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Coretta Scott King Center Programs

Inaugural Social Justice Symposium Successful

With the help of students, faculty and staff from across campus, the inaugural 2017 Social Justice Symposium, “Explorations in Social Justice,” was successfully held on November 17. Mila Cooper, vice president for diversity and inclusion and director of the Coretta Scott King Center, coordinated the effort and provided a welcome along with opening remarks by Antioch College President Tom Manley. That was immediately followed by keynote speaker Majora Carter’s address, “Seeing the Flint Crisis in Your Own Backyard: The Prevalence of Environmental Injustice.” A panel response to the keynote, moderated by Kim Landsbergen, associate professor of Biology and Environmental Science, included Randi Leppla, Esq. from the Ohio Environmental Council; Donald Wiggins, Jr., Esq. from the Ohio Environmental Council; and Brie Zeltner, a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Morning breakout sessions covered environmental policy updates since the U.S. presidential transition, race and policing, and social justice and the curriculum.

Following lunch, another keynote address was led by the Rev. Traci Blackmon on “The Intersection of Faith and Justice.” The keynote was followed by a panel response moderated by the Rev. Peter Matthews, pastor at McKinley United Methodist Church and director of the Center for Global Renewal and Missions at the United Theological Seminary. Panelists were the Rev. Alia Edwards of Oasis Fellowship; Jason Combs, Ph.D., of the Baha’i community; and Moriel Rthoman-Zecher, novelist poet and political activist.

Breakout sessions in the afternoon covered Social Justice 101, Liberation Theology, building and sustaining momentum in movements and cultivating mindfulness for social justice.

In an email after the event, Cooper summed up the importance of the symposium, writing, “As we continue to address the injustices that exist locally, nationally and globally, dialogue, education and training initiatives are essential.”

Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Workshop Held

On December 1 and 2, Mila Cooper and Connie Blunden, director of the Center for Public Purpose at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut, led a two-day workshop in Kingian nonviolence conflict reconciliation at the Coretta Scott King Center. The training was mostly attended by Antioch College students.

Through group discussions, small group break-outs and self-reflection, the participants explored the six principles of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolence.  Participants also examined King’s written work and four historical moments in King’s career, as well as influences on his philosophy, including Gandhi, Thoreau and Hegel.

A full report of the workshop was published in the Yellow Springs News.

Another Opportunity to Attend in February

The two-day Kingian Nonviolence workshop will be offered again on February 2 and 9, 2018, from 9:30-5:00. For students, it will be offered in conjunction with a two-credit-hour course, but it can be taken as a non-credit bearing workshop.

The workshop is free for Antioch students, faculty and staff, but there is a $10 fee for the workshop booklet. The event is open to the public; the community is encouraged to attend and discounted pricing is offered to Antioch College alumni.

Registration for students, faculty, and staff  (by January 31, 2018).

Registration for alumni and community (by January 31, 2018).

About the Coretta Scott King Center

The Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom facilitates learning, dialogue and action to advance social justice. Coretta Scott King ’51, an alumna of  Antioch College, granted the College the use of her name for a specific curriculum and program that would provide education, awareness and advocacy around issues of social justice and diversity.

Questions may be directer to Mila Cooper, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Director of the CSKC, at (937) 319-0123, or