“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.