Campus Connection.
April 19, 2002 Volume 17, Number 24


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Dealing With Difference Summer Institute

State and national leaders in multicultural education will gather in Macomb Sunday, May 19 through Wednesday, May 22 for the annual Dealing with Difference Summer Institute for Pre-K-12 teachers and two- and four-year college and university faculty, administrators and professional support staff.

The Dealing with Difference Summer Institute (DWDSI) offers educators an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the cultural diversity that defines the United States - and the world - and to consider ways of creating courses, classrooms and campuses which reflect knowledge of, and respect for, that diversity, according to co-directors J.Q. Adams, educational and interdisciplinary studies, and Janice Welsch, English and journalism.

The 2002 institute begins May 19 with dinner and a poetry reading by Denise Sweet, an Anishinaabe poet from White Earth and a professor of creative writing and literature in the department of humanities studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. All institute sessions will be held at the WIU Union.

In addition to the poetry reading, Sweet will also lead a discussion on the affirming power of song and personal narrative after the reading and she will lead a workshop Monday, May 20 on interweaving oral tradition with new technology to preserve the wisdom of elders in the modern world.

Other presenters include Johnnie Aseron, who will focus on indigenous cultures in a program of music and storytelling, and John Sanchez, who will discuss the impact mass media and public schools have on American Indian cultures in the 21st century. Carl Allsup will lead a discussion on thinking critically about sports team names and logos. Emory Shaw Campbell will speak on "Renewing Cultural Pride: The Evolving Popularity of Gullah Culture." Deborah Clifton will speak on Creole culture in Louisiana.

Also making presentations will be Savario Mungo, who will explore the value of cross-cultural field experiences as well as multiple in-class strategies that can promote successful communication across cultures; Linda Holtzman, who will discuss the use of video production to teach about racism; and Tasha Lebow whose topic will be "Illuminating Women Herstory: Primary Sources and the Other Half of History." J.Q. Adams will lead a workshop on teaching about race, our "most dangerous myth."

An institute schedule and registration information as well as further information about the speakers is available on WIU's web site at or through Penny Corder ( or 298-1103).

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