Events Highlight Multicultural Studies

The Michi Nishiura and Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair of Multicultural Studies will host a variety of events this fall to spark discussions and challenge opinions on multiculturalism, including gender, ethnicity, sexuality, race and class.

Events include a one-person play about diversity in the United States, an artist Q&A to discuss the “Fearless” photography exhibit on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender student athletes, and a panel discussion about the upcoming November elections.

The scheduled events include:


Oct. 14, 1 to 3 p.m. – Jeff Sheng's Fearless Campus Tour has gained national and international recognition for bringing forth issues of equality and acceptance toward the LGBTQ communities on high schools and college campuses. On display outside Ursa Major, this photography project challenges society to increase acceptance and decrease homophobia in athletics and in the community.

Critical Issues Facing Election 2008

Oct. 30, 1 to 3 p.m. – Panelists will discuss the roles of race, multiracial identity and the impact of Proposition 8 on the November election. The discussion will be led by Dr. Faye Wachs, associate professor in the Psychology and Sociology Department. The panel includes UCSB Professor of Sociology Dr. Reginald Daniel and National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell. The event will be held in Ursa Major B.

Divided We Fall

Nov. 4, 1 to 3 p.m. — This fall, 70 communities across the country are holding dialogues about the film Divided We Fall in honor of this year's Sept. 11 anniversary. The Divided We Fall campaign is a people-fueled national movement to create deep community dialogue about racism, religion and healing in the aftermath of Sept. 11. The discussion will be led by Dr. Jack Fong, assistant professor in the Psychology and Sociology Department, in Ursa Major AB.

Faces of America

Nov. 6, 1 to 3 p.m. — Faces of America, a one-person play about multiculturalism, tells the story of seven Americans who face issues of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality on a daily basis. The play will be held in Ursa Major AB. This event is co-sponsored with the Multicultural Council and the Office of Student Life.

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