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URI's Diversity Week explores and
celebrates the many sides of diversity
KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 9, 2003 -- Just as the many sides of "Globalization" are explored this semester through the University of Rhode Island's Honors Colloquium, a group of students, faculty, staff, and more are exploring the many sides of diversity at the Seventh Annual Diversity Week.
"Visions and Voices: A Tapestry of Diversity" runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, 2003 and offers an array of arts, music, dance, film, educational and other activities to celebrate the reality of and importance of diversity in higher education, in the workplace, in the community, and in the global arena. Coordinated and sponsored by the University's Multicultural Center, most of the events are free and open to the public. Here's a highlight of events:
The week's activities get underway at noon on Monday, Sept. 29, in the Multicultural Center's Hardge Forum. An exhibit of Los Angeles artist Ron Wilkins' "Black Mexico" welcomes participants as it enhances the sense of international community through the medium of photography. Interactive workshops or tutorials will be offered from 10 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. in the Center's Computer Classroom to help people find educational diversity resources on the Web. The Center will be buzzing that afternoon and evening with workshops, The Family Flag project, and the 4th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on Diversity. The premier 8th Annual Multicultural Center Poetry Slam and Open Mic at 8 p.m. in the Hardge Forum will close out the day.
On Tuesday the 6th Annual Diversity Video and Film Festival shines with an array of video offerings from 9:30 a.m. 3:15 p.m. at the Multicultural Center including documentaries on civil rights activists and leaders, education and the disabled; and culminating with the "Backlash in the Wake of 9/11." The day closes with the Center's sponsorship of the Honors Colloquium speaker, Amy Chua, Yale University professor and author of the bestseller World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, workshops held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union will bring more than 20 different topics up for discussion. Some of the talks will be on such things as: The History of the Irish in Rhode Island; Racial Profiling in Rhode Island; The Veil and Islam; Diversity in a Community through Alternative Newspapers; Latin Culture: a Journey Through Bolivai, Ecuador, and Peru; Muslims and the Patriot Act; and Peaceful Coexistence? Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Medieval Spain. A video and panel discussion on Cuba and US Foreign Policy by a recent delegation of travelers to Cuba will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center.
On Thursday Celebrations of Art and Music will bring participants back to the Multicultural Center for such entertainers as the Hip Hop Jews From NYC at 7 p.m. This interactive performance uses the concept of Jewish melodies and transforms them into a modern beat with hip hop, reggae, funk and jam. At the Fine Arts Center's J Studio Theatre with "Diverse Responses to a Shared Tragedy: Voices from September" at 8 p.m.
On Friday, the week's celebrations come to an end with more activities, the presentation of the Photo Contest award winners, and the URI 2003 Pangaea Roots Music Series' presentation of the rousing group ASZA at 8 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium. ASZA is a collective representing multiple cultures linked by a common thread through the language of world music. They engulf the stage with a vast array of strange-looking and unconventional instruments and proceed to make highly rhythmic and spontaneous music that reflects the totality of their world experiences.
For a complete schedule of the week's activities, visit the Multicultural Center web site at www.uri.edu/mcc.
For information: Judy Van Wyk, 874-4146, Mailee Cue, 874-5829