2016-2017: Privilege

The Engaged Learning Series (ELS) is a university-wide series of events designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and community in discussion, debate, dialogue, learning, and action around an issue of public concern. For 2016-2017, the series aims to raise awareness, improve personal behavior, and increase public engagement around the issue of “privilege.”

- What does privilege mean to you? 
- When do you recognize your privilege or the privilege of others? 
- Is “privilege” something you’re born into? 
- How do race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, nationality, and geographic location determine privilege? 
- Who has privilege and why?

Throughout 2016-2017 we will view “privilege” through six prisms: cultural, economic, educational, health, political, and environmental. Please consider ways in which you might incorporate this topic into your teaching this year.


Privileged to “Rock the Vote” and Constitution Week @ various locations
Date:               September 12-17
Agenda:           9/14 Wednesday – Laughlin McDonald, Special Counsel & Director Emeritus of the American Civil Liberties Union Voting Rights Project
9/16 Friday – Constitution Day: downtown Ogden, details TBD
Co-sponsors:    Walker Institute, Democratic Engagement, College Town Initiative, SIL, Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Weber County Elections, Ogden City

“FED UP” film (+ panel) for National Hunger Action Month @ Peery’s Egyptian Theater
Date:               9/21 Wednesday @ 7pm
Trailer:            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCUbvOwwfWM
Co-sponsors:    Utah Film Series, Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah


“Empowering Students to Social Action: A Case of Using Title IX to End Rape on Campus” @ various locations on campus
Date:               October 12-14
Agenda:           10/12 Wednesday – Screening of “Hunting Ground” @ 7pm
10/13 Thursday – Keynote speakers: Andrea Pino and Annie E. Clark
10/14 Friday – Safe@Weber Conference
Co-sponsors:    Women’s Center, etc.


“Inequality for All” film @ Wildcat Theater
Date:               11/2 Wednesday @ 12pm
Trailer:            http://inequalityforall.com

“Economic Mobility” @ Elizabeth Hall 229
Date:               11/11 Friday @ 11am
Speaker:          Gregory Clark, PhD
Biography:       Professor Economics at UC Davis, http://faculty.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/gclark/


Small Art Exhibition @ the Project Gallery of the Kimball Visual Arts Center
Dates:  3 weeks during the month of January and/or February. This exhibition will display work made by advanced graphic design students, specifically related to this year's CEL theme of privilege.  The work will most likely be some sort of info graphics that visually communicate information related to privilege, specifically in the U.S.  I'll be working with two of the Graphic Design professors and students on this project.


Youth Futures Art Exhibit @ TBD
Dates:              TBD
Co-sponsor:     DOVAD, RAMP


Intermountain Sustainability Summit @ Union – focus on social justice
Dates:              March 16-17, 2017
Co-sponsor:     WSU’s Sustainability Practices & Research Center


CEL Symposium @ Union
Date:               Wednesday, April 19th
Agenda:           Robert D. Putnam, Keynote
Book:               Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis


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Becky Jo Gesteland 

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