MLK Day Workshops
  • Capital University MLK Day of Learning 2014 Workshop Descriptions

    Immediately following the convocation, we welcome your participation in a number of thematic workshops. By design, workshops often deal with issues and concerns that are complex, relevant and important to an array of individuals. Likewise, they can evoke emotion and spirited debate, but they always offer diverse perspectives. While dialogue and interaction are highly encouraged, Capital University's culture and values compel individuals to be peaceful, respectful and constructive. Workshops take place from 10:30 am to noon.

    By commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King through service and learning, our community is strengthened and our respect for human dignity is reinforced. As in past years, normal class meeting times on the Bexley campus will be suspended between 8 am and 4 pm to encourage the entire campus community to participate in the Day of Learning. For our academic community, this is never a day off, but instead a day on. Please consider placing the event on your syllabus as a professional development or co-curricular learning opportunity for students.

    A. Posters for Peace  

    After exploring the day’s theme from various perspectives, participants will share a guided reflection on their individual perceptions of peace. They will create peace posters, without speaking, and mount them on the wall. Participants will initially do a silent gallery walk and will then share their posters and their meanings with the group. As an ending the posters will be cut into postcard sizes with messages of peace written on the back and sent to local, national and perhaps international organizations to distribute to the people they serve. This is Heart project – NOT an art project. 

    Presenter: Janet George
    Location: Classroom 112, Troutman Hall 

    B. The Bridge from 1964 to 2014: Peaceful Strategies for Combating 21st Century Racism, Sexism and Bigotry in American Culture 

    If the topic of race, class and gender come up in conversation, many are quick to say, “Things are much better now; it is not like it was in our grandparents’ time. Back then people were more prejudiced.” What I notice is, regardless of what is obvious in media, many relegate racism and bigotry to an antiquated past. Ironically, we have seen some of the most overt displays of racism, sexism and bigotry in the last 10 years than we have seen in a very long time, and the numbers of incidents are only increasing. Granted, social media and other types of media contribute to access, awareness and publicity of events; this exposure has a great impact on how public these incidents are and how they fit in a “post-racial” America. In this workshop, participants will reflect on the “isms” of the past as well as those in the present. We will develop ways to tackle contemporary issues with new and innovative solutions. In the end, we will identify points of concern and offer possible strategies in interrupting the cycle of overt racism, sexism and bigotry in our nation. 

    Presenter: Dr. Eva George, Professor, Capital University
    Location: Classroom 114, Troutman Hall 


    C. Domestic Violence: What You Should Know 

    This workshop is designed for individuals with little or no training on domestic violence. The workshop will provide an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence and how it can impact people in the community. This training includes information and discussion on legal and social definitions of domestic violence, domestic violence statistics and myths, different types of abuse, and the Power and Control Wheel — a tool that helps people visualize patterns of abusive and violent behavior. Importantly, those who attend will come closer to answering the question, “Why does she stay?,” and better understand how to support and empower domestic violence survivors.   

    Presenter: Tonia Lake, Training and Technical Assistance Director, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
    Location: Classroom 201, Ruff Memorial Learning Center

    D. Cuban Drum and Dance Workshop: Rumba and Salsa with Tito Rumba   

    Cuba-native Damaso Dominguez, internationally known as Tito Rumba, has been teaching and performing Latin dance rhythms including salsa, rumba, merengue and bachata across the world for over 20 years. Before coming to the United States, Tito spent 15 years in Europe, where he taught and performed authentic Afro-Cuban style dance in Spain, Italy, Holland, Germany and Portugal, and worked with legends in Cuban Salsa and rumba such as the late Celia Cruz. 

    Presenters: Eric Paton, Professor, Capital University Conservatory of Music, and Tito Rumba, Latin Dance Professional 
    Location: Crist Room, Mees Hall  


    E. Sharing Stories   

    In this workshop participants will look at the importance of oral histories and storytelling to create connections within communities and families by learning about some oral history projects the Ohio Historical Society has participated in with communities around the state. 

    Presenter: Stacia Kuceyeski, Director, Educational Partnership and Outreach Department, Ohio Historical Society 
    Location: The Bridge of Learning, Ruff Memorial Learning Center  


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