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Newberry College to Host Ninth Annual Diversity Series

October 4, 2021


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced the schedule of events for its ninth annual Dufford Diversity & Inclusion Week. The series, set for Oct. 25 through Nov. 1, is designed to inspire appreciation for differences of humanity and bring people together on common ground.


The annual series began in 2013 with the vision and generosity of Dr. William “Bill” Dufford '49, who continues to sponsor the program. Dufford made history in 1969 as the school administrator responsible for integrating the Sumter County school system. As an educator, he has been a lifelong advocate for civil rights and quality education for all.


This year’s program will include the following events, all of which are free and open to the public. Masks are required in all indoor spaces on the Newberry College campus and in the Newberry Opera House.


Monday, Oct. 25: DDIW Symposium

·       Educator Brandarius Jones '20, at noon on Setzler Field

·       Retired educator Moses King '76, at 2 p.m. in Kohn Lecture Hall

·       Graduate student Aubrey Guyton '21, at 3:30 p.m. at the Center for Teacher Education, 1121 Speers St.


Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m.: Keynote address by Billy Keyserling and Mike Greenly, under the tent at the Alumni Music Center. Keyserling, retired Beaufort, South Carolina, mayor and legislator, is co-author of “Sharing Common Ground: Promises Unfulfilled but Not Forgotten,” which offers a new approach to gaining a shared understanding of our value to each other. His co-author Greenly, a Beaufort native now living in New York, is a former Avon executive, lyricist, writer and speech coach.


Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.: “Cross That River” performance at the Newberry Opera House. These performances take audiences on a musical journey about how slaves-turned-cowboys helped settle the American West. These performances have been made free thanks to the support of Newberry Arts For All.


Wednesday, Oct. 27, at noon and 2 p.m.: “Tearing Down the Wall of Prejudice & Discrimination” workshop in the Gnann conference room in the Center for Teacher Education. Sponsored by the Social Justice Club.


Friday, Oct. 29, at noon: Room dedication for Nancy Lou Anderson Glasgow '70, at the Center for Teacher Education. This event will honor Glasgow, a Newberry native and Newberry College’s first African American graduate. A reception will follow in the garden.


Monday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m.: “Underrepresented Composers” performance in Wiles Chapel. This concert will feature the works of historically underrepresented musical composers, including those of Chickasaw pianist Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate and Black violinist Jessie Montgomery.

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