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Diversity Days at Butte College

Published On: Mar 31 2014 07:43:39 AM CDT
BUTTE VALLEY, Calif. -

Butte College is celebrating the one thing we all have in common… our diversity. More than 30 workshops, events, speakers, and films are scheduled from March 31 – April 4  for Butte College’s annual Diversity Days taking place at the main campus and is free and open to public.

This year’s first keynote speaker is Brian Turner, an American poet, essayist, and Iraq War veteran. He won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award for his debut collection, Here, Bullet, which was the first of many awards and honors received for this collection of poems about his experience as a soldier in the Iraq War. Turner’s keynote address entitled, “The Keeping of Memory,” is on Monday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the main campus’ Arts Building’s Black Box Theatre, followed by a panel discussion with the speaker and Butte College student veterans will take place from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Library’s Center for Excellence. Later that evening, the author will host a poetry and memoir reading from 7 p.m.  to 8 p.m. at the Chico Center Student Lounge, 2320 Forest Avenue, Chico.

On Thursday, April 3 Nandi Crosby, Associate Professor of Sociology and women's studies at California State University, Chico, and Sociology faculty member at Butte College, is the second keynote speaker. Crosby has given more than 40 speeches nationwide on issues of women's empowerment and sexual violence, and has taught more than 20 different courses at Chico State in areas ranging from sexuality to popular culture to multicultural studies. Her interactive talk is entitled “Let's Create Your Daughter's Feminism: Spawning the 4th Wave in the Age of Hilary, Miley, and Sweet Brown” and will offer a brief overview that distinguishes the first three waves of feminism, and then will invite the audience to envision and suggest a new model for addressing the social problems of our day. This talk is fueled by the premise that a more contemporary and exhaustive approach may be warranted to deal with local and global struggles around gender, sex, and sexuality facing women, men, and children. Come join Dr. Crosby on Thursday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Arts Building Black Box Theatre.

Additional topics and events during the week include “Living with Disability,” “The New Jim Crow: Myth or Reality,” “On Being Gay: Questions, Dilemmas, and Discussion,” “Living with Mental Illness,” “A Day of Africa,” “Fat Prejudice,” “Blues Story,” “More than Monolingual: Important for the Individual, Important for the Nation,” film screenings, and performances. For a complete schedule, visit www.facebook.com/ButteDiversity or for more information, contact Laura Rapozo-Davis rapozo-davisla@butte.edu (530) 879-4341.