Groups and events – Executive Travel Thu, 19 May 2022 17:32:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Groups and events – Executive Travel 32 32 2020 PhD and MA speakers will return to College Hill for in-person addresses Thu, 19 May 2022 16:48:21 +0000

Q: What can you share about the message you could give to your former colleagues when you return for the launch and reunion weekend?

MN: I am very happy to have the opportunity to see many of them in person and to celebrate not only our 2020 graduation, but the past two years as well. I originally thought of the cactus analogy as a potential speech idea before the pandemic hit in 2020. It’s something I’ve had to remind myself of over the past two years – the resilience we have developed during our years at Brown and our ability to give back to our communities and help others will continue to be useful and needed.

AS: Remember why you pursued the field you are in and remember your time as a new student at the start of a program a few years ago. The world has changed in a short time and we are facing enormous challenges, but in the face of these challenges, we do not have to hesitate to be bold and imaginative. We don’t have to accept the norm or the status quo. As some unfortunately use their imagination to harm others, we can use our imagination and knowledge to heal. This moment offers us a unique opportunity to refresh and revisit our graduate school experiences to reconnect with friends, colleagues, and what excited us to do this job in the first place.

People might say, “I studied this, or I work in this field that has nothing to do with political science, public health or climatology. My work seems unrelated to current issues. But a society is more than a handful of seemingly important areas that make decisions for the rest of us. Society is interconnected; the work we do in our field can have monumental impacts, even if we don’t realize it. Bringing and sharing your talents to the community, whatever they are, can be invaluable. Fred Rogers said “seek the helpers”. I will add that we should try to be one of them.

Q: What advice do you have for students who are just starting their graduate studies at Brown?

MN: Enjoy every little moment – ​​five, six or even seven years may seem like a long time, but graduate school is a really fast-paced chapter in life. I find myself missing the little things the most – spending a few hours writing in my favorite cabin on the fourth floor of The Rock (the side facing downtown Providence has always been my favorite), a cup of coffee from the bookstore, chatting with friends on the Main Green after a long day, an evening stroll by the river. I also strongly encourage new graduate students to take advantage of Brown Graduate School opportunities beyond the classroom – the Brown Executive Scholars training program, the Effective Performance workshop, Research Matters, participation in groups discussion and more. They are invaluable and provide graduate students with the opportunity to work with and learn about some of Brown’s wonderful professionals.

AS: As a master’s student, you’re here for two years, so make the most of your time at Brown. Get out of your field, meet people and use all the services and opportunities available to you. Go to conferences and events, use the Nelson Fitness Center, enjoy the rays of the quad bike, see an exhibition, participate in clubs and groups. Get out of Brown and see Providence and Rhode Island.

Q: What do you hope or expect from you in the years to come? What do you hope to accomplish?

MN: I hope very much for peace and health in the world. The past two years have been incredibly difficult and scary in so many ways. I really hope we can put all of this in the past and in the history books soon. On a personal and professional level, I look forward to developing more courses that showcase the diverse and rich literary and film traditions of Eastern European and Eurasian cultures and reconnecting with more Brown alums. in person.

AS: I hope to continue to use my platform as a writer to tell stories that inform, but more importantly, I hope people feel a little less alone. My goal as a storyteller, whether through journalism, public health, or creative writing, is to make people feel more connected to each other and to their own emotions. I hope to continue to tell these stories through writing and other forms of media; in the spirit of my training, i want to continue to explore new multidisciplinary possibilities for storytelling. I also hope to inspire and train others through teaching and lecturing on these practices, especially as they relate to storytelling and storytelling in public health. By doing this, I hope to do my part to help build a better society.

Parts of this interview have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

The real-time impact of microaggressions Tue, 17 May 2022 13:19:38 +0000

While many leaders have stepped up efforts to make their organizations fair to members of marginalized groups, evidence shows that black employees continue to be disrespected in the workplace. Since black professionals face a hardship in dealing with racialized comments, organizations must take responsibility for preventing microaggressions and relieving their black employees of the emotional labor that comes with them. The author’s experience shows that the ways black workers respond to skill microaggressions are complex and hurt not only the recipient, but also the way they interact within teams.

