"Edges that Blur": The Interstices of Student Activism and Institutional Response

A conversation with Dr. Dan Porterfield (COL '83, President & CEO of the Aspen Institute) & Dr. Marcia Chatelain (Provost's Distinguished Associated Professor of History and African American Studies, Georgetown)


Welcome: President John J. DeGioia (COL '79, GRAD '95)

Conversation followed by Q&A: 5:15 - 6:15 pm

Reception to follow

As we close out the 10th anniversary of the LGBTQ Resource Center, please join us in this exciting conversation with two of the most compelling critical thinkers in higher education, who will explore the nuanced relationship between student activism and institutional response and responsibility.

The founding of the LGBTQ Resource Center, like many other centers before and since, was partly an institutional response to a specific, student-led Out for Change Campaign in the Fall of 2007 that held the university accountable for hate crimes on campus. That is the easy narrative. The more complex story is how, at various "moments" in institutional memory and history, there emerges a time when student demands supported by key institutional actors lead to large changes and reforms. Student activism has had a long history in American higher education from its very earliest days and has helped shape and inform our understanding of "education in the US context. 

The simply story is of "demand" and "resistance." The more layered one is of the complex dance of demand, collaboration, co-optation, discernment, and transformation. Institutions are not abstract, but made of the very constituents it seems both to embody and to resist.

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

HFSC Social Room


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni


Student Affairs, LGBTQ Resource Center




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