Call for UNITED Presentations
Northern’s fifth annual Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference will be held Sunday through Thursday, Sept. 12-16. Faculty and staff interested in making presentations or facilitating film discussions should submit their proposals by July 15. The purpose of UNITED is to affirm diversity broadly defined as an important value at NMU. The UNITED tracks are research, films, art, music, service, dance and food. Presentation spots are limited. Submissions can be made at the UNITED website at www.nmu.edu/UNITED.
“Because this year’s UNITED Conference takes place a little earlier in the semester than in some years, we are under a tighter timeline to finalize the full schedule,” said Judy Puncochar (Education), chair of the planning committee.
Presentations take place on Monday and Tuesday. Film showings and discussions are held Sunday evening through Wednesday. Some of the confirmed keynote speakers attending include:
- Keith Secola with the Wild Band of Indians, 2 Nammy Awards, and the 2006 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award.
- Dr. Frank Chong, Second Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education.
- Dr. Earl Smith, scholar, speaks on Race, Sport & the American Dream (2007) and African American Families (2007)
A preliminary schedule will be e-mailed to faculty and staff around the end of July.