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Fall 2016 Events

The following events were offered as part of the Bentley Brave series during the fall semester. 

Fall 2016 Events

How Can Men Support Women in a New World? - Open Discussion (CC)

November 29, 2- 3:20 pm - SMITH 305 

Join Men of Alliance in a Bentley Brave conversation in an honest talk about gender in the context of a larger campus diversity dialogue. The discussion will allow participants to engage in small groups for a more meaningful experience. All students, faculty and staff are welcome!

Questions or concerns? Please contact Dorothy Polatin at


Genetic Passages - The Genotype:Phenotype Project (CC)

November 15, 4 - 6:00pm - RSM Gallery (Library)

Join Helen Donis-Keller, professor of Biology & Art at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA, as she introduces her work Genetic Passages – The Genotype:Phenotype Project. Donis-Keller has created an astounding body of work, utilizing her skills as a graphic designer, weaver, painter, collagist and biologist/researcher in the area of the human genome. In this exhibit of digitized, colorful abstractions which begin as enlargements of the artist's Sam's Club identity card, Donis-Keller achieves remarkable variations which are the visual metaphor of the genetic potential of an individual versus the observable self, influenced by environment. The opening is sponsored by the Center for the Integration of Science and Industry, the Health Thought Leadership Network, and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. For more information please contact Danielle Solar at



Culture Fest'16 (CC)

November 7-11 - Student Center

Culture FestThe Multicultural Center and Center for International Students and Scholars is excited to present Culture Fest 2016.

Come learn more about different aspects of culture during this series Nov 7-11




Dr. Andre Brock (CC)

November 8, 2 - 3:20 - Smith 114 

André Brock is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa holding a joint appointment in the School of Library and Information Science and the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry. His research studies identity formation on the Internet and in other digital technologies. In recent work, he has examined racialized critiques of an open source web browser; representations of race and gender in videogames; and African American usage of Twitter.



Faith and Social Action - Racial Justice + Christian Activism (CC)

October 20, 6pm - Spiritual Life Center

Join a panel of activists including, Janjay Innis - mission advocate for the United Methodist Church, to explore the links between faith and racial justice, and learn how to contribute your voice to current social justice issues. Ms. Innis is an active member of Black Lives Matter and holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Boston University School of Theology, with a certificate in religion and conflict transformation. For more information please contact Rev. Robin Olson, 



Presidential Debate Watch Party (CC)

October 19, 8:30pm, Student Center


The Bentley University Republicans and Democrats invite you to watch the debates live on the Media Wall at Russo’s in the Student Center. There will be food, prizes based on games during the debate, and conversation. 


Diversity Student Summit (S)

October 15, 8am - 5pm, Bentley Campus

The Diversity Student Summit is a premier student diversity conference built with one purpose in mind – to mobilize students and staff to be innovative in creating and sustaining more inclusive campus communities. This one-of-a-kind high energy/high impact day will dramatically increase the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to be effective leaders. Join the thousands who have attended and have distinguished themselves as Allies in Action. For more information or to register please contact Tony Martin at 


TESTED - screening and conversation with the director (CC)

October 6, 5pm - Koumantzelis Auditorium

The gap in opportunities for different races in America remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation’s top public schools. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make up 70% of the city’s school-aged population, they represent less than 5% at the city’s most elite public high schools. Meanwhile Asian Americans make up as much as 73%. This documentary follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. Tested includes the voices of such education experts as Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch as it explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model-minority myth. Please join director Curtis Chin after the film for Q&A.



September 14, 6:30pm - Wilder Pavilion (International Film Series)

Street Fight follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey, in which Cory Booker, a young community activist and City Council member, attempts to unseat Sharpe James, a 16-year incumbent mayor. The movie brings to light many issues plaguing minority communities, especially problems related to public housing projects, and reveals how the city government has failed to acknowledge these issues. The film also raises questions of race as Sharpe James questions Booker's African American heritage and roots to his community. 





Info Session & Community Conversation (CC)

September 14, 2 - 3:20pm - SMITH 305 

Are you Bentley Brave? Join us to learn more about the Bentley Brave series and engage in conversation with others in the community about the controversy over the recent wave of protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick. When Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Fransisco 49ers, decided to sit down during the national anthem at a preseason game he sparked a national debate. His actions, described by Kaepernick as a protest against the oppression of people of color and police brutality, have been met with both support and disdain. Join us to share your views and engage with others in discussion abut the controversy.




Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education (FS)

September 10, 2pm - American Repertory Theater, Cambridge MA (offered through Campus Connections)

Urgent and inspiring, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education outlines the civil rights crisis currently erupting at the intersection between America’s education system and its mass incarceration epidemic. In act one, Anna Deavere Smith introduces the students, parents, teachers, and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison “pipeline” through her trademark portrait performances. Faculty and Staff can log-in to My Bentley to purchase tickets. 



Michael Sam (S)

September 3, 8pm - Dana Center

University of Missouri football star, NFL free agent and trailblazer, Michael Sam is an American football player who made history when he became the first openly-LGBT player to be drafted by the NFL in 2014. Revered for his unswerving courage, graciousness, and fortitude, Sam offers firsthand insight into leveraging individual personal strengths to pursue ones dreams. Sponsored by Student Programs & Events as part of the Camp Bentley weekend. Wristbands available on MyBentley.



  • (CC) - Open to the entire campus community
  • (S) - Open to students only
  • (FS) - Open to faculty and staff only
  • (F) - Open to faculty only


To learn more about the Bentley Brave series please contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at 781-891-3475.