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Artist and photographer Wing Young Huie inspires reflection on biases

Posted on Nov 13, 2012

UW-Superior hosted photographer Wing Young Huie for a three-day campus conversation focused on issues of race.

Huie, a Duluth native is internationally renowned for his award-winning photography that reflects the changing cultural landscape of our communities. He encouraged students, faculty, and staff to explore their biases as they interpret photographs and come to know the stories behind the photos. 

Huie's visit culminated in a campus-wide "Chalk Talk" on Thursday allowing participants the opportunity to ask questions of someone they do not necessarily know to gain insight into the preconceptions people have of each other.

The resulting photographs captured both the dialogue and faces of participants -- and challenged people taking part to look beyond these assumptions. The powerful photographs are on display in the Old Main, 2nd floor hallway Nov 12-16.

During Huie's residency on campus, approximately 450 participants attended one or more of the 17 events arranged to offer a variety of experiences with the photographer-artist.

Student groups hosting informal discussions during meals included Gender Equity, Sojourners, Teacher Education, Chinese Student and Scholars, World, and Multicultural Students.

Visual Arts and Communicating Arts, and Educational Leadership students attended lectures and workshops, while select Visual Art students, under the direction of Pope Wright, shadowed and documented Huie's visit through photographs and sketches.

Teacher Education students worked with Huie to move forward a photography project designed to create an inclusive environment using photographs UW-Superior pre-service teachers working with Superior school children to visually reflect the diversity within our campus and community. The Duluth-Superior community was invited to participate in a Chalk Talk event Wednesday evening.

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.  

Huie's visit to UW-Superior 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, and Social Inquiry, the Chancellor's Office, and UW-Superior Making Excellence Inclusive grant funds.

Organizers for the events included Beth Austin, Chip Beal, Tammy Fanning, Eri Fujieda, Kathy Hubbard Tara Kachgal, Carol Knoble, Mary Lee-Nichols, Ephraim Nikoi, Ivy Vainio, and Pope Wright.

News Contact: Al Miller | 715-394-8260 | amiller{atuws}
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