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March 2023

Messages From the Team

It’s Women’s History Month!  

Join the Urban Cohort in Early Childhood Education for a Movie night (complete with popcorn) on March 30; 2:00-5:30 pm (room in Wardlaw TBA). The movie is The Woman King.  Here is the official trailer.

Save the date (March 31 at noon) for an ODEI townhall session on Proactive Actions for Anti-DEI Attacks.


Check out the extraordinary exhibit on Disabilities, Equity, and Agency. “Experiences in Equity and Agency: Disability in Higher Education” will be open March 16 to July 16th and is co-curated by Chelsea VanHorn Stinett, Ph.D. and Rebecca Smith Hill, MSW along with an undergraduate student research team. 

Stay well!

March Holidays

Month-long observances:

  • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  • Ethnic Equality Month
  • Gender Equality Month
  • Greek-American Heritage Month
  • Irish-American Heritage Month
  • National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Kidney Month
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Education Month
  • National Women’s History Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  • March 3 – Employee Appreciation Day
  • March 6 – Purim (Jewish)
  • March 8 – International Women’s Day
  • March 8 – Holi (Hindu)
  • March 14 – Pi π Day
  • March 15 – Equal Pay Day
  • March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  • March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day
  • March 21 – Persian New Year (Nowruz)
  • March 23 –  Ramadan begins (Islam)
  • March 23 – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • March 31 – International Transgender Day of Visibility


Upcoming Events

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Join us for Centering Diaspora Symposium: LatinX Diaspora Literacy

Join us for a symposia focusing on Latinx Diaspora Literacy featuring our own David Martinez and Julia Lopez-Robertson. This event is part of efforts to engage COE faculty, staff, and students in deepening awareness and understandings of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

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Join us for "Heritage and Coincidence in Jewish Involvement During the Struggle for U.S. Racial Equality: The Example of Joel and Arthur Spingarn" a lecture from  Katherine Chaddock, Ph.D.  

Chaddock’s newest book The Spingarn Brothers: White Privilege, Jewish Heritage, and the Struggle for Racial Equality will be the basis for her presentation. She sheds new light on the story of these fascinating brothers, and explores how their Jewish heritage and experience as second-generation immigrants led to their fight for racial equality. The brothers witnessed growing racial injustices in the city and joined the NAACP in 1909, its founding year. One brother began to aim his legal practice toward issues of discrimination, while the other founded the NAACP's New York City branch.

March 26, 2023, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
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Jonathan Petropoulos Lecture and Reception March 15, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Anne Frank Center

Bruno Lohse (1911–2007) was one of the most notorious art plunderers in history. Appointed by Hermann Göring to the Nazis’ special art looting agency in Paris, he went on to supervise the systematic theft of over 30,000 art objects taken from French Jews. By the 1950s, Lohse was officially denazified, back in the art dealing world, and offering masterpieces to American museums. The former SS officer became active in numerous networks that crossed international borders, with Switzerland and Liechtenstein playing key roles. After Lohse’s death, dozens of paintings by Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro, among others, were found in his Zurich bank vault or adorning the walls of his Munich home.
Jonathan Petropoulos spent nearly a decade interviewing Bruno Lohse, trying to understand the art dealer’s networks and the fate of looted works thought to be in his possession. In taking the story of Nazi art plunderers up to the present, Petropoulos offers a troubling portrait of segments of the art world.

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Wendy Lower, Ph.D. Lecture March 16, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Spigner House  

Wendy Lower’s latest book, The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed, investigates a single photograph—a rare “action shot” documenting the horrific final moment of a family’s murder in Ukraine. Through years of forensic and archival research, Lower sought to uncover the identities of the photographed and in the process recovered new details about the Nazis’ open-air massacres in eastern Europe, the role of the family unit in Nazi ideology, and a rare case of rescue and postwar justice.

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Jewish Holiday of PurimMarch 6 - 7  

Purim is one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar. Purim is considered a time of Jewish unity, and acts of generosity are performed during daylight hours. The story of Purim is found in the Book of Esther, the “Megillah.” Purim commemorates the victory of the Jewish nation over the king of the Persian Empire, Ahasuerus, in the fourth century BCE. Haman, the king’s prime minister, plotted to destroy the Jewish nation because it would not comply with the dictates of the kingdom. His plan was foiled by Queen Esther and her uncle, Mordecai, who spoke with the king and ultimately saved the Jews from extermination. The name “Purim” means “lots” and refers to the lottery that Haman used to choose the date for the massacre of the Jews, which never came to pass.

Staff members should be aware of Purim and the celebratory nature of the evening meal.

While students are not automatically excused from class for this observance, they may work with their faculty members to make accommodations. Graduate and professional students must refer to their own school and departmental vacation policies and calendars for more specific information.

Staff members may request paid time off or alter their work schedule for this observance. Support their preference to take leave for their religious observance.

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