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Calendar – Community – NMU’s UNITED Conference Events – Sept. 26

Marquette – Northern Michigan University will hold its annual Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference. UNITED is composed of a broad range of presentations and films. This year’s featured speakers and events will address such topics as Jewish communities in the United States, murdered and missing Aboriginal Canadian women, merging African heritage with American culture, shrinking cities in the Midwest and creating unity through food.

Events scheduled for Monday, September 26 are:

Welcome from President Fritz Erickson, 9 a.m.

Jessica Cruz, NMU Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, 9:05 a.m.

Judy Puncochar, NMU education professor, “Satire as Civil Discourse in Democracies,” 10 a.m.

Ira Sheskin of the University of Miami’s Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, “Jewish Communities in the United States,” 11 a.m.

Lunch, meet the speakers, noon in the Charcoal Room

Panel session on “The Round House,” the 2016 One Book, One Community selection. Speakers include Lynn Domina, Amy Hamilton and Patricia Killelea, 1 p.m.

Evee Sampson, resident director at NMU’s Hunt Hall, “Redefining My Roots: How I managed to merge my African heritage with American Culture,” 2 p.m.

Reception for artist Elizabeth Doxtater at the DeVos Art Museum, 2 p.m.

Jon Barch, NMU Center for Student Enrichment, “Deconstructing Bias,” 3 p.m.

Susan Morgan of NMU International Studies, “Why Study Abroad?” panel session, 4 p.m.

“Love is Strange” movie showing, 5 p.m.

D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas, leadership and personal development expert and author of ‘The Tiny Warrior: A Path to Personal Discovery and Achievement,” 7 p.m.

All events are to be held in the University Center, unless otherwise noted.

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