MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s ninth annual diversity symposium, DiverseU, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5.
DiverseU 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 event aims to provide a forum for honest dialogue in order to explore the complexities of human experience, promote understanding and create community among participants through the practice of civil discourse.
Participants can choose from more than 15 free educational sessions that begin at 9:10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., noon, 1:10 p.m. and 2:10 p.m. on the third floor of the University Center. A full schedule can be accessed online at http://www.umt.edu/diverseu/schedule/default.php.
From noon to 1 p.m. a political issues debate titled “Civil Discourse in Action” will be held in the UC Theater.
At 7 p.m. a limited-space lecture titled “Do words Kill? Hate speech, Propaganda and Incitement to Genocide” will be held in the UC Theater. The lecture is co-presented with the Mansfield Library, which is hosting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings” from Oct. 26 to Dec.17.
All the events are free and open to the public. The 7 p.m. lecture requires advance online registration at http://events.ushmm.org/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x1696838ce.
The diversity symposium, formerly known as Day of Dialogue, was renamed in 2014. To learn more about the DiverseU, visit http://www.umt.edu/diverseu/.