Be sure to check this page often as we continue to finalize the agenda for Othering & Belonging 2019.

Monday, April 8

Registration Opens (Grand Foyer)

12:30 pm
Coffeehouse Conversations
Artist-in-Residence Belonging Project Opens

2:00 pm–6:00 pm
Conference Sessions including:
- Talk with Haben Girma
- Performance by Supaman Christian Takes Gun Parrish
- Talk with Michael Bennett
- Keynote address by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
- Followed by a panel discussion on Culture and Belonging

Tuesday, April 9

8:00 am: Continental Breakfast 

9:00 am–11:00 am
Conference Sessions including:
Building Belonging in a Time of Othering, with john a. powell

Authoritarianism Rising: The Threat to Diversity and Democracy

Rising authoritarianism presents a challenge to democracy, but also to diversity and pluralism. It is associated with aversion to change and discomfort with diversity, and with fixed, rather than open or fluid worldviews. The success of authoritarian leaders in recent years across the globe, from Duterte to Bolsonaro, comes with direct assaults on marginalized communities. How do we understand the dynamics that bring such leaders to power, and how do we challenge them? This panel will explore the dynamics of a politics based on "us v. them;"  the use of rhetoric and authoritarian control as a form of social control over a manufactured and manipulated "other"; and, using both historical and contemporary examples, how authoritarianism is  incompatible with democracy.

Speakers: Dorian Warren, Miriam Juan-Torres, and more panelists to be announced.

11:00 am: Breakout Sessions

12:30 pm: Lunch on your own

2:00 pm–7:00 pm ( includes late afternoon reception): Conference Sessions including:

Wednesday, April 10

8:00 am: Continental Breakfast 

9:00 am–11:00 am: Conference Sessions including:

  • Opening performance from Aswat Ensemble

  • Talk on “An Economy Built on Belonging,” with Manuel Pastor and others to be announced

  • Bridging Dialogue: An Intergenerational Conversation, with Casey Camp-Horinek and two members of International Indigenous Youth Council

11:00 am: Breakout Sessions

12:30 pm: Lunch (provided)

2:00 pm–5:30 pm: Conference Sessions including: