Lecture Opens Dialogue on Building Community in Our Multicultural World

Tensions can be spotted in communities that are becoming more racially, culturally and religiously diverse, but finding signs of progress in embracing the benefits of life in such a rich community can be more challenging.

To open dialogue about ways in which communities could move from forced multiculturalism toward becoming intentionally intercultural is the point of a program on Intercultural Community Living. The event, hosted by Duquesne University's Center for Spiritan Studies, will be Thursday, April 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Duquesne Union's Africa Room. A reception will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.

"Intercultural Community Living is about discovering what kinds of changes and interpersonal skills are necessary if we are to live in peace and mutual respect," the Rev. James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp., director of the Center for Spiritan Studies, explained. "Do we merely tolerate others different from us, or do we learn to make ex pluribus unum-one from many?"

The Rev. Anthony J. Gittins, C.S.Sp., Professor Emeritus of Theology and Culture at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, chair of Duquesne's Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, will discuss the interpersonal skills needed for multicultural communities to thrive.

The speakers will address this topic in relation to formerly homogeneous religious bodies that now embrace members from around the world, and from a more local perspective by considering traditionally ethnic communities that are becoming increasingly multicultural.

Those attending are asked to RSVP. More information is available on the Center for Spiritan Studies' events page.

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