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Undergraduate research conference is May 7-8

Diversity, multiculturalism and identity to be discussed

The Ohio University Office for Diversity, Access and Equity will host an undergraduate research conference titled "Building Community Through Diversity Initiatives," on May 7-8 in Baker University Center.

Undergraduate students from the Athens campus and three regional campuses will present their research and creative contributions on topics related to diversity, multiculturalism, intersectionality and identity.    

Keynote speaker Rebecca Wanzo, associate professor of English and women's studies at Ohio State University, will present "Dying from Difference: Understanding Life and Death at the Margins," at 7 p.m. Friday in Baker University Center 242. A reception will follow the lecture. 

Wanzo's research interests include theories of affect, African American literature and culture, critical race theory, and popular culture. She has published articles and book chapters about science fiction, child abduction, law and literature, African-American women and superhero comics.

Saturday's schedule will feature concurrent sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Baker University Center with session topics related to race, class, gender and culture. During lunch, conference participants will be able to enjoy poetry, dance, and an original play. 

Ohio University and regional campus faculty, staff, and students and local residents are encouraged to attend this conference to discuss and learn about the value of a diverse environment. The conference is free and open to the public and complimentary child care will be
provided during the conference.

For more information, click here or call the Ohio University Women's Center at 740-593-9625.