Why this Resource Guide?
The resources and activities on this website can help our community:
- Recognize how we place self-imposed limits on the way we think.
- Discover that, in many ways, people from different cultures and backgrounds hold similar values and beliefs to our own.
- Become more aware of our own cultural viewpoints and the stereotypes we all possess about those who are different from us.
- Respect the differences and similarities in people.
How to Use the Guide
These activities are suitable for individuals or groups. Every Concordian is encouraged to select at least one. But don’t limit yourself! You are encouraged to participate as deeply as you like.
Concordia community book groups are an engaging way to continue the conversation from January 7-8. As you consider involvement in this option, keep in mind some guidelines:
- Participants in a book group feel more connected and engaged when the group has 10 or fewer members.
- Collaborate to identify a meeting time (biweekly? monthly?) that fits in everyone’s work day. Meeting over lunch break often works well.
- Work to read the assigned chapter(s) even if you cannot attend every session due to other Concordia commitments.
- Have fun! Book groups are a great way to build both new insights and new relationships.
- Find a book format that works best for you. While many people love the experience of a traditional hard copy, other people love audio books because they can “read” on the go!
The community conversation steering committee has cultivated five suggested titles for your consideration. There are ten copies of each title available for check out by CUW faculty and staff through the library reserve desk (for up to a full semester):
Podcasts are a terrific way to immerse yourself in new ideas that challenge and extend your thinking. Several podcasts are recommended below. Consider listening to one or more. Every other month, we will gather for an informal afternoon coffee conversation about what you’re listening to and thinking about as you consume these media.
Our first Podcast Pop-up happens Friday, January 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Luther 130 outer office. If you plan to attend, please email Gretchen.Jameson@cuw.edu.
NPR's podcast offers great insight into intersectionality and how experiences of people of color play out in everyday life, especially in workplaces. It tackles some complex questions of whiteness, and how casual and aversive racism can occur even without explicit intent. The weekly podcast is a commentary on contemporary society with insights from science and history.Visit Website
In this show, co-hosts Ikhlas Saleem and Makkah Ali talk about race, gender, and Muslim life in the United States. They cover topics ranging from politics to pop culture, inviting guests to discuss issues that affect their lives as Muslims, along with the multiple other identities that intersect with their religion.Visit Website
Scene on Radio, Season 2 "Seeing White"
Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.Visit Website
Self-Evident just wrapped its first season. The podcast tells stories about “what it means to be American, by telling stories by and about Asian Americans.” Using reports, personal stories, narratives, and community conversations, the hosts explore the complexity of “Asian American” identity, internalized racism, and the American dream.Visit Website
Hosted by author Malcolm Gladwell. Although the program does sometimes focus on reframing historical events, other times it simply holds up a magnifying glass to a societal phenomenon to try to understand its components. Race, diversity, and equity are common themes in the episodes.Visit Website
Hosted by Earlonne Woods, an inmate in the San Quentin State Prison, and volunteer Nigel Poor, each episode highlights an aspect of life at the prison and invites us to think differently about incarceration and those on “the inside.”Visit Website
The Diversity Gap
Host Bethaney Wilkinson explores the gap between good intentions and good impact as it relates to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Thought leaders, authors, creatives and public policy leaders are the typical guests.Visit Website
Bridge the Divide
Erica and Heidi of the group Bridge the Divide provide a forum for discussion and action around racial reconciliation. They seek to identify instances of inequality, foster empathy and educate others to recognize their part in problems and solution in Ozaukee county and beyond.Visit Website
13th (Film) Netflix
In this powerful, thought-provoking documentary by filmmaker Ava Duvernay, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African-Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
Fruitvale Station (Film)
This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant.
I Am Not Your Negro (Film) Prime
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
Gook (Film) Netflix
Two Korean-American brothers develop an unlikely friendship with an 11 year-old African American girl on the first day of the LA riots, in 1992. This is a 2017 film written and directed by Justin Chon.
Beatriz at Dinner (Film)
In this film, starring Salma Hayek, Beatriz, holistic medicine practitioner is stranded at a client's house and becomes a somewhat unwilling guest at a snooty dinner party that evening. A difference of thoughts and opinions causes her to be a thorn in the side of the hosts and their invited guests.
Dear White People (Film)
At its core, ‘Dear White People’ is a highly entertaining film that presents excellent satire at some points, and dramatic instances at others. The film follows the lives of four young African-American students as they do their best to discover their identity while dealing with the various race-related issues and politics at their college campus.
The Niceties (Theatrical Play)
In The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess, an accomplished Ivy League professor holds routine office hours with an ambitious young African-American student to discuss her thesis: if history is written by the victors, who tells the story of the oppressed? Before long, quibbles over vocabulary and Wikipedia citations turn into a dangerous debate as both women passionately defend their perspective and their personal worldview - until one of them puts everything on the line to make her case.
Clybourne Park (Theatrical Play)
Clybourne Park is a 2010 play by Bruce Norris written as a spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun (1959). It portrays fictional events set during and after the Hansberry play, and is loosely based on historical events that took place in the city of Chicago. The play centers around themes of gentrification, racial, class, and gender bias.
It is possible to gain a more in depth understanding of the culture of a nation, people, or group through attending events with cultural significance. By attending cultural events, individuals experience firsthand the diverse offerings of culture and artistic expression found in a community. Through attendance at events, we can broaden our horizons and gain unique insights into various communities as well as a broader global perspective of our world’s diverse cultures.
If you are interested in attending any of the events once they have been planned or want to be a part of the Blackboard conversation, send an email to Walter.Goodwyn@cuw.edu.
Feel free to also click on the Cultural Events link below which will give you the date and times of numerous cultural events happening in the community.
City on a Hill
2224 W. Kilbourn Avenue; Milwaukee, WI 53223
“Removing Racial Residue”
Workshop (on campus). Date and Time To Be Determined.
America Black Holocaust Museum
Date and Time To Be Determined
ABHM builds public awareness of the harmful legacies of slavery in America and promotes racial repair, reconciliation, and healing. This field trip will be an opportunity for faculty and staff to attend in an effort to gain additional insight into the history of slavery.
Bridge the Divide
Cedarburg Public Library
Bridge The Divide (Cedarburg Conversations on Race) is a forum for discussion and action around racial reconciliation. The group seeks to identify instances of inequality, foster empathy, and educate others to recognize their part in the problems and solutions in Ozaukee County.
Multicultural Silent Networking Event
Field Trip Late Spring, TBD.
This event will utilize the Silent Party format where students will be able to gather and listen to music from three different DJs who will interject into their sets, times for the students and staff from different races, nationalities, and genders, to meet, converse, and have a good time.
Blackboard Discussion on Race - “Blackish Blackboard Discussion”
Utilizing Blackboard, we will have a conversation over a five week period with the final week discussion occurring on campus. The discussion will utilize video clips from the popular show Blackish which is a show that addresses some deep topic on race with comedy.
If you are interested in being a part of the Blackboard conversation, send an email to Walter.Goodwyn@cuw.edu.