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4/5/2007 Linfield to celebrate Diversity Week

McMINNVILLE - Linfield College students will host a weeklong series of events April 16-20 in celebration of Diversity Week at the college.

The week will kick off with African drumming lessons and a performance by Sebe Kan featuring Sekou Soumah, on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. Soumah teaches West African Dance and Djembe classes in Portland.

On Tuesday, April 17, Mike McGee, individual world poetry slam champion, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. McGee is a writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic.

Linfield senior Maria Arrien of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, will give salsa lessons for all levels on Wednesday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in the upper gym of the Health, Human Performance and Athletics Building.

On Thursday, April 19, Portland-based professional duo Brazz Tree will perform at Cat-Cab at 9 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. The duo will play music inspired by traditional Eastern and Western compositions.

Students from two Oregon State University Greek organizations, Gamma Alpha Omega and Omega Delta Phi, will perform a variety of strolls and step dances on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

Nicole Miller, Linfield Activities Board Cultural Chair and event coordinator, said the weeks' events are an opportunity to celebrate diversity at Linfield.

"Diversity is often talked about through race, ethnicity and culture," said Miller, a senior majoring in English and education. "But there is also diversity within specific cultures where everyone looks the same. Diversity has a lot to do with our experiences and how they shape us into different individuals. It's important to celebrate the diversity here at Linfield College as well as throughout the community and world."

For more information, contact Miller at or 503-515-8853.