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What's the difference with "difference"?

201601E&D winter_300.jpgToday, we often employ the word “difference” as a catch-all word when we talk about race, gender, and sexuality. Difference replaces—or rather revises—‘diversity’, ‘multiculturalism’, or a long-connected string of descriptors such as race, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, and ability. But what does this shift in language mean and why is it significant for the ways in which we assess, inhabit, and perhaps even change our world? How does the Black Lives Matter movement illustrate our need to turn to difference, just as All Lives Matter illustrates the impossibility of indifference today? Can difference, instead of diversity, provide campus activists with a means to fight microaggression and structural racism? Join Ralina Joseph, associate professor, department of communication, University of Washington, as we discuss why words matter and how identity descriptions change over time.

When: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kane Hall, Room 130 
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98105 (directions and parking)
Cost: Free, but advance registration is required.

View all Equity & Difference lectures, presented by the UW Graduate School.

For more information, contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or uwalumni@uw.edu.

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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