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Day of Tolerance discussion

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Nov. 14 panel discussion and ceremony will mark International Day of Tolerance and set the stage for International Education Week.

International Day of Tolerance, observed on Nov. 16, is managed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, an agency of the United Nations. View the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance that form the foundation of the annual celebration.

Article 1 of the declaration reads, in part: "Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference."

International Education Week, Nov. 17-21, is managed by U.S. departments of State and Education. St. Cloud State's IEW observance is Nov. 9-22.

Moderating the panel, which is titled "Global Education for Social Change," will be Thy Yang, associate vice president of international studies.

Panelists are:

  • Guy Djoken, president of the U.S. Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations
  • Nico Jooste, director of international programs, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Marshall Davis Jones, poet, Los Angeles
  • Kathryn Johnson, director, Confucius Institute, St. Cloud State
  • Sonni Sellner, graduate student, St. Cloud State
  • Brady Forseth, executive director, Starkey Hearing Foundation

Following the panel, a ceremony will establish the Minnesota UNESCO Chapter and SCSU Student UNESCO Club.

The panel discussion and ceremony are sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: Multicultural
Student Services, Confucius Institute and Center for International Studies.

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