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January 11, 2001

CSUS Diversity Symposium
Takes On Race, Gender and Power

Dry and deadpan don’t have a place in Shirley Moore’s design for “Race, Gender and Power: People of Color Along the American River,” a symposium, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 14 at California State University, Sacramento.

“This is not going to be a dry presentation of research,” said Moore, a CSUS history professor. “This will be an interactive, dialogue driven event.”

The daylong symposium is open to the public and will provide a forum for participants to explore historical and contemporary issues regarding race, identity, gender and community.

“The area of diversity has played a tremendous role in California’s history. Minorities have been marginalized in discussions about California’s development and we hope to bring a brighter focus on people of color and the integral part they played in this state’s development,” said Moore.

While Moore plans to keep the morning segment of the program focused on California’s diverse public history, she is also interested in generating Year of Unity awareness across campus.

“We would like to give instructors different ideas of how to incorporate diversity into their course curriculum, for example, by suggesting students write assignments, plays or scripts based on their experience as minorities,” said Moore.

National and local scholars will lead the dialogue portion of the symposium, from 9 a.m. to noon in the University Union Redwood Room.

“We want the audience to feel comfortable and engage with the scholars. We want questions and those questions, from whatever angle, will be discussed by the scholars from their position of expertise regarding diversity issues,” Moore said.

Symposium scholars will include:
Albert Broussard, Texas A & M University.
Maria Raquel Casas, University of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Douglas Daniels, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Patricia Nelson Limerick, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Wayne Maeda, CSUS.
Shirley Moore, CSUS.
Joseph Pitti, CSUS.
Charles Roberts, CSUS.

The afternoon workshops, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the University Union and Library Archives, will feature local social, cultural and educational program representatives to provide the audience with a chance to discuss Sacramento and Central Valley issues, social action networks, archival sources, community and public history programs.

“Race, Gender and Power: People of Color Along the American River,” is part of the CSUS Year of Unity, a campus-wide effort to re-enforce the Univeristy’s commitment in fostering an environment of tolerance, understanding and appreciation of the Capital Region’s diverse society.

For more information about “Race, Gender and Power: People of Color Along the American River,” please contact Moore at (916) 278-6669. For media assistance call the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.



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