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Release: Oct. 30, 2002

Diversity Dialogue features film series for 2002

The UI Office of Affirmative Action is sponsoring a Diversity Dialogue Film Series to foster community through conversations about the difference "difference" makes in our lives and our world. The weekly series continues until Dec. 17.

Now in its seventh year, this is the first year the Diversity Dialogue program will offer films as a starting point for each discussion about differences in the world. Also new this year, participants can attend one, two or all of the events, unlike in the past, when people were asked to make a 10-week commitment.

According to OAA Diversity Resources Coordinator Diane Finnerty, changing the format of the Diversity Dialogue program from 10-week discussion groups to a film series will allow a wider audience to experience the program this year. She notes that, "the program encourages a sense of community among individuals and helps all of us become more effective in an increasingly diverse world." As one former participant observed, "I think that I learned more about myself from listening to other people talk than I could have imagined."

The series continues with "America's New Religious Landscape," a film about religious diversity in the United States, on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in River Room #1 in the Iowa Memorial Union. Facilitated discussion will follow each film, and resources for additional reflection will be available.

A complete list of the remaining films in the series is below, and can also be found online at For more information about the Diversity Dialogue Program, contact Diane Finnerty, Office of Affirmative Action, 335-0705 (voice), 335-0697 (text) or

Tuesday, November 5, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Religious Diversity in the U.S.
Film: America's New Religious Landscape
Location: River Room 1, IMU.

Wednesday, November 13, 4–5 p.m.
Native American Heritage Month
Film: In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports
Location: Latino Native American Cultural Center, 308 Melrose Ave.

Wednesday, November 20, 5–6:30 p.m.
Racial Difference Through Students' Eyes
Film: Skin Deep: College Students Confronting Racism
Location: Hoover Room, IMU.

Tuesday, November 26, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Who Brings Food to Our Tables?
Film: Ties That Bind: Immigration Stories
Location: The Cottage Bakery & Café, Mezzanine Level, 14 S. Linn St.

Wednesday, December 4, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Faculty Diversity in Higher Education
Film: Shattering the Silences: The Case for Minority Faculty
Location: Iowa Room, IMU.

Tuesday, December 10, 4–5:30 p.m.
Chicano Stereotypes, Identities and Community
Film: Los Vendidos
Location: Afro-American Cultural Center, 303 Melrose Ave.

Tuesday, December 17, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Class, Consumption and the Social Divide
Film: People Like Us: Social Class in America
Location: The Cottage Bakery & Café, Mezzanine Level, 14 S. Linn St.