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Film festival examines race, ethnicity, culture

Jan. 21, 2004

KALAMAZOO--A film festival this week at Western Michigan University examines issues of race, ethnicity, culture and communication. The series is free and open to the public.

Each of the three remaining features this week begins at 1 p.m. and is followed by a 30 minute discussion of issues and ideas raised in the films. Included in the series are:

The College of Education Diversity Committee at Western Michigan Universityis sponsoring a

"Everybody's Ethnic: Your Invisible Culture," shown Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. in 3103 Sangren. From Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration to a Balinese funeral, this presentation "helps viewers hold a mirror to their own culture."

"The Angry Eye with Jane Elliott," shown Thursday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. in 3209 Sangren. This provocative documentary showcases the historic 'blue-eyed/brown-eyed' exercise, and provides additional insight on racism and discrimination.

"Intercultural Communication," shown Friday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. in 3103 Sangren. This video looks at diversity of communication patterns between cultures and offers suggestions for building bridges of understanding.

The film series is sponsored by the College of Education Diversity Committee. For more information, visit committee's events page on the Web (below) or call Jodie Palmer at 269 387-2971.


Media contact: Gail Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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