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Department News - Fall 2013
Tufts alum, Joel Perez, performs in "Fun Home"
The New England Theatre Conference, Inc. (NETC)
3rd Annual Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference was on
October 18, 2013
RENT twenty years later: Talking about diversity
The challenge of defining diversity extends across the Tufts community as well. For example, looking across a roomful of students clad in jeans and t-shirts, who can immediately pinpoint an individual's sexual orientation, religious faith, economic background, or family situation?
When we impose our assumptions on other members of our community, we not only reveal our own inherent biases, we undermine the root meaning of the word diversity, which encompasses the notion of turning -- as in turning from the one to the many, turning from the familiar to the strange. "Googling" a definition of diversity on the internet yields over fifty-three million hits. We hope that our production of RENT, re-considered twenty years after its original presentation, will invite audiences to turn their attention to the millions of definitions and possibilities inherent in the word "diversity."
The Tufts community engages consistently with definitions of diversity and its meaning in higher education and the campus experience. What follows below is by no means a complete list, but offers some useful links for those interested in learning more about current campus initiatives, alumni activities, campus discussions, and upcoming events:
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