For Immediate Release
All Zones
September 5,  2000
For More Information Contact:
Roxane M. Geraci at (219) 980-6686
Indiana University Northwest
Office of Marketingand Communications
Native American Potlatch Kick’s Off IU Northwest’s
Year of Diversity Programming

The Northwest Coast Native American tradition, Potlatch,will be celebrated at Indiana UniversityNorthwest, as first in a series of over 30 events of Diversity Programmingon campus throughout the year. Traditionally, the Potlatch is agathering with food and entertainment hosted by a Northwest Coast nativecelebrating a variety of special occasions, from birthdays to a claim forthe office of Chief.  IU Northwest will expand the tradition to includefood representing other cultures at the event as well.

The Potlatch will be Sept. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at IU Northwestin the Academic Activities Building (SavannahCenter) Lobby. Hosts on campus will prepare an ethnic dish, while musicrepresenting cultures at the gathering is played. The Potlatch is partof an initiative by IU Northwest BruceBergland to help “bring the university’s SharedVision to life.” 

 “We want to provide these programs at IU Northwest to help enrichthe educational lives of the campus and the community. This is an opportunityfor campus and community to come together, and I believe that these eventscan only strengthen our partnerships to enhance quality of life in NorthwestIndiana,” says Bergland.

Diversity Programming will run Fall2000 and Spring2001 semesters. Programs during Fall 2000 semester are: Potlatch,(Native American tradition), Sept. 13; Hate Rock: Confronting WhitePower Music for the community, Sept. 14; What is Hip Hop? Sept. 21;  Hate Rock: Confronting White Power Music for highschool students, Sept. 22; Pride and Politics of Puerto Rican Historyand Culture (Sept. 28); Dia’ De Los Muertos Art Exhibition,(Mexican tradition, Day of the Dead), Oct.-Nov 3); Love Makes a ChildExhibit (diverse sexual orientation), Oct. 2-13;  Race EthnicitySeries: Drop the DemoPublicans, Oct. 19; Dancing Out of the BroomCloset (modern Paganism), Oct. 25; Indiana Women’s Institute for Learningand Leadership presents, “Beauty Matters,” Nov. 3; Modernite,Diversite, Et Solidarte (Francophone heritage), Nov. 4; Native AmericanArt Exhibit, Nov. – Dec.; Interracial Communications: Beyond Boundariesworkshop,Nov. 9 and 10; Noche de Celebracion (Latin cultures), Nov 11; andCalumetCorner Chorus of Sweet Adelines International (diverse holiday celebratorymusic), Dec. 5. Three brown bag luncheons on several holy days and holidayswill also be offered during the semester.

The Potlatch is free of charge to the community, but reservationsare needed. More information on the Sept. 13 event is with Dr. RobertMucci, anthropology professor at 219-980-6607. For information on DiversityProgramming or to obtain a brochure, telephone 219-980-6629.

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