February 23, 2000
Susan Beasy Latto, UMD Public Relations Director (218) 726-8830
Manuel Barrera, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education (218) 726-6899 or (218) 726-7233
UMD SPONSORS WEEK LONG DIVERSITY CELEBRATION
March 6 - 10
"Cultural Diversity in Education" will be the topic of week-long events at UMD March 6 through 10. Visiting Professor Paul Hughes, Director of Aboriginal Studies at the University of South Australia, will be the host of a presentation and public dialogue on March 8, at 12 noon in the UMD Kirby Student Center Bullpub (2nd floor). The public is invited to attend the presentation and participate in the dialogue. Professor Hughes will be joined by Dr. Mary Hermes of Carleton College, along with UMD professors and teachers.
Topics of discussion will include:
- What is the Concept of Multiculturalism?
- Multicultural Education in a New Century
- Issues of Multiculturalism Around the World.
Events will continue all week for UMD students, graduate students and faculty. Activities will include interactive video conferences with sites in Australia, Norway, California, and Virginia, as well as presentations, panel discussions and lectures, dealing with the issues of multicultural education and its perceived importance around the world. A faculty reception and dinner will welcome Professor Hughes.
Professor Hughes, earned a Masters in Education from Harvard University in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. He is the first South Australian Aboriginal to be promoted to Professor.
Carleton College professor Mary Hermes holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with special interest in cultural studies, issues of race, class, and gender.
The events are sponsored by the UMD Department of Education.