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Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Community Conversation

Strengthening community and our work in UAA

The Community Conversation series was launched in 2013 and is a quarterly series that promotes UAA-wide conversations about issues relevant to UAA, and encourages using major lessons from the conversation to advance our work.


UAA Communication Conversation
Tuesday, Nov. 19 | 3:30-5:00 p.m.
220 Odegaard Undergraduate Library

Each conversation will center on a literary, artistic, or newsworthy work that focuses on issues relevant to UAA. Each quarter UAA staff will read, view or otherwise engage with the material and participate in topical discussions with UAA colleagues at staff meetings, small group gatherings, and a quarterly UAA-wide Community Conversation.

Autumn Quarter 2013

chimamanda adichie pics for cc webpageFall quarter’s Community Conversation subject is the TED talk “The Danger of a Single Storypresented by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In her talk, Ms. Adichie calls out the risk of the single story, and that of buying into it, and how perpetuating the negative story “flattens” the person into a narrative that is not necessarily theirs. “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”

The UAA-wide Community Conversation is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 3:30-5 p.m., Odegaard 220. Light refreshments will be provided.  Discussion questions are forthcoming.

Suggest a Conversation Topic

Has a book, article, poem, movie, television episode, or other work ever caused you to pause and reflect in a way that impacted your understanding of yourself and the work you do?

If so, please make a suggestion for the next UAA Community Conversation!