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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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“Beyond Words” Takes a Look at How We See Ourselves

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (March 6, 2008) – We look at it. We laugh at it. We all have it – body image. UCM’s Office of Community Engagement will provide the community with the opportunity to develop a stronger understanding of discrimination based upon how we look in the return of the successful annual Beyond Words Oppression Experience program.

“Body Image” is the theme for Beyond Words 2008. The program, consisting of 45-minute tours conducted every half hour, is scheduled for March 18-19 in the Ozark Room of the University Conference Center at 400 Anderson Street. During the tours, participants will experience a series of events that will allow them to understand firsthand the effects of discrimination based upon perceptions of body image as seen in the media and in real life. At the conclusion of the tour, those participating can reflect on how the experience affected them.

Free tours for groups of 25 or less are conducted every half hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. p.m. Wednesday, March 19.  Groups should make reservations by contacting the Office of Community Engagement at 660-543-4156. Individuals also may sign up on-site during the week of the program.

A new addition to the Beyond Words program this year is a concert and discussion led by singer-songwriter Magdalen Hsu-Li at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the UCM’s Hart Recital Hall. An Asian-American born in a small, southern American community into one of a handful of Asian families, Hsu-Li experienced racism and prejudice on a daily basis while battling Tourette’s Syndrome. She overcame these adversities and channeled her harsh beginnings into the positive and uplifting force she is today.

Beyond Words is coordinated through the efforts of student volunteers with UCM’s  Office of Diversity and Office of Community Engagement.