The “N” Word: Pace University Conference to Promote Intellectual Discourse

The Office of Diversity Programs at Pace University is presenting a forum for dialogue about the slur commonly known as the “N-word.” The 2007 Pace University Drive-In Conference: Laid to Rest? The N-Word and Other Language of “Dissed” Respect is intended to promote intellectual discourse about what is arguably the most infamous word in American culture.

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THE “N” WORD: PACE UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE TO PROMOTE INTELLECTUAL DISCOURSE

November 2 at Pace’s Pleasantville campus

The Office of Diversity Programs at Pace University is presenting a forum for dialogue about the slur commonly known as the “N-word.” The 2007 Pace University Drive-In Conference: Laid to Rest? The N-Word and Other Language of “Dissed” Respect is intended to promote intellectual discourse about what is arguably the most infamous word in American culture.

When: November 2, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Pace University Pleasantville campus, Kessel Campus Center

Who: Public admission is $95. Registration fee waived for Pace University faculty, staff, and current students as well as for current high school students. Valid ID is required. Media admission by press pass.

The morning to late afternoon event includes panel discussions with notables such as Michaela Angela Davis, a hip-hop feminist, fashion, lifestyle and pop culture commentator, and former executive fashion and beauty editor of ESSENCE magazine, Jabari Asim, author of “The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t And Why”, and Wilbur Alderidge, Regional Director, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Westchester/Rockland County Chapter. There will also be workshops and speeches throughout the day. One workshop hosted by Dax-Devlon Ross, a teacher and basketball coach who works with urban youth, called Young, Black and Conflicted: The Uses and Abuses of the “N” Word, aims to get participants to reflect on how our beliefs and society mold us. Another workshop to be led by “Sance,” a rap artist, is called The Power of Labels in Hip Hop and will engage the audience in a game with the aim of teaching them how devastating it is to use inappropriate names in dealing with others.

Founded in 1906, Pace University educates achievers who are engaged with critical issues both locally and globally. Known for its outcome-oriented environment that prepares students to succeed in a wide-range of professions, Pace has three campuses, including New York City (downtown and midtown Manhattan), Westchester (Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and the White Plains Graduate Center), and the Pace School of Law in White Plains. The Pace Hudson Valley Center is located in Orange County New York. A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls more than 14,000 students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, and School of Education. Visit Pace University at www.pace.edu.

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