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UPDATE: Bridges over Lunch will not be held this Wednesday, 2/6. Instead, join us for Food for Thought this Thursday with Lynn Holmes, workforce development executive and lobbyist.

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  • THURSDAY: "Food for Thought" with Lynn Holmes (Workforce development executive, Lobbyist), a Bridges over Lunch co-sponsorship
  • THURSDAY MOVIE NIGHTS: Black History Month - Fighting Oppression, Collective Movements

Sanford Food For Thought: Lynn Holmes

Thursday, Feb. 7th 2013 at 12-1pm

223 Sanford, Rhodes Conference Room

RSVP BY TUESDAY, FEB. 5: sign-up in your Class of 2013 or 2014 Sakai site will close tomorrow, February 5.

In addition to the topic below, Ms. Holmes will address questions such as:
What are the challenges you face in ensuring that public service delivery, especially with regard to workforce development, is both "equitable and efficient"? What has been the role, if any, of cultural sensitivity in your work?

Lynn Holmes: Lessons from a Career inside and outside Government

12:00 – 1:00 PM, 223 Sanford (Rhodes)

Immediately after graduating from Georgetown Law School, Lynn served as a US Senate staffer for her home state senator, former Republican Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker of Tennessee. After leaving Capitol Hill, Lynn worked over 20 years as an executive for Bell South, primarily in federal and state governmental relations. She was the first African American to be named as one of North Carolina's Fifty Most Influential Lobbyists. In 2010 Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue appointed Lynn to head the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, which is the state agency responsible for unemployment insurance and workforce development in the state.


If you would like to submit a conversation topic related to social justice or cultural dialogue for the “Bridge over Lunch” Series every Wednesday, email

MOVIE NIGHTS: Black History Month - Fighting Oppression, Collective Movements

Thursday, Feb. 7th 2013 at 6:30-8:30pm

Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, NC

Sankofa, Feb. 7
Favela Rising, Feb. 14
Panther, Feb. 21

6:30pm Thursdays

Every Wednesday 12:30 – 2:00pm

Sanford Commons

Black History Month:

Fighting Oppression, Collective Movements


While visiting an old fortress from the slave-trade era in Ghana, Mona (Oyafunmike Ogunlano) encounters a colorful local character, an elderly mystic going by the name of Sankofa. Mona is a black American model visiting the country for a photo-session. The old man claims to be in contact with spirits, and she is intrigued by this. When she goes to visit him, she suddenly finds herself back in the old slavery days, a slave herself who is captured and shipped to a sugar plantation in the American south. The old mystic's name is a word in the Akan language which has the complex meaning of "going to the past, remembering it, and with it, turning to the future." (NYTimes Review). Directed by Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima. Written by L. J. Allen-2

Favela Rising
(Portuguese with English subtitles)
FAVELA RISING documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police. At the dawn of liberation, just as collective mobility is overcoming all odds and Anderson’s grassroots Afro Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement forever.
Winner of 36 International Film Festival Awards including The Tribeca Film Festival.

Black Power Mixtape
The Black Power Mixtape examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975. The film combines music, startling 16mm footage (lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for 30 years), and contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars.

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Pop Quiz: What is Social Justice?!

Does any of the following describe your idea of social justice? How do you define it?

Drop your response on the BC Facebook page here! suggested it’s, “the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society.”

Merriam-Webster says… “a state or doctrine of egalitarianism <the causes of human freedom and of social justice — Sir Winston Churchill> <promote the common good and social justice — G.J.Schnepp>”

John Rawls anyone? “A set of principles is required for choosing among the various social arrangements which determine this division of advantages and for underwriting an agreement on the proper distributive shares. These principles are the principles of social justice: they provide a way of assigning rights and duties in the basic institutions of society and they define the appropriate distribution of the benefits and burdens of social cooperation” (4).

“… Among individuals with disparate aims and purposes a shared conception of justice establishes the bonds of civic friendship; the general desire for justice limits the pursuit of other ends” (5).

Does any of this describe your idea of social justice? How do you define it?

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Our Mission

Bridging Communities is a graduate student interest group that strives to ensure a welcoming, inclusive community for diverse students and advance the interests of social justice at the Sanford School of Public Policy. We aim to build stronger relationships within the Sanford School of Policy’s professional programs: Master of Public Policy, Master of International Development Policy and PhD, along with Duke’s professional programs.