Dr. King’s life and work called upon the nation to reflect on its beliefs and assess its humanity. We encourage individuals to think deeply about their personal commitment to serving humanity with the spirit of unconditional love.
January 15, 11:00 am-1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Immerse yourself in the “Atmosphere of Hate,” felt by African-Americans as they engaged in nonviolent protest to challenge segregation by sitting at a whites-only lunch counter in the late 1950s. This three-minute virtual reality experience applies the technology and expertise of the Shenandoah Center for Immersive Learning (SCIL) to a concept and script crafted by junior history major John Orros for his Shenandoah University U.S. history class focusing on the Civil Rights Era. As soon as you don the virtual reality viewer, you’ll feel as if you’re sitting with a group of young African-Americans as they work to integrate a lunch counter, against the jeers and verbal abuse of white patrons. “VR is something that has fascinated me ever since I first learned about it,” said Oross, who used film footage of 1960 sit-ins as his source material.
Shenandoah University acting students, staff and local community members, including local high school students, act out the scene, which sparks immediate reactions for anyone who steps through the virtual reality portal. “I want people to understand the fear, anger and anxiety that the protesters felt while doing these sit-ins,” Oross said. “I felt trapped the first time I watched it,” said Joanne Ruscella, Executive Director of the Institute of Interactive Performance, which is an external partner to SCIL. She also experienced a pervasive feeling of being attacked. “I think it’s amazing,” said Cody Pugsley, SCIL technology director. “Every time I notice something different.” He also noted that he did feel as if he was being berated along with the peaceful protesters. “VR can help with the study of history in many ways but, I feel the most important way it can enhance the study is to give people an emotional connection to a particular event as well as an intellectual connection,” Oross said. Through this experience, “I think we’re finding out why this immersive technology is going to be so important to the future of education,” said SCIL Executive Director J.J. Ruscella. And, it’s revealing Shenandoah’s particular take on the technology’s use. “We’re focusing on humanity inside of these virtual worlds.” SCIL’s technology and guidance is available to all majors at the university, and the members community at large are also invited to contact SCIL to see if it can help craft similarly meaningful learning experiences. SCIL can help make such ideas a (virtual) reality.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brandt Student Center
5 p.m. at the The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd, Winchester
For more information about SCIL and its capabilities, contact J.J. Ruscella at email@example.com.
January 15, 5:30-6:30 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Remembrance begins at 5:30 p.m. in Goodson Chapel / Recital Hall. 2018 marks the 50th year since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Spiritual Life will be celebrating his words during their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Remembrance. Join Spiritual Life between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy during this special 50th anniversary chapel service. During this service, Spiritual Life will reflect on video clips of his speeches and sermons, perform a musical/spoken word interpretation of excerpts from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” sing songs Martin Luther King, Jr. himself sang in protest of racial injustice and present other artistic interpretations of his powerful message. Community members, students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, contact Spiritual Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climb into the ball pit in the Brandt Student Center main hallway for a ballsy conversation with an old friend or with someone that you may never have met before! During a weeklong celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., talk about difficult topics to connect outside of your comfort zone. Check out our inspiration from Soul Pancake on Youtube to see what our ball pit will be like! The Ball Pit is open during Brandt Student Center hours from Monday, January 15 to Friday, January 19. Community members, students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, contact email@example.com.
In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, write your dreams and hopes for yourself, your community, your nation or your world and share them in Spaces to Dream locations across Shenandoah’s campus. Post-its and pens will be provided. Spaces to Dream will be located at the Brandt Student Center, Goodson Chapel Lobby, Allen Dining Hall, Health Professions Building, Fairfax and Scholar Plaza from 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19. Community members, students, faculty and staff are welcome. For more information, contact The Mosaic Center for Diversity firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Joyous Daybreak: “Reflections On Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., And Emancipation’s Centennial”
January 17, 7:00-8:00 pm
Did you know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leaned on Lincoln’s legacy and the memory of the Emancipation Proclamation during the height of the Civil Rights Movement? Join Jonathan Noyalas at 7 p.m. in Hester Auditorium for a free lecture, open to community members, students, faculty and staff, to learn more about how and why. By the time Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August of 1963, the nation still struggled to realize the full promise of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. This presentation, delivered by noted Civil War era historian and director of the University’s McCormick Civil War Institute, will examine the various ways Dr. King leaned on Lincoln’s legacy and the ways in which the Emancipation’s memory sparked fierce debate during the Civil War’s centennial—the height of the Civil Rights’ movement. For more information, contact Jonathan Noyalas at email@example.com.
January 18, 6:00-8:00 pm
Does the meaning of monuments remain static over time or does their meaning evolve over time? What challenges do monuments present and how do we address those challenges in a meaningful way? Join the Mosaic Center for Diversity and the Director of the McCormick Civil War Institute, Jonathan Noyalas, for a Dinner Dialogue at 6 p.m. as Jonathan leads us in a discussion about confederate monuments, landmarks, and memorials. Sign up by Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner is provided free for students. For more information, contact the Mosaic Center at email@example.com.