Civic Engagement Day 2014

All Day Exhibit

Racism, Prejudice, Tolerance, Acceptance – Multi Media Art Exhibit by Mike Huffman
Bluffton University Art Department and the Lion & Lamb Peace Arts Center
Kiva (Marbeck Center)

8 a.m.

Developing an Elementary Diversity Measure
Don Hooley
This presentation develops an elementary diversity measure to aid in quantifying ethnic and biological diversity.
Stutzman Lecture Hall

Line Dance: Body Language is Universal (Extended session - until 10 a.m.)
Jesse Roth
Fault Lines Club will be teaching line dances to those who want to learn.
Sommer Center

9 a.m.

What Instructors and Future Teachers Should Know About Teaching African American Students But Are Afraid To Ask
Jacqui Slinger
African American students are not lazy or dumb, but some are underachieving. Why? A brief historical overview of some theories researchers have used to explain the black-white achievement gap. Additional discussion about: potentially effective instructional practices, reaching African American students from challenging backgrounds, and dialog about controversial issues. All with input from three senior Bluffton University African American students--Will Pope, Marquis Brown, and Johnny Ballom.
Stutzman Lecture Hall

Racism and Economic Opportunity
Social Work Club (Kristyn Hovest)
This session will include interactive activities followed by a discussion about how these activities demonstrate the impact of racism on economic opportunities and the resulting social injustices.
Kreider Room (Marbeck Center)

From Stand Your Ground to War: Dealing with Conflict
Kinser Sebastian and Rudi Kaufman
War often serves as a way for society to understand interpersonal and structural conflicts. This presentation will consider the ways that war theories have influenced the law focusing on the connections between preventive war and stand your ground.
Centennial Hall 205

10 a.m.

Race & Ethnicity in the American Criminal Justice System
Social Sciences Capstone
(Ross Kaufman)
Race and ethnicity shape society's response to crime and deviance. There is evidence of racial disparities at each step in the criminal justice system, from arrest to conviction to incarceration. We will discuss disparities in the criminal justice system, explore their impact on society, and discuss possible solutions to the problems they create.
Stutzman Lecture Hall

Traditional Native American Stories
ENG 243: Native American Literature Class (Holly Walter)
Since the 2013-14 Civic Engagement theme is "Race and Ethnicity in America," students from ENG 243: Native American Literature hope to celebrate and share their studies of Native American culture. Four students will perform rehearsed Native American stories which represent the oral tradition with fresh perspectives and values. Time for reflections and questions may be provided after the performances.
Kreider Room (Marbeck Center)

Life in Another Language
TESOL: Theories and Issues (Amanda Woolley)
Language like you've never heard it before. Find out what it is like to walk in someone else's shoes and learn a second language. Join us for a unique language experience.
Centennial Hall 205

Is my brain a racist? How our unconscious mind impacts our conscious behaviors
Amanda Sensenig
Students will present findings from cognitive psychology research related to racial discrimination and thought processes
Centennial Hall 211

11 a.m.

Race and Ethnicity in Athletics
Tami Forbes
Participation is essential in this question and answer session with several different alumni and current students. The panel will field questions from audience regarding their athletic experience at Bluffton.
Stutzman Lecture Hall

Mandela's Amandla and Bluffton's Pledge: The power of truth-telling and active empathy to transform South Africa
Steve Harnish
Including audio and video stories from people met during a 2006 sabbatical in Cape Town, we'll explore the transformative power of courageous honesty and active empathy to (continue to) overcome racism and other forces driving us apart. Amandla was a common rallying cry for Mandela and others in the anti-apartheid movement and means "power" in Zulu and Xhosa.
Kreider Room (Marbeck Center)

Christian Zionism and its Effects on the Eradication of the Palestinian People
Randy Keeler
Does our theology make a difference? It certainly does to the Palestinian people, and Palestinian Christians are suffering the consequences of how a particular theological perspective is destroying the livelihood of their people. Dr. Keeler will share his perspective on this issue based on his numerous travels to the Holy Land and his interaction with Palestinian brothers and sisters in Christ.
Centennial Hall 205

Hopping Trains: "Fuerza," Journeys, and Immigration
Arizona Cross Cultural Group (Jesse Roth)
Watch "Fuerza," a short film about immigration, and then take part in discussion about crossing the United States' southern border, with perspectives from both sides of the fence.
Centennial Hall 211

