The President's Diversity Forum will have the theme “The Difference Differences Make” and will be held April 27 and 28. The forum will include talks, a play, panel discussions and a musical performance.
The forum will begin with a faculty and staff workshop with Carlos Cortés, professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Riverside, on “Developing a Multicultural Imperative for a Future-Oriented Education,” from 4 until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in Hirshson Ballroom.
Cortés serves on the summer faculty of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. He has lectured widely throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on such topics as race and ethnicity, multiculturalism, diversity in the media, multicultural, global, bilingual, and social studies education; media literacy, Hispanic culture, film-and-history, Latin American and Chicano history, and the implications of diversity for education, government and private business.
Following Cortés' talk, Eric Liu, the founder of the Guiding Lights Project, will give a keynote address titled “What Diversity Can—and Can't—Teach Us?” at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room. Guiding Lights showcases the strategies and stories of great mentors, teachers and coaches from various professions and cultures. Liu is an author and educator who has served in senior leadership roles in national politics, media, and business. From 2000 to 2002, he was a vice president at RealNetworks, the pioneering Internet media firm. Prior to that, he served as a foreign policy speechwriter and as deputy domestic policy adviser in the Clinton administration.
The Forum continues April 28 with Cortés' autobiographical play “A Conversation with Alana,” to be performed from 10:15 until 11:45 a.m. in Hirshson Ballroom.
At lunch, from noon until 1:30 p.m., a panel with members of the Geneva community will discuss “The Geneva/Hobart and William Smith Partnership,” in Comstock Dining Room.
Following lunch, Larry Shinagawa, director for the Center of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College, will present “Multiple and Overlapping Identities and Allegiances: Ethnic Diversity in the 21st Century,” from 1:45-3:15 p.m. in Hirshson Ballroom. Shinagawa is an acknowledged authority on research and methodology in race relations and Asian American studies, and a former director of the California State University Census Information Center. In the past six years, he has worked on numerous federal and non-profit research projects to study racial classification, intermarriage, health delivery systems, redistricting, and political behavior. He has written numerous articles and publications on applied research and social policy topics regarding multicultural studies. He has been featured on the “Donahue Show,” “All Things Considered,” CNN, and various newspapers.
Following Shinagawa's talk, a trustee and alumni/ae panel on “The Difference Differences Make” will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
The forum will close with a performance by singer/songwriter Magdalen Hsu-Li titled “Smashing the Ceiling, at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room. Hsu-Li is an Asian-American music artist, painter, poet, and speaker. Graduating with a B.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I., she won the coveted Oxbow Fellowship, Talbot Rantoul Scholarship and Florence Leif Scholarship for excellence in painting. She began her study of jazz and classical music at Cornish College of the Arts, and was the recipient of the 1995 Cornish Music Scholarship. Her live shows are high energy events featuring piano, guitar, vocal, and drumset duos, four piece band arrangements, poetry readings with elements of comedic standup, and percussion improvisations.
This forum is sponsored by the President's Office, the Provost's Office, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Human Resources Office.