Date: Jan. 4, 2012
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director,
Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267, email@example.com
PNC Brownbag Looks at Diversity
WESTVILLE – Purdue University North Central will present a Brownbag Series in the coming months, with PNC faculty, staff and community members leading programs that center on the topic of “diversity.”
The seminars will vary in style and subject, but all will share the intent of presenting topics and issues that can contribute to the development of a tolerant, inclusive campus and community cultural practices. Some presenters will feature short film clips or interactive pieces that will stimulate conversation and discussion; others will present ideas for open dialogue and sharing of views and experiences.
The Brownbag Series is coordinated by Bob Mellin, continuing lecturer of English.
The seminars will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Room 170A, located just off the PNC cafeteria. They are free and open to the public and guests may bring their lunch. Varying opinions are welcome.
On Jan. 11, Dr. Deepa Majumdar, associate professor of Philosophy, will present "How Third Is the ‘Third World?'" Majumdar's publications include “Plotinus on the Appearance of Time and the World of Sense: A Pantomime.”
On Feb. 8, Bob Mellin, continuing lecturer of English Composition, will present “Planet Talk: Ecojustice for Non-Humans and Humans.” After a brief consideration of the ways that the deep and social ecology movements have struggled to represent the planet, this presentation will illustrate the ways that literary agency can enable and sometimes frustrate, the self-representation of the non-human world, as illustrated in the short stories, novels and films of Mahasweta Devi, John Berger, Charles Chesnutt, Spike Lee and Pixar Films.
On March 14, the discussion, “Can You Conform to Proper English and Not Sell Out?” will feature first-year composition students in a roundtable discussion concerning problems with Standard Written English for culturally and/or politically marginalized students.
On April 11, “The ABCs of the Anti-Bullying Coalition (ABC)” with Cari Adams, Anti-Bullying Coalition founder and PNC student; Tanya Lubeznik, executive director and Candice Silvas, director of Family Relations and PNC alumna, who will discuss the ABC's of ABC by explaining the history and mission of the Michigan City-based organization. They will also talk about Bullying and Bullycide Awareness and the Power of Words. This presentation will include a workshop-like activity, video presentations, and a pledge for individual action.
Further information about the series can be obtained by contacting Mellin at 785-5200, ext. 5215 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Persons with disabilities needing accommodations may contact either Mellin.