Faculty forum to address multiculturalism

January 27, 2016
Faculty Forum

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will present a faculty forum, “Cafeteria-style Multiculturalism: Individuals and Citizenship,” on Thursday, Feb. 4, in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m. The forum is free and open to university students, faculty, staff and community members.

At the forum, Dr. Mary Lenzi, associate professor of philosophy at UW-Platteville, will discuss alternative modernist and postmodernist views of political liberalism as they apply to multicultural group and individual identity, human rights and citizenship.

“Given the political campaign discourse of U.S. presidential candidates, recent terrorist events (France and America) and civil wars in Syria and elsewhere, my presentation attempts to diagnose some of the backlash directed at multiculturalism at home and abroad, and consider some resolutions,” said Lenzi. “Since the 1990s, multicultural awareness has risen due to the implementation of multicultural studies and courses to address post-colonialism, globalization and the new world configuration resulting from the breakdown of the Soviet Union.”

“Understandably, we have experienced increasing global mobility of people of different cultures,” said Lenzi. “They are seeking socio-economic opportunities and mere survival and refuge from wars in their home states. As the United States and the European Union become increasingly diverse in integrating other cultures into their societies, new debates have emerged concerning the politics of identity, recognition and fairness for cultural groups. Liberalist philosophers and their critics contribute to these debates in their analyses of these compelling concerns over cultural versus individual identity, rights and citizenship.”

Following Lenzi’s discussion, Dr. Terry Burns, professor of English, chair of the department of humanities and faculty senate president at UW-Platteville, will respond in light of liberal education for multiculturalism in the UW-System.

The LAE Faculty Forum Series, a program instituted in the fall of 2004, is sponsored by UW-Platteville’s College of LAE. The purpose of the forum is to allow faculty to present information in their research areas to university faculty, staff, students and community members. Presenters tailor their presentations to a general audience.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The College of LAE Faculty Forum Series aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state area.
 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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