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20th Dealing with Difference Institute
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14 and 15, 2013
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455

Distinguished Professor James A. Banks, Founding Director of the Center for Multicultural Education, at the University of Washington will make the keynote presentation during the 2013 Dealing with Difference Institute at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Dr. Banks will discuss “Diversity in America: Challenges and Opportunities for Educating Citizens in Global Times” on the second day of the institute, Wednesday, May 15.

Dr. Paul Gorski will follow Dr. Banks with a presentation/workshop. Dr. Gorski is associate professor of integrative studies at George Mason University and the founder of EdChange, a coalition of educators and activists committed to educational equity and social justice. He will focus on “Creating an Equitable Learning and Working Environment: An Equity Literacy Approach.”

On Tuesday, May 14, the first day of the institute, Dr. Ann Russo, chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at De Paul University, will discuss innovative strategies scholars, educators, and activists are using to build relationships and solidarity across systemic inequities. In “Cultivating Accountability: Building Community and Solidarity Across Power Lines,” she will focus on how solidarity is created through shared political and ethical frameworks based on shared values.

Dr. Barbara Ransby, professor of history, African American Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will also speak on Tuesday, the 14th. She will discuss “Many Ways of Knowing: Alternative Archives, Insurgent Epistemologies, and Black Women’s Lives.”  With her biographies of Ella Baker and Mrs. Eslanda [Paul] Robeson as backdrop, she will talk about how her approach to biography provides a historical lens that differs from traditional perspectives.

Additional sessions include a panel on the roles communities play in education and a program on music and social justice movements. All of the 2013 DWDI sessions reflect the theme, “Multicultural Education: Always Unfinished, Always Evolving.” Like previous institutes, this 20th DWDI will focus on the increasing significance of cultural diversity in both P-12 and higher education.

Further information—credit and professional development options, registration forms and fees, a complete schedule, and comprehensive descriptions of the featured presenters and their sessions--is posted on this site. Questions? Contact the DWDI co-directors, Janice R. Welsch ( / 309-298-2057) or J. Q. Adams ( / 309-298-3698).