The North Dakota State University Anti-Racism Team has announced the Anti-Racism Tuesday series for fall 2009. All events are offered on Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Arikara room. The series is free and open to the public.
"Subtleties of Racism: From the Land-o-Lakes Maiden to the Handshake" is planned for Sept. 8. Monique Vondall-Rieke, program coordinator for Multicultural Student Services, will address subtleties of racism in everyday lives. The presentation will provoke participants to begin examining issues of institutional racism and privilege. It also will teach the audience to be cognizant of subtle behaviors that can be offensive to people of color.
"Racial Profiling" is planned for Oct. 6. The presentation will cover the recent national conversation on racial profiling that has emerged following President Obama's comments indicating that Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s arrest highlights race inequities.
Hear from community members about their experiences with racial profiling in the Fargo-Moorhead area and discuss possible right- actions for the community and the nation.
"Black Hollywood: How Race Operates in the Movie Industry" is planned for Nov. 3. Carrie Anne Platt, assistant professor of English, will talk about if the success of African-American actors signals a genuine shift in the way race operates in the movie business. She will address the question: is Hollywood institutionally racist or is it becoming increasingly color-blind in pursuit of the box office dollar?
"Reporting Acts of Discrimination," is planned for Nov. 17. Speakers Prairie Rose and Joshua Boschee, who are representing the Fargo Human Rights Commission, and Jaclynn Davis Wallette, assistant vice president for Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach and director of Multicultural Student Services, will lead a discussion about acts of racial discrimination and what you can do as an observer or victim if this happens to you or others you know.
"Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts" is planned for Dec. 8. Evie Myers, vice president for Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach, will talk about how staying silent in the face of demeaning comments allows certain behaviors to thrive, undermining the ability to create an inclusive space where all are welcomed and treated with respect. Most people who want to speak up, don't know how. The presentation includes a video and discussion that will give practical tools to confront hurtful comments or jokes in a respectful way.