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2014 Schedule

This year's Otelia Cromwell Day celebrates its 25th anniversary with a week-long series of events including an interactive, student-organized exhibit in Nolen Art Lounge featuring Smith's version of Michele's Norris’ “Race Card Project.” Other events include a poetry reading and conversation on race by renowned poets Elizabeth Alexander and Nikky Finney; a public talk by black woman writer Sheree R. Thomas; a museum gallery talk about race; a cultural performance at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel featuring historical black women; and a closing celebration with a potato bar, cupcakes and live music from three Smith student choirs. See Related Events for full event descriptions, dates and times.

Thursday, November 6

Ceremony and Keynote Address

1 p.m.

“Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race,” by Michele Norris, award-winning journalist. Welcome by President Kathleen McCartney; reading of Nikky Finney’s poem “Maven” by Andrea Hairston ’74; premiere of the video “The Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell.”
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Video: “The Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell”

Afternoon Workshops

2:45–4 p.m.

4:10–5:30 p.m.

Contemplative Reflection and Discussion Space

2:45–7 p.m.

Bodman Lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Sitting with Otelia: Contemplative Reflections on Race and Racism in the Present Moment

5–6 p.m.

In the midst of today’s continuing manifestations of racism at all levels of our society, stopping to reflect on the causes and conditions that perpetuate this phenomenon is crucial for the well-being of all people. In this meditative space, participants are invited to contemplate and hold both, the memory of Otelia Cromwell as well as their moment-to-moment experience of living with cultural and institutional power differences at Smith. Facilitators: Ryūmon H. Baldoquín, sensei, and Dr. Catherine Anraku Hondorp, sensei, Soto Zen Buddhist priests and Dharma teachers, community religious advisers with Smith’s Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and co-founders of Two Streams Zen.
Bodman Lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Contemplative Reflection and Discussion Space

7–10 p.m.

Sanctuary, Helen Hills Hills Chapel