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The Misericordia University Multicultural Education Department has planned a series of educational programming for Dream Week 2013, Feb. 18-21, in honor of African American History Month in February. All programming is open to the public and is free of charge.

Dream Week 2013 begins Monday, Feb. 18 with the presentation, “The Taino: The Native Americans Who Discovered Columbus,’’ by Bobby Gonzalez from 6-8 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. Gonzalez is a nationally known multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller and poet. He draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a unique repertoire of discourses, readings and performances that celebrate his indigenous heritage.

Roya Fahmy Swartz is presenting, “Conflict Resolution through Theater: Middle East Conflicts,’’ on Wedneday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the Henry Student Lounge. Swartz has made a career of bringing together people of diverse racial, cultural and religious backgrounds, including Palestinian and Israeli youths, to promote peace. In her workshops, she uses both fine and performing arts to promote multicultural awareness.

“The Educational and Psychological Needs of HIV/AIDS Orphans in Kenya,’’ will be presented by Tata J. Mbugua, Ph.D., on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. in the McGowan Room of the Bevevino Library. Dr. Mbugua is an associate professor education at The University of Scranton. She worked as a social scientist and program director at the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya, after completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi. She has more than 19 years of teacher training experience at the collegiate level, having taught at Ohio University where she completed her master’s and doctoral degrees.

Dream Week 2013 also features the film, “Stonewall,’’ on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the McGowan Room of the Bevevino Library. The 1995 film depicts the 1969 riot by drag queens at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, N.Y.

For more information about the slate of events scheduled for African American History Month at Misericordia University, call Maria Cabrera, multicultural student outreach coordinator, at 570.674.6160 or e-mail her at mcabrera@misericordia.edu.

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