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2008.01.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Anti-Racism Dialogue Set for Jan. 19 at UNO

Omaha - An anti-racism dialogue circle that includes members of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) community and the public will hold an all-day “Anti-Racism Public Dialogue” on campus Saturday, Jan. 19. The event has been funded through a Difficult Dialogues mini-grant.

Students, faculty, staff and the public can all take part in the day’s activities, said Peggy Jones, interim chair of UNO Black Studies and the coordinator of the event. Students can also register for one credit hour of independent study in Black Studies (course number BLST 4900-002.)

To prepare for a meaningful dialogue, participants are asked to have read both The Heart of Whiteness by Robert Jensen, and the Omaha World-Herald series "Omaha in Black and White." The newspaper series remains online at: http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10074153 . The book is available at both the UNO Bookstore and at the Aframerican Bookstore, 3226 Lake St.

“We’re very much looking forward to the day and the discussion,” Jones said. “These dialogues are important and, we hope, eye opening.” The event will start at 7:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center’s Nebraska Room and Ballroom and runs until 4 p.m. A continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available.

The dialogue is free, but those planning to attend should RSVP by Monday, Jan. 14 by contacting Felecia Dailey, Black Studies, at (402) 554-2412 or fdailey@mail.unomaha.edu .

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The Difficult Dialogues Initiative is supported by the Ford Foundation, which awarded $100,000 to UNO for a two-year project co-directed by Nora Bacon of the English Department and Shereen Bingham and Cynthia Robinson-Moore of the School of Communication. In 2006-07, the project began with a workshop for 30 staff and faculty who developed into the project's "core group" and culminated in a public dialogue on race, "What Omaha Do You Live In?" This year, funds are being directed to mini-grants to staff, faculty, and student organizations.

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