University Events to Offer "Dialogue on Diversity"

University Events to Offer "Dialogue on Diversity"

A talk by civil rights activist Coretta Scott King and an all-day retreat Saturday in St. Ignatius Church are among a series of events hosted by Boston College this month and next as part of a national effort to encourage dialogue on diversity issues.

The BC events are being held in observation of The Campus Week of Dialogue (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 into a slate of campus events that began earlier this month and continue into November. These events included a concert of Latino music and an ecumenical worship service in St. Joseph's Chapel.

One of the major "Dialogue on Diversity" campus events was the Oct. 16 visit by King, the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. She appeared at the University's presentation of its Martin Luther King and Amanda Houston community service awards and later spoke in Robsham Theater.

The series continues today at 4:30 p.m. with a discussion on "The History of Globalization and Poverty" in the Gasson Hall Jenks Honors Library. On Saturday, Oct. 21, Rev. Howard McLendon will direct a one-day retreat from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church, "Fall Exploration: Campus Ministry, United in Christ," that will focus on unity and diversity. For information, call Rev. McLendon at ext.5-9130.
Civil rights activist Coretta Scott King joins the Voices of Imani in song after her Oct. 16 appearance at Robsham Theater. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Other upcoming "Dialogue on Diversity" events include:

*"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.

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


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