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The Office of Diversity at Otterbein University Hosts Black History Month Events

February 08, 2016
Otterbein University

The Office of Diversity at Otterbein University will host three upcoming free public events to honor Black History Month. For more information, contact James Prysock at jprysock@otterbein.edu.

 

Feb. 15: Behind the Scenes – Diversity in Film presents The Mask You Live In

The Otterbein University Office of Diversity presents a viewing and discussion of the film The Mask You Live In from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, in room 100 of Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St., Westerville.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education and media weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we as a society can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

 

Feb. 16: Book Discussion of The "Chosen" Ones: Perception of Malcolm and Martin

The Otterbein University Office of Diversity presents a discussion of Gabriel Scott’s The “Chosen” Ones: Perception of Malcolm and Martin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in room 239 of Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St., Westerville.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were two very different men with a very similar goal: to end racial division and strife in the United States at a time when discrimination and violence were at all-time highs. Their stories seem miles apart. One was raised as a devout Baptist; the other abandoned the faith early on and was later drawn toward Islam. One eschewed any form of violence; the other permitted it as a means of defense. As author Gabriel Scott examines the lives of these dynamic 1960s leaders in The “Chosen” Ones: Perception of Malcolm and Martin, he delivers a fascinating glimpse at each man's gifts, leadership style, strengths, vision, religion, and — ultimately — their untimely deaths. His insights culminate in an examination of what each man left behind: a powerful legacy that still inspires, motivates, and transforms the lives of men, women, and children from all backgrounds.

  

Feb. 22: Behind the Scenes – Diversity in Film presents Stereotypes and Tokens

Otterbein University’s Office of Diversity presents a Behind the Scenes – Diversity in Film series workshop to discuss stereotypes and tokens at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, in room 117 of Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St., Westerville.  The workshop will explore film representations of minorities using a variety of different media sources to foster the participant discussion.

According to the Critical Media Project, media creates meaning about race and ethnicity and plays an important role in shaping the way we understand race and ethnicity as part of our identity, our history and our social institutions. Racial and ethnic minorities are proportionately underrepresented in the media relative to their populations. Stereotypes are often misused to portray various racial groups in popular television and film thus providing viewers with a single story.

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