• ‘Words Have Power’ forum will be followed by talk by American Indian leader here Thursday

    A campus forum to discuss the power of words — for good and for bad — will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Campus Square, located near Scooters on the lower level of Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

    At 1 p.m. that day, also in Campus Square, American Indian Movement co-founder and American Indian spiritual leader Clyde Bellecourt will discuss “The Spirit of the Word.”

    Both events are free and open to the public.

    Those attending the “Your Words Have Power” forum are asked to meet just outside of Hairworks in the lower level of Murray-Herrick. Participants then will walk through the “Tunnel of Oppression,” which is the hallway between Hairworks and Campus Square.

    The hallway will feature posters, words and videos that depict and demonstrate the strength of words. The forum will include both large- and small-group discussions. Leading the forum will be Jan Kormann, formerly of Campus Ministry and now the community boards coordinator for a St. Paul organization called Common Bond Communities.

    For more information about the Your Words Have Power project on campus, read the story on Page 2 in the Nov. 12 issue of The Aquin. The project is being coordinated by 1999 St. Thomas graduate and Dowling Hall chaplain Brigid O’Neil.

    Co-sponsors of the Thursday forum are the All College Council, Campus Ministry, Multicultural Student Services and the Residence Hall Association. For more information about the forum call O’Neil at (651) 962-6629.

    Bellecourt’s talk is sponsored by Multicultural Student Services as part of Native American Heritage Month and as part of the office’s Diversity of Faith Program Series. For more information about Bellecourt’s talk, call Holly Teuber, associate director of Multicultural Student Services, at (651) 962-6458.

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