UNITED Schedule

Tentative 2015 UNITED Conference Schedule

Visit the following exhibits: 

  • The Men of Company K:  1st Michigan Volunteer Sharpshooters Exhibit, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, 105 Cohodas Hall, open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Arab American Exhibit, Great Lakes Rooms, University Center.
  • Native American Works, featuring raised beadwork artist Karen Ann Hoffman and local/student artists, Student Art Gallery, 1st Floor Atrium, University Center.
  • UNITED 10th Anniversary Student Poster Exhibit, Charcoal Room, Charcoal Room, University Center.
     

Saturday, September 19

Time/Location

Presenter

1-3 p.m.

Pioneer A and B
University Center

 

Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz will conduct a Master Artist Workshop - Southern Appalachian Harmony

Sponsored by Hiawatha Music Co-op, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and UNITED.

 

Sunday, September 20

Time/Location

Presenter

7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms
University Center

Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz bring the sweet harmonies of American traditional music to Marquette to kick off the UNITED Conference.  Warm-up Band: All Strings Considered, local traditional folk music.

Sponsored by the Hiawatha Music Co-op, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and UNITED.

 

Monday, September 21
NMU Celebrates Diversity Day (students, faculty, staff, alumni featured as presenters)

Time/Location

Presenter  

10 - 10:40 a.m. Great Lakes Rooms

NMU President Fritz Erickson - Opening Remarks

11 - 11:40 a.m.  Great Lakes Rooms

Sook Wilkinson, clinical psychologist, author and NMU Board of Trustees vice chair.

Wilkinson will facilitate a discussion of  the Asian and Asian American experience at NMU.

Presentation and Book Signing of her book Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest,

12 - 12:40 p.m. Charcoal Room

Enjoy a light lunch with UNITED 2015 featured speakers.

1 - 1:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms

Harry Bradshaw Matthews, associate dean and director of U.S. Pluralism Programs in the Office of Intercultural Affairs at Hartwick College and NMU alumnus - Development of the African American Identity During the Pre-Civil War Years and Its Affect Upon the Building of Common Ground Reference Points for the Discussion of Race and Greater Diversity in America.

Presentation and Book Signing

 

2 - 2:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms

Chris Mosier, Men’s Team USA triathlete -- Sports & Social Change: The case for inclusion in athletics.

Mosier, an NMU alumnus and former North Wind editor-in-chief, is the founder of transathlete.com and the first known openly trans man to make a men's U.S. National Team. He is the executive director of GO! Athletes, a national network of current and former LGBTQ student athletes. Mosier will discuss his experiences as an out athlete and how participation in sports acts as a catalyst for greater social change.

 

3 - 3:40 p.m. 
Great Lakes Rooms

Mitchell Klett, professor, NMU School of Education, Leadership and Public Service and Scott Graves, associate professor, Science Education and Environmental Studies, Southern Connecticut State University -- Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences: BIOS. Environmental, Cultural and Historical Outlooks

Southern Connecticut State University, in partnership with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences: BIOS, is seeking to promote the integration of International Studies specifically related to Bermuda, environmental (climate change), culture and historial outlooks, or ECHO. ECHO studies the general environmental issues with the institutions and school systems.

4 - 4:40 p.m. 
Great Lakes Rooms

 Anna Burnett,  NMU International Programs Office, facilitates panel discussion, Engage the World with Study Abroad

Past study abroad participants discuss their experiences as NMU students abroad, what they did to engage with the culture and people of their new homes on a deeper level than the typical tourist, and how their time abroad continues to impact their lives today.
 

7:30 p.m. 
Great Lakes Rooms

David Williams, vice chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs, Athletic Director, and Law Professor at Vanderbilt University, and NMU alumnus -- Conflict Resolution: Lessons Learned Along the Way

Williams will share what he’s learned about conflict resolution since his NMU student protest days.

 

Tuesday, September 22

Time/Location

Presenter

10 - 10:40 a.m.
 Great Lakes Rooms

Sarah Mittlefehldt, assistant professor, NMU Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department. Climate Justice: Exploring the Convergence of Civil Rights and Environmental Activism.

Mittlefehldt will discuss the relationship between civil rights activism and environmentalism in the 20th century, and how the interaction of those two forms of grassroots social action shaped the climate justice movement today.

11 - 11:50 a.m.
Great Lakes Rooms

Holly Barcus, associate professor, geography, Macalester College (St. Paul, Minn.) - Narratives of Place and Home: Transnational Migration Decisions in Western Mongolia

Barcus will discuss her research regarding Mongolia’s minority Kazakh population - a study of how home and place may be intimately linked to our sense of identity and belonging, but they are only casually considered as potential drivers of migration decisions.

