The 2016/2017 Leffler Lecture, featuring Michele Norris, has been rescheduled for February 28, 2017.

The Carlos R. and Georgiana E. Leffler Memorial Lecture, created by Linda ’67 and Patrick Castagna, honors the legacy and contributions of Mrs. Castagna’s parents, who greatly enriched Elizabethtown College and the community during their lives.  Through the endowed Leffler Memorial Lecture Fund, the College presents speakers of national and international renown who enhance the educational experience for our students and create meaningful public dialogue.

The College is thrilled to welcome one of the most trusted voices in American journalism for the 2016 Leffler Memorial Lecture. Michele Norris informs, engages, and enlightens listeners with thoughtful interviews and in-depth reporting as one of the hosts of NPR’s flagship afternoon broadcast, All Things Considered. She has interviewed world leaders, Nobel laureates, Oscar winners, American presidents, military leaders, influential newsmakers and even astronauts traveling in space. Before joining NPR in 2002, Norris spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News in the Washington Bureau. She has also worked as a staff writer for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. A four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, she has received numerous awards for her work. She published The Grace of Silence (www.michele-norris.com), a memoir of her family’s stories and struggles with race, in 2010. In 2012, Norris started The Race Card Project (www.theracecardproject.com) to encourage people to think about their personal experiences, thoughts, and observations about race. The catch: try to distill those thoughts into just one sentence that has only six words. To date, Norris has collected thousands of six-word stories from across the country and around the world.

Six-Word Stories, Identity at Elizabethtown College - PennLive

NPR's Michele Norris: Race Card Project, 6 Words - genConnect U

Six Word Story Project at Elizabethtown College - Erik Spiller

The Next Six Words

In 2015, Dr. Richard Newton, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, helped his Religion 101 students to start their own six-word-story initiative in response to a bias incident at the College. The class' collection of more than 300 stories effectively launched a campus-wide discussion about race, diversity, and inclusive excellence that continues to this day. In October 2016, Dr. Newton's students ran a video booth that invited the community to share thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for "next steps". The prompt: "What can the College do to become truly inclusive?" The responses: below.

Every race needs to be heard. Every race needs to be heard.

Six word stories! Six word stories!

Inclusive excellence learning outcomes for everyone! Inclusive excellence learning outcomes for everyone!

Blow shit up and start over! Blow shit up and start over!

Students need to connect with everyone! Students need to connect with everyone!

Made with fire, surviving the flame. Made with fire, surviving the flame.

Take every little thing in stride. Take every little thing in stride.

You can sleep when you're dead. You can sleep when you're dead.

Get out and meet someone new!! Get out and meet someone new!!

Celebrate our differences, don't dispute them. Celebrate our differences, don't dispute them.

Free space for discussing different opinions. Free space for discussing different opinions.

I want a more diverse future. I want a more diverse future.

…less hate and more love. …less hate and more love.

Appreciate everyone, support everyone, love everyone. Appreciate everyone, support everyone, love everyone.

Understanding, learning, engaging, asking, thinking, acting. Understanding, learning, engaging, asking, thinking, acting.

Your skin color is not defining. Your skin color is not defining.

Michele Norris

Leffler Lecture -- Eavesdropping on America's Conversation on Race with Michele Norris

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30PM

The Carlos R. and Georgiana E. Leffler Memorial Lecture features Michele Norris, former NPR Host and Special Correspondent and Founder of The Race Card Project, who discusses "The Race Card Project" and how six-word snapshots paint a vivid picture of America's attitudes and experiences about race during a fascinating moment in American history.

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Just be kind. Just be kind.

Why can't we be color blind? Why can't we be color blind?

Why can't we be friends? Why can't we be friends?

Be open-minded. Be open-minded.

Different is good. Different is good.

Celebrate difference. Celebrate difference.

Love more, hate less. Love more, hate less.

Listen to everyone's stories. Listen to everyone's stories.

Be open to others' differences. Be open to others' differences.

Be a motivator to motivate others. Be a motivator to motivate others.

Free your heart from worry. Free your heart from worry.

Try stepping into someone else's shoes. Try stepping into someone else's shoes.

…inclusion seminars for FYS classes. …inclusion seminars for FYS classes.

Eliminate the ignorance and educate yourselves. Eliminate the ignorance and educate yourselves.

Be more culturally competent and diverse. Be more culturally competent and diverse.

Be aware of more cultures. Be aware of more cultures.

One in all, all in one. One in all, all in one.

Big issue here? Too much privilege. Big issue here? Too much privilege.

College must gain more student commitment. College must gain more student commitment.

No students understand their white privilege. No students understand their white privilege.

Mental illness is not a choice. Mental illness is not a choice.

