Montana State University

Days of Dialogue


February 28-March 2, 2012

Dialogue is discussion that aims to go beyond any one individual's understanding. In dialogue, participants speak their own minds, while implicitly acknowledging that their assumptions could be wrong and that other people may legitimately hold differing opinions.

Days of Dialogue is a week long series of dialogues through which we seek to engage a broad spectrum of the Montana State University community in active and collective dialogue. Presented by students, faculty, and staff, workshops, presentations and films focus on exploring how various social, cultural, political and institutional constructs impact our lives, communities, and interactions.

Schedule of Dialogues

Schedule is in process - more being added!

The Role of Social (In)Justice in Determining Health  

~ Monday February 27, 2012 * Strand Union room 168 * 1:00 pm ~

Even if we all had access to high quality health care, health disparities by race, class, gender, and nation would likely persist in a socially unjust world. During this session, Drs. Suzanne Christopher and Bethany Letiecq will discuss the broader social determinants of health, to include how people literally embody and biologically express from conception to death experiences of oppression, discrimination, and resistance. Drawing from their collaborative work in partnership with Native American women and Mexican migrant families, they will engage in a dialogue about health disparities and embodying equality and justice for the health of us all.

NAGPRA: Who does it benefit? 

~ Monday February 27, 2012 * Wilson 1-154* 1:00 - 3:00 pm ~
Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology

A dialogue about the enduring significance of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act for building cross-cultural relationships in the United States.

Introducing Social Justice Topics Through Children's Books

~ Monday February 27, 2012 * Reid 223 * 4:00 - 5:00 pm ~
Sponsored by the Department of Education

Parents, educators and community members are encouraged to join this discussion regarding the potential for children's books to prompt thinking about social justice topics for children and young adults. Related projects engage children and schools in community service while devloping and reinforcing langauge arts and social studies concepts. Participants and dialogue hosts will share several examples. A workshop format will frame the discussion.


College Major Gender Stereotypes

~Tuesday, Febraury 28, 2012 * Strand Union Room 168 * 3:30 pm ~
Sponsored by Students Against Sexual Assault

This discussion will begin with some basic information and statistics regarding different college majors, followed by a roundtable discussion of the stereotypes that are often given to individuals of particular majors.

Social Oppression and Inequality

~ Tuesday February 28, 2012 * Strand Union Alumni Lounge * 5:00 pm ~
Sponsored by the Philosophy Society

The oppression of ways of life and ideas can be an intentional action or the consequence of lack of reflection on the part of any society. This carelessness- which may have disasterous consequences - can be challenged by open discussion with diverse groups. Join the Philosophy Society for a dialogue taking a closer look at our own relationship with oppression and equality.


Trouble the Water

Film Screening
~ Wednesday February 29, 2012 * Strand Union Procrastinator Theater * 7:00 pm ~
Sponsored by the Diversity Awareness Office
Hosted by Sustained Dialogue

Nominated for an Academy Award® for best feature documentary, TROUBLE THE WATER takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. It's a redemptive tale of two self-described street hustlers who become heroes-two unforgettable people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning.

The film opens the day before the storm makes landfall-twenty-four year old aspiring rap artist Kimberly Rivers Roberts is turning her new video camera on herself and her 9th Ward neighbors trapped in the city. "It's going to be a day to remember," Kim declares. With no means to leave the city and equipped with just a few supplies and her hi 8 camera, she and her husband Scott tape their harrowing ordeal as the storm rages, the nearby levee breaches, and floodwaters fill their home and their community. Shortly after the levees fail, their battery dies.

Seamlessly weaving 15 minutes of this home movie footage shot the day before and the morning of the storm with archival news segments and verite footage shot over the next two years, directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal tell a story of remarkable people surviving not only failed levees, bungling bureaucrats and armed soldiers, but also their own past.

Directed and produced by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal and Executive Produced by Joslyn Barnes and Danny Glover of Louverture Films, edited and co-produced by T. Woody Richman, with addiitonal editing by Mary Lampson, Trouble the Water features an original musical score by Neil Davidge and Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack, and the music of Dr. John, Mary Mary, Citizen Cope, TK Soul, John Lee Hooker, and the Free Agents Brass Band and introduces the music of Black Kold Madina.

For more information about the film - click here
To see the trailer - click here

This film will be followed by a discussion moderated by members of Sustained Dialogue


DE-Stereotype Me Day

~ Thursday March 1, 2012 * TBD ~
Sponsored by Sustained Dialogue

Claim your identity and join Sustained Dialogue for the this year's Second De-Stereotype Me Day! It will be held Thursday, March 1st! Stay tuned for more information. 
Contact Kiah Abbey for more information. 

Food Security and Social Justice

~ Thursday March 1, 2012 * Strand Union Room 168 * 3:00 - 4:00 pm ~
Sponsored by Sustained Dialogue

Join the Gallatin Valley Food Bank for s brief presentation about how these two topics are inter-related, followed by a discussion.