Cultural Competency Lecture--Steve SieckLawrence University’s Cultural Competency Lecture Series provides faculty, staff, students, and community members the opportunity to learn about topics that will increase their ability to live and work well with people they perceive to be different in some significant way.

RSVP for this year’s event series here—and learn more about each lecture:

  • The Black Experience in the Fox Cities
    Panel webinar "Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities,"  February 25, 2021, 11:30am-1:00pm via ZOOM.  The “Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities” pop-up museum is a collaboration between African Heritage, Inc. and the History Museum at the Castle. It is available online and on display at the Warch Center during February 2021. The panelists will discuss bias, trust, inclusive history and highlight Appleton as a case moving through the 1700s to the present.  This panel will share essential research findings and lessons from the "Stone of Hope" regarding how to uncover erased histories of Black experiences, sundown towns, restrictive covenants, the struggle to keep from being re-marginalized, and more. The following is a link to the Museum’s virtual exhibit offerings: 

    The panelists for this lecture are:
    • Sabrina W. Robins, Ph.D., - Director, Operations, ManpowerGroup, Inc. and Board Member of 
               African Heritage, Inc,
    • Nicholas Hoffman - Administrator of Museums and Historic Sites, Wisconsin Historical Society
    • Donna K. Sack - Vice President, and Chief Program Officer, Naper Settlement

    Living Room Conversation "Bridging the GAP"
    January 19, 2021, 4:00pm-5:30pm via ZOOM. This community conversation moderated by Dustin Mack, PhD, Chief Curator, History Museum at the Castle, is based on the History Museum at the Castle’s “Bridging the GAP Years, 1969-2019” exhibit on display at the Warch Center January 11 to January 31, 2021. The following is a link to the Museum’s virtual exhibit offerings:

    Panel webinar "Understanding Polarization," Tuesday 9/29 at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Ideological polarization is a central feature of politics today. Our webinar panel will discuss the causes of polarization in a society and what we can do to diminish this divisiveness in the Lawrence community. The panelists for this lecture are:
    Ameya S. Balsekar, Associate Professor of Government
    Peter Glick, Henry Merritt Wriston Professor of the Social Sciences, Psychology
    Arnold Shober, Professor of Government.

    Panel webinar "Safety in Appleton: A Conversation with City Officials," Thursday 10/29 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Hosted by The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Diversity and Intercultural Center, the goal of the event is to help Lawrentians learn about resources in the City that are available to support their safety and wellbeing. In addition, they will hear about local diversity, inclusion and antiracism initiatives. Panelists include:
     Appleton Mayor Jake Woodford
     Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas
     City of Appleton Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Karen Nelson
     Moderator: Dr. Brittany Bell
     Assistant Dean of Students and the Director of the Diversity and Intercultural Center

    Past topics we have covered range from art to religion, and presenters have drawn attention to myriad ways in which issues of diversity and inclusion challenge the way we think about gender, the environment, able bodyism, music, and more:


  • Jesus Smith, “Is Race Real?” (Cancelled)
  • Katie Schweighofer, “Everyday Sexism?”
  • Cecile Despres-Berry, “ELF: English as a Lingua Franca at Lawrence,”
  • Helen Boyd Kramer, “Non-Binary Gender and Bathrooms,”
  • Kathryn Zoromski, “Social Class, Silence, and Solutions,”
  • Jedidiah Rex and Jay Dansand, “Accessibility as Inclusiveness,”
  • Erin Buenzli, "A Community of Self-Care"
  • Jason Brozek, “Environmental Justice – Global Movement, Local Actions
  • Helen Boyd Kramer, “Smash the Binary
  • Meghan Lally, "Reframing Disability: Designing Inclusive Classrooms and Communities"  
  • Guilberly Louissaint and Max Loebl, "Activism and Social Change"
  • Elliot Ratzman, "Antisemitism and Intersectionality: Understanding the Subtleties of Anti-Jewish Oppression and Jewish Privilege"
  • Stephen M. Sieck and Matthew R. Arau, “It Matters How and Why We Say This: Navigating Cultural Identities in a Liberal Arts College/ Conservatory”
  • Jesus G. Smith, “Cultural Appropriation: What Is and Isn’t”
  • Martyn Smith, “Islam in America: The Success Story of Dearborn, Michigan
  • Beth A. Zinsli and Elizabeth Carlson, “More than Meets the Eye: Engaging with Controversial Art

As we move forward with the lecture series, we are inviting experts on topics that impact our campus and community to deliver talks sure to ignite powerful conversations that will challenge some of our deeply held assumptions in ways that promote growth and understanding.  

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