The idea was that Symposium would bring together all of our community… As long as we live in these bodies, as long as we are on this earth, as long as we do this work, we cannot live in separation, because we don’t live separated lives.”
–Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé
Starr King Symposium
January 12, 2019
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Please check back soon for additional registration and program details.
What is Symposium?
A tradition founded by former SKSM Provost Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé (1952-2016), Symposium is an annual gathering of our entire student body, faculty, staff, trustees, and community members. This “urban retreat” serves as a day of study, dialogue, food, art, music, community-building, service, and celebration of the Spirit of Life, as we cultivate multi-religious, counter-oppressive, just and sustainable communities.
Starr King’s 7th Annual Symposium will be held January 12th, 2019. This Symposium is convened by Dean Gabriella Lettini in collaboration with other SKSM faculty and community leaders.
This year we are thrilled to have the Rev. Dr. Melanie L. Harris!
Dr. Harris is American Council of Education Fellow at the University of Denver and Founding Director of African American and Africana Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. She is the first African American woman to earn the rank of Full Professor at TCU. Dr. Harris is the author of several books and numerous scholarly articles, including Gifts of Virtue: Alice Walker and Womanist Ethics and Ecowomanism: Earth Honoring Faiths. She teaches in the areas of Christian Social Ethics, Womanist Theology, Inclusive Excellence, and Environmental Justice.
Starr King students are requested to enroll to fulfill degree requirements. 0.5 units of credit will be given to students who are currently enrolled in a degree program. Students please note: This is a two (2) step process: (1) Enroll for the Symposium as a course through Populi to ensure course credit AND (2) Complete a separate online registration form. In order to obtain credit, students must read all required readings before Symposium, actively participate, and submit a brief reflection paper to their advisor afterwards. For further information, please contact Shannon Eizenga, Coordinator of Academic Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Chris Schelin, Dean of Students, (email@example.com) [200 max enrollment]
Only water or water bottles are allowed in the sanctuary. We also ask that we all attend the entire day completely free of fragranced hair, skin, and clothing, including ‘natural’ or aromatherapy personal products. A list of fragrance-free products, including those that are especially good for people of color is given here: eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/scentfree.html. Parts of this event will be photographed/filmed. If you have any concerns about being on camera please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.