Just Talk

Just Talk

just talk

Just Talk is the Kraemer Family Library's programming series that is designed to promote open and honest dialogue about equity, diversity, and inclusion on the UCCS campus and beyond.

Upcoming Events

just talk: white nationalismJust Talk: White Nationalism

Monday, July 24, 12:00-1:00pm
EPC 304c (Library Conference Room)

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups in the United States continued to grow in 2016, with many of them related to white nationalism. This includes an increased presence on college campuses, with some groups reaching out to college students to grow their membership. Join us for a brown-bag discussion of how colleges and universities are responding to this trend, and help us plan a program on this topic for later in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Read more from the SPLC's annual report on extremism: https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2017/year-hate-and-extremism

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Ground Rules for Just Talk discussions

  • Listen actively -- respect others when they are talking.
  • Speak from your own experience instead of generalizing ("I" instead of "they," "we," and "you").
  • Do not be afraid to respectfully challenge one another by asking questions, but refrain from personal attacks -- focus on ideas.
  • Participate to the fullest of your ability -- community growth depends on the inclusion of every individual voice.
  • Instead of invalidating somebody else's story with your own spin on her or his experience, share your own story and experience.
  • The goal is not to agree -- it is to gain a deeper understanding.
  • Be conscious of body language and nonverbal responses -- they can be as disrespectful as words.*

Discussions of emotionally charged topics may lead you to need assistance with processing your feelings. Mental Health Services is available to help students at the UCCS Recreation and Wellness Center.

*These ground rules are based on the Guide for Setting Ground Rules for the EdChange project.

Previous Events

just talk suicide rates logoJust Talk: Suicide Rates

Thursday, June 29, 12:00-1:00p.m.
EPC 304c (Library Conference Room)

El Paso County has one of the highest suicide rates in Colorado, and suicide rates for teen Latinx and LGBTQ populations across the country are also higher when compared to the general population. Join us for a brown-bag discussion of this phenomenon followed by a planning session for a program on this topic during the fall semester. You may wish to read this Newsweek article (http://www.newsweek.com/2016/10/28/teen-suicide-contagious-colorado-springs-511365.html) to prepare for the conversation.

just talk after logoJust Talk: Inspiration Porn (and Summer Planning)

Tuesday, May 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
EPC 304c (Library Conference Room)

Inspiration porn is the calling of people with disabilities inspirational solely or in part on the basis of their disability. The term was coined in 2012 by disability rights activist Stella Young. Join us for a viewing and discussion of Stella's TED talk on the subject, and stay to help us plan Just Talk events for the summer. Please feel free to bring your lunch to the meeting.

just talk after logoJust Talk After: The Unity Project

April 27, 2017 at 5:00pm
Library 2nd floor apse

The Unity Project is an interactive art experience that celebrates individual diversity, while highlighting our interconnectedness as a campus community. As each participant has the opportunity to celebrate their diversity and individuality, the strands build and connect to produce an impactful visual art piece that highlights not only our individuality, but also the many intersections of our community. The Unity Project celebrates diversity and difference, but also the idea that those differences mesh to create the fabric of campus. Join us after the completion of the Unity Project for a discussion of its symbolism and how we can continue to build unity across campus and with the community.

just talk poetry logoJust Talk Poetry: National Poetry Month Celebration

Thursday, April 20th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Library 3rd floor apse

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Kraemer Family Library and the Free Expression Poetry Club invite you to an evening of poetry, including an open mic segment for you to share your favorite poems. Light refreshments will be served.

people on the move: amreeka film screeningPeople on the Move: Refugee Journeys in Global Context

April 11, 2017
Library 3rd floor apse

  • 10am - Noon: Refugees Education Workshop with Colorado Refugee Services
  • 3pm - 5pm: Film showing of Amreeka host by Project Nur (pizza will be served)
  • 5pm - 5:30pm: Just Talk/Just Don't Talk Reflection with Dr. Sentwali 

A multifaceted event featuring a workshop with Colorado Refugee Services, screening of the 2009 film Amreeka, and time to discuss in a follow up Just Talk/Just Don't Talk event. This is part of the much larger People on the Move series organized by the Global Intercultural Research Center (GLINT) , Kraemer Family Library, Office of Diversity and Inclusiveness, Global Intercultural Research Center, and the Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life. All of these activities are free and no registration is required. Please contact either Dr. Emily Skop (eskop@uccs.edu) or Dr. Kee Warner (kwarner@uccs.edu) for any questions.   

