Critical Conversations About Diversity & Social Justice

The first Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice series began in September 2012 and ran through April 2013. We're pleased to continue offering this series for a second year, starting in September 2013 and running through April 2014.

Every conversation in the series takes place on a Friday, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library, on the U’s West Bank Campus).

The Critical Conversations series is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored by the University Libraries. These conversations are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members, and do not require an RSVP.

2012-2013 Critical Conversations
2013-2014 Critical Conversations

2014-2015 Critical Conversations

Friday, September 26, 2014
  • COME TO THE TABLE: Food Security and Sustainability as a Social Justice Issue

  • Friday, October 10, 2014
  • BISEXUALITY & BEYOND: Re-Imagining Sexual Orientation

  • Friday, November 21, 2014
  • MUSLIM IN MINNESOTA: Keeping the Faith, Dispelling Stereotypes, Achieving Success

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
  • FROM REFUGEE TO CITIZEN: The Hmong Journey from Rural History to Urban Experience

  • Friday, February 27, 2015
  • BEYOND MYTH-MAKING AND APPROPRIATION: African Americans in Theater and Film

  • Friday, March 27, 2015
  • PRICE OF HEALING: Diversity Issues in Wellness, Health, and Healthcare

  • Friday, April 17, 2015
  • THE ANIMAL/HUMAN CONNECTION: Clarifying the Roles of Service, Emotional Support, and Therapy Animals


  • EXAMINING THE ACADEMY: Helping a Centuries-Old Institution Create a New Culture
  • FLIPPING THE FRAME: (Trans)gressing a Traumatizing Gender Culture
  • UNDER THE LENS: Questioning the Culture of Science
  • CAN'T YOU SEE WHAT I'M SAYING? Important Issues in the Deaf Community
  • BREAKING THE MAN BOX: Reconstructing Masculinity in America
  • WHO COUNTS AS WHAT? Promise and Tensions of International and Domestic Diversity
  • ONE NATION OR MANY NATIONS? Racism, Romanticism and American Indian Issues Today
  • 2012-2013 Critical Conversations

  • POLITICAL PANIC & LOADED LANGUAGE: Does Same-Sex Marriage Assure GLBT Equality? Understanding Minnesota’s Marriage Amendment
  • THE NICE SLICE: Capitalism, the One Percent and the Occupy Movement
  • THE LINE BETWEEN SECULAR & SACRED: Religion, Public Institutions and the Constitution
  • NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON’T: Society’s Struggle with Invisible Disabilities
  • RACISM IN A “POST-RACIAL” AMERICA – A Candid Conversation
  • MY MAMA TOLD ME: Women Across Generations Talk about Advances, Setbacks, and Hopes for the Future
  • WHY I LEFT HOME: Stories about Migration, Immigration, and Globalization
  • Calendar

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    Location and Time

    All conversations are on Fridays, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library, on the U’s West Bank Campus).


    To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Ralph Blanco at or 612-625-8680. Please allow two weeks advance notice.