MLK Campus-Wide Celebration

Educational Workshops

Faculty, staff, and students led the campus community in presentations and dialogues that explored a variety of topics and subjects rooted in social justice and the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concurrent sessions were held during the indicated times. 


Tuesday, Jan 24, 12:10 -1:00 pm, Klingenstein Lounge

Presenter(s): Jewish, Catholic and Protestant Chaplains: Cantor Abbe Lyons; Fr. Carsten Martensen, S.J.; Rev. James Touchton

Title:  Children of Abraham: an Interfaith Text Study on Violence and Nonviolence

Dr. King often quoted Biblical texts when advocating justice and nonviolence. We'll read and discuss texts from the three Abrahamic religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam which challenge us to explore this year's theme, the ultimate weakness of violence. Join IC Muslim community representative Joseph Fenning and chaplains Cantor Abbe Lyons (Jewish), Rev. James Touchton (Protestant) and Father Carsten Martensen, S.J.(Catholic) in a participatory interfaith text study. Each panelist will bring a text from the Hebrew & Christian Bibles, the Qu'ran, or commentaries, and everyone is encouraged to participate in the discussion.



Thursday, Jan. 26, 12:10 – 1:00 pm, Klingenstein Lounge

Presenter:  Anna Gardner Film, Photography, and Visual Art, Art History 2019; Patricia Rodriguez - Associate Professor, Politics; Robyn Wishna - Lecturer, Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies
Juliana Ardila - Documentary Studies and Production, 2019; Theophilus Alexander - Politics, Legal Studies, 2018

Title:  Report from the Border

How do people (and especially women) organize non-violent resistance in face of grave danger, violence and death faced during migration? How do they call attention to harmful immigration policies and Border Patrol actions, and the vast effects they have in border regions, and beyond? How do they seek change, and what does that mean? Ithaca College students and professors attended the School of the Americas Watch: Convergence at the Border in Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora. They will report on what they saw, felt, and heard, and hope to bring centrality to voices from the border, on an issue that we face in our communities.



Thursday, Jan. 26, 12:10 – 1:00 pm, Clark Lounge

Presenter: Diversity Peer Educators  

Title: Privilege: Taking Out the Sting, Taking in the Reality

This workshop will give students the opportunity to examine their personal relationship to privileged identities. In addition, participants will be challenged to explore ways in which their individual privileges have impacted their own lives, as well as the lives of others. This is an interactive workshop that will give students the opportunity to discuss their experiences.




Thursday, Jan. 26,  6:00 – 7:00 pm, Klingenstein Lounge

Presenter:  Norah AlJunaidi: sophomore, Speech Pathology major, and Liz Alexander: junior, Politics/International Studies major

Title: Becoming Aware of Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine

While stabbings of Israelis and suicide bombings by Palestinians always make U.S. headlines, the U.S. mainstream media is overwhelmingly silent about two corresponding issues: (1) the daily violence perpetrated by Israeli military and settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza; (2) the long and ongoing history of Palestinian nonviolent resistance – which itself is often met by either violence or condemnation on specious grounds of “anti-semitism.” Jewish, Israeli, Palestinian, and American human rights groups counter the “anti-semitism” allegations when they are misleadingly leveled as foils to silence free speech challenges to the occupation, yet it is hard for many on the sidelines to evaluate the veracity of the various claims. This workshop will engage participants in a discussion of the obstacles to finding useful information on Palestinian nonviolent resistance, and will provide background and web resources. 



Thursday, Jan. 26,  6:00 – 8:00 pm, Clark Lounge

Presenters:  Candice Edwards, the Office of Admission (Ithaca College), and Dr. Allyson Regis, Counseling and Psychological Services (Cornell University). 


Title:  Self Preservation: Police Brutality and Mental Health

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” 
-Audre Lorde

Videos and images of state-sponsored violence and police brutality seem to appear on our timeline with startling regularity. While each person responds differently, these images have the potential to cause trauma and anxiety, especially for people and communities of color. In this session, we will discuss the impact of imagery, and explore community resources and self-care practices to maintain mental health. 



 These workshops are open to all.