From the 12-bar blues to a place for everyone at the table, bar none.

The melting pot that is West Virginia University will be stirred with a positive recipe of outreach, awareness and friendship during 2005 Diversity Week observances Oct. 17-21.

Many Cultures, One CommunityWest Virginia University,is the theme of this years event, which is presented by WVU s Presidents Office for Social Justice.

That above-mentioned recipe includes a dash of socially aware blues from Alabama musician Willie King, mixed in with generous sprinklings of thought-provoking forums on ethnic diversity and other issues related the global community.

Thats what we are,Social Justice executive director Jennifer McIntosh said,Were a community. Were neighbors. I think we really found that out with Hurricane Katrina. This years theme is about the importance of living in harmony, and to do that we have to get to know one another better. And thats what this week is all about.

Highlights:

Monday, Oct. 17 Human outreach professionals from WVU and the community will sit down at the table for forums on diversity and conflict resolution (see schedule below). The Rhododendron Room and Mountainlair Ballrooms are the sites for the talks on reaching out and just simply being aware of the community around us.

Tuesday, Oct. 18 When peace takes root, harmony and awareness bloom. The native community from on-campus and the region will again gather down from Woodburn Hall for the official rededication of WVU s peace tree. The noontime ceremony celebrates Native American culture while calling for wars and conflicts to simply stop.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 Educator Dr. Ancella Bickley will talk about a pioneering black female who made a difference in the coalfields of southern West Virginia, during a time when women, and people of color, were definitely expected to know their place. Her talk,Memphis Tennessee Garrison: A Good Life, Well-Lived,will be at noon in the Mountainlair Ballrooms and is the keynote of the weeks annual Women of Color Luncheon.

Thursday, Oct. 20 Alabama bluesman Willie King can talk both about HowlinWolf and the current state in Washington. He filters it all through an electric guitar that can create a trance or make you dance. King and his band,The Liberators,will lay it all down in a 7 p.m. concert in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

Friday, Oct. 21 Its a blend of athleticism and ancient artistry: its Japanese fencing, and it will be served up at noon in the Mountainlair for a thrilling demonstration thats been a high point of Diversity Week observances in years past.

Other Diversity Week events:

Monday, Oct. 17

  • AIDS Awareness Table, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in front of Hatfields, Mountainlair
  • International exhibits, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Mountainlair Ballrooms
  • Presentation:Explorations of Stories from Around the World,6:30 p.m., Gluck Theatre
  • Presentation:Diversity and Conflict Resolution,6-7:15 p.m., Mountainlair Rhododendron Room
  • Diversity forums and panel discussion, 7-9 p.m., Mountainlair Ballrooms

Tuesday, Oct. 18

  • AIDS Awareness Table, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in front of Hatfields, Mountainlair
  • Peace Tree Ceremony, noon, across the Mountainlair
  • Presentation:The Ethics of Social Justice in Islam,5:30 p.m., Gluck Theatre
  • Presentation:Many Religions, One World,Mountainlair Rhododendron Room
  • Presentation:Understanding the Legislature 101,6 p.m., Mountainlair Shenandoah Room
  • Presentation:HIV 101,7-9 p.m., Mountainlair Rhododendron Room

Wednesday, Oct. 19

  • AIDS Awareness Table, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in front of Hatfields, Mountainlair
  • Women of Color Luncheon, noon, Mountainlair Ballrooms
  • Presentation:Human Rights and Social Justice Issues,2 p.m., Mountainlair Rhododendron Room
  • Def Poetry Jam, 7-9 p.m., Towers Gold Room
  • Presentation:Weaving a Bridge of Peace from our Mountain Traditions,7 p.m., Mountainlair Shenandoah Room

Thursday, Oct. 20

  • AIDS Awareness Table, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in front of Hatfields, Mountainlair
  • Universitys Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Disability Studies, 10 a.m., Mountainlair Shenandoah Room
  • Willie King, pre-performance, noon, Mountainlair Food Court; soul food lunch, Hatfields
  • Rape Education talk, 6:30 p.m., Mountainlair Rhododendron Room
  • Concert: Willie King and The Liberators, 7 p.m., Mountainlair Ballrooms

Friday, Oct. 21

  • AIDS Awareness Table, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in front of Hatfields, Mountainlair * Multicultural Lunch, 11 a.m., Hatfields, Mountainlair
  • Japanese fencing, noon, Mountainlair Commons
  • Soul food dinner, 5-7 p.m., Towers Dining Hall, featuring a 6:30 performance by Umojah Voices of Joy