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"Words Matter: They Frame Our World" Seven-Day Symposium on the Germantown Campus Starts April 21

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Published: 2017-04-20 09:09:08.180

<i>Words Matter: They Frame Our World</i> is a seven-day symposium designed to educate participants about content material, skills, and an appreciation of the impact of what is said, how we hear it, and the absence of words (silence). This series of events is the result of many faculty members and students asking how to best address, in an academic way, the changing political and social environment the U.S. is facing. A full schedule with times and places is available below, on the Global Nexus website and the Integrative Learning and Events Calendar. Refreshments will be provided each day.

<b>April 21</b>
All day across campus.
We acknowledge the absence of words and those individuals or communities whose voices have been silenced by recognizing students who are participating The National Day of Silence.

Also, Germantown's Earth Day celebration will have a display about science and global climate change.

<b>April 24</b>
12 noon to 1 p.m.
<i>I've Been Framed: How the Poor in the U.S. are(Mis)Understood</i> by Professor Rachel Sullivan in HS 167.

1 to 3:30 p.m. <I>Consent Workshop</i> (Poetry Slam & Workshop: combined event) with Professor Loraine Hutchins in HT 216.

<b>April 25</b>
11 a.m. to 12 noon
<i>Gaslighting: The Mind Game that Erases your Reality</i> by Professor Joanne Bagshaw in BE 167.

2 to 3:15 p.m.
<i>ACTING UP: What Makes Activism Work?</i> by Professor Sam Bergmann and Jennifer Haydel in HS 169.

7 p.m.
Athenaeum Symposia presents Kathy Bullock, <i>Singing the Spirit: African and African-American Musical Connections</i> in Globe Hall.

<b>April 26</b>
1-2:30 p.m.
<i>The State of 21st Century Journalism: Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press</i> A panel in Globe Hall on journalism coordinated by Professors Beverly Spencer and Mitch Tropin.

<b>April 27</b>
2-3 p.m. <i>We the People: What Did the Framers of the U.S. Constitution Mean?</i> by Professor Joe Thompson in HS 169.

<b>April 28</b>
12 noon
<i>The Portraiture of the Word</i>, poetry and song by Professor Don Marbury outside near the library entrance of the HS building.

<b>May 1</b>
1 to 2 p.m.
<i>Hitler: The Power of Words and Silence</i> by Professor James Furgol in HT 216

<b>Displays of student work related to "Words Matter: They Frame Our World" include</b>:

<i>Artists Speak to Social Justice</i> and <i>Photographers Impact Social Issues</i>. works from Professor Grace Graham's art classes in the halls of the HS building.

<i>Invictus</I>. Essays by Professor Sally McClean's ENGL 102 classes on the poem which they studied through watching the movie by the same name about Nelson Mandela.

There will also be some student work about civil justice and the dangers of contaminated water posted around campus.

<i>How Did We Get Here from There?</i> Professor Kelly Rudin's world history honor students have posted displays that are history-based interdisciplinary analyses of current news stories posted around campus.

<i>Evaluating Sources</i>. Professor Chip Gladson's students will present their group projects about fake news in a digital format. (Time and Place TBA)

<i>Tell Us Why Words Matter</i>. Add your words to the whiteboard wall in the Writing Center (April 21-May 1)

As a way to unwind and share some laughs, join the MC-Germantown community in watching the movie, <i>Allah Makes Me Funny</I> which features Muslim comedians from different countries around the world. (Time and place TBA)

Words Matter: They Frame Our World is sponsored by: The Office of the Vice President and Provost, Germantown Campus, the Germantown Departments of Education and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Communications, Germantown Office of Student Life, and Global Nexus. For more information contact Professor Kelly Rudin at

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