FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2005
Leif Bentsen, Coordinator, Human Rights Council
Jennifer James and Raymond Reyes
Keynote Speakers at Annual Human Rights Conference
PORT ORCHARD, WA—“A
World that Works for All” is the theme for the 15th Annual Kitsap County
Human Rights Conference on Friday, December 9, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at
Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo. The event, sponsored the Kitsap Board of County
Commissioners and Council for Human Rights, will feature ten regional and
national experts speaking on human rights issues.
Well-known cultural anthropologist Jennifer James will open the conference
with “Cultural Intelligence—Thinking in the Future Tense.” James will
address the impact of the accelerating pace of change in society, cultures
and the economy, and the importance of understanding one’s own culture as
well as the culture of others as being an essential skill for a nation
competing in a global economy.
Dr. James is a speaker and consultant who travels all over the world
sharing her expertise in cultural change, diversity and marketing
intelligence. Previously, she served on the University of Washington faculty
for 18 years, and has been a columnist for the Seattle Times and radio talk
Continuing the theme from the opening session and breakout sessions,
Professor Raymond Reyes will close out the conference with “Future Tense in
the Present World” by demonstrating successful methods and models of
multicultural community development, including his work in North Kitsap.
Prof. Reyes is Associate Vice President for diversity at Gonzaga University.
As a consultant, he has worked with a number of communities and
organizations, including the North Kitsap School District for the past
several years. One of the offshoots of his North Kitsap efforts was the
school district and the Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes joined
together to create a broad-based multicultural and diversity awareness
committee last year. Committee members include representatives from
education, business, religious faith, non-profit and government.
Breakout session topics and speakers include:
- Living Voices—a Native Visions multi-media performance
- Homeland Security and Its Discontents: first amendment attorney
Bruce Johnson and Davis Wright Tremaine
- Human Rights 101: Jonathon Garfunkel, MEd and Edward Mikel, PhD
(Pedagogical considerations for the practice of human rights education
in community-based education, as well as elementary, middle and high
- Personal journeys and 150 years of Black history in Kitsap County:
Patrice Moncure Thomas, MEd
- White Washing Yellow Faces—Looking Like the Enemy: Dr. Frank
- Hate Activity in the Northwest: Rob Jacobs, Regional Director,
- The Commission and Its Role, WASL, Health Care and Other Issues
Facing All of Us: Ellen Abellera, Executive Director, Governor's
Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
Reservations must be made in advance, and seating is limited.
Registration forms and additional information can be found on the county web
page www.kitsapgov.com, or by calling 360-337-4883.