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Coretta Scott King talk highlights series on diversity

(10-13-2000) Boston College will host a series of events this month and next -- including a talk by civil rights activist Coretta Scott King on Monday and an all-day retreat in St. Ignatius Church on Oct. 21 -- as part of a national effort to educate students on diversity issues.

The BC events will be held in observation of The Campus Week of Dialog (Oct. 10-17) and National College Week (Oct. 16-23), programs sponsored through the US Department of Education's "Many Paths, One Journey: Building One America" initiative to promote racial reconciliation and college opportunity.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Sheilah Shaw Horton said the University decided to expand the week-long celebrations, with a slate of campus events beginning earlier this month -- among them a concert of Latino music and an ecumenical worship service in St. Joseph's Chapel -- and taking place well into November.

King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., will speak on Monday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. in Robsham Theater. The event is free, but those who wish to attend must obtain tickets from the McElroy ticket booth. She also will appear at the University's presentation of its Martin Luther King and Amanda Houston community service awards that day at 4 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Other upcoming "Dialog on Diversity" events include:

*A discussion on "The History of Globalization and Poverty," on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Gasson Hall Jenks Honors Library.

*"Fall Exploration: Campus Ministry, United in Christ," a one-day retreat directed by Rev. Howard McLendon that will focus on unity and diversity, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church. The retreat is open to all members of the University community. (For information, call Rev. McLendon at ext.5-9130)

*"It's Our Water, Damn It!," a film about protests against the privatization of water supplies in Bolivia, on Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Fulton 511. Oscar Olivera, who led the protests, will introduce the film.

*Also on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., the UGBC Unity Dinner will take place in the Vanderslice Hall Cabaret Room, featuring food and entertainment of various cultures.

*Author and historian Aurora Levins Morales will discuss her experiences as a woman of Puerto Rican and Jewish descent on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Gasson 100.

*A welcoming reception will be held for AHANA administrators, faculty and staff on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Walsh Hall Function Room.

*A discussion on "Globalization and Conflict," and the role of economics, religion and politics, will take place Thursday, Nov. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in Gasson 112.

In addition, Horton said, during this period diversity-related issues will be the subject of meetings held by various student and faculty organizations and residence hall floors, and in a number of undergraduate classes.

For more information on the Dialog of Diversity series, contact the Vice President of Student Affairs office at ext.2-3280.

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