Events planned in Walla Walla for Freedom From Discrimination Month

Two talks, a film and a display are part of the local observations for October.

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WALLA WALLA -- A pair of events and a special display will help mark October's Freedom From Discrimination Month

In cooperation with the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Census Bureau, the Walla Walla Diversity Coalition and its participating sponsors will offer a pair of discussions:

Wednesday at 7 p.m., Reid Campus Center Ballroom, Whitman College, Park Street and Boyer Avenue -- "Who Are We? -- The Question of Race" including a panel discussion featuring Delbert Hutchison, Whitman College geneticist; Austin Archer, Walla Walla University psychologist; and Linda Clark, information services specialist, U.S. Census Bureau.

Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., Fine Arts Auditorium, Walla Walla University, Fourth Street and College Avenue -- "The Human Family Tree--A Migratory History of the Human Race," featuring a 96-minute film on the Genographic Project, followed by a community discussion.

In addition, beginning Oct. 9 there will be a "Who am I?" Identity Project display at the Walla Walla Public Library, featuring photos and short statements of participants on how they view their own identity. Photos and statements of interested adults and teenagers who have signed a consent form available at www.promotediversity.org will be taken at the Walla Walla Farmers Market on Saturday and from 2-4 pm on Oct. 9 at the library.

A key resource for this community exploration of race and identity is the Genographic Project, a research partnership of the National Geographic Society and IBM tracing the genetic and migratory history of the human race from its common origins and ancestors in Africa over 100,000 years ago.

Special resources for educators and others interested in pursuing the subject are available from National Geographic, including a 10-minute video introducing the project, which will be shown Wednesday, online at ubne.ws/bHYqov. A collection of additional materials called the Genographic Classroom Companion is also available free online at ubne.ws/9ccbtF.

For more information on these events or other coalition activities, contact coalition President Steve Rubin at Rubin1075@charter.net or 529-6209.

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