“The Cost of Silence: Asserting our Responsibility in the Face of Injustice and Oppression”Robert Lee IV, a direct descendant of Robert E. Lee, the Civil War general whose statue was at the center of violence in Charlottesville, is a pastor, is an author, activist, commentator, writer, and preacher. Lee is a native of Statesville, North Carolina and graduate of Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He has preached extensively across the nation on the Christian ethics of personal responsibility, repentance, and racial reconciliation. He has written extensively for both secular and religious news outlets. Rev. Lee’s work has appeared in outlets such as NPR’s Morning Edition, Ministry Matters, the Methodist Federation for Social Action, the Huffington Post, the Common English Bible: Student Edition, and most recently, the Washington Post. His leadership and commitment to social justice has landed him at the MTV Video Music awards and on the View where he spoke about the need to confront white supremacy and white privilege in white churches. Rob’s first book is titled Stained-Glass Millennials and explores the relationship between the institutional church and the millennial generation.“I do believe in God's role in calling out for positive social change for the good of all. We are all called by God to speak out against hate and evil in all its many forms. I want to especially challenge white Christians in America to take seriously the deadly legacy of slavery in our country and commit ourselves to follow Jesus into a time of deep reflection, repentance, and reconciliation.” -- Rev. Lee.
An evening of reflections and conversations about the lives and realities of members of our community as they ponder questions about the cost and implications of remaining silent, and reflect on their responsibility in the face of injustice. Panelists: Dr. George Dameron (History), Rev. David Theroux (Director, Edmundite Center for Faith and Culture/Center for Peace and Justice), Rev. David Cray(Edmundite, Former Trustee/ member of Diversity and Inclusion Council), Toni Messuri (Director, Office of Accessibility Services), Josh Meyer (Coach, Basketball), Sarah Klionsky (Counselor, Wellness Center), and Rev. Ray Doherty (Edmundite member of Campus Ministry). Facilitated by Dr. Katherine Kirby.
“The Cost of Silence in the American Justice System: Struggling for Justice for a Free and Democratic Society”S. Lee Merritt is a social justice activist and an influential new voice in the fight for Civil Rights throughout the country by bringing a passion for social reform and a commitment to speaking out on inequities while practicing law. His commitment to social justice is born out of his own experiences and inner city upbringing. Merritt is committed to the reform of the justice system in America and is using his practice to effect lasting change for underserved and underrepresented communities. Prior to becoming an attorney, Merritt worked as a school teacher and basketball coach. He is also a spoken word artist, public speaker, mentor and proud father. A graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, Merritt attended law school in Philadelphia, PA at Temple University's James Beasley School of Law where he received several commendations for trial advocacy as part of the National Trial Team. He was also recognized for his acumen in persuasive writing as an inductee to the Temple Inn of Courts. Attorney Merritt leads a high profile practice with clients involved in international events including the tragic Dallas sniper attacks of July 7, 2016, corporate discrimination cases, viral police brutality matters, and several cases associated with the Black Lives Matter Movement. Attorney Merritt enjoys a reputation for dogmatic determination and ensuring a just outcome for his clients beyond mere monetary compensation.
Lecture by Scott Hamshaw, School of Engineering, University of Vermont. Details to follow.
Featuring some of the best upcoming and established poetry slam artists: Olivia Gatwood (New York), G. Yamazawa (California), Muslim Girls (Vermont).
The Newark Boys Chorus is one of the most celebrated Boys Choir in the nation. The Concert Chorus performs throughout the U.S. and internationally. Directed by Donald Morris, the Chorus has performed in world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in addition to the White House and cathedrals throughout Europe. Not only does the Concert Chorus perform for entertainment, the boys also lend their voices to celebrate community events and raise awareness of important issues like cancer, AIDS, and human rights. Doors open at 4:30p.m.
For more information on the McCarthy Art Gallery, please visit: https://knightsite.smcvt.edu/mccarthygallery/ 'Ponle Biaporu' On display January 29th - February 18th. Opening Reception February 8th at 4:30pm.
For more information on the McCarthy Art Gallery, please visit: https://knightsite.smcvt.edu/mccarthygallery/ 'Wired' On display February 1st - March 28th. Opening Reception February 1st at 5pm.
Femmes de lettres / Lettres de femmes. A dramatic, multimedia interpretation of writings by French Women Writers from over six centuries. Performed in French by Francine Conley. The writers include Marie de France, Christine de Pisan, Marguerite de Navarre, Madame de Lafayette, Madame de Sévigné, Olympe de Gouges, Camille Claudel, Colette, and Fatou Diome.
Dr. Gary Kulik, PhD, a graduate of Saint Michael's College and a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, will speak about conscientious objection to war. Dr. Kulik served as a medic during the Vietnam War, an alternative service that he performed as a conscientious objector. The lecture is sponsored by the Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice.