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Identity Conference Is A Pretty Big Deal, Or Should Be

Thursday, November 7th, 2013
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You are not alone…. kinda.

People at Skidmore love talking about our identities. Personal identity: how we define ourselves, and cultural identity: how the society and the people around us define ourselves, is important, no? Well the English department thinks so, and so does resident washed-up, long-haired skinny man Robert Boyers (who–worth noting–is smart), and so, he and his literary journal Salmagundi, along with the Skidmore English department have decided to sponsor a conference all about identity.

For the next two days we’ll be hosting an identity conference in Gannett and Davis Auditoriums. The conference actual features some prominent scholars and thinkers and is kind of a big deal. Starting off the whole thing is Harvard professor of cultural and historical sociology Orlando Patterson, speaking later on is Chairman of the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board and poet Tom Healy, as well as former editor of The New Republic and professor of journalism Peter Beinart, amongst many others.

The full schedule, from Skidmore’s website, is as follows:

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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

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