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March 14, 2013

Diversity Resource Office to host noted speakers at two events

The Diversity Resource Office will host a series of nationally recognized speakers March 20-23 as part of two conferences that will champion identity and religious diversity.

Keynote speakers will be Mitchell Hammer, Daryl Smith and Ted Lyddon Hatten. Hammer's and Smith's talks are part of the inaugural Transformations conference, which is open to all Purdue faculty and staff. Lyddon Hatten's talk is part of the fifth annual Intersections conference, which is open to the public.

Hammer is professor emeritus of international peace and conflict resolution in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the developer of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), an assessment instrument and process used worldwide to build intercultural competence.

Hammer's talk is titled "Developing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: Have We Already Arrived -- or Have We Yet to Begin?" It will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday (March 20) in Stewart Center, Room 302.

The second speaker is Daryl Smith, professor of education and psychology at Claremont Graduate University in California. Smith's research interests focus on diversity, institutional assessment within higher education and women in the academy. Her presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m. March 21 in Stewart Center, Room 218.

The Transformations conference is titled "Reconstructing Institutional Identity in an Age of Super Diversity." Other conference speakers include Thomas Nelson Laird, associate professor of higher education and student affairs at Indiana University, and Aparna Joshi, associate professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois.

A complete list of Transformations events is at www.purdue.edu/dro/transformations.

Lyddon Hatten, the Intersections keynote speaker, is an artist, educator, theologian and director of the Wesley Foundation at Drake University in Iowa. Lyddon Hatten also is a campus pastor at the university. His artwork often invites reflection and dialogue exploring themes related to social justice and religious identity.

Lyddon Hatten's talk is titled "Imagine Being Heard." It will take place at 7 p.m. March 21 in Stewart Center, Fowler Hall. He also will introduce an interactive art installation, which is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 in Stewart Center, Room 204.

The Intersections conference is titled "Imagine Being Heard: Artistic Reflections on Identity, Representation and Religious Difference." Through presentations, interactive art exhibits, film screenings, spoken word performances and a summit of student leaders, the conference will explore themes of religious diversity on Purdue's campus. All events are open to the public.

A completing list of Intersections events is at https://www.getinvolved.purdue.edu/organization/diversikeycertificateprogram/DocumentLibrary/View/151161.