DIFCON - Fall 2017

October 18, 2017 DIFCON

DIFCON: Taking a Knee

Issues such as freedom of expression in sports, legality of mandating patriotism, controversial team and school mascots as well as discussing the use of culturally derogative language were discussed between students, student athletes, and professors.

Take A Knee - UB Now news article

Image of room with speakers and attendees

It was a packed house in 10 Capen Hall on Wednesday for the first Difficult Conversation of the 2017-18 academic year.

Image of Jim Jarvis, panelist and UB associate counsel

Any action by the state or federal government to penalize teams for their players' actions could trigger a First Amendment lawsuit, said Jim Jarvis, panelist and UB associate counsel.

Image of Donald Grinde, professor of transnational studies

Donald Grinde, professor of transnational studies, said former Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke told him back in 1975 that he didn’t think fans who bought tickets would agree to change the team's name.

Image of Law professor and sports law expert Nellie Drew

Law professor and sports law expert Nellie Drew was one of two co-moderators.

Image of Devon Patterson, a panelist and co-captain of the track-and-field team

Freedom of expression is an important issue for UB student-athletes, Devon Patterson, a panelist and co-captain of the track-and-field team.

Image of Law student Michael L. Schwartz

Law student Michael L. Schwartz took part in the panel.

 

Image of Panelist Rhianna Rogers, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at SUNY Empire State College

Panelist Rhianna Rogers, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at SUNY Empire State College, said context was important when talking about the use of derogatory terms such as the "N word" and the "R word."

October 24th, 2017 DIFCON

Spring 2018 DIFCON (Difficult Conversations About Urgent Issues), Wakanda Forever: Can Art Save Us?

What is cultural appropriation? Is it theft or tribute? Does it honor or exploit? Who decides?  These were just a few of the questions covered.  The conversation was led by Allie Ambrosio, Student, Dept of Health and Human Services; Paul Vanouse, Professor, Dept of Art, Director of Coalesce Center of Biological Art; Reinhard Reizenstein, Associate Professor, Director of Sculpture Program, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Art; Terri Budek, Associate Director of the Intercultural and Diversity Center, Campus Life; and moderated by Teresa Miller, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence.