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October 12, 2006
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"Unraveling the Knot of Privilege, Power and Difference"

University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) will host a daylong symposium on social justice, titled "Unraveling the Knot of Privilege, Power and Difference", October 30 in the UMD Kirby Student Center Ballroom (3rd floor). The conference will feature presentations and workshops. The keynote speaker will be sociologist and internationally recognized speaker, Dr. Allan G. Johnson, author of "Privilege, Power and Difference". The symposium is co-sponsored by the UMD Office of Equal Opportunity and UMD Diversity Commission.
The event is free and the public is cordially invited.

The symposium qualifies for CEU professional units from Board of Social Work and University of Minnesota Continuing Education.

The conference kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a presentation by Nancy Barcelo, University of Minnesota Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity. Daylong workshops continue, concluding with a 7 p.m. locally produced film "Bringing the Truth to Light". Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson will give the evening welcome.


Dr. Allan G. Johnson, a college teacher of 30 years, speaks and conducts workshops at schools and organizations throughout the United States and Europe. His publications have been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies. His latest books "Privilege, Power and Difference" and "The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy", were published in 2005.


8:30 a.m. Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo, Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity, University of Minnesota
9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Allan G. Johnson
11:15 a.m. Workshop #1 /breakout sessions
1:45 p.m. Workshop #2 /breakout sessions
3:15 p.m. Workshop #3 /breakout sessions
7:00 p.m. Film and discussion: Bringing the Truth to Light (produced locally by the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial and PBS eight)

WORKSHOP #1 -- 11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

"What Race Got To Do With It?" with Julie Landsman

"Stigma and the Struggle for Inherent Human Dignity" with Bridget Riversmith
"How Did People from Europe Become 'White' in the United States" with Sheryl Bowman and Cynthia Donner
"The Pitiable Poor: Ruby Payne's Racist and Classist Reframing of Poverty" with Paul Gorski

WORKSHOP #2 -- 1:45-3:00 p.m.

"Going Deeper: Reflections on White Privilege" with Julie Landsman

"Beyond Heros and Holidays: ReRadicalizing Anti-Racist Activism" with Paul Gorski
"Unraveling the Knot of Privilege, Power, and Difference" with Allan G. Johnson

WORKSHOP #3 -- 3:15-4:30 p.m.

"Reading, Writing and Teaching for Social Change" with Julie Landsman
Presentation by City of Duluth Human Rights Commission

"Dealing with Defensiveness and Denial" with Allan G. Johnson

UMD SPONSORS: Office of Equal Opportunity, Diversity Commission, School of Fine Arts, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Social Work, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, Chancellors' Diversity Initiative, The Kirby Leadership Series – Kirby Student Center, Multicultural Center & Housing & Residence Life, Health Services, American Indian Learning Resource Center, UMD Commission on Women

WDSE PBS Channel 8, League of Women Voters, Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial, People's Institute North, Community Action Duluth, East Hillside Patch, Race, Culture Achievement Gap Campaign of Duluth, City of Duluth Commission on Disabilities, City of Duluth Human Rights Commission, UW-Superior Department of Social Work, UW-Superior Women's Studies Program, YWCA & Duluth Antiracism Coalition, Young Women's Christian Association, Duluth Antiracism Coalition, Temple Israel

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