Gary native, TV critic to speak Friday at IUN

By Meredith Colias-Pete - Contact Reporter Post-Tribune

A Gary native and NPR television critic will speak at Indiana University Northwest on Friday.

Eric Deggans will be the lunch keynote speaker during an education conference called "Exploring Partnerships for the Future." It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Savannah Center’s Bergland Auditorium on the Gary campus.

He will speak on his book, “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.”

Deggans is an IU graduate, veteran journalist and Chair of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors.

The conference is open to the public and geared toward teachers, education professionals or others interested in school issues.

Themes will include school access, educational achievement, and the rule of community partnerships to achieve it. Its luncheon will also recognize community members for their contributions to diversity, officials said.

Participating organizations include the City of Gary, the Gary Commission on the Social Status of Black Males, Ivy Tech Community College, the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, and Gary’s St. John Baptist Church.

“From after-school enrichment activities to early education initiatives and innovative career and college preparatory programs, we know that there are incredible organizations and individuals working hard to improve educational outcomes in Northwest Indiana,” James Wallace, director of the Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs office, said in a release.

The event marks IU’s bicentennial, a series of projects and programs leading up to the university’s 200th anniversary in 2020, officials said in a release.

Registration is requested. Go to iun.edu/diversity/new-events/index.html, or contact Wallace at jamewall@iun.edu or 219-980-6596.

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