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Workshop/Lecture: Stereotypes and Multiracial Identity

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

9337_404338616329136_1962264045_nTomorrow, artist and speaker Kip Fulbeck will be on campus for two events. The first is a workshop titled “Social Identity in the Workplace” in Prof. Harper’s business class:

In this interactive workshop, participants explore various common non-verbal methods we use to quickly judge and evaluate others –often incorrectly. Using several playful exercises created and popularized by Kip Fulbeck over the past two decades, participants in small groups take turns visually assessing and being visually assessed, revealing not only our own innate biases but also opening up new channels of observation and communication.

Later, Fulbeck will speak at Gannett, in a lecture titled “Who Are You?”

Fulbeck is an author and professor of art at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has written extensively on issues of race and identity.

Workshop: Wednesday April 3, 2:30pm @ Bolton 281
Lecture: Wednesday April 3, 7pm @ Gannett

(via Facebook)

A Letter to the Community in Regard to 4/20

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Thinking those crazy thoughts

Dear Skidmore,

I hear you like smoking weed sometimes. You know, 4/20? Here’s the thing, though. It’s all about 4/19.

On April 19th, 1943, Dr. Albert Hofmann of Switzerland became the first person to ingest Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD, commonly known as ‘acid’). He had accidentally discovered the chemical in 1938 while researching the pharmaceutical properties of a fungus but, since he didn’t know LSD was a psychoactive chemical, he set it aside for 5 years.

But Albert’s fungus studies weren’t going that well, and he needed to try something new. So, on 4/19/43, Dr. Hofmann consumed what he believed to be a minimal amount, 250 micrograms of LSD. This was not a minimal amount – the average ‘dose’ these days is about 100 micrograms. Having never been exposed to the psychedelic experience, he was slightly disturbed. But, like a true scientist, Hofmann carried his experiment through to the end. An hour into his trip, Hofmann decided to go on a bicycle ride with his lab assistant. This is why April 19th is celebrated internationally as ‘Bicycle Day’. During his trip, Hofmann noted:

“… little by little I could begin to enjoy the unprecedented colors and plays of shapes that persisted behind my closed eyes. Kaleidoscopic, fantastic images surged in on me, alternating, variegated, opening and then closing themselves in circles and spirals, exploding in colored fountains, rearranging and hybridizing themselves in constant flux …”

So, Skidmore: I know you like to smoke weed sometimes. But maybe it’s time to diversify?

Submitted by Yusef Byrne ’13

The CIGU Annual Report Report

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Just to bring everybody up to speed, earlier today you probably deleted an email from Director of Intercultural Studies and American Studies professor Winston Grady-Willis from your OWA inbox.

Grady-Willis’ email contained the Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding’s (CIGU) annual report for the 2009-2010 academic year  so I guess it is kind of understandable that you deleted it because those words are big and you probably have a bunch of homework.

Anyway, the CIGU reports on issues of cultural and racial diversity on campus and at the end of every year conducts a series of exit interviews with graduating students of color. Although the anonymity of the participants is obviously preserved this year marks the first time the results of those exit interviews have been made available to the public outside the committee. You’ve got a copy of the report floating around somewhere in your email—and I actually encourage you to read it–but after the break I’ve included some of the more arresting and interesting quotes. Kinda like spark notes for stuff that is actually going on around you!

Why is this important? Because even with the Class of 2014 being the most diverse in the College’s history and the college making other noticeable and hard-won strides towards multiculturalism we need to be careful not to delude ourselves with these successes. Skidmore–like most liberal arts institutions–is far from racially, socioeconomically or ideologically diverse. And really, what good are the numbers if our students don’t feel comfortable on campus? Skidmore’s low retention rate for students of color should not go unmentioned.

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