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Dickinson's April Clarke Forum Speakers to Discuss Race, Gender and Arts

Screengrab of the Clarke Forum YouTube Channel.

Screengrab of the Clarke Forum YouTube Channel.


The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College will welcome a diverse group of presenters to discuss a broad range of issues in the month of April. All events will be live-streamed on the Clarke Forum YouTube channel.

'Las Madres de Berks' - Using Public Art and Filmmaking to Fight Family Detention
Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m.
Michelle Angela Ortiz, artist, muralist, community arts educator and filmmaker

Visual artist and filmmaker Michelle Angela Ortiz will discuss her documentary and how it relates to art and immigration policy. The film shares the testimonials of four mothers who were detained for two years with their children at The Berks County Residential Center, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement family detention center near Reading, Pennsylvania.

Intersections of Race and Gender in Contemporary Iberian Studies
Wednesday, April 7, 7 p.m.
N. Michelle Murray, Vanderbilt University

This talk will provide an overview of the representation of migrant women by Spanish film directors and will discuss and connect novels that reflect the limiting representations of race and gender in Spain.

The Model Minority Myth, Anti-Asian Racism, Anti-Black Racism and COVID-19
Monday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Jennifer Ho, University of Colorado Boulder

Ho will look at the ways Asians in America have been the objects of racism, including the position that Asians are the so-called "model minority," a myth that serves to divide minority racial groups in the U.S. 

Life in the ACE (Arts, Community and Economics)
Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Joanna Castro '98, West Harlem Development Corporation

Castro will share how she found her passion and life's purpose, exploring her personal and professional trajectory into connecting the arts, community and economic development. She will also discuss the importance of arts in community revitalization in a post-pandemic world. This lecture is part of The Clarke Forum's The Good Life Series.


Published March 29, 2021