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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 83 No. 145
Racism workshop's effectiveness
may be limited by poor attendance
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Charles King's programs are designed to bring
racism out in the open. But while King still is sche
duled to start his workshop at 1 p.m. Friday, the
people whom the organizers wanted most to attend
probably will not be there.
Kenneth Gilreath, program consultant with Cam
pus Activities and Programs, said the University
Program Council Tri-Cuiture Committee invited 46
people, a mix of administrators, faculty and stu
dents, to serve as participants in King's workshop.
King, director of the Urban Crisis Center in
Atlanta, usually works with about 30 people in his
workshops, Gilreath said.
"We knew we were going to be cutting it close from
the start ," Gilreath said. "But as of Tuesday, we've
only received seven responses saying they were com
ing, and four who said they were not. The others, we
don't know where they're at."
"What it tells me is that while we have an adminis
tration that has to deal with other than white peo
ple, they refuse to discuss the problems they might
have with people of color."
King i3 the founder and president of the crisis
center and has presented his workshop for the Cen
tral Intelligence Agency, Congress, several universi
ties and private businesses. His programs attack
racism and bigotry in America,- and the workshop
participants are expected to respond -to his ques
tions about views on racism.
King has been giving his program for 15 years, and
has appeared on Donahue, COlIinutes, and Night
line. "I guarantee that he will intimidate some people.
He's about 6-4, 2 10 pounds and has a real d: ?p,
baritone voice, and he doesn't pull punches," Gil
reath said. If you say something real stupid about
race, hell tell you to your face you're a fooL"
Workshop participants leave with an increased
knowledge of minority viewpoints, Gilreath said.
"He's not a savior by any means," he said. "What he
is basically going to do is get people to admit blacks
and whites do have a problem. They don't under
stand each other because they come from different
socio-economic backgrounds, and have different
beliefs." . .
Because of those differences, it is for example
difficult to take a black student from a black neigh
borhood and put him in the same room with a white
student from a Nebraska farm background, Gilreath
"Everybody has their own prejudices to begin
with. Then, their personalities are going to conflict.
But some university offices act like those things
don't exist, or maybe they're not aware of them,"
King would admit those problems are there and
how they can be approached. But first, the adminis
trators who have to handle the problems should
admit theyre there. Attending King's workshop
could be the start of that, Gilreath said.
"The only excuse I can accept for these people not
being there is if they can guarantee themselves a
place in society where they will not have to ever
come in contact with people of color," Gilreath said.
Gilreath said it is possible for someone to gc
through UNL and never speak to a non-white
"If they can do that and go into the real world and
do the same thing, then fine, they shouldn't come,"
he said. "But ofTlces like housing do have to deal with
non-white people. Every single year there is some
conflict that comes up because of a black-white
Kouring. director Doug Zatecha said he declined
the invitation because he thought department's
budget might come this weekend.
"The timing is really unfortunate, because it's the
kind of program people should attend," he said.
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Plains studies new UNL major
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While many departments have had
program cuts, UNL's Great Plains Stu
dies department is expanding.
s The NU Board of Regents voted to
change Great Plains Studies from a
minor to a 30-hour major earlier this
month. The major will be offered next
Frederick Luebke, director of the
Center for Great Plains Studies, said
the change was made because faculty
and students expressed a want and
need for the major.
Great Plains courses always have
had a high enrollment rate, Luebke
said, but only a few of the students had
minors in the subject. While he does
not forsee a' drastic increase in the
number of declared majors, he said he
believes at least 1 2 students will major
in the, program.
Non-traditional students who re
turn to UNL to complete their degrees
show more interest in the program
than any other group, Luebke said.
Older people look at Nebraska as the
place they will always live, he said, and
they want to learn more about the
great plains as a region.
When the board changed the pro
gram's status, they also moved the
administrative responsibilities from
Integrated Studies to the Center for
Great Plains Studies.
Fran Kaye,a member ofthe center's
governing board and chairperson of
the curriculum committee, said the
administrative change came about be
cause students would have had to
meet both Great Plains Studies' and
the Arts and 'Science's requirements.
The studies department also did not
want to -handle an uncfUcial major,
Since the center-was established in
1976, Kaye said, the board has wanted
to cfTer a nrj-or in the area.
Luebke said the center is adminis
trative, but it will act like a depart
ment. The center will not hire faculty
members because the faculty and
courses already exist, he said. The cen
ter sets the requirements and helps
students plan the major,, he said.
Because the faculty and courses exist,
Luebke said, the program will cost very
Students will take courses in a var
iety of departments, he said. Currently,
15 courses fall under the great plains
major. The center plans to add fresh
man and senior seminars to the pro
gram, Luebke said.
Because most UNL students come
from Nebraska, Kaye said, the major
provides a way to combine their life
experiences with their education.
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