Dealing with Difference Institute

WIU’s 23rd Dealing With Difference Institute (DWDI) 2016: Intolerance and Incivility on Campus and Beyond March 23-25, 2016

This year’s Institute themed Intolerance and Incivility on Campus and Beyond will assist WIU’s faculty, students and campus community in creating a space for dialogue to helps us counter and challenge the incivility and foster greater understanding across difference in our public spaces. 

The institute will open Wednesday (3/23) evening at 7:00 PM at WIU’s Multicultural Center with Dr. JQ Adams’ Keynote: Incivility in the Time of Synchronicity: New Tribes Old Emotions

On Thursday (3/24) the institute will screen documentary films and host panel discussions focusing on the intersectionality of difference and intolerance at WIU’s Multicultural Center.  These panels will include the areas of Race, Class, Gender Identity & Expression, and Religion. 

On Friday (3/25) the institute will conclude with Yoga and Contemplative Practice Workshop in the morning at WIU’s Multicultural Center.

This Institute is free and open to the public.

PLEASE REGISTER HERE »

Dealing With Difference Institute (DWDI) Schedule of Events

March 23, 2016 

6:30 Opening Session Acknowledgements, Remarks and Refreshments
Multicultural Center, Western Illinois University

 DWDI Keynote:  2016 Rev. C.T. Vivian Lecture: Incivility in the Time of Synchronicity: New Tribes Old Emotions by Dr. J.Q, Adams, Professor Emeritus Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Illinois University  

 7:00 PM Multicultural Center, Western Illinois University 

Synopsis:

The emergence of the 5th Wave has created a global addiction to mass media and the Internet. It has spawned massive group mindsets that have forged new tribal alliances triggered not only by race/ethnicity but class, gender, and politics as well. In this Keynote address we will explore what Michael Shermer calls the "Believing Brain" and one its consequences: fueling the partisan issues rampant in the USA and around the world. The address will also explore what Dr. Adams' believes is the only antidote to this growing dangerous incivility.

Respondents: Dr. Aimee Shouse, Chair and Professor, Department Woman Studies, Dr. Erik Brooks, Chair and Professor, Department African American Studies, and Dr. Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Thursday March 24, 2016
Documentary Films and Panel Discussions
Multicultural Center, Western Illinois University

8:00 a.m. - Light Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m. -   American Winter (Documentary Screening)

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. -  Panel discussion on American Winter: The intersectionality of difference and intolerance with social class on our campus and beyond 
Chair:  Dr. Brian Powel; Panelist: Dr. Jennie Hemingway, Ms. Kath Olson-Tracy, Dr. Marlon Cummings, Dr. Jim LaPrad

12:00 p.m. -  Lunch (ticketed event) - Register Here »

12:30-2:00 p.m. -  Takin' Place (Documentary Screening)

2:00-3:15 p.m. -  Panel discussion on Takin' Place: The intersectionality of difference and intolerance with race on our campus and beyond
Chair: Dr. Jo-Ann Morgan Panelist: Mr. Shaka Rawls, Dr. Marlon Cummings, Dr. Rebekah Buchanan

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. -  Intersectionality of difference and intolerance on our campus and beyond: (Class, Gender Identity & Expression, Race, and Religious Identities)

Chair: Dr. Gloria Delany-Barmann. Panelist:  Mr. Shaka Rawls, Dr. Jeremy Robinett, Dr. Betsy Perabo, and Ms. Kathy Olsen-Tracy

6:30 p.m. -  Evening Session Acknowledgements, Remarks and Refreshments
Multicultural Center, Western Illinois University

7:00 p.m. Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders (Documentary Screening), Co-sponsored by WIU’s Woman’s Center 

Friday March 25, 2016
Yoga and Contemplative Practices
Multicultural Center, Western Illinois University 

8:00 a.m. - Light Breakfast
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Yoga
10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -  Session on Contemplative Practices

Registration