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For Immediate Release
February 12, 2018

IPFW Presents: The Diversity Project

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is presenting The Diversity Project, a series of 10 events focused on the roots and effects of institutional racism. The events are scheduled throughout February, March, and April.

The project kicks off tonight with the first in a four-part series titled Beyond Charlottesville, a lecture/discussion series surrounding the violence in Charlottesville in August 2017. There are different speakers or panelists for each event. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Beyond Charlottesville: A History of Racist Ideas: The Myth of Black Violence in Fort Wayne
    • Monday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
    • Walb Union, Classic Ballroom
    • Speaker: Timothy Lake, associate professor of English, multicultural American studies at Wabash College
  • Beyond Charlottesville: The Alt-Right Around the World
    • Tuesday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
    • Walb Union, Classic Ballroom
    • Panelists: Christine Erickson, associate professor of history, and James Lutz, professor of political science; moderator: Michelle Kearl, assistant professor of communication
  • Beyond Charlottesville: Where is the Line between Free Speech and Hate Speech?
    • Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
    • Walb Union, Classic Ballroom
    • Panelists: Georgia Wralstad Ulmschneider, associate professor of political science, and Steven Carr, interim chair and professor of communication; moderator: Brandon Bouchillon, visiting assistant professor of communication
  • Beyond Charlottesville: What is the Role of the University in a Divided World?
    • Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
    • Walb Union, Classic Ballroom
    • Panelists: Carl Drummond, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management; Jeffrey Malanson, associate professor of history; and Assem Nasr, associate professor of media and communication

The remaining six events involve workshops, games, discussion, and training. A description of each event, as well as dates, times, and locations are as follows:

  • The Diversity Game
    • Wednesday, February 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.
    • Walb Union, Classic Ballroom
    • A role-playing game involving community development.
  • I Am Not Your Negro – Film Viewing
    • Thursday, February 22, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
    • Walb Union, Classic Ballroom
    • Viewing of 2016 documentary
  • I Am Not Your Negro – Film Discussion
    • Friday, February 23, from noon to 1:15 p.m.
    • Liberal Arts Building, Room 35A
    • Discussion of the film
  • Get Out – Film Viewing
    • Wednesday, March 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
    • Walb Union, Classic Ballroom
    • Viewing of 2017 Movie
  • Get Out – Film Discussion
    • Thursday, March 15, from noon to 1:15 p.m.
    • Liberal Arts Building, Room 35A
    • Discussion of film
  • Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training
    • Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Walb Union, Classic Ballroom
    • One-day introductory workshop to explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power that goes beyond personal prejudice
    • This workshop is limited to 100 students

All of the events except the workshop on March 24 are free and open to the public.

The mission of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is to provide academic, social, and personal support for minority, first generation, and non-traditional college students at the university, and to assist in the development, execution, and evaluation of recruitment and retention efforts for students.

For more information about The Diversity Project, contact Julie Creek at 260-481-4140 or creekj@ipfw.edu.

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