UNITED Speakers Set

Nationally recognized speakers and performers will participate in the “Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity" (UNITED) Conference Sept. 17-19 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. The NMU community is encouraged to attend. There is no admission fee and advance registration is not required.

Keynote speakers on the program schedule include Angela Davis (pictured), a social activist formerly associated with the Black Panther Party in the '60s and ‘70s and currently a philosopher and professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz; Frank W. Hale Jr., scholar, author, consultant, civil rights crusader, and vice provost and professor emeritus at Ohio State University; Gerald Hill, a private consultant in tribal law, tribal government and Native language revitalization; Jim Hubbard, a photojournalist who created Shooting Back, an organization dedicated to empowering children at risk through photography; and Shirley Wiegand, an expert in anti-sodomy laws, former member of Anita Hill’s law team during the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, and professor at Marquette University Law School.

For a detailed program schedule and general conference information, go to UNITED.


“The purpose of the UNITED Conference is to affirm diversity as an important value in the Upper Peninsula, celebrate diversity within our communities, and create a tangible culture of diversity broadly defined at NMU,” said Judith Puncochar (Education), chair of the UNITED planning committee. “The people of the Marquette area are preparing for a future in an increasingly diverse and globalized society. Our prosperity and cultural enrichment are rooted in a spirit of innovation and cooperation with peoples from diverse cultural groups. The UNITED Conference is an opportunity for community members to discuss topics related to diversity and to meet more than three dozen speakers, musicians, dancers and artists who will present at the conference.”

The event is held in collaboration with Lake Superior State University, Michigan Tech and U.P. community colleges. NMU Bookstore and dining discounts are available for conference participants. Graduate credit is also available.


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