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Cultural Awareness Week

Barry McNamara
03/30/2011
Monmouth College will observe Cultural Awareness Week April 4-10 with a variety of activities, including public presentations by Campus Pride founder Shane Windmeyer and anti-racist activist Tim Wise.

“9500 Liberty,” a documentary on America’s explosive battle over immigration, will be shown on April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Finley Lecture Hall on the first floor of the Haldeman-Thiessen Science Center. It will be followed by a Q&A session led by Dianna Ruggiero, assistant professor of modern foreign languages. Refreshments, including nachos, will be available.

Wise will deliver a talk titled “Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat From Racial Equity” on April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

One of the most prominent anti-racist essayists, educators and activists in the U.S., Wise has challenged racial inequities for the past two decades as a community organizer, public speaker, workshop facilitator and writer. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people, contributed essays or chapters to more than 20 books and has appeared regularly on radio and television as a guest commentator on race issues.

A cultural variety show featuring music, fashion and poetry recitals will be presented on April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

Windmeyer, a GLBT activist, will deliver a public presentation titled “The Impact of Hate” on April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Highlander Room.

“Many of us do not understand the impact of bias and hate on a college community,” Windmeyer said. “We are neither prepared to handle an incident, nor empowered to actively do anything to prevent one. Fighting hate begins with awareness. Most victims are so frightened and shocked, they don’t know where to turn on campus for help.”

For more than a decade as founder of the national “Stop The Hate, Train The Trainer Program,” Windmeyer has been helping students, faculty and campus life professionals become advocates for hate-free campuses. He has trained more than 1,000 individuals to actively prevent and respond to hate crimes.

His program is designed to create a foundation of understanding surrounding hate crimes, to explore an individual’s awareness of prejudice and to motivate individuals to make a difference fighting bias and hate within their campus community. Participants are “dared” to fight the roots of hatred in specific and individual ways.

Cultural Awareness Week activities will conclude on April 10 with a gospel music event at 2 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.