Guest Speaker to Explore Diversity in Higher Education
Published on March 2, 2012
Bonnie Urciuoli, professor of anthropology at Hamilton College, will examine the meaning of diversity on college campuses in a lecture March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Isaacs Auditorium, in Seibert Hall. “Contradicting Diversities: Discourse and ‘Difference’ in Higher Education” is free and open to the public.
Urciuoli will discuss how college administrators, faculty and students engage with issues of diversity, reconciling its many forms and facets. In campus brochures and admissions offices, to classrooms and student life programs, the word, Urciuoli says, is widely used but not always commonly defined.
Urciuoli’s areas of interest are linguistic and cultural anthropology, specializing in public discussion of race, class and language. Her book, “Exposing Prejudice: Puerto Rican Experiences of Language, Race, and Class,” was awarded the 1997 Gustavus Myers Center Award for the study of human rights in North America. She has published scholarly articles in American Ethnologist, Language and Communication, and the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. Urciuoli is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Cultural Anthropology, the American Ethnological Society and the Society for Linguistic Anthropology.
The lecture is jointly sponsored by Susquehanna’s Diversity Studies Program, Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of the Provost, Department of English, Department of Political Science, Center for Diversity and Social Justice, and Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Karen M. Jones