Only 3% of black professionals say they feel ready to return to work in person, compared to 21% of their white peers. One reason is that working remotely has shielded them from microaggressions: intentional or unintentional behaviors that communicate negative racial slurs and insults toward people of color.

While many organizations have attempted to address microaggressions in the workplace in the wake of increased visibility of racial inequality, many efforts have missed the mark. For example, black women continue to experience the highest rates of disrespect, such as degrading remarks. This despite the fact that 80% of white men and women identify as allies to people of color at work and would likely be surprised to learn that they can engage in some of these negative behaviors.

There is a disconnect between how people intend to treat people of color and what actually happens. In order to make further progress toward racial equity, leaders need to understand how these “harmless” comments affect the behavior and emotions of Black employees at work in real time. Most studies of microaggressions rely on accounts of past events, which may be affected by recall bias: the tendency for people to forget or omit details about past events. Experiments avoid this problem by collecting how people react to events in the moment.

Open the black box

For example, Edith Cooper, a successful board member and CEO, was told by a white colleague, “There’s no chance now [for a board seat] for the next 20 years. All they want are women. Edith, you must be in high demand – as a black woman.

These types of slights are known as “skill micro-aggressions”. They typically target black and female employees and reveal low expectations of their abilities, the belief that they are “positive” hires, or surprise when they demonstrate competence. There is a lot of research on black employees’ experiences with racial microaggressions like these that show their prejudice, but these studies rely on accounts of past experiences. In my new research, I set out to uncover the real-in-the-moment impact of skill microaggressions on black workers.

In order to gather empirical data on what many refer to as the “black box” or hidden mechanisms of inequality, I conducted an experiment with 300 black participants to test how the experience of skill microaggression affected. Participants were recruited from the online participatory survey platform Prolific. Each performed a task with a partner they believed to be real but was actually computer-simulated. Before starting the task, participants were informed that some teams would be assigned a leader and teams without a leader would have equal influence in decision-making.

Some participants received this message from their partner: “They will probably choose you as a leader because you are black lol.” This type of feedback is a common skill micro-aggression experienced by black employees, where success is attributed solely to their race in a perceived act of affirmative action. Such statements are often phrased as a joke to reduce the risk that they will be perceived as hostile or threatening.

After assigning all teams equal influence in decision-making, I then assessed participants’ emotional reactions, captured what they said in response, and measured how the comment affected how they interacted with their partner. .*

The real-time impact of microaggressions

The results demonstrate that the ways in which black workers respond to skill microaggressions are complex and hurt not only the recipient, but also the way they interact within teams.

Immediately after experiencing the microaggression, participants rated how angry, shocked, and ashamed they felt. Participants who experienced the microaggression reported significantly greater negative emotions than those in the control group (i.e., those who did not receive the message from their partner).

However, their responses to their partner did not necessarily reflect their negative emotions. Instead, they were more likely to respond to their partners with non-confrontational comments. This is consistent with the finding that most black professionals want to avoid being associated with negative “angry black person” stereotypes or being viewed as difficult to work with. Generally, they used humor. As one participant wrote, “Lol, we’ll see.” The minority of people who did not use conflict-avoiding language used probing techniques by asking their partner to clarify the statement or directly expressing that they did not find the comment funny. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, only two participants mentioned to their partner that the comment was racist, given Black people’s preference for exercising emotional restraint in response to uncomfortable and racialized interactions.

All of this underscores the enormous emotional work that black professionals do on a daily basis to manage what others perceive as innocuous comments. While performing emotional labor in response to racialized interactions is nothing new, these results show what it looks like in real time. When race is brought up in a professional setting inappropriately, pressure is often put on black people to quickly find a way to facilitate the uncomfortable interaction for themselves and the perpetrator.

The cost for the teams

My study also found that skill microaggressions can lead to less effective team interactions. Healthy deference plays an important role in teams because it promotes group cooperation: when one person is seen as the rightful leader, others follow to be seen as reasonable and contribute to the group’s collective tasks. Deferring to someone else’s idea demonstrates that you think their contributions are valuable, but it also comes at a personal cost because your ideas aren’t chosen. Additionally, when race or gender consistently determines who shows more deference, teams can suffer. For example, when male-dominated cultures normalize women who defer to men, teams not only miss out on women’s contributions, but end up neglecting women for promotions.

