February 19 Events & Activities

Community Engagement Day Schedule for February 19

For questions about individual events, please reach out to the sponsoring departments.
Time Event & Description

9:30 a.m.

Signature Event:

Tolerance is NOT Enough with Lor Lee
Organized by SJU Alumni Relations, CSB Alumnae Relations and XPD


Register for the webinar here

We often hear the term tolerance thrown around. People often believe if they simply tolerate
others, that will lead to more inclusion. In this session, led by Lor Lee, CSB/SJU
Class of 2001, participants will see firsthand that tolerance is actually NOT enough to
create a truly inclusive environment. Instead, Lee will offer concrete ideas for how
to achieve true inclusion at CSB/SJU and beyond.

Lor Lee is the Director/Administrative Partner for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
at Mayo Clinc. The son of Hmong immigrants, and a first-generation immigrant, Lor came
to the United States when he was 7 months old. Lee majored in Political Science at CSB/SJU
and graduated in 2001. He received his Masters of Organization Development and Doctorate
of Health Administration from Capella University. 

11 a.m.

The Transformational Power of Data
presented by the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship 

Join the discussion at this link


We hear the word "data" all of the time but what does that really mean and how can we use it to
truly change others' lives? Come learn seven key principles of data from St. Ben's Alumna and
BARR's Found and Executive Director Angela Jerabek and Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Anu Sharma. Hear them discuss more than two decades of work to understand the
transformational power of relationships and the use of data.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

S WORD - an exhibit by visual artist Katayoun Amjadi
Presented by the Fine Arts Series
Alice R. Rogers & Target Galleries, Saint John's Art Center

Katayoun Amjadi is an Iranian-born, Minneapolis-based artist, educator and independent
curator. In her artwork, she often considers the social systems that continually construct
the binaries which shape our perceptions of Self and Other, such as religion, gender, politics,
and national ideologies. This exhibition, entitled S WORD, contains an installation of sculpture,
printmaking and video exploring the concept "in the beginning was word and sword, one begetting
the other. Blood and ink spill to the same ground." The viewer is encouraged to question the 
history and power of both. FAE credit will be offered during the open gallery hours from 11 - 4. 
Gallery capacity: 10 visitors, masked and socially distanced for 15 minute intervals.

1 p.m.

Being Real Online
Presented by the Communication & Philosophy Departments

Join the discussion at this link

Social media allows us to curate our lives for an audience in ways we’ve never
been able to do before. But is what you put online the “real you”? Author Chris Stedman’s
recent book IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in our Digital Lives explores
what it means to “be real”—particularly in our online lives. Join Chris and the
Communication and Philosophy departments for an interactive discussion of “being real,”
the complexities and contradictions of social media use, the way the internet both unites
and separates us, and how to be more intentional online.

2 p.m.

Signature Event:

America for Americans: A Conversation with Dr. Erika Lee
about the History of Xenophobia p
resented by
The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement


Register for the webinar at this link.

Dr. Erika Lee is a professor, historian, and author who currently teaches at the
University of Minnesota and serves as the Director of the Immigration History
Research Center. She is the granddaughter of Chinese immigrants and author
of America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States,
which won the American Book Award and was deemed "essential reading"
by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.  Kendi was the Signature Speaker at the October 
2020 Community Engagement Day.

In this Community Engagement Day event, Dr. Shannon Smith and Dr. Ken Jones
will interview Dr. Lee regarding her work on immigration history and her most
recent book. There will be time at the end of the program for a question-and-answer
period for attendees with questions for Dr. Lee

3:30 p.m.

A Community Built on Granite
Presented by the Saint John's Pottery Studio, the CSB/SJU German
Department and the Stearns History Museum

Join the discussion at this link

You might know that Saint Cloud is called “Granite City” and that this beautiful and
practical stone is mined in our area. But did you know Stearns County granite is found
in Mt. Rushmore? Or that our local Saint John’s pottery clay is derived from granite?
Or that the great poet Goethe wrote in praise of this marvelous and, for us, local stone?
Join panelists from the Stearns History Museum, Saint John’s Pottery Studio, and the
CSB/SJU German Department to learn more about the remarkable treasure just below
our community’s feet!

4:30 p.m.

PechaKucha with HPAC

Watch the PechaKucha presentations at this link.
Register to attend at this Forms Manager link, where you
can also indicate if you'd like present. 

Honors Planning & Advisory Council is hosting a PechaKucha-style presentation. Create
and share a short PowerPoint presentation about your passion project or interest that you
could talk about for hours - but each presentation can only be 20 image-only slides for 20
seconds each! Learn about all the cool things other students and faculty are learning right
now, from groundbreaking research to the habits of CSB/SJU campus squirrels!

5 p.m.

Tournees Film Festival: "The State Against Mandela and the Others"

Register to watch the film here. Once you register, you will receive a
follow up email from Cultural Events with instructions.

Join us for our second film of this year's virtual series! The 2018 documentary, directed
by French journalist Nicolas Champeaux and French director Gilles Porte, follows the 1964
Rivonia Trial in apartheid South Africa, which led to the sentence of life imprisonment for
Nelson Mandela. The important trial also became a breaking point in the fight against racial
segregation. The film is in English, with original audio from the trial and more contemporary
interviews with witnesses, including Winnie Mandela.