Just Talk PoetryPoetry: Women's Poetry

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7pm - 8:30pm
Library 3rd Floor Apse

In honor of Women's History Month, the Kraemer Family Library, the Free Expression Poetry Club, and the Women's and Ethnic Studies Department invite you to an evening of poetry by women, including an open mic segment for you to share your favorite poems by women. Light refreshments will be served.

work-life balanceIs Working in Higher Education Compatible with Family Life?

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Noon - 1pm
UC 303

Parenting and career advancement are often at odds in a woman’s professional journey in higher education. This session, facilitated by Dr. Megan Bell, Director of Administrative Assessment, Policy & Efficiency; Dr. Mandy Hansen, Director of the Global Engagement Office; and Dr. Patty Witkowsky, Assistant Professor in the College of Education, will provide a platform to discuss such challenges, strategize, and brainstorm ways in which our community of education can support working professional women and mothers.

Civic Power: Democracy in Action

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Outspoken advocate and internationally-recognized former elected official Dominic Frongillo will share his perspective as the youngest-ever councilmember in Caroline, NY, and delegate to UN climate talks on how young people around the world are leading successful impact enterprises, grassroots movements, and innovations for sustainability and political change. He will share inspiring stories from the front lines of the fight against climate change and for a sustainable future, from the United Nations climate negotiations in South Africa to rooftop solar innovations in California to winning a ban on fracking in New York. Participants will learn how to get off the ground directly after college to make a powerful impact for what truly matters.

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Adding Context to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)-Standing Rock Dispute

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The lack of depth in the media coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Standing Rock Water Protectors has been a problem since the beginning. Depending largely on the political affiliations of the author, the story told is of an indigenous group either standing up to corporate interests or  getting in the way of economic progress. Meanwhile, the historic, legal, and moral implications of the pipeline dispute itself have been largely ignored. This panel discussion will bring together indigenous and archaeologist perspectives try to add context to the media coverage through presentations on:

  • the historical context of Standing Rock Sioux's rights to the land and rivers
  • cultural heritage preservation laws
  • how the tribal consultation process is supposed to work and how it went with DAPL
  • Colorado perspectives on heritage preservation and tribal consultation
  • and what life is really like at the Standing Rock protest camp

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Prologue Town Hall on Race

Monday, February 20, 2017
Directly after the Prologue
Clyde's in the University Center

Attending the UCCS Prologue Town Hall on Race?  Meet up with other attendees to keep the conversation going directly after the event.  We will convene at Clyde's for drinks and discussion.

Please note: You must register for the Prologue Town hall here: //www.uccs.edu/vapa/index/theatre/prologue/race.html.  Registration is not necessary for the Just Talk After portion.  

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Assistive Technology

February 14, 2017

Attending the Grand Opening of the Assistive Technology Lab in EPC 238? Come upstairs afterwards to the library's conference room (EPC 304c) for an informal conversation on assistive technology and its potential impact on our campus.

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Hidden Figures

 February 9, 2017

Please join us for a discussion of the book behind the new film Hidden Figures, which tells the story of African American female mathematicians working at NASA during the start of the space era. The discussion will take place in the main house of the Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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Queer Voices Speak Out

January 31, 2017

What does it mean to be LGBTQ+ in 2017?  Join Transmission, Spectrum, and FREEX as they share poetry from a queer perspective, with special guests from Inside/Out Youth Services.  There will be an open mic segment for attendees who want to speak on the same theme. Light refreshments will be served.

