renewing community: presidential inauguration week

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Join us for ReNEWing Community: Presidential Inauguration Week from February 19 to February 26, 2022. The formal inauguration of President Patricia Okker will be held on Wednesday, February 23.  Updates will continue to be posted here.  

Engaging Community: Academic Showcase, Mini-Classes & Reclaiming Wellness Symposium

Saturday, February 19

Newbery Award-Winning Children’s Books
9:30-10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Professor of French Language & Literature Jocelyn Van Tuyl and friends

Democracy and Civic Engagement
9:30-10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Assistant Professor of Political Science Michael Gorup and Assistant Director of Student Activities and Campus Engagement Jada McNeill

A Rose By Any Other Name: ‘Experiences in Translation’ in the Classroom
9:30-10:30 a.m. on Zoom
We’ve all heard the maxim: Traduttore, traditore, but translation is not really a betrayal. It is an interpretive strategy, a way of starting a conversation, and an approach to language learning that encourages creative thinking and a sense of accomplishment in students. In this panel, Professor of Spanish Language & Literatures Jose Portugal, Professor of French and Gender Studies Amy Reid and Professor of Classics David Rohrbacher
will discuss how they engage students in translation in their classes, and also reflect on their own work as translators.

Mapping Slavery: and Europe and the Atlantic World in the 18th Century
11 a.m. – Noon on Zoom
Professor of History and International Studies David Harvey and Associate Professor of German, Black European and Diaspora Studies Wendy Sutherland

Numbers Do Lie: The Importance of Data Literacy
11 a.m. – Noon on Zoom
Statistics Professors Melissa Crow and Andrey Skripnikov will showcase examples of how data (be it numbers or graphs) can be used to pose misleading narratives, while also demonstrating how honest statistical communication and data visualization can actually facilitate deeper understanding about such issues. The main goal will be to demonstrate the importance of data literacy in today’s age of technology, social media, and 24/7 news cycles.

“The Roaring Girl”
11 a.m. – Noon
Come visit our very popular Black Box Theatre to watch a short excerpted performance of Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton’s City Comedy, “The Roaring Girl,” followed by a talkback with the performers, theatre technical experts, costumers, and more. 

Register for Mini-Classes Here 


Juried Student Art Exhibit
Noon – 3 p.m. in the Isermann Gallery

New Schools of Black Thought Black History Symposium: Reclaiming Wellness

Vendors, Poetry/Creative Writing Workshop by Melanie Lavendar, and Yoga
3-4:30 p.m. in the Caples Courtyard

“Health, Wellness and Healing While Black” Panel Discussion
4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Sainer Auditorium

Keynote Address on “The Arts and Wellness”
7 p.m. in Sainer Auditorium

Celebrating Community: Presidential Inauguration

Wednesday, February 23

Dort Promenade Procession
4 p.m. at Academic Center
The procession begins at the Academic Center and processes down Dort Promenade to College Hall. 

Inauguration Ceremony
4:30 p.m. outside College Hall

Lemonade Toast on Bayfront
5:15 p.m. on the Bayfront

Register for Inauguration Here

Serving Community: NCF Service Day

Saturday, February 26
7 a.m. – Noon

Participants meet in front of Sudakoff Conference Center then proceed to service sites:
• Habitat for Humanity
• Community Garden
• Waterfront at Caples
• Bazaar on Apricot and Lime Community Garden

Register for NCF Service day here