Schedule Overview

Opening Assembly

Opening Assembly

The Elevate opening assembly will mark this special occasion with framing remarks from President Katherine Bergeron, Dean John McKnight, Chaplain Angela Nzegwu, and a special poetry reading by Kate Rushin.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Address: Eboo Patel

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Address: Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel will deliver the MLK Memorial Address on the topic of spirituality as a form of social change. For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm.

Concurrent Sessions  |  Block One

Concurrent Sessions | Block One

Conn students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guest speakers will present sessions on a range of topics related to identity, equity, and justice. Click the link above for a complete listing of sessions.

Concurrent Sessions  |  Block Two

Concurrent Sessions | Block Two

Conn students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guest speakers will present sessions on a range of topics related to identity, equity, and justice. Click the link above for a complete listing of sessions.

Keynote Speaker: Charlene Carruthers

Keynote Speaker: Charlene Carruthers

Charlene Carruthers is a strategist, author and a leading organizer in today’s Black liberation movement. As the founding national director of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), she has worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base of activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Charlene will discuss themes from her bestselling book, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.

Film Screening: Coded Bias with Shalini Kantayya

Film Screening: Coded Bias with Shalini Kantayya

Director and Producer Shalini Kantayya will present an exclusive screening of her feature documentary, Coded Bias, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film follows MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that many facial recognition technologies fail more often on darker-skinned faces, and delves into an investigation of widespread bias in artificial intelligence. The Ammerman Center will host a talk back with Shalini Kantayya following the film, moderated by Linnéa Hussein, visiting assistant professor of Film Studies and Ammerman Center Faculty Fellow.

Concurrent Sessions  |  Block Three

Concurrent Sessions | Block Three

Conn students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guest speakers will present sessions on a range of topics related to identity, equity, and justice. Click the link above for a complete listing of sessions.

Concurrent Sessions | Block Four

Concurrent Sessions | Block Four

Conn students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guest speakers will present sessions on a range of topics related to identity, equity, and justice. Click the link above for a complete listing of sessions.

Concurrent Sessions  | Block Five

Concurrent Sessions | Block Five

Conn students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guest speakers will present sessions on a range of topics related to identity, equity, and justice. Click the link above for a complete listing of sessions.

Plenary Session: Jonathan Mooney

Plenary Session: Jonathan Mooney

In his book Normal Sucks, Jonathan Mooney, a neuro-diverse writer, advocate, and father meditates on his life, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed. As a neuro-diverse kid diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD who didn't learn to read until he was twelve, the realization that he wasn’t the problem—the system and the concept of normal were—saved Mooney’s life and fundamentally changed his outlook. In this closing guest lecture, he will explore the toll that being not normal takes on kids and adults when they’re trapped in environments that label them, shame them, and tell them, even in subtle ways, that they are the problem. But, he argues, if we can reorient the ways in which we think about diversity, abilities, and disabilities, we can start a revolution.

Film Screening: Virtually Free with André Robert Lee '93

Film Screening: Virtually Free with André Robert Lee '93

Filmmaker and Conn alum, André Robert Lee '93, will offer a private screening of his newest film called Virtually Free about incarcerated youth in Richmond, Virginia.

Conversations on Race: Policing in the U.S. and New London
  • Wed., January 27, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Debo Adegbile '91 & Ronald L. Davis
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Conversations on Race: Policing in the U.S. and New London

As an extension of the Elevate conference, Connecticut College is pleased to present the next installment of the Conversations on Race series which launched in 2019 as a collaboration with local newspaper The Day and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. This event will feature opening remarks from Debo Adegbile '91, partner at WilmerHale Law, and Ronald Davis, former director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) under the Obama administration. Adegbile and Davis worked together with the U.S. Mayors Conference to produce an extensive report on police reform and racial justice. Their remarks will be followed by a panel discussion about police reform in New London. A Public Safety Review Committee was appointed by Mayor Michael Passero ’79 M’89 in June 2020 and chaired by John McKnight, dean of institutional equity and inclusion. Members of the committee will discuss their recommendations for strengthening police accountability and police-community relations. This event is free and open to the public.

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