Lunch & Learn – “Diversity; Personal and in the Classroom”


Iceberg – from Wikimedia Commons

“Diversity” is a frequently misunderstood term.  In this session, we will explore what “diversity” means to us personally and here at Ferris.  Students will be invited to discover their personal “multiculturalism”, and to explore the richness that comes from understanding and appreciating a Stranger’s “difference”.  We will use the Iceberg Metaphor for cultural analysis (Ting-Toomey and Chung) to guide our journey and we will apply a research strategy originated at the University of Iowa in the 1950’s by Manfred Kuhn and his colleagues as they “created” the discipline of sociology, stimulated by the Symbolic Interactionist perspective taught by G. H. Mead at the University of Chicago.  But don’t let the names and terms intimidate:  this activity will be fun, provocative and personally insightful!

Professor Sandy Alspach will be presenting this Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, September 24 from 11:00-11:50am in the Honors Conference Room, PIC 142C.  Of course, pizza from Jet’s will be provided! To RSVP, please e-mail or call the Honors office at 231.591.2216.