February 7, 2007

Paralympic rugby player to headline Purdue's Project Respect series

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Mark Zupan, a Paralympic rugby player featured in the documentary "Murderball," will speak about disability awareness on March 6 at Purdue University.The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Zupan's talk is the feature event of Project Respect, an annual series designed to increase awareness of diversity. The year's series is scheduled for Feb. 20 through March 8 at various campus locations.

"We're showing the documentary about the competitive sport of quadriplegic rugby the week before Mark Zupan's lecture to give the audience a better understanding of the sport," said Catherine "Katie" Pope, director of the Women's Resource Office. "This is a chance for the entire community to learn more about people with disabilities, especially those who are quadriplegic."

Zupan is captain of the U.S. quadriplegic wheelchair rugby team, a two-time quad rugby national champion, the 2004 quad rugby player of the year and an Olympic quad rugby bronze medalist. He became paralyzed in 1993 after a car accident and now speaks to national audiences about how anyone can accomplish amazing feats.

"Murderball," sponsored by Purdue Student Union Board, will be shown at 8 p.m. March 1 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.

The complete schedule of Project Respect events includes:

*  Feb. 20, 5 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. "Mother Language Day." The international community has celebrated International Mother Language Day for the past six years. This discussion, sponsored by Purdue's Tagore Society, a group that studies the poetry and philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, takes a look into different cultures from around the world through short recitations based on works of international authors and artists.

*  Feb. 26 to March 2. Semana de la Raza/Week of the People, sponsored by the Latino Cultural Center, is a series of events intended to raise awareness on current issues facing Latinos. More information is available on the center's Web site at http://www.purdue.edu/lcc/.

*  Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 310. "A FreeZONE State of Mind" will be presented in a workshop format as a way to enhance state of mind beyond the everyday thoughts of life. The workshop, sponsored by the Student Orientation Committee, will include a diversity presentation.

*  Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Beering Hall, Room 1268. Learning through Experience and Awareness in Diversity peer mentors will facilitate leadership and learning experiences in diversity awareness.

*  March 5, 7 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. "Does Hip Hop Hate Women? A Community Dialogue." A town hall meeting sponsored by the Black Cultural Center to help people think through the range of issues associated with race and hip hop. A panel of leading hip hop intellectuals, activists and authors includes Tracy Sharply-Whiting, Joan Morgan, Raquel Rivera and Mark Anthony Neal. For information, call the Black Cultural Center at (765) 494-3092.

*  March 6, 10 a.m. Purdue Memorial Union, West Faculty Lounge. Disability Awareness Month Reception. Everyone is welcome.

*  March 8, noon. Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 156. Brown Bag Luncheon: "Dimensions of the Feminine as Seen Through the Veil" will feature Mary Pilat, associate professor in curriculum and instruction. The presentation will include images of physical and psychological examples of veiling in central Asia and the United States.

Project Respect, which was first organized in 2001, is sponsored by the Affirmative Action Office; African American Studies and Research Center; Black Cultural Center; Purdue Convocations; Diversity Resource Office and DiversiKey; Interfraternity Council; Latino Cultural Center; Office of the Dean of Students; Office of the Provost; Panhellenic Association; Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics; Purdue Student Union Board; Purdue Student Government; Student Access, Transition and Success Programs and Student Orientation Committee; University Residences; Office of the Vice President for Human Relations; Women Studies Program; and the Women's Resource Office.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Source: Katie Pope, (765) 494-9879, cepope@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Related Web sites:
Woman's Resource Office: http://www.purdue.edu/humanrel/wro

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