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Phyllis Breland '80
Breland ’80 Interviewed by Insight Into Diversity

Phyllis Breland ’80, director of Opportunity Programs and interim director of Diversity and Inclusion at Hamilton College, was featured in “Avoiding Burnout: How 10 CDOs Balance Work with Life” in Insight Into Diversity magazine. Breland is an Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity (HEOP) graduate of Hamilton.  More ...

Phil Yu
Angry Asian Man Blogger Phil Yu Tells Story of How He Found His Voice

As both the founder and editor of the blog, Angry Asian Man, Phil Yu began his lecture remarking that, “I guess that kind of makes me the Angry Asian Man, but please, just call me Phil!” In a lecture co-sponsored by the Asian Cultural Society, Hamilton American/Chinese Exchange, and the Days-Massolo Center, Phil Yu shared the story of his journey to find his voice through the blog he started 15 years ago, and how this experience has changed his own approach to claiming and defining his own identity.  More ...

Kevin Quashie
Breath, Silence, Quiet: Some Thoughts on Black Culture Now

Kevin Quashie, a professor of Africana studies at Smith College, discussed issues of the idea of blackness and social perceptions of that identity  in a Hamilton lecture on Oct. 13, and ultimately concluded that the idea of blackness is rooted in social and historical prejudices, especially those relating to resistance and belligerency.  More ...

Veronika Scott inThe Empowerment Plan's workshop.
The Empowerment Plan's Veronika Scott Battles Misconceptions About Homeless

During the Sept. 21 “Empowerment Thru Employment” presentation, Veronika Scott, CEO of Detroit non-profit The Empowerment Plan passionately battled misconceptions about homelessness. Her company, which hires individuals living in homeless shelters to make sleeping bag coats to be distributed to homeless people, emphasizes the importance of pride, independence and helping people help themselves. Hosted by the Days-Massolo Center, “Empowerment Thru Employment” was the second event of this semester’s “Media and Movement” series exploring the role of technology in social justice.  More ...

Alicia Garza, right, meets with students in the Days-Massolo Center.
#BlackLivesMatter: How a Little Bit of Knowledge Can Undo a lot of Foolishness

Although social media activism campaigns are started almost daily, seldom do they accomplish their goal of creating and sustaining national interest that lasts for years. Nevertheless, occasionally these movements successfully promote awareness, draw together communities and create lasting conversations that can affect lives across the country, and even the globe. One such campaign is the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, co-founded by Alicia Garza.  More ...

Kimberly Williams
Williams Selected for Callaloo Workshop

Kimberly Williams, associate director of the Days-Massolo Center, was selected to participate in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop held July 12-18 at Oxford University. The competitive program was presented by Callaloo, a quarterly not-for-profit journal of African Diaspora arts and letters.  More ...

Dolores Huerta speaks in the Chapel on April 24.
Dolores Huerta Advocates Change in Voices of Color Lecture

Dolores Huerta, recipient of the U.S. Medal of Freedom Award, spoke in the Chapel about a wide variety of contemporary social issues including immigration, racism, sexism and poverty on April 23. Huerta is perhaps most famous for co-founding the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez in 1962. The lecture was sponsored by the Voices of Color Lecture Series.  More ...

Lilly Ledbetter and President Barack Obama
Equal Pay for Equal Work

Twenty years ago in Jacksonville, Ala., Lilly Ledbetter was an ordinary woman who suffered an injustice that women around the world face every day. In a lecture at Hamilton on March 2 Ledbetter recounted how her goals in life were simply to save and create a nest egg for retirement and for her children. Now, she is a noted advocate for equal pay for equal work and has commandeered significant changes in legislation regarding pay discrimination on the basis of sex, including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that was passed in 2009.  More ...

Panelists Cassandra Harris-Lockwood K'74, Dana Hubbard, Kevin Alexander '13 and Anne Lansing.
Hamilton Welcomes Panel of Utica Community Leaders

Hamilton College on Feb. 16 welcomed four area residents, each boasting an impressive resume of work within the Utica community, for a discussion “The Utica Panel: Examining Social Issues and Community Connections.”  More ...

Richard Newton
The African American Bible: Bound in a Christian Nation

Although our nation prides itself on the separation of church and state, one needs only look at the Christian ideologies against marriage equality for same-sex couples, the conservative right’s pro-life movement, and the anti-muslim rhetoric of politicians to understand that these connection was never truly cleaved.  Richard Newton, assistant professor of religious studies at Elizabethtown College, visited the Hill on Feb. 16 for a discussion about African Americans’ connection to the Bible.  More ...

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