Racial Attitudes: Changing Expectations [F-18-50]

Presenter: Jay Pecora, Matt LaVine, Lonel Woods, Nasser Malit
Location: SUNY: Maxcy 104
Classes: 4 Sessions 2.0 hours
Dates: Tue 3:00 PM 09/11, 09/18, 09/25, 10/02
Status: Course Update: NOTE: Session 3 (on 9/25): "Racial Attitudes... has a change of topic and presenter. "Unequal Choices, Unequal Chances: The American Game of Life" – Nancy Lewis & Anna Sorensen, has been canceled at the request of the presenters. In its stead, Nassar Malit will return with a second presentation: "What Makes Us Human."
Course Update: NOTE: ALL the classes for "Racial Attitudes: Changing Expectations" are being held in Maxcy Hall 104.

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Session 1: Introduction to the Diversity and Inclusion Action Coalition (DIAC) - Jay Pecora (5 minutes) Human Biological Variation and Race – Nasser Malit is a biological anthropologist who specialized in the study of human origins, biological variation and evolutionary aspects of disease. His present research involves the description of a 7000-year-old human fossil that may answer questions concerning the evolution of modern African skeletal forms. He is also involved in forensic identification of skeletons for the New York State Forensic Investigations Unit. He enjoys teaching and guiding students in research work.

Session 2: What Are Races? How Does It Matter? – Matt LaVine is primarily trained as a philosopher of language and logician – meaning that clarity in thought processes and the expression of our thoughts is often his focus. For a number of personal and theoretical reasons, he also believes that matters of justice are the biggest issues our world is facing. So, much of his time is spent on how clarity of thought and the expression of it can help in understanding social justice.

Session 3: [NOTE: Unequal Choices, Unequal Chances: The American Game of Life – Nancy Lewis & Anna Sorensen, has been canceled at the request of the presenters.) In its stead, Nassar Malit will return with a second presentation: "What Makes Us Human." Nasser will use the skeletal perspective, but also give some insight on behavior whitch separates us from primates and other animals.

Session 4: Understanding Racism: Unpacking this Explosive Word – Lonel Woods was introduced academically to aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, while working at Georgetown Day School in Washington DC. This elite private school began its work on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in 1999, and part of that work included requiring the entire faculty to attend many workshops and training as part of their professional development. Lonel left Georgetown Day School in 2005 to complete his doctorate, but he continued his professional development and personal growth around topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. He is very pleased to continue this important work with the Potsdam Community. Music Dept.

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