Community forum to celebrate diversity planned for Monday at Cal Poly

Cal Poly and the city of San Luis Obispo will present a community forum called Celebrating Diversity on Monday to address the virtues of living and learning in a diverse society, according to university officials.

The free, public event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Cal Poly’s Christopher Cohan Center with a reception to follow.

The event will feature speeches and a discussion; Black History Month exhibits; music and poetry; and a presentation honoring 98-year-old local photographer Joe Schwartz.

The keynote address will be delivered by Paul Gardullo, curator of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Also speaking will be Cal Poly Provost Kathleen Enz Finken; Betsy Umhofer, aide to U.S. Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara; local radio talk show host David Congalton; San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Howell Marx; and James A. Miller, director of the Center for the Study of Public History and Culture at The George Washington University.

A discussion will feature Congalton, Miller, Gardullo, San Luis Obispo City Councilman John Ashbaugh, and several Cal Poly students, faculty members and administrators.

For information, contact Harvey Levenson at 756-1108 or hlevenso@calpoly.edu   or visit http://grci.calpoly.edu/promos/diversity.html.