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‘An Unfinished Conversation’ with Wah at MJC

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POSTED September 14, 2012 11:53 p.m.

MODESTO -  The Modesto Junior College Committee for Diversity and Community and the Associated Students of Modesto Junior College, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education will present an all-campus diversity day titled “An Unfinished Conversation.”

The free events will take place Friday, Sept. 21, in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on the MJC West Campus. Open to the public will be a morning keynote address - “What Stands Between Us” by renowned speaker/filmmaker Lee Mun Wah from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and an evening presentation and discussion of Lee Mun Wah’s most recent documentary film “If These Halls Could Talk” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Although there is no admission charged for these events, tickets are required to guarantee a seat. Free tickets are available in the East Campus Auditorium Box Office, Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. through Sept. 20.  Unclaimed seats will be released on a firstocome, first-served basis 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each event.

Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folkteller, educator, community therapist and master diversity trainer.  It is Lee Mun Wah’s belief that we cannot wait until tomorrow for some charismatic leader to appear who will bring us all together. We each must take a stand and personally participate in this important journey of confronting our fears and beginning a conversation not only with those we love but also with those we have been taught to fear. We cannot continue being separate and unequal without there being a cost to each and every generation. Our survival and the very future of our children depend on all of us embracing our differences as well as our mutuality. If we can accomplish this in our lifetime, we can then look back and know that we have found a way to live together authentically and harmoniously, using and honoring all of our gifts and special contributions.

An Unfinished Conversation will begin a series of events planned by the MJC College Committee for Diversity and Community.  Future projects include a “Community Read” of books with important topics related to diversity and community issues; a mentoring project to improve college student success for men of color; a Culture and Humanities Forum that will present speakers, films and discussions on topics including religious tolerance/in-tolerance, multi-generational issues, gender issues, able-disabled discussions, and more.   

For more information on MJC’s An Unfinished Conversation contact James Todd at 209.575.6133 or toddj@mjc.edu or Peggy Kroll at 209.575.7855 or krollp@mjc.edu.

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