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.
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.
Six word stories!
Inclusive excellence learning outcomes for everyone!
Blow shit up and start over!
Students need to connect with everyone!
Made with fire, surviving the flame.
Take every little thing in stride.
You can sleep when you're dead.
Get out and meet someone new!!
Celebrate our differences, don't dispute them.
Free space for discussing different opinions.
I want a more diverse future.
…less hate and more love.
Appreciate everyone, support everyone, love everyone.
Understanding, learning, engaging, asking, thinking, acting.
Your skin color is not defining.
Just be kind.
Why can't we be color blind?
Why can't we be friends?
Different is good.
Love more, hate less.
Listen to everyone's stories.
Be open to others' differences.
Be a motivator to motivate others.
Free your heart from worry.
Try stepping into someone else's shoes.
…inclusion seminars for FYS classes.
Eliminate the ignorance and educate yourselves.
Be more culturally competent and diverse.
Be aware of more cultures.
One in all, all in one.
Big issue here? Too much privilege.
College must gain more student commitment.
No students understand their white privilege.
Mental illness is not a choice.
We're more than what we look.
We should play more music together.
Love one another and accept difference.
Don't judge before knowing their story.
Speak from your heart. I'm listening.
Agree to disagree with one another.
Be kind to everyone you meet.
Remember that we are all human.
Diversity & tolerance 4 conservative students.
Stop finding differences, start finding commonalities.
Respect everyone for who they are.
Provide equal treatment of all students.
Don't shy away from controversial conversations.
Make me feel welcomed and loved.
Have the right conversations.
Become more aware of human emotions.
Be welcoming, be caring, be inclusive.
Work hard for your dreams.
Be proud of who you are.
Be a blessing to someone.
Live life to the fullest.
Get money $.
Never give up on yourself.
Accept others for who they are.
Believe that your thoughts are valid!
Family = everything.
Have more school wide events!
Just be yourself!
All you need is love.
Spread love, not hate. Be kind to one another.
Viva la diversidad!
Pour la liberte d'expression!
Spread love, not hate, involve everyone.
Love each other.
Everybody love everybody.
Mira mas alla del interior. Look past the surface and engage in openness.
Accept all differences.
See the world through another person's eyes. Love one another no matter what!
Political intolerance needs to stop!
Love is the key to everything! Let's keep on pushing our boundaries.
Be thankful for what you have.
Always work toward the greater good.
Everyone deserves to be happy.
Be the best you can be.
Have fun in everything you do.
Smile as much as you can.
Be kind and accept everyone.
Piensa las consecuencias de tus actos.
Always stay humble and kind.
Everybody love everybody.
Be willing to learn something different.
Diversity makes the world go round.
Campus wide hug day.
Amahoro & urukundo (Kinyrawanda). Amani & upendo (Swahili). Paix & amour (French). Paz & amor (Spanish).
Vive la paix et l'amour.
Create environment for everyone to flourish.
Listen to students' voices. They matter.
Welcome everyone's ideas in the conversation.
Diversity is vital for educational prominence.
More activities as a campus.
Show love, share love, spread love.
Sticks, stones hurt. Words hurt more.
Admin: own up to mistakes, apologize, change.
We are all one race: human.
Being who you are truly matters.
Let's try to understand others' perspectives.
We can't all be white men.
Future teacher promoting equity and positivity!
Ideas are more important that appearances.
…sensitivity to diversity!
Make manditory inclusivity training for students.
Spread love, appreciate diversity, become aware.