United Logo UNITED Conference Sept. 21-23

A filmmaker, artist and eclectic mix of presenters will highlight the third annual Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference Sept. 21-23 at NMU.

Filmmaker Kevin Annett will introduce and discuss his 2006 internationally recognized documentary, UNREPENTANT: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide, which recounts abuse and murder in Canada’s residential school system for indigenous children.

Myra Green and her artwork

Artist Myra Greene (pictured) will discuss two of her recent works, Character Recognition and My White Friends, different forms of the photographic medium that examine her personal relationship with race, representation and her position in the world.

Other scheduled keynote speakers and topics are: Tillie Black Bear of the Rosebud Indian Reservation and founder of the Buffalo Calf Woman's Society, "American Indian and Women's Rights"; Lance Rintamaki of the University of Buffalo, "Non-verbal Communication"; José Cuellar, professor and chair of La Raza Studies at San Francisco State University and director of the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy, "The Four Enemies of Diversity"; Rev. Lynn Hubbard, co-founder of the Turtle Island Project in Munising, "A Manifest Destiny: The Doctrine of Discovery and the Liberation of the Human Spirit."

Overall, about 50 presentations, performances and films will comprise this year's UNITED schedule. In conjunction with the conference, the DeVos Art Museum will present a special exhibit of national and international artists, which runs Sept. 15 through Dec. 22.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s Advisory Council on Asian Pacific American Affairs (ACAPAA) will attend the UNITED Conference following its Sept. 21 meeting at NMU. Some members will also make presentations. The ACAPAA invites Asian Pacific American members of the U.P. community to meet with the council from 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Ontario Room of the University Center to discuss issues impacting their lives. If interested in attending, contact Sally Roo (Office of the President).


For the updated conference schedule with times and locations, or for information on the ACAPAA visit UNITED.


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