Diversity, inclusion, and equity have long been essential values at Colorado College, but it’s too easy to pursue them passively — when we do that, we make little progress. In the past year and a half Colorado College has taken up the work of antiracism, which means actively opposing racism in all of its forms. National Book Award-winning scholar Ibram X. Kendi addresses the question "How to Be an Antiracist Institution" and shares his approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality.
Greg Kelly is the Executive Producer of the CBC Radio documentary program IDEAS, with which he's had a working relationship since 1989. He's worked at CBC in television and radio, and his documentaries in both media have won multiple national and international awards. Prior to joining IDEAS, Greg developed and led critically-acclaimed public radio programs at NPR ("The Story") and Radio Netherlands Worldwide ("The State We're In"). Greg also holds a doctorate in English literature from Oxford University.
Abdülhamid Bilici was once one of the most prominent and influential media figures in Turkey, as the former editor-in-chief of Zaman, the country’s most widely circulated newspaper, and prior to that as the general director of Cihan, once the nation’s second largest news agency. But following the failed 2016 coup, Bilici’s newspaper was raided and closed by the government; and he was forced into exile under the threat of an arrest warrant.
In his newest solo performance, Balitronica Gómeza presents a spoken-word immersion into his “living archive” encompassing 40 years of material from his engagement in border culture and US-Mexico relations completely reimagined in light of the current political climate. This piece is considered a “live anthology” dealing with immigration, US-Mexico relations, the implications of “the border wall," racism at the border, extreme Mexiphobia, fear of immigrants, and the insidious ways that new ultra-nationalisms are affecting our notions of nationality, identity, language, and art making.
"We Are All Aliens" is a philosophical and artistic response to the ongoing crisis in the lives of cultural and religious “others," refugees, and immigrants (legal as well as “illegal”) and a call for reinvigorated action. Throughout the work are the foundational beliefs that the human body is a site for reflection and reenactment of social phenomena and performance art a form of radical democracy and citizenship.
The historical present is often perceived through the presence or absence of beauty, as Mimi Nguyen argues in "The Promise of Beauty." The talk analyzes affective and aesthetic responses to scarcity, precarity, and uncertainty, drawn from the crises of war and colonial and capital dispossession, in order to understand the promise of beauty as a world-building engagement. From the state seizure of Indigenous lands for the preservation of “natural” beauty, to the staging of a beauty pageant for landmine survivors, Nguyen considers distinct personal, social, and political projects that unfold through disputes about the beauty we deserve — which is to say, the life worth living. In doing so, Nguyen hopes to show how and why the promise of beauty is so usable across a spectrum of political claims, whether imperial or insurgent, and how these claims delineate what forms of life are valuable, and for whom.
As Former Chair of the National Intelligence Council, Greg Treverton shares his perspective on issues related to the current state of the intelligence community. Strategic analysis and strategy, adjusting "stories", transparency and big data, new ways to add value, new competitors...and new collaborators are at the forefront of these matters. In some ways, truth itself is under siege. What does that mean for intelligence?