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Anti-Hate Week set for Oct. 24-28, Monday keynote by Stan Pearson

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Stan Pearson, keynote speaker Oct. 24
Stan Pearson, keynote speaker Oct. 24

North Central College invites community members to experience this year’s activities for the College’s annual Anti-Hate Week Oct. 24-28. Events include a talk from keynote speaker Stan Pearson, a film screening, multimedia tour called the Tunnel of Oppression and more.

The following events are open to the public:

Monday, Oct. 24
•    Keynote speaker Stan Person will discuss issues of racism and stereotypes in a way that merges entertainment and education with the goal of helping people in social situations and in mixed company. The talk, titled “Just Because I Am, Doesn’t Mean ...” is free and begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the theater at Meiley Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St.
•    Starting at 6 p.m., members of the campus community will participate in the “We Love” march, which starts at Kiekhofer Hall, 329 E. School St., and proceeds to Meiley-Swallow Hall for the keynote talk at 7 p.m. The first “We Love” march took place during last year’s Anti-Hate Week when the announcement of the College’s screening for the film “The Anatomy of Hate” generated threats of protest from a group called the Westboro Baptist Church. Students organized a peaceful counter-protest, dubbed the “We Love” march, which is being repeated this year.   
Wednesday, Oct. 26
•    The Tunnel of Oppression is a multimedia tour designed to challenge ideas and perceptions of issues dealing with oppression. Free tours take place throughout the day; experience a 20-minute walk through the tunnel between 4 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Harold and Eva White Activities Center (WAC), 325 E. Benton Ave. Sign up in advance at the front desk of WAC.

Thursday, Oct. 27
•    The free screening of the award-winning documentary “State of Fear: The Truth About Terrorism” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. “State of Fear” is based on the work of Peru’s Truth Commission and dramatizes the human and societal costs a democracy faces when it wages a war on terror. The director Paco de Onis will introduce and briefly discuss the film.

Friday, Oct. 28
•    The Union—North Central College’s weekly venue for spiritually significant music, film and art—presents Open Mic Night and FM Supreme at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at 129 W. Benton Ave. Attendees can share their original work on open mic and hear female rapper and poet FM Supreme. Tickets are free to North Central students, $10 at the door and $8 in advance; call 630-637-SHOW (7469).

Anti-Hate Week and the keynote address are student-organized events, sponsored by the College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. The Student Governing Association and Blue Key Honor Society are coordinating the “We Love” march, and the Office of Ministry and Service is hosting The Union.   

These events are among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of lectures, musical performances, art exhibits and theatrical and dance productions, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).