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For the Academic year of 2020-2021, several departments on the Ocean County College campus have worked collaboratively to put together a series of activities and events for students and the Ocean County Community. It includes a film series, panel discussions, the keynote visiting speaker, Anna Deveare-Smith, as well as theatre, dance, and poetry events. The social justice topics include race, hunger, immigration, environmental change, gender and LGBTQ concerns, and much more!

This series is presented in collaboration with OCC’s Foundation, Student Life, the School of Arts and Humanities & the School of Business & Social Sciences, EOF, the Library, and the Grunin Center.

For more information, please contact Dean Heidi Sheridan at hsheridan@ocean.edu.

OCC Accessibility Statement

“Ocean County College complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in this event (captioning, ASL interpreter, large or electronic print) please contact Kristyn Stout at  kstout@ocean.edu.  All requests for accommodations must be received 5 business days prior to the event.”

Events Schedule

Voting Rights: A Social Justice Perspective
October 23rd  at 12:30

Dr. Henry Jackson will explore the difference between the right to vote and the ability to vote, discuss the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th amendments and learn about the Civil Rights Act of 1965.  Voting Rights facts and figures will be shared and focus on laws, voting participation, youth voting, voter fraud and issues around disenfranchisement & race.

Join the event

Shakespeare Scenes at OCC! (Ocean County High School English and theatre students invited)
Tuesday, October 27 at  11:00 a.m.

College Lecturers II, Ameer Sohrawardy and Paul Chalakani will host Shakespeare Live! At OCC. The event will be held via WebEx on 10/27 at 11 a.m.  OCC’s troupe of seasoned actors will stage the trial scene from Act 1, Scene 3 of Othello.  This rich and resonant moment from one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays is ideal for starting multiple conversations about social justice issues.  Shakespeare gives audiences so much to discuss  – from the exercise of patriarchal and white privilege to the matter of non-white complicity in that privileging.  Even the ethics of political opportunism at moments of asymmetrical power exchanges gets brought up.  The play couldn’t be any more timely!  After the performance, audiences (composed of both OCC students and juniors and seniors from local Toms River high schools) will have a chance to participate in a Q&A/talkback session with the four actors and director.

Join the event

Visiting Writers-Anna Deavere Smith
Virtual on Nov 5 at 11:00 a.m. and live on April 1 at 12:30 p.m.

As a part of the Visiting Writers Series. Actress, playwright, teacher, and author, Anna Deavere Smith, will visit the OCC campus. According to her website, Anna Deavere Smith “looks at contemporary issues from multiple viewpoints and combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance.” Among the topics she addresses in her presentations are the vulnerability of youth, inequality, the criminal justice system, and contemporary activism.

Watch Anna Deavere Smith’s TedTalk and learn more about her work.

This event is sponsored by the Blauvelt Speakers’ Series. The Blauvelt Speaker Series is funded in part by the generosity of the late Bradford Thomas & Eleanor G. Blauvelt and The Wintrode Family Foundation.

Register

Film Screening: Color of Fear
December 2 at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

December’s social justice event will feature a screening of the 1994 film, Color of Fear directed by Lee Mun Wah. Mr. Wah’s film work focuses on the experiences of difference, earlier films include, If These Halls Could Talk (2014) and Last Chance for Eden (2003).
The Color of Fear highlights the personal stories of eight men and their experiences of being of color, of being other and of privilege and whiteness in America. The dialogue is raw, and honest, allowing viewers an opportunity to understand the politics of color. Watchers will appreciate that while the film is 26 years old – the stories are perhaps more relevant in 2020. Color of Fear is used in diversity training.

Jason Molloy, lecturer in English and Literature will moderate.
Laura F. Rickards, Director and Ana P. DeNise, Assistant Director of the Center for Access and Equity, will host this event.

11:00 a.m. Screening

7:00 p.m. Screening

Canstruction (Semester-long event)

This semester-long project combines an amazing art and design challenge with an end goal of donating canned goods to a local food bank. The project challenges students to create artistic sculptures from canned goods. Following the creation and display of this artwork, the canned goods are donated to a local food bank. College Lecturers, Dr. Margaret Megan, Kristyn Stout, and Heather Sciarappa along with Student Life will lead this effort. Late Spring.

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Ashani Mufuko – Dance Economic Lecture
March 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ashani Mufuko helps small business owners, artists, entrepreneurs, and global corporations build a more powerful and profitable online brand, that celebrates diversity, values inclusion and equity, and attracts your ideal customers online, and in real life! Ashani brings a no-nonsense, expert-level approach to all things digital marketing, online branding, and anti-racism. Ashani is the Founder of several online educational training programs including; Finance Your Dance Academy, Anti-Racism School Is In Session™, and Video Mastery Academy. Learn more

She will be leading a workshop from her Anti-Racism School Is In Session™, an educational training series to educate, inform, and illuminate issues around racism in America, specifically for the purpose of guiding Americans on their journey of anti-racism.

Learn more about Ashani’s online programs, and consulting services on her website.

Film Screening – Hidden Figures
March 12 at 11:00 a.m.

As a part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the movie, Hidden Figures, will be shown in the Larson Student Center. The film, based on the nonfiction book of the same name, follows the work of black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race. The film highlights the segregation, racism, and sexism faced by these pioneering women. Christine O’Neill and Donna Rosinski-Kauz will host this event.

Join the event

Visiting Writers – Anna Deavere Smith
April 1 at 12:30 p.m. – Live

As a part of the Visiting Writers Series. Actress, playwright, teacher, and author, Anna Deavere Smith, will visit the OCC campus. According to her website, Anna Deavere Smith “looks at contemporary issues from multiple viewpoints and combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance.” Among the topics she addresses in her presentations are the vulnerability of youth, inequality, the criminal justice system, and contemporary activism.

Watch Anna Deavere Smith’s TedTalk and learn more about her work.

This event is sponsored by the Blauvelt Speakers’ Series. The Blauvelt Speaker Series is funded in part by the generosity of the late Bradford Thomas & Eleanor G. Blauvelt and The Wintrode Family Foundation.

Olivia Gatwood – Social Justice Poet
April 12 at 11:00 a.m.

OCC’s annual Poetry Festival will feature poet Olivia Gatwood, who is the author of Life of the Party, a dazzling debut collection of raw and explosive poems about growing up in a sexist, sensationalized world, from a thrilling new feminist voice.

The event will feature a performance and discussion with Olivia Gatwood.

Attend the Poetry Reading

Join the Open Mic Event

Earth Day Film Screening – Tomorrow
April 22 at 9:30 a.m.

College Lecturer II, Jason Molloy, will host the screening of Tomorrow, a 2015 French documentary film that addresses climate change and looks at possible solutions and actions to address the issues facing this planet. The film addresses the areas of agriculture, energy, economy, democracy, and education.

Join the event

Nimbus Dance
April 24

The Nimbus Dance Company will come to the Grunin Center on April 24th to perform Dance Speaks Out: Lynchtown/Thistown.  They will also be working with the Ocean County college dance students to create a piece in response to this work.

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