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The Public Affairs Conference at Missouri State University got underway Tuesday with a presentation by Nawal El Saadawi, an internationally known Arab scholar, writer and activist. If you missed her last night, you have another chance to hear from her today. At noon, she'll speak in Plaster Student Union on the topic "Giving Voice to Arab Women." There are other presentations scheduled throughout the day. As KSMU's Missy Shelton reports, this year's conference is all about diversity.
Ken Rutherford is chair of this year's conference.
He says the entire schedule of events reflects diversity.
A recent analysis shows this year's public affairs conference is the most diverse public affairs conference to date at the university. Rutherford says the committee that organized the conference didn't set out to choose speakers based on having a minimum number of women or ethnic minorities.
Rutherford says there's clearly diversity when you look at the gender, ethnic and nationality break down of this year's speakers.
But Rutherford says there's another kind of diversity: off-campus partnerships.
The public affairs conference continues through Friday. A complete schedule is online at public affairs.missouristate.edu/conference