Mariama Kurbally 


Friday April 13, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM EDT

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Alger Hall 110 
Rhode Island College
Alger Building
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

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Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E. Conference 2012 

Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E is a statewide conference presented by the Rhode Island College student organization L.I.F.E that brings together educators, students, artists and community-based activist's to build a movement to develop and promote dialogue and diversity as a mode of social existence.

The conference is a safe forum in which participants will gain an opportunity to engage in dialogue, generate awareness of the issues and foster enthusiasm for addressing them, while providing a model that can be adapted for individual campus dialogue opportunities.
Registration includes lunch!
***Registrants who register in groups of 5 or more will recieve a 50% discount on the admission fee (discount will be applied upon check-in)


Overall topics of the day: 

1: Dimensions of Diversity: Revealing Unconscious Bias & Prejudice

2: Building Community in a Globalizing World

3: Representing Diversity

4: Education in a World of Difference

5: Redefining Freedom & Democracy

6. Combating social issues through Movements: Present/ Past

7. Justice & Economics

8. Dominant Ideologies, Oppression & Inequalities

9. Translations of stereotypes in social institutions

10. Strategies to affect positive change  


This year's conference is themed: Movements. It  highlights historical and present alliances of people connected through their shared interest in affecting social change.

We are happy to announce that this year's featured KEYNOTE SPEAKER is:
 Ms. Angela Davis
Angela Davis 
Through her activism and her scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality.

Angela Davis is the author of eight books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She has also conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Her most recent books are Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is now completing a book on Prisons and American History.

Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.
We look forward to seeing you on April 13th at 11am at Rhode Island College.