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The Forest

Diversity of Thought Week events this week

In addition to doing programming that is pertinent to students, UMOJA believes that it is necessary to have content that speaks to and engages the entire Lake Forest College community as a whole. UMOJA invites all faculty and staff to our cultural week, Diversity of Thought (DOT), through Friday, March 29.

DOT week is intended to be a robust and comprehensive opportunity to explore and celebrate the multiplicity and intersectionality of people, identities, and experiences at Lake Forest College. The week offers opportunities for the campus and the Lake Forest community to share, address, and explore sociocultural topics that are relevant to our global communities. In addition, this week will serve as an interdisciplinary forum on foreign affairs and international relations. 

Spectrum: on the global migration crisis, March 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Skybox (MSC)

Inspired by the YouTube channel Jubilee, this event brings together people from a ranging spectrum of views in an attempt to get all of us to actually listen to one another and engage in respectful conversation. Participants will hear a statement and be asked to state their view ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree, in relation to said statement. Upon sharing their stance, participants will then be given the opportunity to shed light on their opinions and learn more about those of others.

Panel on the #MeToo Movement and the Politics of Transnational Activism, March 28, 4:30–5:30 p.m. in the Wood Lounge (Calvin Durand)

Despite the groundbreaking achievement of the #MeToo movement, the fact is that too many women are still unheard. An intersectional approach to feminism necessarily leads to questions about what the #MeToo movement means for women from the Global South. It is clear that African American women, women in Latin America, Africa, Asia, or the Middle East, have experienced the #Me phenomenon very differently. This panel aims to look at diverse women’s experiences that are frequently excluded from the mainstream conversation. What we hope we can take away from this conversation is to understand the magnitude of this experience; we must listen to their points of view.

Documentary Screening of The Hunting Ground, March 29, 4–6 p.m. in Meyer Auditorium (Hotchkiss Hall)  

Our last, but not least, event is a screening of the documentary, The Hunting Ground, which is a controversial documentary that focuses on sexual assault in American colleges campuses, and how sexual assault victims suffered harassment and retaliation in their fight for justice.