Diversity Lecture Series
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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS
The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement
The Diversity Lecture Series - Spring 2014Starting on Monday, March 3, 2014
Mr. Tim Wise,
Author, Educator and Anti-Racism Activist
"Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity"
Monday, March 3, 2014, noon – 1:00p.m., at the Davidson Auditorium (JSOM 1.118)
Ever since the civil rights movement, liberals have advocated a retreat from color-conscious public policies such as affirmative action, and even from open discussion of racism as a key factor in the perpetuation of racial inequity in the United States. They have argued that the barriers faced by black and brown Americans are largely divorced from racism, and that these stem, instead, from economic factors such as deindustrialization, capital flight from the cities, spiraling healthcare costs and inadequate funding for education, jobs programs, and other programs of social uplift. From this starting point, they contend that "universal" programs intended to help the poor and working class are the best means for narrowing the racial inequalities with which the nation is still plagued. In discussing the pitfalls of "colorblindness" in the Obama era, Wise argues against colorblindness and for deeper color-consciousness in both public and private practice. We can only begin to move toward authentic social and economic equity through what he calls illuminated individualism—acknowledging the diverse identities that have shaped our perceptions and the role that race continues to play in the maintenance of disparities between whites and people of color in the United States today.
Tim Wise is one of the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across North America. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and was named by UTNE Reader as one of 25 visionaries who are changing our world. Tim Wise is the author of six books, including his most recent, "Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority," his highly acclaimed memoir, "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son" and "Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama."
Raúl Rojas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Director, Bilingual Language Lab, Callier Center for Communication Disorder,
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas
"Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition"
Friday, March 21, 2014, noon – 1:00 p.m., at the TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.101)
The United States is a diverse nation, rapidly developing an expansive cultural and linguistic landscape driven by intense demographic shifts in its population. This talk will provide an introduction to bilingualism and second language acquisition in such environment. Current research into bilingualism will be presented, and commonly held misconceptions discussed. Second language acquisition of non-native English speaking children in the United States will be highlighted, including issues dealing with heterogeneity of language skills, majority versus minority language status, supporting the native language, categorization as English proficient or not proficient, the simultaneous growth of bilingual language skills in girls compared to boys, and the academic implications of these issues.
Dr. Raúl Rojas, Assistant Professor and Director of the Bilingual Language Laboratory, is a faculty member in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program within the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders. He received his PhD from Temple University in 2011. As a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Dr. Rojas has provided bilingual (Spanish-English) SLP services in multiple settings, including public schools and early intervention. He co-developed the ability of Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT) to analyze samples of Spanish language. Dr. Rojas' research focuses on child language from a longitudinal and processing perspective, specifically bilingual language development in typically developing and impaired children. Dr. Rojas is particularly interested in modeling the bilingual language growth of Spanish-speaking English Language Learners (ELLs) using longitudinal data, and in validating paradigms to index processing load and language learning skills in bilingual speakers.
Dachang Cong, Ph.D.,
Senior Lecturer II, Director of the American Studies Program,
Associate Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, The University of Texas at Dallas
"From Gold Mountain to Silicon Valley: A Long Journey of Asian Immigrants"
Friday, March 28, 2014, noon – 1 p.m., at the Kusch Auditorium (FN 2.102)
Dr. Cong's lecture takes us through waves of Asian immigration, starting with the first wave of Chinese immigrants during the Gold Rush Years in mid-19th century. A Chinese name for San Francisco means Old Gold Mountain, which symbolizes opportunities and wealth. The next wave of immigration focuses on the Japanese movement to Hawaii in the late 19th century. The best told story of the "Picture Brides" helps our understanding of the culture of the time. The journey continues into the 20th century, exploring the very different experiences of Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans during the Second World War. The movement continues. After 1965, more and more Asian immigrants were allowed to come to America. The PC Revolution in the 1980s and the Internet Revolution in the 1990s provided a great magnet for Asian immigrants, with Silicon Valley becoming another symbol of opportunity and wealth. In the last 30 years, there has been a great contribution of Asian immigrants to the economic and technological developments of the United States, including Indian immigrants and Chinese immigrants. This lecture journeys through stories that also include Iranian immigrants, Korean immigrants, Pilipino immigrants, and Vietnamese immigrants. Countering the many and impressive successes of Asian immigrants, Asian Americans have vulnerabilities; areas needing improvement include disability awareness, eldercare, and poverty.
Dr. Dachang Cong received his Ph.D. from Yale University in Cultural Anthropology in 1991. Since that time, he has been at UT Dallas, having served as Assistant Professor of American Studies, Chinese and Asian Studies, in addition to Cultural Anthropology. Currently he is Associate Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Director of the American Studies program, in addition to being a Senior Lecturer. He teaches courses on American cultures, Chinese/East Asian cultures, and globalization. Additionally, he teaches courses on computer ethics for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. His current research focuses on how the shockwaves of global digital revolution have reshaped the economies and cultures of the U.S., China, and Japan. In addition, he studies Chinatowns in New York City and San Francisco.
Lynn Winstead-Mabe, Ph.D.,
Senior Lecturer I, School of Interdisciplinary Studies,
Crisis Communication Intervention Consultant/Private Practice, Workplace Communication Consultant
"Interpersonal Communication in a Diverse World"
Friday, April 4, 2014, noon – 1 p.m., at the Kusch Auditorium (FN 2.102)
Interpersonal communication is the foundation of all human interactions. This is true of all levels and types of relationships. On a college campus, in the workplace, within families or just trying to function in the world, interpersonal communication is how we reach out or send signals of our willingness to interact. There are several important points regarding our interactions with others that affect our interactions, especially in the diverse community of today. Verbal communication, non-verbal communication, perception, interpersonal climate, listening, noise and our concept of "self" all relate to how we connect (or don't!) with others. Culture, religion, individual "fields of experience," gender and many other physical, social and societal factors also play a role in our interactions with others, our perceptions of others (accurate or inaccurate) and how we relate with all types of people. Our interpersonal communications affect all things: our relationships with teachers, students, peers, family members, coworkers, and all other groups and individuals we encounter in our daily lives. Are you aware of the signals you are sending, the messages you are broadcasting (purposefully or not!) and the ways people experience you? This lecture hopes to provide some insight and strategies to improve interpersonal communications in all regards across a diverse community population.
Dr. Lynn Winstead-Mabe is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes in the area of communication skills, including crisis, interpersonal, professional communication areas. She enjoys working with her students to improve these skills. Dr. Winstead-Mabe received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2001, and received the Distinguished Dissertation Award for her doctoral research on communication issues in law enforcement relationships. Prior to receiving her doctorate degree, she was a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice working with law enforcement officers and their families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including the Dallas Police Department, for over 20 years. In addition to teaching, she is a consultant for several different law enforcement agencies and departments where she works on departmental and agency issues regarding interpersonal communication, crisis communication, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) and crisis management. She specializes in dealing with the specific and unique issues that can be a product of a career in law enforcement and the communication issues that arise, in both the personal and professional lives of police officers. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Plano, Texas, and does consulting and trainings for law enforcement agencies, as well as communication and crisis response trainings across the country.
For more information contact: Rosie Peterson (972) 883-4560