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Just Talk After: The Fever

December 1, 2016

THE FEVER is an amalgam of music, theatre and choreography examining how we assemble, organize and care for our bodies and the bodies around us. Is it possible to feel the pain of others? How have we become who we are? What will become of us, and will we be all right? The thrilling performance inspired by Stravinsky's Rite of Spring invites the audience to co-create of a work of art that will change from night to night. Just Talk After will convene after the performance to discuss the event.

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The Ethics of Protest in Sport

November 17, 2016

Protest in sport raises an awareness and recognition of the ethical implications of racism within our society and organizations. Dr David J. Leonard will lead a discussion of San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick's actions within the history of black athletic revolt. At all levels of sport in the U.S., these protests challenge the commodification of black athletes; they express love and an ethical challenge to a culture that seems to only value black life when it is entertaining. Students, educators, and the community will be challenged to consider the implications of a sporting culture lacking in respect, trust, and fairness.

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Post-Election Community Open Forum

November 17, 2016

Join the Library's Just Talk programming series and the Moving Forward Through Violent Times for an opportunity to reflect on the national elections and to foster dialogue. The purpose is to create a space for community members to share thoughts and feelings about the elections, recognize the need the heal on all sides, and to look at ways to move forward together as a community. 

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International Student and Faculty Panel

November 16th, 2016

A panel with international students and faculty will discuss the challenges and opportunities they have at UCCS, including topics like cultural adaptation, academic adaptation, and ideas for working with international learners.

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Diversity of Thought Panel and Discussion

November 3rd, 2016

In the spirit of the election season, please join us for a Diversity of Political Thought Panel and Discussion. Come hear the perspectives of a panel of community leaders representing diverse political views and engage in dialogue around the current political climate as well as discuss the role of the public University in addressing political/social issues.

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September 28, 2016

In a constantly changing world it is important to recognize the importance that generations of people have on each other and to set aside time to focus on intentionally connecting generations. September is Intergeneration Month and to join in the conversation JustTalk will host a screening of the documentary CyberSeniors and a discussion will be led afterwards by Martin Garnar and Intergeneration Librarian, Carlos Duarte.

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Disgraced: A Play by Ayad Akhtar

September 20, 2016

In this "breathtaking, raw and blistering" Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Amir has built the perfect life. But as a high-profile case and his wife's art show reveal how little his culture is understood, their misconceptions become too much to bear. Please join us for this discussion of the play. Students are eligible to be entered in a lottery to receive a free copy of the play.

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Fitness from an International Perspective

August 9, 2016

Colorado is graced with mountains, desert, sunshine, and fit people.   The state is home to two of the most fitness-friendly cities for 2016 according to the Huffington Post and Colorado Springs is home to the Olympic Training Center and the United States Olympic Committee. Join Randa Osman, 2016 graduate from the MSc Health Promotion program at UCCS on Tuesday, August 9th from noon to 1 p.m. in EPC 304C (the library's conference room) for a brown bag presentation on physical activity engagement of international students.  Her study and findings will illuminate physical fitness among a sub-population of international students.

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The Colorado Springs Sit-Lie Ordinance

July 27, 2016

In late 2015,  the City of Colorado Springs debated the need for a Sit-Lie Ordinance, prohibiting excessive loitering in the downtown business district. The issue was hotly contested and in early 2016 City Council passed the Pedestrian Access Act. Join our discussion about the ordinance and the history behind the decision with City Council member Tom Strand and a member of the Human Relations Commission.

Photo Credit
: Jerilee Bennet, Colorado Springs Gazette

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The State of Race and Gender Representation in the Superhero Genre

June 14, 2016

With the summer movie season upon us, the theaters are going to be dominated by superhero films. As a result, conversations are already beginning surrounding issues of race and gender in the superhero genre. For example, this billboard for X-Men: Apocalypse has sparked thousands of trending conversations on Facebook. What is the state of race and gender representation in the superhero genre - both in comics and in film?

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Transgender Issues

May 31, 2016

A brownbag discussion of transgender issues on campus.

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Between the World and Me

April 28, 2016

The inaugural event in the Just Talk series was a facilitated discussion of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.