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PR # 48 October 3, 2008

RVCC TO PRESENT PUBLIC CONVERSATION ON RACE

Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Social Justice will present a new series on ?Community Conversations.? The series is designed to bring together diverse members of the College and the community at-large for the purpose of building stronger communities through supported dialogue.

?Community Conversations? will be launched with a program focusing on the documentary Meeting David Wilson , Thursday, October 23, at 7 p.m., in the Conference Center at the College?s North Branch Campus.

The program, which is free of charge and open to the community, will include a short clip from the film Meeting David Wilson , an informal dialogue with filmmaker David Wilson and a panel discussion. The entire documentary will be available for viewing at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting David Wilson was produced by David Wilson, a 28-year-old African-American journalist who investigates his family?s history in order to learn more about racial divisions in America. Through his research his meets another David Wilson?a descendent of his family?s slave master.

Participants at the RVCC program will be encouraged to discuss their personal experiences of race and racism, to consider multiple viewpoints and ultimately, make their communities more inclusive and respectful of others.

For additional information, contact Peppy Margolis, 908-526-1200, ext. 8524.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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