Created in 2005, Through the Wire is the College’s diversity lecture series, consisting of “Campus Conversations” and “Speaker and Performance” events.

The programming serves as a way to stimulate intellectual discourse on campus with an emphasis on issues of race, racism, gender, sexual orientation, class and socioeconomic status. The series provides a mix of dynamic speakers to engage and challenge all Emmanuel students – particularly underrepresented student populations – to affirm identity, challenge stereotypes and become active learners of their cultures and history.

The lecture series is a partnership with the Asian Student Association, Black Student Union, Emmanuel College Programming Board, H.U.E.L.L.A.S., OUTspoken, S.T.A.R.T., and the Student Government Association.

Below are just some of the issues “Through the Wire” engages in, as well as a selection of the guests we have recently welcomed to campus.

Campus Conversations:
  • What’s Next for Social Media?
  • Let’s Talk about Disability! (With Vilissa Thompson)
  • Social Protests in the World of Sports
  • Discussing the Pros and Cons of the Minimum Wage Increase
  • Examining the Role of Race in the Gender Pay Gap
  • Celebrating National Coming Out Day
  • The Misrepresentation of MLK in the Media
  • The Power of Interfaith Collaboration
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • When do Halloween Costumes Cross the Line?
  • What’s Next for DACA Recipients?
  • Our Culture and Comic Books
  • Is Hip Hop Stuck in a Rut?
Speaker and Performance Series:
  • Edwidge Danticat, award-winning author
  • Luis Fraga, political scientists and Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame
  • Lisa Wong, the first Asian-American female mayor in the state of Massachusetts
  • Chris Wilson, visual artist and social justice advocate
  • Alicia Whittington, assistant director of engagement and health equity research for the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University
  • Shane Bitney Crone, filmmaker, writer, speaker, and LGBTQ+ advocate
  • Shaun King, civil rights activist
  • MK Asante, filmmaker and author best known for his best-selling memoir BUCK
  • MANSA, a hip-hop duo focused on unifying people across racial identities
  • Tres Vidas, a chamber music theater performance profiling the lives of Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya, and Alfonsina Storni

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