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Series promotes conversations about diversity, inclusion

“Shattering the Silences” events to be held in February
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A lecture hall from a previous Shattering the Silences talk.The division for diversity and inclusion (DDI) at Missouri State University will present a variety of talks, discussions and creative work as part of the “Shattering the Silences” series throughout the spring semester.

Providing a forum for students, staff, faculty and the community to learn and ask questions about diversity, “Shattering the Silences” facilitates an inclusive and constructive format to contribute to a positive campus and community climate.

“The goal of the whole series is to bring forward conversations that maybe, on the surface, seem uncomfortable,” said Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, diversity fellow for the DDI. “But once you’re in the middle of those and you actually engage in them, you find out that each of us have a role to play to resolve problems that we face every day in our society and on our campus.”

The following events are free and open to the public:

  • Seizing Freedom, a lecture by Dr. David Roediger, will be held Feb. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Meyer Library, Room 101. Roediger is the author of “Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All” and co-author of “The Production of Difference: Race and the Management of Labor in U.S. History.”
  • Trauma and Healing in Diaspora, an Afrocentric look at social trauma and healing through a “house concert,” will be held Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the PSU Theater. The event will feature filmmaker and musician Patrick Mureithi.

For more information, contact Abidogun at 417-836-5916.


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