USC Upstate Celebrates Diversity Week, Oct. 10-14

October 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Monday, October 10
“‘I am just so glad you are alive!’: Nontraditional, Nonconforming, and Transgressive Expressions of Gender, Sexuality, and Race among African Americans”
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., HPAC 120
Dr. Layli Phillips Maparyan, Professor of Women’s Studies and African American Studies at Georgia State University

Tuesday, October 11
National Coming Out Day Festival
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Lower Quadrangle

Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue to Hope  
Film Presentation and Discussion
6:30 p.m., CLC Ballroom
The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue to Hope reveals the shared narratives found in individual and collective ideologies of hate, and how we as a species can overcome them. For six years the filmmaker worked with unprecedented access to some of the most venomous ideologies and violent conflicts of our time including the White Supremacist movement, Christian Fundamentalism as an anti-gay platform, Muslim Extremism, the Palestinian Intifada, Israeli Settlers and Soldiers, and US Forces in Iraq. By juxtaposing this verite footage with interviews from leading sociological, psychological, and neurological experts, and interspersing stories of redemption told by former “combatants”, the film weaves a tapestry that reveals both the emotional and biological mechanisms which make all of us susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate, and demonstrates how these very same traits make us equally capable of overcoming them…

Wednesday, October 12
Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony
11:00 a.m., Upstate Rotary International Peace Park
A peace pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its six sides, in 12 different languages. There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in 180 countries all over the world dedicated as monuments to peace. They serve as constant reminders for us to visualize and pray for world peace.