Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion

Cultural Awareness Series

The Dr. Shirley S. Seaton Cultural Awareness Series illuminates various cultural perspectives to help sharpen an understanding of the ways in which we are all interconnected. These events provide exciting opportunities to engage the campus community in outside-the-classroom learning.


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Tearing Hatred from the Sky | Bree Newsome

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:30 PM Lecture & 7:45 PM Reception
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science & Technology

Born with an artist’s soul and spirit, Bree Newsome has always been sensitive to the essential role that art and symbols play in shaping culture and consciousness. As she watched the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of 9 people slaughtered in the name of white supremacy at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, SC, she recognized the message being communicated clearly by the US flag and the SC state flag at half-mast while the Confederate flag remained fully furled. Refusing to accept the premise of this image—that white supremacy is supreme, untouchable and invincible—she scaled the 30ft flagpole in front of the statehouse and removed the “stars and bars” declaring, “This flag comes down today!”  Bree’s intention was to create a new image, a new symbol and a new consciousness of the power inherent in direct action. The iconic picture of her on the pole, flag in hand has become a touchstone of empowerment for disenfranchised people around the world.


Define American | Jose Antonio Vargas

Monday, February 13, 2017
6:30 PM Lecture & 7:30 PM Reception
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science & Technology

Jose Antonio Vargas is the leading voice in the immigration fight in American. As a journalist, undocumented immigrant and gay man,  Jose’s experiences are unparalleled. With anecdotes from both his own story and the struggles of countless other undocumented immigrants in America, Vargas poignantly explores one of the most divisive questions facing our country today: how do you define “American”?

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