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David Pilgrim

November 16, 2010

Casey Academic Center Forum, 4:30 p.m.

"THEM: Images of Separation"

Dr. David Pilgrim is the Chief Diversity Officer at Ferris State University and one of this country's leading experts on issues relating to multiculturalism, diversity and race relations. He has been interviewed by National Public Radio, Time magazine, the British Broadcasting Corporation and dozens of newspapers, including The New York Times,

Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. Pilgrim is best known as the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum—a 5,000-piece collection of racist artifacts located at Ferris State University. The museum uses objects of intolerance to teach tolerance. Pilgrim’s lecture, “THEM: Images of Separation,” will showcase items from popular culture used to stereotype different groups. The negative imagery—found on postcards, license plates, games, souvenirs and costumes—promoted stereotyping against such groups as African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Jews and poor whites, as well as those who are “other” in terms of body type or sexual orientation. Dr. Pilgrim will discuss the connection between race and cultural memorabilia to show how discrimination and stereotyping are not just black/white issues, but much more pervasive.

Sponsored by: The Sophie Kerr Committee, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and
the Department of Art and Art History