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Colloquium to “Strengthen Understanding Cultures, Language and History in a Pluralistic Society” to be held at BSC, November 6 (w/photo)

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    Monday, September 27 2010
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International_Colloquium(Bluefield)—“Coming to Terms with Cultures, Language and History,” a colloquium sponsored by the Bluefield State College Office of Multicultural Affairs and funded with the generous support of the Higher Education Policy Commission Social Justice Initiative will be presented on November 6, 2010, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Tierney Conference Room, Dickason Hall at BSC. 

The colloquium is free of charge and is intended for college students, educators, policy-makers, community leaders, advocates, and others who hold special interest on the subject of culture, history, languages, and civic life in multi-cultural America. Continental breakfast is served at 9:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. The presentation and dialogue are from 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Facilitated by Dr. Sapphire Cureg, the day’s program will engage participants with the presenters through a balance of presentations, dialogues and question and answer activities.

BSC faculty Dr. David Haus, Assistant Professor of History, and Dr. Luciano Picanco, Assistant Professor of French, will serve as featured presenters.  Dr. Haus will examine American attitudes toward immigrants and immigration from the late 1800s to the present.  “We will also examine the underlying assumptions many Americans have held regarding immigrants, and the effects of those attitudes and assumptions,” Haus explained. “Ultimately, this talk will provide the historical context for our modern debate over immigration and will address key concepts held by Americans that underpin current policy and responses.”

“Culture is one of the most complex words in the English language,” Dr. Picanco added.  “Culture is extremely relevant at this very moment when questions arise about race, ethnicity, nationalism, language, and immigration comprise a constant discussion that reaches all levels of American life.”  At the heart of these considerations, he observed, we will find culture as the common denominator that helps us understand the conflicts of the American people at this very historical moment.”

Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Sapphire Cureg, BSC Director of Multicultural Affairs by phone (304-327-4512) or e-mail (  Seating is limited and individuals planning to attend are requested to send an RSVP message to Dr. Cureg by October 18, 2010.