Think, Live, Engage (Intergroup Dialogue Series)

History and Purpose

Sponsored by the President’s Committee for Community Diversity and funded in part by the Liz Chandler Memorial Fund, TLE is an exciting opportunity for Agnes Scott students, faculty and staff to explore our intercultural connections and needs. The dialogues are designed to offer individuals strategic ways to engage in discussions related to a diverse range of topics connected with social identities (e.g., gender, class, faith, politics, sexuality, race, etc.). Participants are asked to commit to the program for four weeks.

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Program Goals

  • Increase opportunities for ASC community members to interact interculturally
  • Provide opportunities for ASC students to more fully engage the mission of the institution through active interaction in dialogues
  • Cultivate our students as “citizens of the world” by introducing the skills and awareness that are integral to their abilities to become future global leaders
  • Teach students to find consistent ways to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times
  • Assist faculty, staff and students by providing more opportunities for them to connect through sustained intellectual and social interaction

Past Topics Include

Spring 2013 Topics

  • Freedom of Speech: A discussion on being yourself in places where who you are might not be affirmed or validated
  • Life in a Photoshop World: A discussion about our bodies, how others influence our perception of ourselves and everything in between
  • Sticks and Stones: A discussion of the ways that “historically offensive” words, why they have meaning and how we learn to communicate
  • The Modern Madonna vs. The Jezebel Dichotomy: A discussion on our sexual beliefs, cultures, experiences and identities
  • Documenting Gender: A discussion of gender, what it means to identify one way or another and how this shapes our experiences

Spring 2012 Topics

  • Forbidden Relationships: A discussion of cultural biases and stereotypes related to dating and marriage
  • Colorism: A discussion of skin color, racial identity and the powerful dynamics that manifest in communities of color
  • White Privilege: A discussion on whiteness in American society considering the lived experiences of individuals who identify as white
  • Immigration: A discussion on American culture, the challenges of being an immigrant and the immigration system in the United States
  • Religion and Sexuality: A discussion on faith and sexual identity
  • Politics and Policy: A discussion on how one's political identity influences their perspectives on public policies