2014 Reading Committee

2014 Diversity Reading Project: What's Wrong with Homosexuality?

Keynote Speakers:

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

"Diversity and Social Justice"
Reverend Dr. Jamie Washington
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23

Location: Room 171 of the Nicolet Rooms in the University Center

His presentation will explore how far civil rights have come in creating equaltiy, but will address how much more work needs to be done to provide equaltiy for everyone.

(See washingtonconsultinggroup.com for more information.)


Dr. Erich Ottem
4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18

Location: Mead Auditorium

Dr. Ottem will discuss current research in biology and homesexuality.


iO Tillet

iO Tillett Wright
7 p.m. Monday, March 24

Location: TBA

iO Tillett Wright is the Women's History Month keynote speaker. She is a photographer who is traveling the country capturing images of LGBT people. Her presentation will cover gender and sexual identity. She will be photographing LGBTQ students on campus at NMU for her project which you can see here. 



Book Discussions:

Dr. Abigail Wyche and Students
3 p.m. Tuesday, March 25
Location: LRC 311

Dr. Kia Richmond and Dr. Ruth Watry
11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26
Location: LRC 311


Dr. Chet Defonso and Mary Lawhead
3 p.m. Thursday, March 27
Location: LRC 311

Dr. Lesley Larkin, Dr. Amy Hamilton and Matha Lundin
2 p.m. 3 p.m. Monday, March 31
Location: LRC 311

Dr. Zac Cogley and Laura Klar
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1
Location: LRC 311

Other Events:

Student Art Gallery (SAG) Show
March 24 - April 4

Dance (DJ Joe Comelia)
9 p.m. Thursday, April 3
Location: Great Lakes Rooms, UC

2014 Diversity Reading Project: What's Wrong with Homosexuality? by John Corvino 

Dr. John Corvino sitting at a desk

Keynote Presentation

"Haters, Sinners, and the Rest of Us: The Gay Debate Today"
Dr. John Corvino
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2

Location TBD

Is homosexuality unnatural? Does the Bible condemn it? Does it matter whether gay people are ‘born that way’?

For the past two decades, John Corvino—also known as  ‘The Gay Moralist”—has traversed the country responding to such questions with precision, sensitivity, and good humor. In this compact yet comprehensive book, he compiles his insights while offering a fresh plea for thoughtful moral engagement. A must-read for anyone concerned about LGBT people and the debates surrounding them.


Dr. John Corvino is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is the co-author (with Maggie Gallagher) of Debating Same-Sex Marriage (June 2012) and the author of What’s Wrong with Homosexuality? (January 2013), both from Oxford University Press. Until 2011, his column “The Gay Moralist” appeared weekly at 365gay.com; he has also contributed to The Advocate, the LA Times, the Independent Gay Forum, the Huffington Post, The New Republic and the New York Times. In the last twenty years he has spoken at over 200 campuses on issues of sexuality, ethics, and marriage. Corvino is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2012 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from the Presidents’ Council of the State Universities of Michigan and a 2004 Spirit of Detroit Award from the Detroit City Council for his work on behalf of LGBT rights. In recent months his short videos on YouTube have received over 500,000 hits.”

(Watch the presentation | See johncorvino.com for more information)



The Diversity Common Reader Program is presented by the President's Committee on Diversity.

Additional support provided by the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Graduate Education and Research, School of Education, Leadership and Public Service, Multicultural Education and Resource Center, Center for Native American Studies, NMU Honors Program, and NMU's Biology, Chemistry and  English Departments.