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From Every Nation Symposium on Race

The From Every Nation Symposium on Race, or FEN Sym, is an annual lecture series sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Affairs. This event revolves around the three principles of the From Every Nation document: Multicultural Citizenship, Anti-racism & Accountablity, Reconciliation & Restoration. Guest lecturers present on an array of topics; from cultural awareness and diversity in schools, to embracing one's racial identity and issues of racism, in order to challenge the audience's minds and change perspectives in hopes of progressing towards becoming the community we would like to be.

The 2014 FEN Symposium Events

Tuesday, March 11
Eric Foster
"Bias, Assumptions, and Stereotypes" Workshop

3:30 pm, Meeter Center Lecture Hall RSVP required by March 3, 2014

Eric K. Foster, Principal for Progress Strategies+, is the presenter for this workshop. Eric brings years of experience as a consultant and administrator of diversity initiatives on the local and national level. This workshop begins with an overview of three related concepts – bias, assumptions, and stereotypes. The workshop will help participants explore “what we think we know, about who we know, when we thought we knew them, and why.”

Wednesday, March 12
"American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" video screening

Free/no tickets required. Commons Lecture Hall, Commons Annex, 7:00 p.m.

What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today?

Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution may surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America's past and its potentially radical future. More...


Past Symposium Guests

Michael Fosberg

"Loose Women"

Dr. Daniel White Hodge
Campuswide Intercultural Compentency Training

Dr. George Yancey

"Neither Jew Nor Gentile"

Dr. Ishani Maitra
"The Sound of Silencing"

Melanie S. Morrison
"Has Worship Anything to do with Reconciliation?: A Case Study of Congregations"

Rukshan & Jody Fernando
On Being the Only One"

Dr. Mark Mulder
"Has Worship Anything to do with Reconciliation?: A Case Study of Congregations"

Dr. Sandra Mayo
"Integrating Multiculturalism into the Curriculum"

Dr. Rubén Rosario Rodriguez
"Racial Reconciliation and the Church: Forgiveness with Justice"

Dr. Victor J. Honosa
"The Most Segregated Hour in America"

Kimberly Huyser
"Native Fruition: Inequality and American Indian Perseverance"

Dr. John Palmer
"Challenging the Myth of the Model Minority"

Dr. Kristal Brent-Zook
"Sunflower Kids: Multiracial Identities and the Coming Age of the Non-White Majority"

Dr. Allan Johnson
"Social Construction of Difference"

Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
"Racism without Racists"