12 noon

Our America: You and me and all of us together
Lion & Lamb Workshop (Extended Session – until 2 p.m.)
Diane Neal & Louise Matthews
The Lion and Lamb will sponsor "Our America: you and me and all of us," a workshop led by Louise Matthews and Diane Neal to incorporate literature, reader's theater, art projects, music and movement for eighty second grade students from Bluffton Elementary. Group activities will be led by Diane Neal's students taking EDU 287 Developmental Curriculum: The Arts.
Burcky Gym

The Impact of Cross-Cultural Experiences on Individual Identity
Spencer Genson, Brandon Arrington, Kapumba Chinyanta & Donald Fomm
We four students (two international students and two students who have recently completed cross-cultural experiences) will share how our immersion in another cultural has impacted our individual identity. We look to discuss the development of our identity in the context of our cross-cultural immersion experiences.
Kreider Room

1 p.m.

Expanding Your Horizons: Who Do You Eat With?
C. Henry Smith Scholars (Darryl Nester)
During one meal in the week prior to CED, the C. Henry Smith Scholars will invite students and faculty to be randomly assigned to tables in the Commons (with suggested topics for discussion, and a survey to complete following the meal). On CED, we will present findings from those surveys, and invite further discussion.
Stutzman Lecture Hall

Achieving Educational Excellence in the Diverse Classroom of the 21st Century
Andrea King (Paul Neufeld Weaver)
I have invited Andrea King, retired teacher and principal who also has had a connection with Bluffton University. How can teachers be successful with Anglo, African American and Hispanic students in today's classroom.
Kreider Room (Marbeck Center)

Unlearning Racism, Understanding Whiteness: a personal journey
Susan Carpenter
I grew up in a racist time, in a racially stratified city, and by age 10 (when I got a Martin Luther King comic book), I wanted to end racism. I've done a lot of learning since then, and I want to show key moments and ideas with the help of literature (Morrison, Baldwin, DuBois) and experiences. What does it mean to be a Euro American/White person? To me, now. To you?
Centennial Hall 205

President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper"
Student Senate (John Fowler)
We plan on showing a short video detailing the initiative followed by a guided discussion.
Centennial Hall 211

2 p.m.

Human Trafficking (CTF presentation)
Christian Values in a Global Community (Lamar Nisly)
For our CTF project, we are focusing on local and global dimensions of human trafficking.
Stutzman Lecture Hall

Mandela's Amandla and Bluffton's Pledge: The power of truth-telling and active empathy to transform South Africa
Steve Harnish
Including audio and video stories from people met during a 2006 sabbatical in Cape Town, we'll explore the transformative power of courageous honesty and active empathy to (continue to) overcome racism and other forces driving us apart. Amandla was a common rallying cry for Mandela and others in the anti-apartheid movement and means "power" in Zulu and Xhosa. (This is a repeat of the 11 a.m. session)
Kreider Room (Marbeck Center)

Songs for and by African-Americans: A recital preview
Crystal Sellers Battle
This will serve as a lecture preview for the recital to be presented to end the Civic Engagement week and tie into the Civic Engagement address for the forum. A small portion of the recital will be presented in a lecture-recital format, sharing a bit of history of the composers and the works to be performed on the recital.
Yoder Recital Hall

Finding Your Roots
Kayla Nelson & Victoria Myers
We will give a demonstration on how best to trace a person's genealogy. This will involve using websites, books, and one's own knowledge of family history.
Centennial Hall G10

3 p.m.

The Economics of Discrimination
Labor Economics Class (Jonathan Andreas)
How the profit motive can reduce or increase discrimination depending on the situation and what informed people can do about it.
Stutzman Lecture Hall

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS ON CURRENT ISSUES IN EDUCATION
Three 15 minute presentations:
Jessica Williams - Religion and the Classroom
Marlin Ellis – The Achievement Gap between Black and White Students
Jill Bornhorst - Art Integration's Effects on the Educational System
Kreider Room

Cycling: It's more than just exercise
CTF presentation (Tami Forbes)
Centennial 205

6 p.m.

C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest
Yoder Recital Hall

7:30 p.m.

The Celebration of Diversity Through Cultural Competency
Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014
Sommer Center