It turns out that microaggressions seriously affect deferential behavior. Participants experiencing microaggression relied less on their team members because of how negative they felt about them. In other words, the negative emotion they felt limited their ability to use more objective justification for decision making. This can have a serious impact on how teams function and how those who experience microaggressions are assessed. However, delaying further is not a better solution as it leaves racial behavior unchallenged and prevents them from gaining influence. Thus, there is a double bind for black employees where the way they react to microaggressions has the potential to backfire regardless of their reaction.

At the end of the experience, the participants had the opportunity to share with me their thoughts on their partner. I found that only 29% of those who experienced the skill microaggression actually reported it. While we know microaggressions are underreported, this number is particularly surprising given the context. Participants in my study did not face the same potential backlash or job loss for reporting as workers in real-world organizations. So, the question becomes: how much lower can this number be expected to be in a real organization?

While many leaders have stepped up efforts to make their organizations fair to members of marginalized groups, evidence shows that black employees continue to be disrespected in the workplace. Since black professionals face a hardship in dealing with racialized comments, organizations must take responsibility for preventing microaggressions and relieving their black employees of the emotional labor that comes with them.

*Author’s Note: To minimize any harm to study participants, they were provided with information about mental health resources for the Black community. They were also informed of the real purpose of the study and the expected benefits of their participation.

Biden balances crime-fighting and reform agendas in message to police Sun, 15 May 2022 20:31:00 +0000

WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday that police must ensure both effective crime deterrence and equal justice in a message that balanced two heavy political priorities as his law enforcement reforms order were at a standstill.

Speaking at a memorial service at the United States Capitol for 563 officers who died in the line of duty in the previous year, Biden gave no new indication of how he would resolve a delay in police reform aimed at keeping officers at a higher level after a high-profile killing of unarmed black people.

Instead, he responded to swirling concerns about rising street violence in an election year by saying there was no tension between law enforcement reform and the crime deterrence.

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“My friends, the answer is not to abandon the streets; it is not to choose between safety and equal justice, Biden said.

“And we should agree that it’s not to fund the police – it’s to fund the police. Fund them with the resources, the training they need to protect our communities and themselves and rebuild trust. “

The remarks came as authorities investigate the shooting of 10 people at a grocery store in the black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, as a hate crime. Read more ‘We must all work together to fight the hate that remains a stain on America’s soul,’ Biden said.

There are also only two years left until the anniversary of the May 25, 2020, killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, which inspired mass protests across the country.

Biden promised Floyd’s family — and voters — he would act, but bipartisan congressional talks on a bill stalled last year. A Democratic-backed bill named for Floyd that passed the House of Representatives in 2020 would have limited officers’ use of chokeholds and held them to higher legal standards for rights violations.

“We haven’t got there yet,” Biden said. “We need to get there to build public trust and public safety.

He said the police groups have played a “constructive” role in the reform discussions and said he was “committed to being your partner, as I always have been”.

The remarks showed the balance Biden faces as the country heads into November elections for control of Congress. His party needs strong support from communities outraged by police brutality and those frightened by crime.

Biden’s aides are drafting a narrower executive order on policing that the president hopes to sign soon, officials said, after months of internal negotiations.

Biden has been a staunch ally of law enforcement, since his days in the Senate when he crafted a crime bill in 1994 with their help.

But his support for sweeping reforms after the 2020 killing of Floyd by an officer has created tension with police unions opposed to some of the reforms promoted by Democrats. Those groups include the Fraternal National Order of Police (FOP), which sponsored Sunday’s event.

The National Peace Officers Memorial Service began in 1982 as a small gathering of approximately 120 law enforcement survivors and supporters. It has since blossomed into a series of events, drawing thousands of officers and the families of victims to the nation’s capital each year.

The number of police officers killed on the job has risen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from police groups.

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City Budget Increases Arts Funding | News Sat, 14 May 2022 05:15:00 +0000

The 2022-2023 budget that Owensboro city commissioners are likely to approve next week includes significant funding for arts organizations in the area, such as the RiverPark Center, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of science and history, and funds to pay for utilities at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

In total, the proposed budget allocates $816,930 to 10 arts groups, an increase of $31,373 over the current fiscal year.

