IU Northwest students and faculty in the Department of Communication will discuss the issue of race relations on campus and in Northwest Indiana during the department’s annual Communication Week activities, beginning Tuesday, April 17. The theme for this year’s series of programs is “Dialogues in Diversity.”
“Dialogues in Diversity” is an educational outreach program that seeks to encourage an open discussion of the challenges and rewards of communicating across racial, ethnic and other cultural differences. Its core mission is to provide the IU Northwest campus and Northwest Indiana communities with the opportunity to learn more about people of different races, ethnicities and genders, along with the related issues that continue to polarize people in the region. In this way, the students and faculty members who are involved with “Dialogues in Diversity” hope to promote productive communication between people from different cultural backgrounds.
During the Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 semesters, communication students conducted audio and video interviews with Northwest Indiana residents, both on and off campus, about their cultural identities, their experiences with intercultural communication, and their concerns about conflicts involving race, ethnic and gender differences. Student volunteers at WIUN, IU Northwest’s Internet radio station, along with media-production students, are producing radio and video programs using these interviews. The audio programming will air on WIUN’s streaming Internet Web site. The video programming will air on local cable access stations and also will be transferred to DVD and distributed to public libraries in the seven-county Northwest Indiana region and to other educational institutions upon request.
On Tuesday, April 17, the students involved with “Dialogues in Diversity” will preview their productions from 5:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. in Tamarack Hall Room 64, located at the west end of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary, Ind. Faculty, staff, students, and area residents are invited to enjoy this advance preview of a timely and meaningful social endeavor.
Also, as part of Communication Week, on Thursday, April 19th at 7 p.m., intercultural-communication scholar and Western Michigan University Associate Professor Mark Orbe, Ph.D. will deliver the keynote address: “Dialogues in Diversity: Lessons from the Movie ‘Crash’” After the address, there will be an open discussion and a question-and-answer session. Orbe’s presentation will be held in the IU Northwest Savannah Center Auditorium, located at the east end of the main campus parking lot. The event will conclude with a reception.
“Dialogues in Diversity” is funded through the IU Northwest Center for Regional
Excellence. Assistant Professor of Communication Taylor Lake, Ph.D., is the program’s
faculty supervisor. For more information on “Dialogues in Diversity” or about
Communication Week, contact Lake at (219) 980-6538, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.