The Butte College main campus will feature over 30 workshops, events, speakers and films starting April1-11 for “Diversity Days”. This is an annual opportunity for the campus and community members to learn more about diversity, while expressing and exchanging ideas and discussing experiences.
This year’s first keynote speaker is Matt de la Peña, the author of four critically-acclaimed young adult novels, and an award-winning picture book, Ball Don’t Lie, which was made into a movie starring Ludacris and Nick Cannon. De la Peña will discuss “Reading and Writing on the Wrong Side of the Tracks” on Monday, April 1 at 11 a.m. in the main campus’ Black Box Theatre. An informal discussion with the speaker will be held in the Culture and Community Center (Swing Space F) at 1 p.m. the same day. Later that evening, the author hosts a Butte College Reading Series from 7-9 p.m. at the Chico Center Lounge, 2320 Forest Avenue.
Iranian-American writer, attorney, and activist Melody Moezzi speaks Thursday, April 4, on the topic “Writing for a Cause: Lessons in Faith, Culture, Gender and Disability.” Moezzi’s presentation begins at 11 a.m. in the Campus Center Lounge at the main campus. Other featured speakers include poets Kazim Ali, Blas Falconer, and Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Jeff Halper.
Additional topics and events during the week include “Bringing Down the New Jim Crow,” “Low cost/No Cost Resources for Students, Faculty and Staff,” “Songs and Stories: A Day in the Life of your Friendly Neighborhood Lesbian,” film screenings, dance performances, a Drag Ball, and a multicultural fashion show. Most events with the exception of the Drag Ball are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit www.facebook.com/ButteDiversity or for more information, contact Laura Rapozo-Davis at (530) 879-4341 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.