2013 UNITED Conference Concludes

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The 2013 UNITED Conference has concluded after many wonderful presentations during the week-long celebration of diversity. Thursday's lineup included an entrepreneurial panel, hosted by NMU Trustee Thomas Zurbuchen and NMU President David Haynes (pictured above), and Siri Chand Khalsa and Reiki Master who spoke on food as a form of medicine.  See all videos of the UNITED presentations. If you have ideas for speakers, performers or topics for UNITED 2014, email them here

2013 UNITED Featured Speakers
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Everyone is Gay is a troupe of two individuals – Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo – who use  humor and honesty to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth. Their presentation took place Wednesday, Sept 25 in the Great Lakes Rooms. Video presentation


Maureen Costello leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance (SPLC) project, one of the nation’s leading providers of anti-bias education resources. She oversees the award-winning Teaching Tolerance magazine and development of multimedia teaching kits, professional development resources and special projects. Lunch and conversation with Costello took place Monday, Sept. 23 in the Charcoal Rooms. Video presentation

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Martha West lectures widely in the U.S. and abroad on issues of sex discrimination. She served as general counsel for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) from 2008 to 2010. Professor West's research is focused on discrimination against women faculty in higher education. ​West held a presentation on Gender Equity Monday, Sept. 23 in the Great Lakes Rooms. Video presentation

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Siri Chand Khalsa is a thought leader on focusing awareness that food can be recognized as medicine and one of the primary foundations for health for health and leadling through the whole life cycle. Khalsa presented on Thursday, Sept. 26 in the Reynolds Recital Hall. Video presentation

Andrei S. Markovits is currently an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies, at the University of Michigan. Markovits presented and signed copies of his book Twin Brothers: Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism, Monday, Sept. 23. Video presentation

UNITED Conference

Did you miss a presentation from the 2013 UNITED Conference? Click on this video link to see videos from each presentation throughout the week.

The Sonnet Man performs

Devon Glover, "The Sonnet Man," tours the country sonnet_man_cropped.PNGcombining Shakespeare sonnets with hip-hop and spoken-word performances. Glover has performed in Jamaica and on the "Today"show. He recently performed on Northern's campus as part of the UNITED conference. See a video of his performance.

2013 UNITED - Lance Rintamaki ​
Lance_Rintamaki_tsmall.jpgLance Rintamaki spoke on “Modern Science and Our New Insights on Sex, Culture and Communication.” Dr. Rintamaki is the author of the forthcoming book, The Science of Sexual Communication. Rintamaki presented on Tuesday, Sept 24. Video presentation
2013 UNITED - A. Chaedar Alwasilah

Chaedar-Alwasilah-01_tsmall.jpgA. Chaedar Alwasilah directs the Liberal Education Initiation task force of the Higher Education Board of Indonesia's Ministry of Education and Culture. Prior to his appointment, he served as vice rector for Academic Affairs at Indonesia University of Education (aka Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia). Alwasilah spoke to NMU on Monday, Sep 23 in the Great Lakes Rooms. Video presentation.

Past UNITED Conferences

Presentations and performances from the UNITED Conference are filmed for people to experience and enjoy even years after they happen. Click below to view previous UNITED Conferences.

UNITED Submissions
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