11:15 a.m.-Morning Breakouts: Women in Civil Rights: Herstory

Appalachian Descent and Dissent
Dr. Amy Sorensen, Sociology
Board of Visitors Lounge

This interactive workshop offers an opportunity to explore Appalachian identity and how that complex and often invisible history ties in with the ongoing struggle for civil rights and equality.

Shining a Light on the Unseen Places: Black Womxn and the American Theatre
Dr. Kelly Bremner, Theater
Memorial Chapel, Fellowship Hall

Lynn Nottage, the first woman to be a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for playwriting, understands the vital role of the theatre in social change. “I feel it’s my social responsibility to shine a light on areas that don’t get seen. My personal feeling is that it’s an artist’s responsibility to be engaged with the culture. And when the culture is going through turmoil, I think an artist can’t ignore that.” This session looks at the amazing contributions of Black womxn playwrights in the 20th- and 21st-century American theatre in keeping the conversation going on Civil Rights. 

Become ‘A Drum Major for [Climate] Justice’
Emory Climate Collaborative, Dr. Ed Davis, Geography and Chloe Yates
McGlothlin-Street Hall, Room 102

Take an eight-minute guided imagery journey — eyes closed — into your future ­— your middle age — to discover what will happen here in the Appalachian South, nationwide and globally in 2050, if we fail to act now to slow climate change. After your odyssey, we’ll discuss how we got on this trajectory and learn what we can do and what others are doing to, as Dr. King said, be a drum major for justice, bending the long arc of the moral universe towards justice — climate-intergenerational-interspecies justice. 

Keeping a Civil [Rights] Tongue in Their Heads: Civil Rights and Black Women’s Poetry
Dr. Kathleen Chamberlain, English
Memorial Chapel, Sanctuary

As anyone knows who has felt the impact of Martin Luther King’s “I Had a Dream” speech, language is a powerful and effective tool in the fight for human rights. This session will explore some of the ways that the voices of black women poets shaped and responded to the fight for civil rights related to race, gender and sexuality. We’ll look at the works of writers such as Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Nikki Giovanni (born in Knoxville, Tenn.), Gwendolyn Brooks and more. Do you have a favorite civil rights poem to share, one that’s written by a womxn of color? Bring it! Or send a copy to Dr. Chamberlain at kchamberlain@ehc.edu.

Women Seeking Asylum
Dr. Krystin Krause, Political Science
Byars Hall, Calliopean Room

While information on migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. is scarce, we know that roughly half of those granted asylum by U.S. courts are women. This breakout session will discuss the particular vulnerabilities of women seeking asylum in the U.S. by examining the experiences of female migrants from Central America. The session begins with a short presentation addressing why many women from Central America apply for asylum, and how U.S. immigration courts currently handle such cases. There will be a discussion of ethical, practical and political questions concerning the experiences of female asylum seekers. 

*Lyceum Credit*