Exterior of the Student Union building

Northeastern to host annual Asian heritage conference

Friday, April 1, 2016

Northeastern Illinois University will host the 21st Annual Asian, Asian-American Heritage Conference on Monday, April 4, and Thursday, April 7, on the Main Campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago.

Organized by Northeastern’s Asian and Global Resource Center, the conference gives the University community an opportunity to increase its awareness and understanding of Asian and Asian American culture and traditions. This year’s theme is “Asians and Asian Americans: Multiple Stories.”

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Yasmin Ranney at (773) 442-5441 or y-ranney@neiu.edu.

Here is the schedule of events:

Monday, April 4, 2016

5:40-6:55 p.m., LWH 1001
Multicultural Women Leaders
Introduction: Yasmin A. Ranney, director, NEIU Asian/Global Resource Center
Moderator: Hossein Birjandi, instructor, College of Business and Management
Participants: NEIU students (MGT378 Managing Diversity in Organizations)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

10:50-12:05 p.m., SU 214
From Syria’s Tadmor Detention Camp to Harvard
The journey of a no-opinion prisoner Bara Sarraj, a Syrian-American forced to take exile in the U.S.
Introduction/moderator: Roumiana Stankova, instructor, Philosophy Department, NEIU
Presenter: Bara Sarraj, PhD, Harvard University; assistant professor, Biology, Harold Washington College; author, “From Syria’s Tadmor Detention Camp to Harvard” (Arabic)

3-4:30 p.m., B 159
Nowruz
Nowruzor “new day” – with its uniquely Iranian characteristics, is the celebration of the vernal equinox and the creation of life. It is the most cherished of all Iranian festivals and is observed in one form or another by many cultures across the globe. Seven trays filled with symbolic objects representing truth, justice, good thoughts, good deeds, virtue, prosperity, generosity and long life are displayed. Stop by and sample food, see displays of a traditional Nowruz table, Iranian books and handicrafts. Sponsored and hosted by Northeastern’s Iranian faculty, staff and students.                                                

3-4:30 p.m., LIB 022
Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief: Fascinating Native Americans in Chicago History
A lecture-discussion with Dave Beck and Rosalyn LaPier, University of Montana-based historians and co-authors of “City Indian: Native American Activism in Chicago, 1893-1934.”