Visiting Speaker | Lee Mun Wah | MLK Series 2017–18

"Only a World Away!" Lecture

As a new world of different cultures enters into our classrooms and schools, what is needed to begin this journey together? How does one come to appreciate all the myriad of new perceptions and insights, resources and skills? Where does one begin? How does one avoid making mistakes or saying something offensive? And as we move into a global relationship, what now needs to be understood and respected? How does one come to appreciate and make use of all of the differences in language, customs, and beliefs?

In this talk, "Only a World Away," Wah outlines the tools and mindsets needed to sustain this new relationship and partnership. Learn how to listen and to respond cross-culturally, so that each person feels valued and appreciated, supported and acknowledged. For in actuality, we really are only a world away.

Participants will learn:

  • To notice the impact and intent of our communications

  • Ways to respond compassionately and openly about diversity issues

  • How to listen mindfully and with awareness

  • How personal stories can affect our perceptions and attitudes

  • Ways to create a sense of community through dialogue and stories

  • How to work with conflict and hurt when diversity issues are involved

  • How to converse from a diverse perspective

  • How racial differences can affect relationships, communication and behaviors

*Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

RISD Auditorium
17 Canal Walk, Providence RI

Event Type

MLK Series


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