Fall 2013 Diversity Lecture Series to feature Record and Brand Marketing Executive Amir Windom

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

"Going from Success to SIGNIFICANCE" is the theme for the Fall 2013 Diversity Lecture Series scheduled for October 9 and 10 at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The fall event will feature a lecture by Record and Brand Marketing Executive Amir Windom on Thursday, October 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the IMU Whittenberger Auditorium. Windom has held executive and management positions at historic record labels such as Atlantic Records, Def Jam Records, and Bad Boy Records. Windom is also a television and film music supervisor, where he has helped create music scores for movies such as Despicable Me 2 and Stomp the Yard 2.

Other series events include a special appearance by Amir Windom at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center&'s "Midday House Party" on Wednesday, October 9, at 12:00 noon in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and a musical talent show on October 9 at 8:00 p.m. in the Willkie Auditorium. Dr. Portia Maultsby, Laura Boulten Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture, and Dr. Tyron Cooper, director of the IU Soul Revue and two-time Emmy award nominee, will serve as judges along with Amir Windom.

The Diversity Lecture Series is a student initiative at Indiana University started by the Indiana University Student Association as a product of IUSA&'s newly created Diversity Inclusion and Advocacy Office. As head of this new office, senior Leighton Johnson is forming collaborations with organizations around the Bloomington community to promote diversity and the inclusiveness of the campus overall. The Indiana University Student Association; the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs; Union Board; the Black Student Union; and the African American Arts Institute are co-sponsors for the event. Union Board and IUSA formed a partnership for this event early in the summer and hope to replicate the collaboration during the spring semester. Johnson credited the Black Student Union for very effective work in marketing to students on the Bloomington campus in regards to the lecture series.

"Amir Windom plans to share his experiences, knowledge, and the challenges he has faced as a young executive," Johnson said. "This will definitely be an eye-opening experience for IU students."

All events are free and open to IU students and the Bloomington community.  

The IUSA Diversity Lecture Series: The goal of the lecture series is to bring groups and organizations across the Indiana University Bloomington campus that normally do not engage each other together to generate discussions that contribute to the inclusiveness of the Indiana University community. The lecture series intends to help students understand the respective cultures of other groups to engage and learn from others of different cultures. 

For more information about the upcoming lecture or to become involved with future projects, contact Leighton Johnson via e-mail at Leijohns@indiana.edu.