Diversity Conference Celebrates 10th Year, Focuses on Music

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University's 10th Annual Diversity Conference will be held Oct. 23 and 24 at the Ogden and Davis campuses.

The theme for this year's event is "Diversity and Music: Telling Stories, Shaping Cultures, Transforming Lives." Participants at this year's event will have the opportunity to discuss and listen to music from different cultures and time periods.

James Makubuya, a native of Uganda and professor of music at Wabash College in Indiana, will be this year's keynote speaker. He is the founder of Wabash's world music program and world music performance ensemble, Wamidan.

When he was 8 years old, Makubuya learned to play his first musical instrument, the bowl lyre, which is a popular string instrument in east Africa. Since then, he has mastered 17 instruments from cultures throughout the world. He will focus on music's role and its influence on cultures as the keynote speaker when he speaks on Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom. He also will demonstrate some of his unique instruments and how they are played.

The conference will begin with an opening reception at the Weber State University Davis campus on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Barnes Banking Lecture Hall. It will continue the next day at the Ogden campus with the keynote address and panel sessions discussing "Music and the Latin Influence," "Drumming Across Cultures," "Jazz: An American Tradition," "Pioneer and Folk Traditions in Utah" and "Using Music as a Tool for Learning."

All events are free to the public. For more information on the conference, contact the Diversity Office at 801-626-6196.

Diversity Conference Schedule:

• Oct. 23: Opening Reception, 6-9 p.m., WSU Davis Barnes Banking Lecture Hall (2750 N. University Park Blvd., Layton).
• Oct. 24: Keynote address by James Makubuya, 9 a.m., Shepherd Union Ballroom.
• Oct. 24: Concurrent panel sessions; 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon; Shepherd Union Building.
• Oct. 24: Closing remarks and reception, 1 p.m., Shepherd Union Building.
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Forrest Crawford, assistant to the president for diversity
801-626-6338 • fcrawford@weber.edu
Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
801-626-7948 • travisclemens@weber.edu