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Diversity Week Events at Davidson Highlight Spectrum of Humanity

By Mario Prohasky '05

October 19, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Davidson College invites the public to join the college community in exploring different aspects of the many human cultures during "Diversity Week," from Saturday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Nov. 2. The program will include events encompassing the broad spectrum of diversity issues, and will involve a significant portion of the Davidson student body. There is no admission charge for any of the events, and more information can be obtained by calling 704-894-2225.

Events will be:

  • The International Student Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, from noon-3 p.m. on Richardson Plaza. Sponsored and organized by the Davidson International Organization, students from countries around the globe will represent their homelands in native dress, through informational booths, and by serving ethnic foods. The festival will include several performances such as a song by students in an introductory Portugese language class, a Bulgarian hip-hop mix, an acupuncture display, and a dance called "Kwasa Kwasa" from Zaire. The festival will conclude with a "parade of nations," during which each student will present the flag of his or her country, and say a few words in the native language.
  • The award-winning film, Life Is Beautiful, directed by Roberto Benini, will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 9:30 p.m. in the Smith 900 Room of the College Union.
  • A tai chi workshop with Joe Martin from the Holistic Center for Instruction will be held on Monday, Oct. 29, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Smith 900 Room of the College Union.
  • A presentation about living with AIDS, entitled "A Boy, A Girl, A Virus and the Relationship That Happened Anyway," will be presented on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Room of Chambers Building.
  • Floyd Cochran will deliver a lecture entitled "Inside the Racist Movement: The Tactics of Hate from a Former Believer" on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Smith 900 Room of the College Union. Cochran will present the reasoning and methods of racial hate movements, and suggest effective ways of dealing with them in diverse societies.
  • A dramatic presentation entitled, "Tunnel of Oppression: Walk a Moment in My Shoes," will take place Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. in the Gallery Room of Chambers Building. "Tunnel of Oppression" is a tour through the depths of human experience and challenges people's thoughts, perceptions, and inner feelings on issues dealing with oppression and hatred.
  • A step show will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. at the College Union Amphitheatre.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis will speak on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith 900 Room of the College Union about "W.E.B. DuBois and American Exceptionalism." Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," Levering Lewis specializes in twentieth century African-American history and late nineteenth century Europe and Africa. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, a two-volume work that traces the life of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois‹co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a leading proponent of the civil rights movement. Levering Lewis currently serves as Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University.
  • A fashion and cultural show will be presented by the African Student Association, Black Student Coalition, and Cultural Theme Hall on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the atrium of the College Union.
  • Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is ranked in the top ten liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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