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Identity | We, Myself, & Why (Dedicated Semester 2017)

Coffee Talks

COFFEE TALKS @ WYDOWN HOUSE
11 a.m.

  9/1: Authenticity
10/6: Intersectionality
11/3: Pride/Shame
12/1: How to be an Ally

@ the Library

Friday, November 10th
   7 p.m. - Film & Discussion

Join us for a public screening and discussion of The Breakfast Club. Sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa.

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

What IS a Dedicated Semester?

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The tradition of the Dedicated Semester began in the fall of 2007 with a campus-wide exploration of Judaism. Each fall, the Fontbonne University sponsors a different subject for the semester. With cooperation from schools, divisions, departments, and programs across the university, our campus community explores a new theme. Academic departments contribute courses that are the core curriculum of  the Dedicated Semester, which is also supported by a variety of co-curricular activities and events.

Learn more: https://www.fontbonne.edu/dedicated

Convocation 2016

Academic Convocation 2017
Wednesday, August 30, 10:15 a.m.

Wayne Brekhus teaches courses in self and society, queer theories/identities, culture, identity and interaction, and qualitative methods in sociology. His most recent book Culture and Cognition: Patterns in the Social Construction of Reality (Polity Press, 2015) analyzes how socio-culturally influenced cognitive processes and practices of attention and inattention, meaning-making, and identity construction shape perceptions of social reality and contribute to social difference and social inequalities.  

Dedicated Semester Events

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OUR TRANS FAMILY PHOTO EXHIBIT

August 25-September 22nd

Open during Fine Arts Gallery Hours – Fine Arts Gallery

Twenty-seven framed photographs of transgender people and their families

 

CONVOCATION: THE SOCIAL NATURE OF IDENTITY: WE, MYSELF, AND WHY?

August 30 – 10 a.m. – DSAC Gymnasium

Featured Speaker: Wayne Brekhus, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Missouri - Columbia

 

COFFEE TALK AT THE WYDOWN HOUSE: AUTHENTICITY

September 1 – 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Wydown House

Do you have a picture perfect life? Do you exhaust yourself to impress others? This discussion will focus on the ways in which we connect and censor our lives. Please join the Pressimones for coffee, pastries, and conversation centered on the topic of Authenticity. RSVP is required.

 

OPENING GALLERY TALK: OUR TRANS FAMILY PHOTO EXHIBIT

September 7 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Fine Arts Gallery

Featured Speakers: Jeff Pearcy and Meredith Watts, from the charitable organization “For Good” Photography, Inc.

 

TRANSCENDING GENDER: EXPERIENCING IDENTITIES ACROSS THE SPECTRUM

September 20 – 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Library Lewis Room

Perspectives from transgender and genderqueer persons as well as parents of a transgender child.

Featured Panelists: Christa Cunningham, Rod Hall, Shannon Hall, Ro Kicker, Nick Stevens (FBU Alumnus)

 

FONTBONNE STUDENT IDENTITIES SPOTLIGHT: LATINO HISPANIC UNION

September 27 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Golden Meadow

Join students in the Latino Hispanic Union to learn more about their identities and experiences.

 

WOODROW WILSON GRANT SPEAKER: SAYU BHOJWANI

October 3 – TIME, LOCATION, & TOPIC TBD

 

CSJ IDENTITIES: TRIP TO THE MOTHERHOUSE

October 4 – TIME TBD – Meet in the AMC

Take a tour and have dinner at Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet Motherhouse. RSVP is required.

 

COFFEE TALK AT THE WYDOWN HOUSE: INTERSECTIONALITY

October 6 – 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Wydown House

Ever heard of the term intersectionality? Our discussion will focus on overlapping identities, and their role in dominance and oppression. Please join the Pressimones for coffee, pastries, and conversation centered on the topic of Intersectionality.

RSVP is required.

 

FONTBONNE STUDENT IDENTITIES SPOTLIGHT: FONTBONNE LGBTQA ALLIANCE FOR RESPECT

AND EQUALITY

October 11 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Golden Meadow

Join students in FLARE to learn more about their identities and experiences.

