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2011.09.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Next Omaha Table Talk Event is Oct. 20

Omaha - Omaha Table Talk continues its seventh year serving the metro area, with the next event scheduled for 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), Omaha Table Talk is a program that brings diverse racial and ethnic groups together over dinner to discuss racial issues.

Since its start in 2004, interest has increased. Participants have come together to respond to a series of questions, bring new ideas and share experiences of racial diversity, said Executive Director A’Jamal Byndon.

“I am pleased with the community support and ability of people to engage others in conversations about race and diversity,” Byndon said. “In this day and age with all of the media attention to such topics, many more are starting to see the importance of developing social capital with others who they encounter in various aspects of their lives.”

Participants have dinner to discuss significant issues of the day dealing with race and diversity.

“Our goal is to have 700 people participate in an Omaha Table Talk event this year,” Byndon said. “Last year we welcomed about 600 participants at 52 homes and community sites.”

There is no cost for participants to attend.

“We ask participants to arrive at the dinners with an open mind and a willingness to develop social capital with others in the community,” Byndon said. “There have been Omaha Table Talk events in Columbus and Grand Island. This year we will host one in Lincoln.”

Each dinner features eight to 12 guests, a facilitator and a list of questions to start the conversation.

Visit www.omahatabletalk.com to register. The registration deadline is Oct. 3.

For more information, contact A’Jamal Byndon: (402) 561-7494 or omahatabletalk@gmail.com.

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