The fourth annual S.H.O.U.T! Weekend, a student-organized, four-day program of events focused on multiculturalism, begins Thursday, March 3, with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz as the keynote speaker at 7:15 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel. Also open to the public, Soul Steps, a professional step-dance team, will perform Friday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in Cotter Union.

The first S.H.O.U.T. Weekend, in 2008, evolved from the student-initiated Diversity Conference first held in 2001. Keynote speakers included activist Angela Davis in 2010 and Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler in 2009. S.H.O.U.T stands for Speaking, Hearing, Opening Up Together.

Organized by the Pugh Community Board, S.H.O.U.T. this year also includes events for students, faculty, and staff, including discussions and workshops on Saturday and a panel discussion on Activism at Colby Sunday.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for the Diaz lecture, and a book signing will follow in Pulver Pavilion.