Published: Jan. 26, 2021

The University Libraries continues their partnership with the Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) to present the return of Difficult Dialogues—a series of panel conversations that bring together people from on and off campus to discuss challenging issues from their own perspectives.

This semester, we are addressing the issue of power. Panelists will discuss the power they see in their own position on campus, the responsibilities that come with power and privilege, how that power has helped or hindered their ability to navigate campus, the invisible costs of power and more.

Attendees can expect to have their views on power and privilege challenged and to learn more about how their own power and the power of others affects them and their community. The event will be structured as a Q&A session, with panelists engaging with moderator Janet Ruppert, a graduate student in Information Science. During the discussion, audience members are encouraged to use the Q&A function to submit their questions for the panelists.

The series unofficially started in 2019 with a conversation around Christine Blasely Ford and the #MeToo movement. The positive response to this conversation inspired further events.

“I’m so proud of Difficult Dialogues,” says Jennifer Ho, director of CHA and series creator. “It represents the values of the CHA by highlighting issues of equity and inclusion. These are topics that are necessary, but often difficult, to discuss.”

Last summer was the first official partnership with the libraries and the series asked questions like, “What is ‘whiteness,’ and how do concepts like ‘white privilege’ and ‘white supremacy’ contribute to anti-Black racism and systemic racism?”

The libraries has also created a guide with readings on power to continue the conversation.

“I am especially grateful to partner with CU Boulder Libraries,” Ho said, “The resources that the library has will make the impact of this one event last beyond the brief time we share together.”

We look forward to hearing your questions and engaging in this conversation with you.