Language, both in terms of the words that we speak and the words we use to identify, holds social and political power. How is language used to both empower and demean? How has the use of language shifted over time? What are the implications of these shifts? Helping to facilitate conversation on this topic will be featured guests Robin McHaelen and Evelyn Newman Phillips. Learn more about both featured guests below!
Robin P. McHaelen, MSW is the founder and current Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. She is co-author of several books and articles on LGBT youth concerns. Robin has a national reputation as a thought leader in LGBT youth concerns, programs and interventions. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 Human Rights Campaign’s Upstander Award for Leadership in LGBT youth issues, the 2011 UConn, Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement; the 2008 National Education Association’s Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights and the 2008 Social Worker of the Year (National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter).
Evelyn Newman Phillips, Ph.D., is a Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. Her teaching is founded upon principles of critical pedagogy, where students are taught tools of inquiry so that they are empowered to investigate diverse situations, institutions, and society-at-large. Prior to her academic work, Dr. Newman Phillips served as a Peace Corps volunteer for 2 years in the African country of the Gambia.
What questions will you ask the featured guests? "What's Language Got to Do With it?" will be held at the Stowe Visitor Center at 5:30 pm following a 5:00 pm social half-hour.