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Dealing with Difference Institute
2013 Dealing with Difference Institute
The most visible of the programs the ECDP has developed is probably the Dealing with Difference Institute (DWDI). Though the length and format of the DWDI has changed somewhat over its 20-year existence, its focus has always been on cultural diversity and its significance in education. Within this broad focus, the institute has revolved around various themes, among them race/ethnicity (with separate institutes on African, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian, Latino/a, and Native Americans, though European American cultures have been a constant), gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, privilege, identity development, Paulo Freire’s educational philosophy, media, intercultural communication, interactive learning, the uses and abuses of fear, nonviolent social action, and multiculturalism vs. assimilation.
DWDI speakers have included national and international as well as local and regional scholars and activists. Among the most widely recognized are African American International Grand Master of Chess Mr. Maurice Ashley, who uses chess to help at-risk youth; Dr. Sut Jhally, founder and executive director of the Educational Media Foundation; Dr. Peggy McIntosh, author of one of the very earliest articles on white privilege; Dr. Jack Shaheen, author of Reel Bad Arabs, an analysis of the representation of Arabs and Muslims in Hollywood films; Dr. Garry Shirts, creator of BaFa BaFa an interactive game that simulates the challenges of intercultural communication; Dr. Christine Sleeter, co-author of Teaching with Vision and Critical Multiculturalism: Theory and Praxis; Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, psychology professor and current president of Spellman College; Dr. James A. Banks, recognized as the “Father of Multicultural Education”; and Mr. Tim Wise, activist and author whose books include White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. Without exception, the speakers have incorporated Q&A and discussion into their sessions, with some integrating other interactive and experiential exercises as well.
In the 2014 Dealing with Difference Institute, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 13 and 14, participants will explore the theme, “Social Justice and Education.
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