine images of slavery, attempting to define it for the US in the nineteenth century, as well as discuss modes of resistance in a range from Sermon on the Mount through armed rebellion to Enlightenment Resistance, closing with a non-Christian pacifist approach.
Jack Roper joined the Emory & Henry College faculty in 1988, became Richardson Professor of American History in 1992, and retired in 2013.

Human Trafficking in a Global Context: Causes, Consequences, and Warning Signs
McGlothlin-Street Room 102

In this session participants will learn about the global reach of human trafficking today, and the ways human trafficking intersects with other international security issues in the underground market. The main causal factors that drive this modern form of human slavery and enable transnational criminal networks to profit from it will be discussed. Participants will also learn to recognize some of the major warning signs that accompany this phenomenon, enabling them to better identify and potentially help victims of human trafficking.
Alise Coen is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of Women’s Studies at Emory & Henry College.

Child Slavery Today: Lessons learned through international adoption
Byars 018

Child slavery is alive today in many third world countries. Confronted by many ethical and moral questions through their journey of adopting two sons from Ghana, they also encountered heroes who are working to end child slavery in Ghana. They will share their stories and offer ways for you to help with your time, love, and commitment.
Todd & Krista Clark have recently completed an international adoption process which resulted in two new sons joining their family from Ghana. As members of the Emory & Henry Community since 2008, Krista serves as a Visiting Instructor of Economics and Todd is the Associate Dean of Students at Emory & Henry.

Emory & Henry’s Ties to Slavery
2nd Floor of Kelly Library

Slavery permeated much of colonial American and antebellum southern life, and many colleges and universities at the time, both northern and southern, had some association with human bondage, including Emory & Henry College. This session will examine Emory & Henry’s relationship with slavery, exploring ways in which it can acknowledge its past while at the same time addressing how that past may or may not have implications for those associated with the College today.
Robert Vejnar is the archivist for Emory & Henry College and the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. Vejnar also teaches in the core curriculum at Emory & Henry and instructs a class on colonial Virginia history that involves a study visit to Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and the James River plantations.

Poisoning Our Neighbors
McGlothlin-Street Hall Room 147

Modern slavery is linked to serious health threats due to a lack of environmental laws or law enforcement in many countries. Workers in facilities that range from farms to pit mines to factories to landfills are being exposed to a wide range of poisons in their air and water. High death and illness rates are reported as coming from both acute and long-term exposures at the workplace, in the home, or in the ambient air of their communities. Where are the worst cases of such poisonings? What can we do to get environmental laws that will protect those people?
Ed Davis has been a geography professor at Emory & Henry for 22 years. During this time, he has been helping Emory & Henry reduce its carbon footprint and increase its support of local farmers. He also helps students run the college’s organic garden.

A Slave to the Laws & Processes: Institutionalized Discrimination
Wiley Auditorium

Have you ever heard of the “good ‘ole boys” club? Have you been a part of the “business as usual” mentality? Institutionalized Discrimination is alive and well in America. It is built in to the very fabric of society and many institutions. Participants will be encouraged to break the bonds that have kept us from moving forward in total equality for all.
Jimmy Whited has served as the Director of Housing at Emory & Henry College since 2009. In addition, he teaches three courses.

Liberty for the Captives
Hermesian Room in Byars

The biblical depiction of God is as Liberator. The Bible is very clear that God is on the side of those who are enslaved and desires that those in slavery be liberated. This session will examine relevant scriptures, from the Exodus account, the prescription for a Jubilee Year, the prophets' call for justice, Jesus' parables and prayers and lessons, and Paul's letter to Philemon which identifies the new relationships and attitudes established by Christ and to be practiced by his followers. In the light of the biblical warrant for justice the session will conclude with consideration of discipleship as political responsibility.
David St. Clair is an adjunct professor in the Religion Department of Emory & Henry. He retired from the active ministry in 2012 after having served in the Holston Conference for 35 years.

Human Rights in the Garment Industry: Envisioning a Sweatfree World
Board of Visitors Lounge in Van Dyke

Claire Wiklund Do you know who made your T-shirt? From Haiti to Bangladesh, the fight for fair labor is heating up as corporations ‘race to the bot- tom’ of human dignity, employing poverty wages and perilous working conditions to maximize profit. This breakout will address the state of sweatshop labor, workers’ efforts to protect their rights, and how students can join the sweatfree movement.
Claire Wiklund, a native of Minneapolis, is currently a junior studying social inequality at Virginia Tech. She became invested in sweatshop issues after spending a summer learning from Dominican garment workers. Recently, she has begun work as a regional organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops and hopes to pursue a career in working class justice.

Reading Between the Lines: You, Me, Us, and the Legacy of Slavery
Wiley Room 201

This participatory session will address the realities and experiences of slavery in Southwest Virginia, giving considerable attention to the contradictions and ambiguities that resulted from this evil. The conversation will focus on our responsibilities as citizens to those who were enslaved, to those who enslaved, and what the implications are for the communities we seek to build today.
Tal Stanley lives and works at Emory &Henry College where he is the Director of the Appalachian Center for Community Service, Chair of the College’s Department of Public Policy and Community Service, and Director of the Bonner Scholars Program.


Afternoon Session: (2:30 p.m.)


Breakout with our Keynote Speaker
Wiley Auditorium

The afternoon breakout session will feature our keynote speaker, Justin Dillon. He will interact with participants in a Questions and Answer session about his keynote address and the film Call + Response.