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Acclaimed photographer joins campus and community in discussions about bias

Posted on Nov 5, 2012
Campus and community will join Wing Young Huie in exploring complex issues surrounding perceptions and personal biases.

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning photographer Wing Young Huie visits the University of Wisconsin–Superior Nov. 6, 7 and 8 as the campus community continues conversations focused on diversity.

Through workshops, lectures, activities, and informal meetings, students, faculty, and staff will have opportunities to explore complex issues surrounding perceptions and personal biases brought to campus.  

The three-day artist-in-residence event will culminate in a campus-wide event, "Chalk Talk: More than a Conversation about Race," through which people will engage in dialogue on a personal level. Guided by Huie, participants will challenge biases they bring to campus in a non-confrontational environment. This will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Erlenbach Lecture Hall and main floor gathering area in Swenson Hall.

UW-Superior will host a public conversation led by Huie for campus and community from 7 to 8 p.m.  Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Attendees will participate in an activity designed for Huie's critically acclaimed University Avenue Project, a public art installation of photographs that captured the complex cultural and socioeconomic diversity in neighborhoods of St. Paul. More than a conversation about race, a series of open-ended questions will encourage interaction between people, challenging preconceptions they have about themselves and others.  

Between classroom and campus-wide events, various student groups have arranged meals that will allow them to get to know Huie and learn from his expertise in photography that reflects the diverse and ever-changing cultural landscape of our country.  

Special projects that will take place during Huie's visit include an initiative within the Department of Educational Leadership in which Huie will guide participants in photographing Teacher Education students as they work with area youth in classrooms and Academic Service Learning sites. The photographs will be used to visually create a welcoming environment in the hallways on the second floor of Swenson Hall to reflect the diverse community in which we live.  

In addition, a group of students from the Visual Arts Department will have an opportunity to shadow the photographer throughout his visit and capture the work and art of Huie through their own photography.  

Wing Young Huie grew up in Duluth, the only child in his Chinese-American family of eight born in the United States. His work was featured recently in the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit at The Depot in Duluth. At the closing reception for this exhibit now touring the country, Duluth Mayor Donald Ness proclaimed September 27, 2012, to be "Wing Young Huie Day," in honor of Huie's "inspirational work that challenges us to opens our eyes to the diversity and cultures that surround us."  

The event was made possible through collaborative support from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Gender Equity Center, International programs, Campus Life, the departments of Educational Leadership, Visual Arts, Communicating Arts, Social Inquiry, and the University of Wisconsin Making Excellence Inclusive grant funds.  

News Contact: Al Miller | amiller{atuws}
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