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Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week

Oct 16 2017

Oct. 16-23, 2017


Newberry College will host the fifth annual Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week from Oct. 16 – 23, 2017, as part of its efforts to promote appreciation for diversity and create a culture of inclusiveness that values, respects and supports of every person. All events are free and open to the public except where noted.


“Each year, we host a variety of stimulating events that we hope will help students, faculty and staff broaden their perspectives,” said Dr. Peggy Barnes-Winder, director of Diversity Education at Newberry College. “Our goal is to help participants develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the unique differences of our humanity and the values and beliefs that form our individual identities.”




MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2017

Breaking Down Barriers

7:30 p.m.

Alumni Music Center, Newberry College

Free and open to the public. Eligible for student FAL credit.

World-class Paralympic sprinter Jerome Singleton Jr., and former Director of Public Safety for Orangeburg, S.C., Wendell Davis ’81, will speak on some of the obstacles they have overcome over the course of their careers.


TUESDAY, OCT. 17, 2017

Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice

7:30 p.m.

Wiles Chapel, Newberry College

Free and open to the public. Eligible for student FAL credit.

Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization founded to combat hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation, will discuss SPLC’s history, landmark legal cases and describe current efforts for equal justice. She also will discuss SPLC’s internationally recognized efforts to track and expose the activities of hate groups and the nativist movement and monitor militia and other extremist antigovernment activity.


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18, 2017

Martial Artists and Acrobats of China

7:30 p.m.

Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St., Newberry)

Tickets: $20-40; Order online at

Eligible for student FAL credit.

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, an award-winning acrobatic troupe from China, offers a thrilling performance of martial arts, juggling acts, contortion tricks, aerial stunts and feats of balance. 


THURSDAY, OCT. 19, 2017

Gerding Author Series Speaker

7 p.m.

Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St, Newberry

Eligible for student FAL credit.

Danny Gardner, author of “A Negro and an Ofay,” will speak at the Newberry Opera House about his novels and his career as an author, comedian, actor, director and screenwriter.


MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017

Documentary Video and Book Signing with Dr. William Dufford

5:30 p.m.

Center for Teacher Education, 1121 Speers Street, Newberry

Eligible for student FAL credit.

Screening of the documentary video of Dr. William Dufford’s life as an educator and the administrator who led the integration of the Sumter school district. Dufford will sign copies of his newly published book,” My Tour Through the Asylum: A Southern Integrationist’s Memoir.”


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