Office of Public Affairs
Sept. 8, 2003
ALANA CONFERENCE TO PROMOTE LEADERSHIP, DIVERSITY
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
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
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
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 www.oswego.edu/campuslife/alana.html or call the LEAD Center at
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