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National Speakers to Lead, Encourage Community Dialogues on Race (02/19/2014)

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Global-reaching Race Card Project part of MCC events

ROCHESTER, N.Y. –Feb. 19, 2014– Monroe Community College will host three speakers in March whose stories have gained international attention and spurred conversations about race and identity. By providing an opportunity to hear their stories and engage in an open forum on race relations in America, MCC aims to encourage meaningful dialogues and inspire positive change in the local community. The slate of featured speakers:

WHAT: Michele Norris, an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, will discuss The Race Card Project, a conversation that began on postcards in 2010 and has since blossomed on Twitter and Facebook with tens of thousands of people sharing their candid six-word thoughts about race. Michele will lead a community dialogue about family legacies and attitudes about race. All attendees at the event will have an opportunity to participate in the project.

WHERE: Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center on MCC’s Brighton Campus, 1000 E. Henrietta Road; parking is available in lots M and M1.

WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 3

DETAILS: A collection of six-word statements composed by hundreds of MCC students, faculty and staff since fall 2013, will be presented to her.

Sponsored by the MCC Diversity Council with support from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the event is free and open to the public. Michele Norris serves as the seventh Alice Holloway Young, Ed.D. Power of Diversity Series speaker. The series recognizes the pioneering spirit and outstanding leadership of Dr. Young, a leading Rochester educator, and founding trustee and board chair emeriti of MCC.

WHAT: Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells — taken without her consent in 1951 for research — became an important tool in medicine, will discuss the family’s decades-long conflict that led to a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision against human gene patents. Lacks’ great-granddaughter Veronica Spencer and grandson David Lacks Jr. will share their stories and experiences through interviews conducted by MCC students. Their conversations will encompass racism and poverty, and science and responsibility.

WHERE: Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center on MCC’s Brighton Campus; parking is available in lots M and M1.

WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12

DETAILS: Admission is free for MCC students and employees and $7 for the general public. To purchase tickets:

The event is sponsored by MCC’s Academic Services division and the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development.

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