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Calling In with Loretta J. Ross
“Calling in is about teaching us how to be together in a different way, even with people we would call opponents.” –Professor Loretta J. Ross, (WBUR Radio Broadcast, 2020)

In her 2019 essay, “Speaking Up Without Tearing Down,” Professor Ross explains:
"Calling out happens when we point out a mistake, not to address or rectify the damage, but instead to publicly shame the offender. In calling out, a person or group uses tactics like humiliation, shunning, scapegoating or gossip to dominate others. . .. Calling in is a technique that does allow all parties to move forward. It’s a concept created by human-rights practitioners to challenge the toxicity of call-out culture. Calling in is speaking up without tearing down."

In partnership with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan, the East Lansing-MSU One Book, One Community program will host a live virtual event on Tuesday, March 2 from 7-8 PM. The live virtual event, entitled “Calling in with Loretta J. Ross,” will feature a 30-minute presentation on calling in culture—the subject of Professor Ross’s forthcoming book, “Calling In the Calling Out Culture: Detoxing Our Movement.” Following Professor Ross’s presentation, East Lansing Public Library Director Kristin Shelley will moderate a conversation with the activist and scholar. Participants can submit questions during the Zoom webinar event or ahead of time by sending an email to onebookmsu@gmail.com.

Mar 2, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Loretta J. Ross
Activist. Public Intellectual. Professor.
Loretta J. Ross is an Associate Professor at Smith College in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. She teaches courses on white supremacy, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture. Loretta’s activism began when she was tear-gassed at a demonstration as a first-year student at Howard University in 1970. As a teenager, she was involved in anti-apartheid and anti-gentrification activism in Washington, DC as a founding member of the DC Study Group. As part of a 50-year history in social justice activism until her retirement from community organizing in 2012, she was the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012 and co-created the theory of Reproductive Justice in 1994. Loretta has co-written three books on reproductive justice, and her newest book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture is forthcoming later in 2021. For more information visit lorettajross.com.