NCC Gets Social: Social Justice, Social Culture and Social Support

NCC’s 23rd annual Academic Festival will be held virtually on April 6th and April 7th. This year’s theme is NCC Gets Social: Social Justice, Social Culture and Social Support. Join us in thought-provoking conversations on social activism and social change.

Dates and Times

10:00AM-11:30AM: Equity – Justice – Accountability American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT)  Campaign Manager, Gus Marks-Hamilton, LMSW, and Senior Organizer & Policy Advocate, Anderson Curtis
Do not miss the opportunity to learn from impacted people about ACLU Smart Justice and how ACLU-CT is addressing the Connecticut criminal legal system issues that affect us all. You will hear the facts about how Connecticut can improve public safety through State’s Attorney and Police Accountability, Ending Solitary Confinement, and passing Clean Slate legislation that will help remove the barriers to education, employment, housing, and other opportunities.


1:00PM-2:30PM:  Hip Hop as Social Culture – The Blues and Beyond-Adam Taylor, Eric Finland, and Frenchie Davis

The Blues and Beyond tells the story of African Americans from slavery to present day through music, narration, video and still images. Highlighting both historical and musical legacies, this engaging and entertaining program will leave students profoundly affected and with a new appreciation of how far we’ve come as a country and how far we still have to go. The interdisciplinary and culturally responsive program provides rich opportunities for connecting to history, literacy, social studies, social emotional learning, and the evolution of African American music in the United States.


3:00PM-4:00PM: Equity and using Anti-Bias curriculum in Early Childhood: Children learn what they are taught-NCC Professors Jennifer Wood and Margaret Dana-Conway 
A discussion about how equity looks for young children and what Early Childhood Education(ECE) professors are teaching ECE students to understand and practice in the field.


5:30PM-6:30PM: Preventing Erasure Through Documentary – NCC Professor Julie Casper Roth
Erasure is the practice of rendering certain groups or people absent from references in records, histories, or collective narratives. This practice does great and long-lasting harm. Fortunately, many activists are dedicated to illuminating hidden stories. In this one-hour workshop, Julie Casper Roth will discuss how her documentary work aims to combat erasure. She’ll discuss two works-in-progress. Rooted Out, a documentary in post-production, follows the story of two gay men denied a marriage license in their small town. Uneven Ground, a documentary in production, considers how discrimination extends to the grave through the practice of anonymous burials. A half-hour presentation will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

10:00AM-11:30AM: Calling Out Culture into a Calling In Culture  KEYNOTE SPEAKER Loretta J. Ross 
This year’s keynote speaker, Professor Loretta J. Ross,  will discuss how to transform the Calling Out Culture into a Calling In Culture. She is committed to changing our national dialogue and improving our work on human rights by inviting us to take a deep exploration into how we can most effectively affect change in our communities. She asks the hard question: Is Calling Out culture preventing us from fighting the real challenges before us?”






11:30AM-1:00PM: Revolting Bodies? (Re)presenting Fatness – Kathleen LeBesco, Ph.D.
What are the politics of (re)presenting fatness in the context of a global “obesity epidemic”? How do concepts of health, beauty and normality animate day-to-day conversations and media depictions alike? And what possibilities exist for reimagining what fatness means?







1:00PM-2:30PM: Where do we (and our money) go on payday? NCC Professor Jeffrey Kenausis 
What happens with and to our money on payday varies widely among people. There are automatic deposits, paychecks, cash payments and trips to the payday lender going on all around us! In this session, we’ll look briefly at what these options are and who winds up doing what and why. We’ll cover the history of the institutions and traditions various payday practices. If you are interested, we’ll be able to ask questions and share experiences. We can all benefit from learning what other people do (on payday!).





5:30PM-6:30PM:Black Lives Matter Street Mural Social Justice Project Needs You!  A Celebration of Juneteenth and African American Music Appreciation MonthNCC Adjunct Professor Valerie Cooper   

The City of Stamford’s 2nd Annual Black Lives Matter Social Justice Project is looking to build “COMMUNITY” Teams to help refurbish the BLACK LIVES MATTER Street Mural sign on the corners of Broad and Atlantic Streets.   We invite NCC students, faculty, and friends to join this Social Justice “Jubilee Day” on Saturday, June 19 @ Ferguson Library Plaza.  The first segment of this presentation will provide an overview of the various activities that will be offered for children, adults, and families during the event. Our second segment will examine BLACK LIVES MATTERS Street Mural projects across America as they relate to PROTEST ART and the Social Justice Movement in response to George Floyd’s murder.  The final segment of this talk will focus on the history of JUNETEENTH, (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth), which celebrates the emancipation of African Americans who had been enslaved in the United States.  We hope you’ll join us for an action-packed hour of Social Justice-infused African American ART History!

Norwalk Community College’s 2021 Academic Festival is sponsored by: