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January 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote Address by The Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak

Jan 19

Time: January 19, 2015 @ 11:00 am

A theologian, humanitarian, prolific author and tireless advocate for social justice, the Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is one of the world’s preeminent authorities on liberation theology. He studied at the University of the Western Cape and earned his doctorate in theology from the Protestant Theological University in Kampen, the Netherlands. During the 1980s he worked alongside Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela to lead efforts against apartheid and promote reconciliation. He is the author of seventeen books and has edited or…

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Performing Blackness :: Performing Whiteness

Jan 20

Time: January 20, 2015 - March 3, 2015
Venue: Art Galleries

Curated by Darren Lee Miller Artists’ Lectures: January 20, 7 – 8 p.m., Doane Hall A104 Opening Reception: January 20, 8 – 9 p.m., Art Galleries Closing Reception: March 3, 7 – 9 p.m., Art Galleries Exhibition Dates: January 20 – March 3 This exhibition examines constructions of racial identity to complicate popular rhetoric around race. The artworks interrogate oversimplifying binaries and destabilize the often unexamined position of “whiteness.” The artists deploy visual texts in the service of asking uncomfortable…

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February 2015

Megan Ming Francis

Feb 12

Time: February 12, 2015

Megan Ming Francis is the author of Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Francis’s work sits at the intersection of race, law, history, capitalism, and civil rights. An assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, she earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at Princeton University and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Rice University.

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Single Voice Reading Series: Scott Cairns

Feb 12

Time: February 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Scott Cairns is professor of English at the University of Missouri and founding director of Writing Workshops in Greece. The most recent of his seven poetry collections, Idiot Psalms, was published in 2014, as was the Greek edition of his spiritual memoir Short Trip to the Edge. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006 and the Denise Levertov Award in 2014.

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Playshop Theatre: “Clybourne Park”

Feb 26

Time: February 26, 2015 - March 1, 2015
Venue: Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre

Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin the Sun, Clybourne Park takes place in the same house in Chicago on two afternoons decades apart. In 1959 a white neighborhood is thrown into turmoil when a black family prepares to move in. In Act Two, set in 2009, the same house becomes contested property as gentrification reverses the demographics of the community. Called “ferociously smart” by the New York Times, and “pulverizingly funny” by Variety, Clybourne Park won the Pulitzer and Olivier…

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