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Identities Project

Identities Project

The Identities Project is a Student Affairs-sponsored cross-campus collaboration with the Diversity Committee, Breaking Barriers Diversity Club, and other campus entities that provides opportunities for our community to explore and discuss gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, social class, ethnicity, and other facets of identity through intentionally-reflective civil dialogues, lectures, documentaries w/discussions, and other programs.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend these free events!

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Monday, January 15, 7:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speaker

Join us for the D.B. Reinhart-sponsored lecture "Chaos or Community:  50 years with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." with Duchess Harris, PhD.  This event is part of the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  Click here for details.




Tuesday, January 30, 7-8:30pm
Reinhart Center Room 127


A Civil Dialogue on the National Anthem and the American Flag

Join us as we examine the "take a knee" movement from the perspectives of people of color, athletes, veterans, and more.  Your participation, perspective and questions are welcome and encouraged!  Treats will be provided.




Tuesday, February, 6, 7-8:30pm
Reinhart Center Room 127

SGA Documentary and Discussion: “Bullied”, facilitated by the Breaking Barriers Diversity Club

"Bullied” is a documentary film that chronicles one student's ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. Join us for a screening of this acclaimed documentary set in Ashland, WI and a reflective conversation to follow. Popcorn provided.


Thursday, February 8, 1-3pm
Reinhart Center Boardroom


Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Munch 'n Learn

Join us as we hear from the founders and volunteers at Damascus Road about the realities and challenges of human trafficking in Wisconsin and how you can be an advocate. RSVPs required - please contact Sue Danielson at or 796-3806 to RSVP. Sponsored by Viterbo Health Services.

Tuesday, February 13, 6pm
Western Technical College


Partner Program: Western Technical College's Make Change Film Series screening of "The Black List: Vol. 3"

All Viterbo students are invited to Western Technical College's screening of "The Black List: Vol. 3", a Make Change film series event. A light dinner will be provided; donations invited. All of the donations will go to a local community action project. The event will take place on Western Technical College's campus in the Integrated Technology Center Room 401. More information re; Western's Make Change series can be found online at




Saturday, February 17, 6-8:30pm
FAC Main Theatre Lobby and Recital Hall


Music (and Art) for Protest:
Conversation and Concert

Music and art have been forms of protest for centuries and continue to be powerful modes of protest today.  Join panelists, students, and faculty as we explore the role of music and art in contemporary and historical protest. Tickets to the One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music concert that follows, featuring Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet and Kevin Volans’ White Man Sleeps, will be provided to Identities Project attendees at no charge (a $24 value).

Registration for this event has now closed.  If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please visit the Box Office or

Interested in doing some pre-reading?  Check out these articles:


Thursday, March 1, 7-8:30pm
Reinhart Center Room 127




Physical and Invisible Disabilities: Stories of Stigma, Stereotypes, and Support

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such an impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment. Although disabilities are often thought to be visible impairments, there are plenty of disabilities that are invisible and therefore more difficult to detect. It is hard to pinpoint the number of Americans with an invisible disability, but it's estimated there are millions. Join us as we hear stories and statistics, examine stigma and stereotypes, and consider new and existing mechanisms of support. Treats provided.


Tuesday, March 13, 6pm
Western Technical College's
Integrated Technology Ctr Rm 401


Partner Program: Western Technical College's Make Change Film Series screening of "Miss Representation"

All Viterbo students are invited to Western Technical College's screening of "Miss Representation", a Make Change film series event. A light dinner will be provided; donations invited. All of the donations will go to a local community action project.






Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21, 7pm
Weber Center for the Performing Arts




Facing Homelessness

This theatrical production, created by Viterbo students and faculty members Jeff Stolz and David Gardiner, is the culmination of a collaboration between Viterbo University, UW-La Crosse, Western Technical College, Couleecap, and the Coalition to End Homelessness, that chronicles the stories of La Crosse community residents who have or are currently experiencing homelessness and brings them to life on stage.  Join us for this free production, a pre-production reception, and post-production conversation with the actors. They will inspire you, challenge you, and empower you to be a more informed neighbor and advocate. Donations for local homelessness prevention effforts are welcome. Need transportation?  Contact Kirsten Gabriel at

Thursday, March 22, 7:00pm
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre



An Evening with Estelle Laughlin, Holocaust Survivor

Join us for the annual D.B. Reinhart-sponsored Holocaust lecture with Holocaust survivor Estelle Laughlin.  Estelle was 10 years old when Germans invaded Poland in 1939. After spending more than a year in hiding, Estelle and her siblings were discovered and sent to the Majdanek concentration camp.  Join us for a moving evening as she shares her story.  




Thursday, April 5, 7-8:30pm
Reinhart Center Room 127



SGA Documentary and Discussion: Mental Illness: Fact and Fiction, facilitated by SGA

Approximately 1 in 5 Americans live with mental illness. Despite this, the portrayal of mental illness is too often negative and misrepresented. Join us as we view TED Talks and other media; talk with a panel of students, faculty, staff; and explore the facts and fiction that surround mental illness today.  Popcorn will be provided.



Tuesday April 17, 3:30-5pm
Nursing Center Room 196


A Civil Dialogue on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

Details forthcoming.


 Questions? Please contact a member of the Identities Project Planning Committee:

Colin Burns-Gilbert (
Margy Frazier (
Kirsten Gabriel (
Jacob Hart (
Andrew Kyle (
Brian Pilsner (