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Multicultural and Diversity Services

Diversity Lecture Series - Spring 2014

 In honor of MLK, Jr. at UNE 50th Celebration, the spring 2014 lecture series will focus on issues of diversity, equity, and justice in keeping with the Human Rights Symposium held during Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic visit to St. Francis College in May, 1964.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

David Livingstone Smith, Ph.D

UNE Philosophy Professor

"The Race Delusion: A Philosophical Perspective"
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, St. Francis Room, Ketchum Library, Biddeford Campus

Dr. Livingstone Smith will explain why race is a destructive and oppressive delusion. His most recent bookLess Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave and Exterminate Others(St. Martin's Press, 2011) won the2012 Anisfield-Wolf award for nonfiction, which recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures(see Awards Ceremony video at



Friday, February 7, 2014

Benoit Dube, MD, FRCPC

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

"LGBT Health Symposium: Addressing Health Disparities"
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ludcke Auditorium, Portland Campus

As an invisible minority, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered patients present special challenges to all health care providers. This presentation will address ways healthcare professionals can be more sensitive to the specific healthcare needs of LGBT youth and adults.



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kolawole Bankole, MD, MS, Minority Heath Program Coordinator, Nelida Berke (Spanish), Siyad Ahmed (Somali), Malual Mabur, MD, MSC, DTM&H (Arabic), Jocelyne Ininahazwe, MA (French)

"Community Health Outreach Workers: A Model for Community Engagement"
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM, Ludcke Auditorium, Portland Campus

Community Health Outreach Workers (CHOWs) are cultural brokers, language interpreters and advocates and serve as a bridge for the Greater Portland immigrant/refugee population and healthcare providers. CHOWs from the City of Portland Office of Minority Health, who are working to support the UNE CHANNELS HRSA grant, will offer an interactive presentation/workshop that introduces students to major issues faced by specific community populations and best practices in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Health Care Leaders from Portland

"Health Care Resources for Portland's Underserved"
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Ludcke Auditorium, Portland Campus

An interprofessional team of health care leaders from Portland will guide students as they learn about and discuss accessible and affordable health care and health promotion services for the homeless, working poor and other underserved populations from people involved with a range of resources situated in Portland.



Friday, March 7, 2014

Dr. Shibley Telhami

Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings

"The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East"
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, St. Francis Room, Biddeford Campus

Telhami has taught at a number of universities including Princeton, Swarthmore, USC, Ohio State, Columbia, Cornell, and the University of California at Berkley, where he received his Ph.D. in political science. Among his publications are The Stakes: America and the Middle East (2002) and Power and Leadership in International Bargaining: The Path to the Camp David Accords (1990), as well as numerous other articles and books.



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kristen Miale, President, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Shuli Bonham, MD, Medical Director at Health Care for the Homeless Clinic, and Advocate from Homeless Voices for Justice

"Poverty in Maine"
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Alfond 113, Biddeford Campus

Experts on hunger and food security issues and the face of homelessness in Maine will discuss myths and realities of poverty in this interactive panel discussion.



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

iO Tillett Wright

"What Does "Gay" Even Mean Anymore? How to make your health practice inclusive and forward thinking"
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Ludcke Auditorium, Portland Campus

In this interactive talk, iO Tillett Wright, artist, director, photographer, writer, film maker, activist and actor, will discuss the “ABC’s of LGBT” and ways in which health students can heighten sensitivity in working with people from the wide spectrum of sexual and gender identities.



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

iO Tillett Wright

"50 Shades of Gay 2.0"
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Multipurpose Rooms, Campus Center, Biddeford Campus




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bob Moses

Civil Rights Leader and Founder of The Algebra Project

"Constitutional Personhood: Quality Public School Education as a Constitutional Right"
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Alfond 205, Biddeford Campus

Bob Moses is a Harvard-trained educator who was one of the most influential black leaders of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Moses initiated and organized voter registration drives, sit-ins, and Freedom Schools for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.