The Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, with funding from an International Programs Major Projects Award, sets out to explore the intersection of race, ethnicity, language, and culture and how to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the academy.
The three-day symposium, taking place on the University of Iowa campus from Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, will bring together leaders and scholars from across disciplines and geographic areas and engage them in an open dialogue about the opportunities that advocating for DEI in the academy provides.
“As educators, we share the University of Iowa’s initiatives in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion and the goal of supporting students on the path to becoming anti-racist global citizens,” said Waltraud Maierhofer, professor of German and faculty member of the Global Health Studies program at the University of Iowa. “Becoming an anti-racist is always a work in progress and depends on who you are. Part of understanding race and ethnicity in America means understanding that anti-Blackness, ethnic discrimination, and colonialism are global issues, and here at the University of Iowa, we have a role in advocating for DEI in the academy.”
Following the resurgence of protests against racialized police violence since May 2020, citizens, activists, artists, and academic communities across the globe have renewed efforts to reflect on and respond to issues of race and ethnicity and racial and ethnic discrimination.
Symposium participants will engage in multidisciplinary dialogue and exchange of ideas concerning global ethnic and anti-racism studies while organizers aim to foster inclusive thinking about these issues while demonstrating the power of strong, imaginative, and critical thinking in today’s complex world. University of Iowa co-organizers of the symposium include: Jill Beckman, associate professor in linguistics; Waltraud Maierhofer, professor of German and faculty member of the Global Health Studies Program; Kristine Muñoz, professor of communication studies; Helen Shen, professor of Chinese; and Jan Styen, lecturer of literary translation and French.
All symposium events are free and open to the public, with select events available via Zoom. For a full schedule of conference events, people involved in the forum, abstracts, and/or to register for in-person or virtual attendance, visit the symposium website.
Through the generous support of the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization, the International Programs' Major Projects Award promotes important contributions to scholarly debates and exchanges on international topics, issues, discoveries, and arts.