Monday, Jan. 18, 2021

Theme: Unity in the Struggle

During Martin Luther King Jr. Day Wartburg alters the class schedule on this federal holiday to free students and faculty to participate in afternoon activities (see below). Class periods one through six will meet for 50 minutes with a 10-minute break between each. Weekday Chapel will not be held. Evening classes will meet at their regularly scheduled time.

Class Schedule

• Period 1 (regularly starting at 7:45 a.m.) will be 7:45-8:35 a.m.
• Period 2 (9 a.m.) will be 8:45-9:35 a.m.
• Period 3 (10:45 a.m.) will be 9:45-10:35 a.m.
• Period 4 (noon) will be 10:45-11:35 a.m.
• Period 5 (1:15 p.m.) will be 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
• Period 6 (2:30 p.m.) will be 12:45-1:35 p.m.

Opening Event, 1:45-2 p.m.
Location: Outside Wartburg Chapel
The entire campus community is encouraged to participate in the opening and an afternoon activity. Remember to wear your mask and stay at least six feet apart from others.

All Day Activities

Art Exhibit: Dictators & Dreamers, all day
Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery
Visit the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery in the Bachman Fine Arts Center to learn about ripple effects of power, human rights issues, and dreams of the (seemingly) common person. Jennifer Lynn Bates’ and Lindsay Buehler’s body of work This body of work contrasts the faces of current or recent absolute rulers of countries around the world with the faces of immigrants, refugees, international students, and asylum seekers now residing in the Cedar Valley.

Join the Social Media Dialogue #MLKWartburg
All alumni, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use the hashtag #MLKWartburg on social media to share the steps you have taken or plan to take to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your community and beyond.

Vogel Library Social Justice Display
Location: Vogel Library Second Floor

Visit the Vogel Library to view a display of social justice resources available in print and online. Amandajean Nolte, information literacy librarian, will be available for discussion and offer assistance in finding resources.

Options for Afternoon Unity and Engagement Activities

LGBTQ+ 101 Training, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Location: Zoom – Click to register.
Help us create a more welcoming and safe campus for all students, faculty, and staff. LGBTQ+ 101 is designed to educate attendees about different LGBTQ+ identities and vocabulary, as well as strategies for supporting LGBTQ+ individuals and interrupting bias.   Kalyani Kannan, LGBTQ* Student Service Coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa, will lead this session.

Leading to Prevent: Campus Allies for Gender Equality, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Location: Zoom – Click to join.
College life is a time for personal growth and discovery. Leading to Prevent: Campus Allies for Gender Equality will focus on the principles of leadership and service and their critical connections to supporting and sustaining a health and safe campus environment for all who attend. Learn more about the ways in which you can have a positive impact within the Wartburg College campus community. Dr. Alan Heisterkamp, director of the Center for Violence Prevention and the Governor’s Office on Bullying Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa, will lead this training session.

Campus Social Justice (Walk) Scavenger Hunt Contest, 2:15-4:30 p.m.
In the campus skywalks and elsewhere on campus, there will be 10 stations with a particular aspect of the social justice movement explained. At each station, you will be provided a word through a QR code as part of the scavenger hunt. Collect all 10 words to create a phrase. Those who return to the Student Life Office with the completed phrase will be given a special gift for their efforts. The contest ends at 4:30 p.m.

Exchange Love Not Hate, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Location: The W Classrooms – Students register here (Limit of 50 people)
A relay race is a track and field event consisting of four stages (legs or individuals). Each leg is run by a different member of the team. The runner finishing one leg is usually required to pass on a baton to the next runner. Relay running is a type of running race in which athletes compete as a team, rather than as individuals. Today we are fighting the race of inequality, biases, and injustice.  It has to be fought as a team (country, community, school, company, church, organization and a nation) and not just by certain individuals. The beautiful thing about a successful relay is the devotion, passion, work ethic, commitment and trust that has to occur from all Individuals involved.  This also stands true for all of us in our world who are committed to eliminating and overcoming years of all forms of isms. One of the most important aspects of a relay race is the sharing of the baton.  It’s the piece that each person touches and gives to another.  The baton is a symbol of our unity. Today our world, country, and communities are all in this human race.  A race for all to be seen as an equal.  To be valued, respected and loved. Coach Marcus Newsom will lead the participants through the four “legs” of the diversity/inclusion race.

“Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” – Resilience and the Black Spiritual Music tradition:A LIVE singing exploration led by composer, performer and song leader Benjamin Mertz, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom – Click to register. 

This event will be an interactive, online “community sing” that discusses how music and social justice interact. With songs like “Steal Away,” “Just Can’t Give Up Now,” “Hold On,” and “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” the music of the Black Spiritual tradition has empowered people through hundreds of years of adversity. The poets of African American history had a unique insight into how to stay standing against overwhelming odds. The songs they handed down, through generations of oppressed people, can teach us how to survive, and even thrive, during difficult times. Music played a critical role in the civil rights movement, and it’s one of the pieces that is often missing in the movement today. There was a common understanding that everyone could sing, and draw on singing for strength. But as music has been commercialized the idea of “ordinary people” singing has fallen by the wayside.  Reclaiming the songs and communal singing is an important piece of keeping the movement alive.  Join composer and musician Benjamin Mertz on a journey through one of America’s most beautiful oral traditions

“HOPIAN: Slow-Moving Change in America’s Heartland” Movie Premiere, 7:30 p.m.
Location: McCaskey Lyceum – Pre-register here (limit of 35 people) 
Filmmakers will be present to answer questions.

View the teaser below!

Wednesday, Jan. 20
MLK Chapel, 10:15 a.m.
Location: Wartburg Chapel and Online

Share how you are making change happen. Use #MLKWartburg.

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