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.
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.