12 - 12:40 p.m. Charcoal Room

Enjoy a light lunch with UNITED 2015 featured speakers.

1 - 1:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms

Cathy Bao Bean, educator, author and speaker - Living and Laughing by The Chopsticks-Fork Principle

Bao Bean uses humor to examine issues of diversity in American society and promotes the “chopsticks-fork principle” for greater awareness of the diversity within and around us.

Presentation and book signing.

2 - 2:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms

Terry Rodenberg, retired Sociology Professor and Director of the Center for International Studies at Western Illinois University and University of Central Missouri - Before Jackie Robinson:  Steps Toward the Desegregation of Baseball

In addition to talking about how sports, the desegregation of baseball and the Nego Leagues changed our society, Rodenberg will also discuss what is happening to African American baseball players today.

7:30 p.m. 
Great Lakes Rooms

Alexandra Fuller, -- Living a Wordy Life: The Art of Saying Everything

Fuller, award-winning author of Don't Let Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood and Leaving Before the Rain Comes, has written for the New Yorker and National Geographic. Reared and educated in Zimbabwe until she was 18, she became more and more absorbed by that country's bloody struggle for independence. She will speak of her experiences growing up in a war zone and of how she captures her unique childhood through writing.

Free with an NMU student ID; $2 - general public.

Presentation and Book Signing
Sponsored by the NMU Gender Work Group, Platform Personalities and UNITED.        

 

Wednesday, September 23​

Time/Location

Presenter

9 - 9:40 a.m. Great Lakes Rooms

Rajendra Chetty, head of the Department of Research in the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, Cape Peninsula Univeristy of Technology, (Capetown, South Africa) --  "Intersectionality of Race and Class: Educating Poor Children"

10 - 10:40 a.m. Great Lakes Rooms

Isra El-beshir and David Serio from the  Arab American National Museum - Discovering Arab Americans 

This presentation will introduce the diversity and multiplicity of Arab Americans in the U.S., but with a particular focus on those in the metro-Detroit area. The presentation will also highlight the history of immigration, cultural characteristics, and religion, in addition to debunking various stereotypes placed upon Arab Americans through films, media, and misinformation.

11 - 11:40 a.m. Great Lakes Rooms

Karen Ann Hoffman, raised beadwork artist, Identity - Beadwork as a Contemporary Expression of Iroquois Culture 

Karen Ann Hoffman, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, will explore the ways in which Iroquois raised beadwork celebrates, carries and continues Iroquois culture.  Speaking without words, the ancient forms and symbols employed in contemporary Iroquois raised beadwork recall the traditional stories and lessons of the past, connecting us to our original instructions.

12 - 12:40 p.m. 
Charcoal Room

Enjoy a light lunch with UNITED 2015 featured speakers.

1 - 1:40 p.m. 
Great Lakes Rooms

Martin Reinhardt - associate professor of NMU Native American Studies - Education Provisions in American Indian Treaties

The United States signed 371 treaties with American Indian tribes. 147 of these treaties contain provisions focused on some aspect of education. The presentation will outline the canons used by the United States Supreme Court when deciding on treaty rights cases.

2 - 2:40 p.m. 
Great Lakes Rooms

Allison Hobgood, associate professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies,  Willamette University - Doing Disability Studies: Equity and Justice Through the Arts and Humanities

Hobgood invites listeners to consider the role of disability studies in higher education and as an academic pursuit that supports social justice. Specifically, she will explore the power of disability studies in the Humanities, discuss its history and current iterations, and offer some examples of how disability studies helps make our world a more just, inclusive and equitable place.

3 - 3:40 p.m.
Great Lakes Rooms

Yan Ciupak, assistant professor, NMU Sociology and Anthropology Department, and Yufeng Zhuo, NMU junior majoring in marketing -- Two Tales of China: Chinese society through the eyes of a sociologist and a Chinese student.


Friday, September 25

Time/Location

Performer

Devos Art Museum Lobby

Noam Enbar, singer, songwriter, performer

Enbar is composing the music for this performance on Rabbit Island this summer.  He will work with singers from the Marquette community for the performance. The Rabbit Island residency program, founded in 2010, brings visual artists and writers to Rabbit Island in Lake Superior.  The artists’ works are on display in the DeVos front gallery.

Sponsored by the DeVos Art Museum and UNITED.

 

Tuesday, September 29

Time/Location

Performer

Kaufman Auditorium, 611 N. Front Street, Marquette

 

A Moving Sound, an ensemble based in Taipei, Taiwan, whose musical expression fuses Taiwanese, Chinese and Asian musical ideas.

Sponsored by Northern Nights Performing Arts Series and UNITED.