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March 26, 2010

COMMUNITY VALUES CONVERSATION: Diversity - A View from a New Shore

Bob Colbert and Guest Artist Chico Perez • Diversity: A View from a New Shore Friday, March 26th from 6:30 to 9 o’clock in the gallery

Bob Colbert has over 30 years of experience in the corporate world. His approach to diversity was developed and honed from encounters he and many others faced during their time in the private sector. His basic premise suggests we as human beings struggle with change and variation, challenges that impede our ability to accept and value one another. To build sustainable diversity, our challenge is to find answers to an overlooked question, “How do we compensate for the human condition as it contends with change and variation?” Currently, Bob is Director of Finance at Luther Seminary. He has an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and is holder of a CPA certificate and U.S. patent. In addition, he teaches Tai Chi in the Minneapolis community and currently serves on two non-profit boards: Cammack Marshall Fund for Children and Freedom Train, Inc.

Chico Perez is a long-time percussionist who has performed both locally and nationally for over 40 years. As a member of Gypsy, he is a Minnesota Music Hall of Fame inductee. Chico performs locally with New Primitives, a four-time Minnesota Music Awards winner for Best Reggae Band. In addition, he teaches percussion in the Twin Cities from the Afro-Cuban tradition and conducts workshops that celebrate the use of rhythms and harmonies to build community.

The evening’s conversation will investigate the beauty and challenges of building inclusive societies. Following a 90 minute conversation, we will use the next hour to explore the topic by engaging in a drum circle.