 

EXPLORING ST. LOUIS’ IDENTITY: NEIGHBORHOODS TROLLEY TOUR

October 20 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Meet in the Golden Meadow

Take a ride on a trolley through the St. Louis neighborhoods to learn about their rich history. RSVP is required.

 

SERVICE WITH THE CSJS

October 21 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Meet in the AMC

Service is a strong component of our Fontbonne identity. Join us for a morning of service with the CSJs. RSVP is required.

 

THE INTERSECTION OF EDUCATIONAL DISABILITIES/EXCEPTIONALITIES AND IDENTITY

October 25 – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Library Lewis Room

Featured Panelists: Nancy Bonn-Winkler, School counselor for Gifted Education, Rockwood School District, Madeleine Grucza, Special Educator, and Emily Klein, Fontbonne Student

Host: Michael Barla, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education/Special Education, Fontbonne University

 

PANEL DISCUSSION AND EXPO: SOCIAL MEDIA AND IDENTITY

November 1 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – DSAC Caf’

Exploring the ways in which people construct their identity and represent themselves on social media.

Featured Panelists: Michael Barla, Assistant Professor, Fontbonne University, Christine Keller, Director of Career Development, Fontbonne University, Jody Jedlicka and Fannie Terrell, Fontbonne Students

 

COFFEE TALK AT THE WYDOWN HOUSE: PRIDE/SHAME

November 3 – 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Wydown House

What’s the price of belonging to a particular group? This discussion will focus on how our identity allows us to feel self-determined, or the ways it causes us to feel helpless or invisible. Please join the Pressimones for coffee, pastries, and conversation centered on the topic of Pride/Shame. RSVP is required.

 

SHOW ME DEMOCRACY FILM

November 9 – 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Library Lewis Room

In collaboration with the Peace and Justice committee, join us for a showing of the documentary “Show-Me Democracy” and a discussion to follow with Fontbonne Alum, Karina Arango, and the film’s director, Dan Parris.

 

OMICRON DELTA KAPPA PRESENTS THE BREAKFAST CLUB FILM AND DISCUSSION

November 10 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Library Lewis Room

Omicron Delta Kappa invites you to join them for a viewing of the movie “The Breakfast Club” and engage in a group discussion led by Kristen Norwood, Kevin Eiler, and Janelle Julian.

 

FONTBONNE STUDENT IDENTITIES SPOTLIGHT: INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR

November 14 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – DSAC Gymnasium

Food, dance, and décor! Join our many international students to learn more about their identities and experiences.

 

MANDY HARVEY PERFORMANCE AND TALK

November 17 – 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m. – DSAC Caf’

Mandy Harvey is a singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who happens to have an invisible disability. Mandy will perform her music while sharing her story of rediscovering herself after losing her hearing at the age of eighteen.

 

FONTBONNE STUDENT IDENTITIES SPOTLIGHT: BLACK STUDENT UNION

November 30 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Golden Meadow

Join students in the Black Student Union to learn more about their identities and experiences.

 

COFFEE TALK AT THE WYDOWN HOUSE: HOW TO BE AN ALLY

December 1 – 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Wydown House

​How are you in solidarity with other, non-dominant groups? Our discussion will focus on how we can "show up" for others, and the reflection necessary to identify as an ally. Please join the Pressimones for coffee, pastries, and conversation centered on the topic of How To Be An Ally. RSVP is required.

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Look for the bulletin board in Ryan Hall for updates and event info!

In the News

Thursday, November 9
7-9:30 p.m.

Join us for a discussion after the screening with the film's director, Dan Parris, and Fontbonne alum, Karina Arango. 

Gender Identities

Gallery Talk 
September 7th
5-8 pm 

Panel Discussion 
September 20th
5-6:30 pm 
In the Lewis Room

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On Campus

Spotlight Day
September 27 @11am
Golden Meadow

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