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.

SEPTEMBER

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

UP Series - Screening of "7 UP" @Wattis Building, Rm 206
Date:  Thursday, September 29
The UP Series Flyer
Free Screening open to everyone.  Screening will be accompanied by comments and discussions with faculty including Drs. Dan Bedford, Judy Elsey, Michael Vaughan and others.  Optional course credit as Economics 4920 - 1 hour - contact the Department of Economics 801-626-6066.

OCTOBER

18th Annual WSU Diversity Conference
"Privileged History:  Where Did All the Diversity Go?" with Dr. James W. Loewen, author of "Lies My Teacher told Me"
Date:             October 6, 7
WSU Davis Campus and WSU Main Campus Ogden

“Empowering Students to Social Action: A Case of Using Title IX to End Rape on Campus” 
Date:               October 12-14
Agenda:          
10/12 Wednesday – Screening of “The Hunting Ground” @ 6pm | D2 Davis Campus
10/13  Thursday Title IX Student Rights Open Lecture | 10:30 - 11:30 AM | EH 229 Keynote speakers: Andrea Pino and Annie E. Clark
10/13  Thursday A Toolbox for Social Change Keynote | 7 PM | SU Ballroom B
If you are unable to attend the keynote, a livestream will be available via the Women's Center's Facebook page.
Co-sponsors:    Women’s Center, etc.

UP Series - Screening of "7 UP" @Wattis Building, Rm 206
Date:  October 20
The UP Series Flyer
Free Screening open to everyone.  Screening will be accompanied by comments and discussions with faculty including Drs. Dan Bedford, Judy Elsey, Michael Vaughan and others.  Optional course credit as Economics 4920 - 1 hour - contact the Department of Economics 801-626-6066.

NOVEMBER

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

"Privilege - Intersections of Art and Communication"
               Shepherd Union Art Gallery
Date:      November 4 - 28
Artists reception on Monday, November 7@ 7:00 PM

“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/

UP Series - Screening of "7 UP" @Wattis Building, Rm 206
Date:  November 17
The UP Series Flyer
Free Screening open to everyone.  Screening will be accompanied by comments and discussions with faculty including Drs. Dan Bedford, Judy Elsey, Michael Vaughan and others.  Optional course credit as Economics 4920 - 1 hour - contact the Department of Economics 801-626-6066.

DECEMBER

Art as a Change Agent Exhibition
Date:  December 2 - 16, 2016
Students enrolled in the Honors course Art as an Agent of Change will showcase their best work in a two week exhibition from December 2nd through 16th.  Under the direction of Printmaking Professor, "K" Stevenson, students have spent the semester learning printmaking techniques and exploring content related to themes of privilege and how art can be used for social activism and advocacy. The exhibition will take place in the Project Gallery, located on the first floor of the Kimball Visual Arts Center, and open on Friday, December 2nd with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Gallery hours during the exhibition are M-F, 11am-5pm. For more information, please contact Lydia Gravis, Gallery Director, at (801) 626-6420 or lydiagravis@weber.edu

UP Series - Screening of "7 UP" @Wattis Building, Rm 206
Date:  December 15
The UP Series Flyer
Free Screening open to everyone.  Screening will be accompanied by comments and discussions with faculty including Drs. Dan Bedford, Judy Elsey, Michael Vaughan and others.  Optional course credit as Economics 4920 - 1 hour - contact the Department of Economics 801-626-6066.

JANUARY

Privilege related Graphic Design Art Exhibition @ the Project Gallery of the Kimball Visual Arts Center
Date:  January 11 - 27, 2017
Advanced graphic design students in the Department of Visual Art and Design, led by Assistant Professor, Micah Bauer, will display posters that visually communicate themes and data related to privilege.  The exhibition will take place in the Project Gallery on the first floor of the Kimball Visual Arts Center and run Wednesday, January 11th through Friday, January 27th, 2017.  Gallery hours are M-F, 11am-5pm. An exhibition reception will be held Friday, January 20th in the Atrium Lobby of the Kimball Visual Arts center from 7-9 p.m.  For more information, please contact Lydia Gravis, Gallery Director, at (801) 626-6420 or lydiagravis@weber.edu

MARCH

Deliberative Democracy Day @ Shepherd Union Ballroom B
American Democracy Project
Date:              March 14, 11:30 a.m.
 This year's Deliberative Democracy Day will address the difficult issues for LGBTQ youth in Utah with respect to all sides, including Utah's predominantly Church of Latter Day Saints student body. Organizers will begin with focus groups, facilitated by students from a focus group course. Organizers will then ask those groups to propose solutions. Those solutions will be discussed with a panel of experts and vetted for their feasibility. Finally, students will choose the best possible solution. Organizers believe this project will model appropriate civic discourse around a problem in Utah, and also produce possible solutions that students could help to implement.
Sponsor:  Center for Community Engaged Learning's Democratic Engagement Team

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

(DIS)ABILITY: Redefining Possible
Date: March 23
Time: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Shepherd Union, Room 321
WeberSync Event
A panel discussion with WSU Disability Services and Gigi's Playhouse.

APRIL

Not for Rent! film premier
Date:  April 5, 2017  12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Wildcat Theater and Fireplace Lounge
Come to the premiere and opening screening of a new documentary film, followed by appetizers and light lunch.

NOT FOR RENT! Metamora Films latest documentary film is being released and screened at Weber State. The feature length film looks at rental housing barriers ex-felons face as they attempt to rebuild their lives in our communities. With over 95% of the American prison population being released at some point in the future, millions of ex-inmates struggle with ‘red tape’ and strict criminal history rental requirements property managers and landlords enforce. In this unique and powerful film, you’ll meet several people who’ve been personally affected by housing restrictions due to felony convictions. - Metamora Films website

CEL Symposium
Date:                      April 19, 2017
Guest Speaker:     Dr. Steve. L Robbins, Ph.D.

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Contact

Carla Jones
carlajones@weber.edu
801-626-7737