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The HWS Update

Got Privilege?

The Women’s Collective Annual Conference will take place from Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28. “The conference is designed to address all sorts of privilege and to educate the campus and community about its harmful effects,” explains Constance Mandeville ’12, co-president of Women’s Collective. 

The conference opens Friday at 7 p.m., with a showing of the film, “Precious” with a discussion with Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Michele Polak following. Going beyond racial privilege, the discussion will address additional issues such as class and gender.  The screening will take place in the Geneva Room and food will be served.

Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, there will be roundtable discussions in the Fisher Center about different elements of privilege. Local politician Paloma A. Capanna is holding a roundtable about male privilege in the media and in politics, and the remainder of the discussions will be led by HWS professors. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m., and then Dean of William Smith Cerri Banks will wrap up the discussion and lead an open forum.

On Sunday, March 28, starting at 3 p.m., a speak-out will be held on the first floor of the Scandling Campus Center. All are invited to come and speak about what they’ve learned or how they feel about privilege. Community members are encouraged to recite poems, read their own work, perform music, or express themselves in other creative ways.

All events are open to everyone on campus and to the public.