Diversity News and Events

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Diversity Strategic Plan Discussion dates and locations:

The 2012 Bazzani Lecture on Public Affairs

Nationally renowned author and political commentator
Melissa Harris-Perry
Inequality, Democracy and the American Promise

Monday, February 27, 4:30 pm
University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Services Building, Conference Rooms ABC

A reception will follow. All attendees are welcome.

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About the speaker:

Melissa Harris-Perry is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the project on gender, race, and politics in the South. She previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago and Princeton University. She is author of the award winning book Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought and the new book Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Sister Citizen has premiered to great critical and popular acclaim. She is a columnist for The Nation magazine. Harris-Perry is a contributor to MSNBC, appearing as a bi-weekly guest on the Thomas Roberts Show and a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word. She is a regular commentator for many print and radio sources in the U.S. and abroad.

The 2012 Bazzani Lecture is hosted by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs. It was made possible by the generous support of UIC Office of the Chancellor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Great Cities Institute. 

Chancellor's Lecture: "The Value of Diversity in a Complex World"

Scott Page
University of Michigan, Santa Fe Institute

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2:00-3:00PM

UIC Forum, Meeting Rooms GH
725 West Roosevelt Road
Co-sponsor: Office of Diversity

Light Reception to Follow


Many of the challenges that we currently face: eradicating poverty, improving health care, creating robust financial systems, promoting international cooperation on economic, human rights, and climate policy among them, can best be characterized as complex. They consist of diverse, adaptive, interconnected and interdependent actors whose macro level behavior can be unpredictable and prone to large events. Professor Page will explain how if we want to harness that complexity for the greater good, we need to leverage our differences -- the various ways that we see problems and tools we use to solve them.

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