We're more than what we look. We're more than what we look.

We should play more music together. We should play more music together.

Love one another and accept difference. Love one another and accept difference.

Don't judge before knowing their story. Don't judge before knowing their story.

Speak from your heart. I'm listening. Speak from your heart. I'm listening.

Agree to disagree with one another. Agree to disagree with one another.

Be kind to everyone you meet. Be kind to everyone you meet.

Remember that we are all human. Remember that we are all human.

Diversity & tolerance 4 conservative students. Diversity & tolerance 4 conservative students.

Stop finding differences, start finding commonalities. Stop finding differences, start finding commonalities.

Respect everyone for who they are. Respect everyone for who they are.

Erase…support… Erase…support…

Provide equal treatment of all students. Provide equal treatment of all students.

Don't shy away from controversial conversations. Don't shy away from controversial conversations.

Make me feel welcomed and loved. Make me feel welcomed and loved.

Have the right conversations. Have the right conversations.

Become more aware of human emotions. Become more aware of human emotions.

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Be welcoming, be caring, be inclusive. Be welcoming, be caring, be inclusive.

Work hard for your dreams. Work hard for your dreams.

Be proud of who you are. Be proud of who you are.

Be a blessing to someone. Be a blessing to someone.

Live life to the fullest. Live life to the fullest.

Get money $. Get money $.

Never give up on yourself. Never give up on yourself.

Accept others for who they are. Accept others for who they are.

Believe that your thoughts are valid! Believe that your thoughts are valid!

Family = everything. Family = everything.

Have more school wide events! Have more school wide events!

Just be yourself! Just be yourself!

Accept! Accept!

All you need is love. All you need is love.

Spread love, not hate. Be kind to one another. Spread love, not hate. Be kind to one another.

Viva la diversidad! Viva la diversidad!

Pour la liberte d'expression! Pour la liberte d'expression!

Spread love, not hate, involve everyone. Spread love, not hate, involve everyone.

Love each other. Love each other.

Everybody love everybody. Everybody love everybody.

Mira mas alla del interior. Look past the surface and engage in openness. Mira mas alla del interior. Look past the surface and engage in openness.

Accept all differences. Accept all differences.

See the world through another person's eyes. Love one another no matter what! See the world through another person's eyes. Love one another no matter what!

Political intolerance needs to stop! Political intolerance needs to stop!

Love is the key to everything! Let's keep on pushing our boundaries. Love is the key to everything! Let's keep on pushing our boundaries.

Be thankful for what you have. Be thankful for what you have.

Always work toward the greater good. Always work toward the greater good.

Everyone deserves to be happy. Everyone deserves to be happy.

Be the best you can be. Be the best you can be.

Have fun in everything you do. Have fun in everything you do.

Smile as much as you can. Smile as much as you can.

Be kind and accept everyone. Be kind and accept everyone.

Piensa las consecuencias de tus actos. Piensa las consecuencias de tus actos.

Always stay humble and kind. Always stay humble and kind.

Everybody love everybody. Everybody love everybody.

Be willing to learn something different. Be willing to learn something different.

Diversity makes the world go round. Diversity makes the world go round.

Campus wide hug day. Campus wide hug day.

Amahoro & urukundo (Kinyrawanda).  Amani & upendo (Swahili).  Paix & amour (French).  Paz & amor (Spanish). Amahoro & urukundo (Kinyrawanda). Amani & upendo (Swahili). Paix & amour (French). Paz & amor (Spanish).

Vive la paix et l'amour. Vive la paix et l'amour.

Create environment for everyone to flourish. Create environment for everyone to flourish.

Listen to students' voices. They matter. Listen to students' voices. They matter.

Welcome everyone's ideas in the conversation. Welcome everyone's ideas in the conversation.

Diversity is vital for educational prominence. Diversity is vital for educational prominence.

More activities as a campus. More activities as a campus.

Show love, share love, spread love. Show love, share love, spread love.

Sticks, stones hurt. Words hurt more. Sticks, stones hurt. Words hurt more.

Admin: own up to mistakes, apologize, change. Admin: own up to mistakes, apologize, change.

We are all one race: human. We are all one race: human.

Being who you are truly matters. Being who you are truly matters.

Let's try to understand others' perspectives. Let's try to understand others' perspectives.

We can't all be white men. We can't all be white men.

Future teacher promoting equity and positivity! Future teacher promoting equity and positivity!

Ideas are more important that appearances. Ideas are more important that appearances.

…sensitivity to diversity! …sensitivity to diversity!

Make manditory inclusivity training for students. Make manditory inclusivity training for students.

Spread love, appreciate diversity, become aware. Spread love, appreciate diversity, become aware.

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