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Office of Education and Community Outreach
Life Hall, Room 130D

Diversity Week

The MSU community celebrates Diversity Week, an initiative of the Office of Education and Community Outreach and Equity and Diversity Programs. This multi-disciplinary program, is seeking to instill a University and community-wide appreciation and tolerance for diverse perspectives. Consisting of art exhibits, lectures. arts residencies, performances, and a conference - the event unites students, faculty, staff, alumni and surrounding community members in an inclusive setting.

Other Past Events


Thursday, March 8, 2012 – 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Student Center Ballrooms

Mirta Ojito College of the Arts Co-Sponsors
MIRTA OJITO ~ Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter

Professor Ojito, an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, has received numerous awards for her writing, including a shared Pulitzer. Her first book, “Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus” was released in 2005. Ms. Ojito continues to write for the New York Times as well as other publications.

For more information about this author please click here.
Admission: Free


Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
University Hall, Room 1040


Ahmed Ahmed is one of the biggest Egyptian American comedians in the world. He was the recipient of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for Ethnic Comedy at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, and recently directed and starred in the documentary film called “Just Like Us”. In his directorial debut “Just Like Us”, Ahmed strives to depict the Middle East as a place that is quite similar to America and the rest of the world by showing that audiences in locations like Dubai, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt share the same sense of humor and illustrates how catharsis through laughter is a universal concept.


Reyna Grande


College of the Arts Co-Sponsors Prize-Winning Author Reyna Grande - Crossing Borders: An Author's Journey Across a Hundred Mountains

March 3, 2011 - 1:00pm - Student Center Ballroom A

Latino(a) Caucus Annual Lecture Series

This 2nd lecture for this series will feature Reyna Grande. Winner of the American Book Award, El Premio Aztlan Literary Award, and International Latino Book Award

Born in Mexico in 1975, Reyna Grande was raised by her grandparents after her parents left her behind while they worked in the U.S. She came to America at the age of nine as an undocumented immigrant and went on to become the first person in her family to obtain a higher education.

She is the critically-acclaimed author of the novel Across A Hundred Mountains (Atria 2006), for which she received an American Book Award (2007) and El Premio Aztlan Literary Award (2006). Her latest novel, Dancing with Butterflies, was published in October 2009 to rave reviews. It received a 2010 International Latino Book Award in the Best Women's Issues category.

For more information about this author please click here.


September 30, 2010 - 7:30pm - University Hall Conference Center [7th Floor]

College of the Arts Co-Sponsors Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Junot Díaz

Author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" to do literary reading and book signing

Multiple award-winning novelist, editor, and university professor, Junot Díaz will conduct a literary reading and book signing at Montclair State University on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. The event, which will be held in on the 7th floor of University Hall in the Conference Center, is free and open to all members of the University community as well as the general public. For more information on this event click here.

Junot Diaz Poster

March 30, 2010 - 4:00pm - University Hall Room 1040

Latino(a) Caucus Annual Lecture Series

The inaugural lecture for this series will feature Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., whose research addresses issues of education, power, diversity, and social justice. For more information about Dr. Noguera please see this webpage.

March 27, 2010 - 7pm - Memorial Auditorium

Huaxia Chinese Chorus - 2010 Spring Concert
Celebrating MSU’s Chinese Festival of Arts & Humanities 2010

Huaxia Chorus Poster

For more information about the Huaxia Chinese Chorus please click here.
For more information about MSU's Chinese Festival of Arts and Humanities 2010 please click here.


September 1, 2009 – February 1, 2010 - Life Hall Exhibition Space, MSU

Passports to Remembrance:
These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

Featuring photography from the Creative Aging Initiative program of the Montclair Arts Council, documenting the lives of senior citizens. Forty subjects were photographed with a piece of memorabilia of special significance to them. A senior photographer and a senior interviewer recorded each participant's remembrance. The project provides the public with insights into the personal histories and experiences of this generation. Please see full Press Release here.

Montclair Arts Council


April 2-3, 2008 - American Spring! Listen to the podcast preview here

The general public together with our entire University community - on-campus, alumni, and "extended family", - are warmly invited to American Spring! - a free, informal, and unique arts & humanities festival of opera, drama, dance, and audience interaction featuring distinguished visiting authors and performers, as well as MSU College of the Arts' students and faculty.

There is no charge for this performance, but tickets are required.Tickets are available at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office (12-6pm Mon-Fri). Call 973-655-5112 for ticket information.

For more information about American Spring! contact Kathleen Reddington, or call 973.655.7071


February 2007 - Amy Marshall Dance/YMCA performance

The Amy Marshall Dance Company, a nationally renowned New York based company, brought modern dance to the Montclair YMCA after-school program during an eight week residency. The goal to produce a heightened arts awareness and understanding of dance surpassed original expectations. The YMCA participating students will perform as the pre-show for the Amy Marshall Dance Company, showcasing compositions they created through the newfound exposure.

The Amy Marshall Dance Company will perform four athletic, diverse works that excite and inspire audiences of all ages.

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This partnership between OECO and Amy Marshall Dance culminated with the Ballroom project.


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