For example, the proposed budget allocates $177,000 to the RiverPark Center, $211,000 to the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, $167,000 to the Museum of Fine Arts, both for operations and capital replacement, and $162,900 $ at the Museum of Science and History.

The budget also includes $62,000 for bluegrass museum utilities, $23,800 for Friday After 5, $35,0766 for Theater Workshop of Owensboro, $24,300 for Western Kentucky Botanical Garden, $2,782 for Black Expo and 11 $000 for Owensboro Dance Theater. An additional $26,700 is set aside for “agency maintenance” in the budget.

Commissioners and Mayor Tom Watson said this week that the city benefits from arts organizations both by drawing people to the city for events and by providing a ‘quality of life’ that cities of similar size do not have. .

“They’re an invaluable part of economic development,” Watson said.

Commissioner Bob Glenn said the arts groups “preserve our community’s history and share it with future generations.”

Through arts groups, “young people come into contact with culture for the first time,” Glenn said. “It’s a huge benefit to connect our youth to the arts.

Organizations like the RiverPark Center and the Owensboro Symphony draw people to the city for concerts and events, Glenn said.

“It draws people from all over the area, filling hotel rooms and restaurants, Glenn said.

Curator Jeff Sanford said arts organizations like the Museum of Fine Art or the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden attract business leaders.

In terms of events, the arts “make a lot of money” for the city, Sanford said.

“For a city our size having these things we have, we’re pretty blessed, in my opinion,”

said Sanford. Later, says Sanford, “it’s a bit like parks. The parks are subsidized by the government, because it is the quality of life.

Pro Tem Mayor Larry Maglinger also said arts groups provide “quality of life” for residents, through “education and entertainment.”

“I think that’s something that’s a benefit to the community,” Maglinger said.

But, Maglinger said, arts organizations don’t run on government money alone.

“They have to fundraise so they can survive,” Maglinger said. “The city fund keeps them going, but they have to fundraise themselves.”

Commissioner Mark Castlen said the arts are important “to all cities”.

“It’s a way for people to express themselves and show their heritage,” Castlen said.

Castlen added that the arts are an outlet for young people.

“It keeps them involved,” Castlen said.

“It’s amazing that a city our size has an art museum with the quality of shows it puts on,” Castlen said.

The city’s new budget also includes $453,404 in funding for social service agencies, particularly the United Way. The city allocated $338,063 to Centraide in the 2022-23 budget. The city lets Centraide determine how the city’s contribution is distributed.

United Way volunteers who assess applications for funding from social service agencies and “provide a deeper review than city staff can,” City Manager Nate Pagan said.

“It worked well,” Pagan said. “We don’t have the staff to evaluate agencies with the same depth.”

Watson said commissioners will have a working session in June where they will discuss funding for social services.

“Some of us are interested in doing a little more for social services,” Watson said.

Any future funding for social services would not come at the expense of arts funding, Watson said.

“You can hardly cut back on what you do with the arts,” Watson said.

Watson said part of the social services discussion will include information about how the United Way assesses funding applications. During a budget work session, Watson said he noted that the Daniel Pitino shelter only received a small amount of funding from the United Way, and that was because the donations were specifically for the shelter.

“These are the same (agencies) that get attention every year, and very rarely do you get a new one on the list,” Watson said.

Glenn said there is a difference between funding arts groups and nonprofit social service groups.

“Nonprofits have access to grants and fundraisers” that arts organizations don’t, Glenn said.

Although arts groups raise money, “I think it’s a little more difficult for the arts to raise money,” Glenn said. “I think that’s why we have this gap” between municipal funds for the arts and funds for social service groups.

“Just because of the amount of nonprofits, you couldn’t fund them at the same level” as the arts, Glenn said.

Sanford said of funding social services, “we have to pay attention to that as well,”

“I think the mayor is saying, and I agree with him, that we need to pay attention to more of these social agencies,” Sanford said.

Castlen said of social services funding, “I would like to see a little bump in there. I think there are areas where we are lacking. Social services (have) taken a hit during COVID” in funding, and that “things are more expensive”.

