ROOTED Dinner & Dialogue is the group’s hallmark dialogue series. Students of all identities and experiences are invited to participate in peer-facilitated conversations on a host of topics. Past topics have ranged from “Politics of Hair” to “Gentrification in Harlem” to “Complications of Classism in Community Service.” Each conversation’s goal is to explore how power and privilege intersect with the topic, what participants can learn from hearing one another's experiences and what can be collectively gained through recognizing our own power and social responsibility.
Register below for more information on our Spring 2019 Dinner & Dialogue Series, held in the Intercultural Resource Center (552 W. 114 St.). All events take place on Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
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Spring 2019 Dinner & Dialogue Series Events
"You say you don't like the Core. What are you doing about it?" [Thursday, February 7]
After the white supremacist occurrences on our campus last semester, it is essential for us as a community to come together and challenge power structures. How can we aim to target oppressive structures not only at the institutional level, but also within ourselves? How can we work to constructively hold ourselves and others accountable, and how can we make a true difference? Join us on Thursday, February 7, 6:30–8:30 p.m., to discuss these topics and more.
"Jussie Smollett and How We Consume News" [Thursday, March 7]
Have you been following the news about Jussie Smollett? Have you been confused by the news about Jussie Smollett? Have you questioned the news about Jussie Smollett? Join us Thursday, March 7, 6:30–8:30 p.m., as we unpack the news about Jussie Smollett and to think about what it means to consume news using an anti-oppression lens.
"How does your community service serve you?" [Thursday, March 28]
What are you getting out of your community service? Is it genuinely beneficial to those receiving the service? Join us on Thursday, March 28, 6:30–8:30 p.m., to unpack the power dynamics shaping how we often frame what it means to serve one's community.
"Does your gender enter the party before you do?" [Thursday, April 11]
Join us on Thursday, April 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m., as we explore how gender identity shapes social patterns and social power at Columbia.
"How does class show up in between classes?" [Thursday, April 25 IN LERNER 505]
Everyday we are bombarded with talk about AirPods, Canada Goose and Instagram influencers. How do these impact not only the way we perceive others but the ways we choose to present ourselves? Join us Thursday, April 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m. as we explore the ways in which class and socioeconomic status shape the Columbia experience.