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UNT Libraries to present discussions on Native Americans, diversity

The UNT LibrariesUNT Speaks Out series in February will feature three speakers discussing their research about the transformation of the perception of Native Americans and about diversity.

UNT Speaks Out on Native Americans from Little Big Horn to the Present is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Willis Library, Forum, and will feature two UNT faculty members discussing their research into the way that popular culture has shaped images of Native Americans.

James MuellerJames C. Mueller, associate professor in the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, will discuss his research into contemporary newspaper accounts of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Jonathan Tomhave, assistant professor in the departments of Anthropology and Radio Television and Film, will discuss his research on how film producers have depicted Native Americans.

Copies of Mueller’s recently published book, Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press, and the Little Big horn, will be available for purchase.

UNT Libraries will present UNT Speaks Out on Diversity from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Willis Library, Forum.

Documentary filmmaker, author, educator and diversity trainer Lee Mun Wah will show his new documentary, If These Halls Could Talk. The film shows a conversation among 11 students about diversity issues on college campuses. Wah facilitates the conversation in the documentary and after the screening he will facilitate a discussion among audience members regarding diversity issues.

Wah is executive director of Stirfry Seminars & Consulting, a company that provides diversity training tools and workshops related to cross-cultural communication and conflict mediation. Stirfry Seminars has provided workshops and consulted on diversity initiatives at corporations, government agencies, social service organizations, corporations and educational institutions. Wah also will be a keynote speaker at UNT’s 14th annual Equity and Diversity Conference Feb. 21.

The free UNT Speaks Out series began as a way for the UNT Libraries to create conversations about contemporary issues among faculty members, other members of the UNT community and Denton County residents. Both events are free.

- Natalie Caballero, student assistant, News Promotions

Posted on: Tue 04 February 2014

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