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Sept. 8, 2003


    OSWEGO -- Seminars, social activities, productions and presentations will be among the highlights of the 17th annual African, Latino, Asian and Native American (ALANA) Leadership Conference Sept. 18 to 21 at SUNY Oswego.

    The conference theme, "Different Minds, Cultures and Races: Hand in Hand, Our Dreams Become a Reality," reflects the conference's goals of developing leaders for life in a multicultural environment. SUNY Oswego's Leadership Education Activities and Development Center sponsors the annual event, which attracts students from around the region.

    A lecture and opening reception by photographer Vera Viditz-Ward in Tyler Art Gallery, where her "Village and City: Sierra Leone, West Africa" exhibition appears, will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Also that day, members of the visiting Philadanco troupe will present a master dance class at 7 p.m. in the Lee Hall dance studio.

    Friday's events will include a lecture/demonstration by Philadanco at 12:40 p.m. in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre; a keynote address on Native American rights, "Different Minds, Cultures and Races," by Ateronhiatakon Francis Boots, at 1 p.m. in Hewitt Union's Bell Auditorium; the Latino Student Union dinner at 5 p.m. in The Forum; and the ALANA Fashion Show at 9 p.m. in the Hewitt Union food court.

    Saturday's highlights will include the Black Student Union dinner at 5 p.m. in The Forum, followed by a keynote address by Joan Myers Brown, the executive artistic director of Philadanco, at 6 p.m.; a full-length performance by Philadanco at 8 p.m. in Waterman Theatre; and the ALANA Talent Show at 11 p.m. at Timepieces in Hewitt Union.

    Closing ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the union's upper east lounge.

    Presentations throughout the conference will address such topics as racial harmony, domestic violence, cultural differences in child rearing and minority depictions in the media.

    For more information, visit the conference Web site at or call the LEAD Center at 312-5420.

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