The Lunch n’ Unlearn series will present “Hometown Pride: Working Class Roots in the Ivory Tower” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Vrooman Center Escalante Room.
The series is presented by Illinois State University's Diversity Advocacy. The talk is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided with vegetarian options available.
The workshop focuses on the role social class has in higher education.
The discussion will be led by ISU College of Education professor Beth Hatt and will show how class can impact students, faculty and staff.
“[This] is an opportunity for people to really address topics of identity and challenge ideas and what we are taught in society,” Graduate Assistant at Diversity Advocacy Violet Benn said.
“We try to build new ideas based on people’s experiences in reality,” she said.
The talk will also discuss the different ways class can impact a college experience. These can include being the first in a family to attend college or starting to work at a young age.
Additionally, the talk will focus on the cultural wealth rather than financial wealth acquired through growing up in poor or working-class families.
Benn adds that the series tries to be engaging and makes an effort to not be just be a lecture. At the presentation, the audience will participate at the event through discussions and activities.
“I think people should [attend] because this is a very important discussion about identity and not everyone is getting that in their classroom experience,” Benn said.
Benn hopes people learn something new about the world from someone else’s perspective.
The series hopes to challenge pre-existing ideas people may have on certain topics.
“We encourage people to come out and participate in those hard discussions and learning about identity because it is really essential to navigating and being a part of our society today,” Benn said. “We want to provide opportunities for that.”
The series is titled Lunch n’ Unlearn in hopes that attendees will “unlearn” problematic social norms and deconstruct critical issues.
The next discussion in the series will be at noon to 1:30 on May 2 in the Vrooman Center Escalante Room. This final discussion for the semester will be titled “To Kneel or Stand?” which will focus on achieving racial equality in society.
For further information, those interested can email tnbenn@IllinoisState.edu or call 309-438-5818.