Maglinger said of social service groups, “These are as important to me as anything the city funds. I look forward to discussing what we can do, and if we can do more.

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WFU student and faculty groups help support local refugees Wed, 11 May 2022 13:04:35 +0000

While the People Abroad at Wake Forest’s Flow House in Vienna, Austria helped Ukrainian refugees seeking refuge far from their home country, students, faculty and staff at the university’s Reynolda campus made even for the refugees in Winston-Salem.

The Student Association for the Advancement of Refugees (SAFAR) works closely with the refugee community in Winston-Salem. It was founded in 2016 by Winston-Salem native and politics and international affairs scholar Rose O’Brien, who received the university’s Martin Luther King Building the Dream Award for her refugee awareness and determination. to fight against discrimination. She created SAFAR to support and connect the Wake Forest community to local refugees.

“We currently have about 15 active members, and by that I mean tutors,” said Conor Metzger, a young religious studies student from Lumberton, North Carolina, and president of SAFAR. “SAFAR’s work focuses on tutoring children and helping adults study English for the citizenship test. We also raise money each semester to share with a refugee in need or donate to World Relief-Triad, which is a local non-profit organization.

The University is also a member of Every Campus a Refuge (ECAR), a faculty and staff organization founded at Guilford College by Diya Abdo in 2015. The Wake Forest Chapter was established by Professor of Politics and International Affairs Michaelle Browers and communication professor Alessandra Von Burg. , who is also SAFAR’s educational advisor.

“ECAR works closely with SAFAR as students support families with day-to-day needs, including tutoring, U.S. citizenship preparation, school and medical applications, and much more,” Von Burg said. ECAR’s assistance to refugees differs from that of SAFAR, but the two efforts are coordinated. SAFAR volunteers support some of the same families that ECAR helps to house. But the true nature of the work of the two groups goes much deeper than material support. “ECAR and SAFAR work together to build long-term friendships and create a sense of community, beginning with time spent on campus and for years to come.”

SAFAR volunteers are also dedicated to increasing campus awareness of the challenges faced by refugees in the Winston-Salem community and beyond. “Our group runs campaigns or information sessions that help educate students about the refugee crisis and how they can help, Metzger said.

SAFAR’s work has also inspired other student organizations to organize events and fundraisers for refugees. Metzger said he views the Wake Forest community as welcoming to those in need. “At Wake Forest, the students are ready to get involved and help in any way they can.”

Events at Dover NH Library, Music Hall, NH Theater Project, NHTP Mon, 09 May 2022 21:24:13 +0000

Addiction and Recovery Conference at Dover Library

DOVER – All are invited to attend the next New Hampshire Humanities program at the Dover Public Library, in person or virtually on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. The program is titled “Hooked: Narratives of Addiction, Recovery and Redemption” which will be presented by Kate Gaudet. No registration for this free program is required unless you wish to attend virtually. Visit to register. The program is open to the public. For more information, call 603-516-6050.

Live chat with Amor Towles on “The Lincoln Highway”

PORTSMOUTH — Writers on a New England Stage features New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles with his new novel, “The Lincoln Highway, on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. The in-person event is sold out but live tickets are available.

After:Events at Portsmouth, Rye and Eliot Libraries in May

The event includes a Q&A with the audience and a literary conversation with Peter Biello, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s afternoon news magazine All Things Considered. Live stream tickets are $10. Copies of the book ($30 hardcover) will be available for purchase. Books and tickets can be purchased online at, at 603-436-2400, or in person at the box office at 28 Chestnut St.

A sketch of William Dean Howells at work, courtesy of WD Howells.

Visit the Kittery Point home of William Dean Howells

KITTERY, Maine — As part of its 375th anniversary celebration, Kittery is offering tours of the home of author William Dean Howells. Susan Goodman, an English professor at the University of Delaware who co-wrote a biography of the author in 2005, will lead two tours of Howells’ former mansard-roofed residence at 36 Pepperrell Road in Kittery Point on Tuesday May 10. These tours, which will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., will be ticketed events and limited to groups of 15. Tickets can be obtained from the Rice Public Library at