Educator Opens Door to Genuine Dialogue Between Disparate Voices

Published 02.20.2017


The keynote speaker engages the PDC crowd.The multimedia program incorporates other people's insights as a tool for self-reflection, such as video of Charles Rangel, who left office last month after more than 45 years as a congressman from New York.Pens and paper are available throughout the Mountain Laurel Room, as participants are encouraged to record their emotions during the evening's talk.Penn College's observance of Black History Month continued this past week with a campus appearance by Valencia D. Clay, a middle school humanities teacher and author of "Soundless Cries Don't Lead to Healing: A Critical Guide to Cultural Consciousness." Her interactive presentation, held Thursday in the Thompson Professional Development Center and followed by a book-signing, challenged audience members to candidly assess how their unique experiences have shaped their perceptions of others. Other commemorative events included a showing of the Oscar-nominated documentary, "13th;" themed Quizzo competition and a Madigan Library table display. On tap for this week is the annual Soul Food Dinner from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Capitol Eatery, which will include a cooking demonstration, slam poetry, a dance competition and trivia.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer