Public Events

All events listed in this calendar are free and open to the public. Contact the sponsoring department or organization for additional information.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

What Happens When I Don't Show up?: Exercising Agency and Finding Your Voice

Staples Auditorium, 7:30 PM

The 2018 Senate Jennings Lecture will be given by Dr. Deniece Dortch, an internationally recognized speaker and author whose research and teaching grapples with systemic oppression across multiple axes. She uses critical phenomenological approaches to understand how African American undergraduate and graduate students experience and respond to race and racism at predominantly white institutions of higher education. What can individuals do to pay attention to or address the concerns that we see around us? Through her research and personal accounts, Dr. Dortch will address this question, explore motivations for racial agency, and examine the ways it can be tackled in public and in private, at Hendrix College and beyond.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Family Weekend Convocation & Music Concert

Staples Auditorium, 10:00 AM

The program will include performances by the Hendrix Choir, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Positive Deviance Approach: Solving Complex Problems from the Inside Out

Bertie Wilson Murphy House, Seminar Room, 4:15 PM

Dr. Arvind Singhal, Hendrix College’s 2018 Mellon Scholar, on Thursday, October 4 will present the lecture “The Positive Deviance Approach: Solving Complex Problems from the Inside Out” in the Bertie Wilson Murphy House on the Hendrix campus. The lecture begins at 4:15 p.m., with a reception to follow. Positive Deviance (PD) is a novel approach to individual, organizational, and social change based on the observation that in every community there exist certain individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers, while having access to the same resources and facing worse challenges. The PD approach has been employed in some 50 countries to address a wide variety of social and organizational purposes, including decreasing malnutrition and infant and maternal mortality in Vietnam and Pakistan; reducing school dropouts in Argentina and in the U.S.; and reducing hospital-acquired infections in the U.S. and Colombia. A leading scholar of the PD approach, Singhal has taught courses and implemented workshops on the positive deviance approach for educators, health practitioners, government officials, and business leaders in some 40 countries of Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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