West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community
25430 Swiftshore Drive, West Linn, Oregon, 97068 (503) 557-0180
Press release for “What’s in a Label? Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories”
Contact: Lonnie Shumaker, 503-313-3829, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.facebook.com/WestLinnAlliance
Free discussion about racial diversity and language
The October 28, 2017 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.
West Linn, Oregon, October 16, 2017 - As humans, we constantly label and categorize information on both conscious and unconscious levels. Labeling enables our brains to sort information efficiently, but the labels and categories we assign to information can form generalizations and stereotypes in our minds. When we allow stereotypes to define individuals, we fail to see the inherent diversity in humans. Race is a form of labeling. What are we describing when we assign racial categories to others and ourselves? How can we use language to increase understanding and connection, and what are its limitations?
This is the focus of “What’s in a Label? Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories,” a free conversation with Ann Su on Saturday, October 28 at 2:00 pm at West Linn Public Library, 1595 Burns St., West Linn, OR 97068. This program is hosted by West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
Ann Su has been a public interest attorney, community activist, and social justice advocate for the past twenty years. She teaches in the areas of women’s studies, law and race/racism at Portland Community College and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She studied political and social thought at University of Virginia, then focused on public interest law at George Washington University. A self-proclaimed outlier, she has always been interested in how the ambiguity in language can unnecessarily polarize people. Her desire to explore diversity of thought and bridge understanding inspires her facilitation of this conversation on race and labeling.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Lonnie Shumaker at 503-313-3829, or email@example.com, or contact Marty Maharg at 503-908-1984, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.