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Dies Natalis 2021: Diversity and Inclusion, a dialogue with Anthony Pinn (29th January)

In the coming years, enhancing Diversity and Inclusion will be one of the priorities of the new University of Humanistic Studies strategic plan. Our goal: to create an inclusive, diverse and safe learning and working environment where everyone feels at home and where a diversity of perspectives is deliberated and included. This is how we enhance the quality of education and research. The Dies Natalis 2021 on Friday 29 January is the starting point of activities around this theme. 

At the Dies, staff, students and alumni will engage in an online dialogue with the American professor Anthony Pinn of Rice University in Houston, Texas. His work includes the book When Colorblindness isn't the Answer. Humanism and the challenge of Race. Everyone is also invited to sign up for one of the online workshops on various dimensions of diversity and inclusion. Guests are also welcome!

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Welcome and dialogue with Anthony Pinn

Start part 1 - 15.00 hrs

-Welcome by Prof. Joke van Saane, Rector Magnificus

-Introduction by Dr Caroline Suransky, Senior Lecturer in Humanistic Studies and Social Change

-Introduction of Prof. Anthony Pinn by Dr. Caroline Suransky

-Humanism and Anti-Racism- Dialogue with Prof Anthony Pinn with students Farach Winter and Floor Glastra van Loon and Caroline Suransky

Lectures and workshops

Start part 2,  16.00 hrs

1. PDF fileIntersectionality as Critical Methodology - Kathy Davis (in English)

Intersectionality has become a ‘buzzword’ in critical feminist and antiracist theory. It would be the best way to understand the interaction between gender, race, and other categories of difference in individual lives, social practices, institutional arrangements, and cultural ideologies and the outcomes of these interactions in terms of power. But how can we actually use intersectionality in our research? 

Kathy Davis is senior research fellow in the Sociology Department at the VU University in the Netherlands. 

2. PDF fileThe Colour of Knowledge. The Importance of Perspective and Representation in the curriculum  - Kaylee Rosalina (in Dutch) 

Whose stories are told? And what do we consider to be real knowledge? In this lecture, we dive into the significance of representation in education. We will also explore the importance of a curriculum in which different perspectives are represented.  Especially, we will have a look at the curriculum of the University of Humanistic Studies. A group of students will reflect on this.

Kaylee Rosalina is an educationalist and works in the field of learning and development, with a special focus on inclusion, anti-racism and leadership.

3. PDF fileEveryone has brain codes that sometimes work against diversity and inclusion. Which ones and how? - Nora el Abdouni (in Dutch)

This workshop focusses on how our brain sometimes works against diversity and inclusion. This results from various learned and sometimes innate brain codes. During the workshop we will share an impression of how these brain codes work and we will discuss some of them.

Nora el Abdouni gives tailor-made trainings and lectures, advises organisations and companies and is involved in various social projects.

4. PDF fileChildren and racism. Humanist visions on anti-racist education - Mark Bos  (in Dutch)

In this workshop we will discuss how we could/should deal with racism from a humanist point of view, in light of racism in upbringing and schooling of children. 

Mark Bos is programme manager education and upbringing at the Dutch Humanist League (Humanistisch Verbond). In addition, he is network manager of the Humanist Alliance. As of 1 March he will be the new director of HVO Primair.

5. PDF fileMixed classroom approach  - Amrita Das (in English)

In a Mixed Classroom, students learn how to open up to differences, to co-create an inclusive environment and to capitalize on different perspectives in order to create value.

Amrita Das works as a Diversity Consultant and designs bespoke workshops and services in the field of inclusion. She currently facilitates a training program called the ‘Mixed Classroom in Practice’, at the Vrije Universiteit (VU).

 - Thank you and conclusion - Prof. Dr. Joke van Saane

Professor Anthony Pinn

Professor Anthony Pinn received his PhD from Harvard University in 1994. In 2004 he accepted a special chair at Rice University in Houston, becoming the first African American to hold such a position. He has been teaching Religious Studies at Rice University for many years and is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities. Pinn has published extensively on (Afro-American) religion and culture, humanism and hip hop. He is also the research director of the Institute for Humanist Studies Think Tank in Washington DC.