Day of Discovery and Dialogue 2017: Finding Common Ground

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 • 5:00 pm
  • Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC), 320 S Euclid Ave

February 22–23, 2017

Please join us for the third annual university-wide gathering to reflect upon our efforts to become a more diverse and inclusive community.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Eric P. Newman Education Center, Medical Campus

5–6:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Janice Mirikitani
“Giving Power to Voices Endangered by Silence”
Poet, dancer, activist, educator, Mirikitani has a number of published works including Out of the Dust: New and Selected Poems.

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Emerson Auditorium and Frick Forum, Knight Hall, Danforth Campus

8:30–8:45 a.m.

8:45–10:15 a.m.
Session 1: Forging a Collaborative Path for Inclusion and Change in St. Louis: The Role of Higher Education
Local higher education leaders will reflect on finding common ground through the lens of higher education, discussing how colleges and universities in the region might collaborate to impact St. Louis. Moderated by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.

10:15–10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Session 2: The Impact of Class: A Discussion Based on People Like Us: Social Class in America
People Like Us: Social Class in America is a PBS film exploring how income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and appearance impact perceptions of one’s social class. This session will include excerpts from the film and offer perspectives on issues of class from Washington University scholars. Moderated by Professor Mark Rank.

12–1 p.m.
Participants will discuss the morning session in facilitated small group sessions.

1–2 p.m.
Session 3a: A Mosaic of True Stories
A Mosaic of True Stories recounts real, though anonymously told, experiences of Washington University students, staff, and faculty in short monologues.

2–2:30 p.m.

2:30–4:30 p.m.
Session 3b: Mapping Our Narratives: Visions of Identity
What parts of your identity would you like to see affirmed and better supported? Please join us in sharing your name and story through a visual mapping of your identity.

4:30 p.m.
Closing Reflections/Reception

Evening (time TBD)
Film Screening: People Like Us: Social Class in America
(directed by Louis Alvarez and Andy Kolker, 2001, 2h 4m)

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