"Calling Out" vs. "Calling In"
Loretta Ross offers a different response to campus "cancel culture"
A Fordham Webinar
April 7, 2021 | 4 - 5:15 p.m. EST
College campuses are a central arena in the battle over “cancel culture,” with a frequent weapon being the practice of “calling out” those who are judged to have said or done something wrong. The result is often conflict and misunderstanding rather than dialogue and mutual comprehension.
Loretta Ross, a visiting professor at Smith College, has become known for her courses that promote “calling in” students rather than “calling out.”
As Professor Ross, a self-described “Black radical feminist,” told The New York Times, “I think you can understand how calling out is toxic. It really does alienate people, and makes them fearful of speaking up.”
A signer of last year’s famous letter in Harper’s Magazine against cancel culture, Professor Ross will speak to the Fordham community in a virtual workshop providing students and others a chance to engage with her via Zoom.
The talk and workshop will be moderated by Julie Gafney, executive director of Fordham’s Center for Community Engaged Learning.
Earth, Spirit, and Race
Confronting America's legacy of food injustice and discrimination
A Fordham Center on Religion and Culture Webinar
April 21, 2021 | 12 - 1 p.m. EST
Part of an ongoing series on "Race and Faith"
In collaboration with Fordham’s Office of Campus Ministry
Chattel slavery, institutional racism, and government policies alienated enslaved people and their descendants from the land. This continues to result in food insecurity, poor health, and property loss. Today, less than two-percent of working farms are owned by Black Americans.
Activists, gardeners, authors, and farmers are re-discovering Black America’s rich agricultural heritage and its roots in spirituality and religious traditions. They are advocating for a new and empowering relationship with food production and the natural world.
One of the leading voices of this new movement is Soul Fire Farm. Located in upstate New York, Soul Fire Farm is “an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system.”
To mark Earth Day, Soul Fire Farm’s co-director will join us from the farm for a panel discussion to explore these issues and how the audience themselves might work toward a more equitable food system.
Leah Penniman is the co-director and farm manager of Soul Fire Farm. She is the author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land and a 2019 recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.
Rufus Burnett, Jr. is an assistant professor of theology at Fordham University and he has written about the blues, decolonial theology, and the Black American experience. He is the author of Decolonizing Revelation: A Spatial Reading of the Blues.
David Goodwin, assistant director of Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture, will moderate the discussion, including questions from the online audience.
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