Extra Credit Options for NR6

To compensate for missing a freewrite or lack of attendance for a Thursday discussion session or to simply improve your grade, attend any of the following events, write a reflective paper in response to it, and hand it in to the box in 220 Aiken, in the folder for your discussion leader. Be sure to include all the information that we need to record it properly. This includes your name, the date, the event, your discussion leader's name, and EXTRA CREDIT in capital letters at the top of the page to be sure we do not overlook your intent. Please turn in all extra credit reflective writings by Friday November 22, 2013 at 4 pm.

Follow the instructions for weekly reflective writings. Try to tie it into other activities or readings in NR 6. Remember this is a reflective piece and NOT only a report about what happened at the event.

BE SURE to indicate who your discussion leader is and that this is an EXTRA credit submission at the top of the page, otherwise you will not receive extra credit.

Extra credit opportunities to be posted as information becomes available.

Updates will be provided as the semester progresses - check back to see if events have been added. If you hear about an event that is not posted and you think is related to NR 6 topics, please let us know so we can post it.

Fifty Shades of White: Privilege
Tuesday Oct 1, 2013
7:15-8:30 PM Harris/Millis 115 Garage
Sponsored by the UVM Inter-Residence Association, the student organization representing students living within the residence halls at the University of Vermont. Our focus is derived from our values of promoting global citizenship, representing diverse perspectives and experiences, and creating socially just communities.

St. Michael's Peace & Justice Center - Human Rights Series

Albert Huang (speaker) Senior Attorney at NRDC, on Environmental Racism
Thursday Oct 10, 2013
7-9 PM  McCarthy Recital Hall on the St. Michael's campus
Al Huang is a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, working with NRDC's urban program in New York. He coordinates the environmental justice work at NRDC. He litigates and advocates on behalf of low-income communities through the country who are fighting environmental hazards, using a model that emphasizes community-based organizing and litigation.

The Chittenden County Transit Authority Bus #2 departs from the UVM campus at Fletcher Allen Health Care and stops to St. Michael's College. It would be best to catch the 6:23 bus at Fletcher Allen to arrive at St. Mike's at 6:33. The return trip would be a departure at 8:41 or 9:17 from St. Mike's returning to Fletcher Allen at 8:50 or 9:26 respectively. Join a group of other students from RSENR who will take the bus together - meet in the Aiken Solarium at 6:05 pm and walk to Fletcher Allen together; then come on Friday Oct 11 to a post-lecture brown-bag lunch discussion (bring your own lunch) - 11:45 am in Aiken 103.

Eating Far From Home: Migrant Foodways in Vermont
Wednesday Oct 16, 2013
4 pm UVM Fleming Museum of Art

Professor Pablo Bose and Professor Teresa Mares from UVM  speak about their research on food and migration in Vermont, particularly their involvement with two community projects - one that works with refugees on urban farming, and another that works with migrant workers on kitchen gardening. Through this talk, Drs. Bose and Mares will provide a deeper understanding of the connections among food, culture, and migration.

Oxfam America UVM Student Club
Wednesday Nov 13, 2013
7 pm Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Hunger Banquet - Admission fee of $3

University of Vermont Public Lecture, co-sponsored by the Vermont Council on World Affairs

Greg White (speaker)Associate Professor, Smith College on environmental refugees

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013
4 pm 103 Rowell

Author of Climate Refugees or Mere Migrants? Climate-Induced Migration, Security and Borders in a Warming World (Oxford University Press, 2011)

UVM Allied Faces Meeting

Meeting every Monday during the fall semester (Nov 18 is the next one)
5 pm Spruce Room, Davis Center
Organization established for the UVM community interested in promoting social justice by exploring racial identity through conversation about whiteness, white privilege, diversity, and ally-ship.  No experience necessary, just a passion and curiosity to learn and grow. 

Go see the current film - The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels

Listen to State of the Re:Union radio program: Pike County, OH: As Black as We Wish to Be

Social Justice Film Series sponsored by the Center for Cultural Pluralism

Incoente (film)

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Living and Learning Commons
Room 216
Inocente is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young fifteen-year old homeless, undocumented immigrant artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings in San Diego, California. Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children [Run time: 40 minutes; allow time for discussion of themes following the film]

Both/And & In God's House (film)
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Living and Learning Commons Room 216
Both films break the shackles of "either/or" in identity. In the video-play Both/And, the characters of Jamil, Arab Man, and Gay Man explore and explode the inflated tensions between race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, and class. In God's House collides race, sexuality, and religion for Asian Americans

(A)sexual (film)
Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Living and Learning Commons Room 216

Facing a sex-obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, and a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals - people who experience no sexual attraction - struggle to claim their identities and histories in the film (A)sexual.

The Color of Beauty & Women Being (film)

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Living and Learning Commons Room 216
Thompson has the looks, the walk, and the drive. But she's a black fashion model in a world where white women represent the standard of beauty. The Color Of Beauty is a shocking documentary that examines racism in the fashion industry. Woman Being will also be shown to facilitate discussion.

