MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s eighth annual Day of Dialogue will take place Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Day of Dialogue is a campuswide symposium focused on topics of diversity. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members discuss, present, perform and exhibit art that explores topics such as race, gender, ethnicity, ability/disability, religion, sexual orientation, class, social hierarchy and privilege.
The Day of Dialogue begins at 8:10 a.m. in the University Center South Atrium with opening remarks from UM Vice President for Student Affairs Teresa Branch. Participants can choose from more than 20 free educational sessions that begin at 8:30 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. on the third floor of the University Center.
This year’s featured session, “Stories and Songs of the People,” by Montana Blackfeet tribe member Kevin KickingWoman, will take place at at noon in the UC Theater. The session will feature oral traditions such as storytelling, music, dance and art to show how the various expressions affirm the identities of indigenous peoples.
The day will conclude with an open forum at 4 p.m. in UC Rooms 326-327. Facilitator Eric Guiterrez, UM director of affirmative action, will lead a discussion of campus issues. All events are free and open to the public.
To learn more about the Day of Dialogue, visit http://life.umt.edu/dod/.