Native American Mascots and Imagery: An Ethical Discussion

Adrian College to host forum on April 23, 2013.

ADRIAN, Mich - The Adrian College Institute for Ethics in a continuing commitment to support and encourage ethical discourse announces their upcoming forum, Native American Mascots and Imagery: An Ethical Discussion. This event is scheduled to take place on April 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Dawson Auditorium on the campus of the College.

Recently, two area school districts were named in a recent Michigan Department of Civil Rights suit regarding Native American mascot and imagery usage. The action raises the stakes of the controversy beyond the local communities. The forum is intended to encourage discussion and clarify this challenging issue. Panelists on both sides of the discussion will be represented. Invited panelists include a representative from the Michigan Civil Rights Department, the Leh-Nah-Weh Native American Organization, the NAACP and community members from both Tecumseh and Clinton, Michigan.

This moderated forum will focus on open, free and honest discussion of the ethical dimensions of the issue. Topics include: What defines discrimination? What is the relationship to usage of mascots/imagery with county identity? What does it mean to “honor” Native Americans?  In what way do mascots/imagery honor or dishonor them? There will be time after the discussion for questions from the audience.

This forum will be co-sponsored by the Institute for Ethics and the Institute for Education.  For additional information, contact Dr. Fritz Detwiler at ethics@adrian.edu.