‘Bridging Divides’ Programs at Trinity Continue to Invite Dialogue, Seek Diverse Opinions

‘Conflict is Not Abuse’ Workshop on October 19 and ‘Confronting White Supremacy’ Talk October 26

​Hartford, Connecticut, October 16, 2017—Trinity College will continue its initiative, “Bridging Divides: Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Understanding and Promoting a Just Society,” with two upcoming events designed to help create an environment that invites dialogue and actively seeks diverse opinions.


On Thursday, October 19, the Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (TIIS) will host a Common Hour workshop with novelist, playwright, historian, and lesbian rights activist Sarah Schulman, titled “Conflict is Not Abuse.” The workshop will be held in the Dangremond Family Commons in Hallden Hall at 12:15 p.m. A Q&A will follow the workshop, and a light lunch will be provided. This event will be moderated by Trinity Professor of Language and Culture Studies Thomas Harrington and is co-sponsored by American Studies, the Center for Urban and Global Studies, and Bridging Divides. For more information about TIIS, click here.

In her new book, Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair, Schulman argues that in recent years society has come to confuse what she calls “normative conflict” with unacceptable forms of abuse. Schulman is a distinguished professor of the humanities at College of Staten Island (CSI) and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. 


On Thursday, October 26, Trinity’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will welcome Crystal Marie Fleming, an associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Stony Brook University, for a Common Hour talk titled “Confronting White Supremacy: Racism and Anti-Racism in Our Classrooms and Communities.” The discussion will take place at 12:15 p.m. in the Dangremond Family Commons in Hallden Hall.

Fleming will reflect on the roots and consequences of white supremacy and the need to challenge intersecting forms of domination and inequality that exist in classrooms and in the learning experience, harming teachers and students alike. Fleming is the author of Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France and is working on her second book, How to Be Less Stupid about Race. She completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology at Harvard University and earned a B.A. in sociology and French at Wellesley College. She is the faculty adviser for Stony Brook’s Black Graduate Student Association.

At 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of October 26, Fleming will lead a conversation and further reflection in the CTL Conference Room in Hallden Hall. Please RSVP for the afternoon dialogue by contacting Melinda McKeown at melinda.mckeown@trincoll.edu by Tuesday, October 24. Click here to learn more about CTL. 


For more information on Bridging Divides and its upcoming programming, click here.