UNT Libraries to present UNT Speaks Out on Native Americans, Diversity

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 20:32

What: The UNT Speaks Out series presented by the University of North Texas Libraries

When: Feb. 17 (Monday) from 6-8 p.m. -- UNT Speaks Out on Native Americans from Little Big Horn to the Present
Feb. 20 (Thursday) from 6-9 p.m. -- UNT Speaks Out on Diversity

Where: Forum on the first floor of UNT's Willis Library, 1506 Highland Ave, Denton

Cost: Free

Contact: Caroline Booth at caroline.booth@unt.edu or 940-369-7573

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas Libraries' UNT 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 Presentis scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 17 (Monday), and will feature two UNT faculty members discussing their research into the way that popular culture has shaped images of Native Americans. Dr. James 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. Dr. 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.

On Feb. 20 (Thursday) from 6-9 p.m., the UNT Libraries will present UNT Speaks Out on Diversity.

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 will also be a keynote speaker at UNT's 14th annual Equity and Diversity Conference Feb. 21 (Friday).

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.  The discussions are held in the Forum on the first floor of UNT's Willis Library, which is located one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C at 1506 W. Highland St.

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