Borrow and watch one of the following movies from Bailey/Howe Library Media Resources (ground floor/basement of the library) (on your own schedule, reflective paper due by November 22)
Flow (2008)
A look at the world's water crisis and how the causes of the depleting water supply is connected to pollution, human rights, and even politics. Features interviews with scientists and activists. Includes commentary, expanded interviews, and more.

Teaching Indians To Be White (1993)

This brief but effective program chronicles the attempts to integrate native children into dominant society through educational means. As one episode in the ambitious six-part series Before Columbus, this program is told entirely from the perspective of the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere . It is purposefully expressed as a "one-sided story" - the other side of the Columbus discovery saga not often revealed in textbooks. Suitable for junior high school through general adult audiences, Teaching Indians to Be White provides a new and much-needed perspective on a historically controversial subject.

Fenceline (2002)

Depicts the struggle of an African-American community in Louisiana's "cancer alley" to be relocated from under the shadow of a Shell chemical plant. Led by activist Margie Richard, the community tries to convince the corporate bosses that the plant is a health hazard. Others in town, especially Shell employees, feel the risk is overstated.

Cracking the codes: The system of racial inequality (2012)
Reveals a self-perpetuating system of [racial] inequity in which internal factors play out in external structures: institutions, policy and law.

RACE: The power of an illusion Episode Two (2003)
"The Story We Tell" uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural."

RACE: The power of an illusion Episode Three (2003)

"The House We Live In" asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.

If These Halls Could Talk (2012)
If our halls could talk, what would they say about the alarming rates of students of color leaving our colleges? What would they say are some of the causes for their departures? What would our students say it is like to be a minority student at a predominantly white campus? Are faculties and staff prepared for the influx of students from different backgrounds? When conflicts arise around diversity issues on the campus and in the classroom, are administrators and teachers prepared to handle them? What are some of the solutions needed to confront these problems? These and many other issues are discussed in this dynamic and electrifying new film directed and produced by Lee Mun Wah.

Race Against Prime Time (1985)

Race Against Prime Time documents how local television newsmen anoint black community spokespersons, characterize whites as victims and blacks as rioters and fail to place the disturbances within the context of and decades of civic neglect. This film reminds us that twenty-five years after the Kerner report decried media prejudice, news reporting remains very much a white view of black realities.


The Thirty-Minute Blue Eyed (1996)

Now Jane Elliott's critically award winning Blue Eyed is available in a more useful, more concise version concentrating all the drama and insight of the original into an even more powerful 30-minute video. Jane Elliott's “blue eyed-brown eyed exercise” is one or the most acclaimed and most widely used diversity training tool ever developed. It has been covered by numerous television documentaries like CBS' Eye of the Storm as well as appearances on the Today, Tonight, Donahue and Oprah shows.


True Colors (1991)

In this startling expose, ABC News Prime Time Live anchor, Diane Sawyer explores skin color prejudice in America with the help of two friends virtually identical in all respects but one-- John is white, Glen is black. Together they take part in a series of hidden camera experiments exploring people's reactions to each in a variety of situations. Acting within the scenario of moving to a new town, Prime Time Live, undercover, follows John and Glen separately as they each try to rent an apartment, respond to job listings, purchase a car, and conduct everyday activities such as shopping. The responses in other the white and racially mixed communities are shocking and consistent. In every instance, John is welcomed into the community while Glen is discouraged by high prices, long waits, and unfriendly salespeople. Diane Sawyer concludes TRUE COLORS with a discussion with John and Glen about the outcome of these experiments and their experiences with discrimination in daily life. A corVISION Media Release Produced by ABC News


The Color of Fear (1995)

The Color of Fear is an insightful, groundbreaking film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent. In a series of intelligent, emotional and dramatic confrontations the men reveal the pain and scars that racism has caused them. What emerges is a deeper sense of understanding and trust. This is the dialogue most of us fear, but hope will happen sometime in our lifetime.


The Way Home (1998)

Over the course of eight months, sixty-four women representing a cross-section of cultures, (Indigenous, African-American, Arab, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina , and Multiracial) came together to share their experience of racism in America. With uncommon courage, the women speak their hearts and minds about resistance, love, assimilation, standards of beauty, power, school experiences, and more. Their candid conversations offer rare access into multi- dimensional worlds invisible to outsiders. The abundance of photographs, dance, and music provides a sensual richness to this provocative piece.


Skin Deep (1995)

Skin Deep chronicles the eye-opening journey of a diverse and divided group of college students as they awkwardly but honestly confront each other's racial prejudices.

Academy Award nominated filmmaker Frances Reid follows students from the University of Massachusetts , Texas A&M, Chico State , and U.C. Berkeley to a challenging racial awareness workshop where they confront each other's innermost feelings about race and ethnicity. She also accompanies them back to their campuses and on visits home in an attempt to understand why they think the way they do.


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