Friday October 27, 2006

Nikki Giovanni Headlines Diversity Lecture Series

Nikki Giovanni, Clarence Page and Michael Dyson headline the 2005-2006 Diversity Lecture Series at the University of Dayton.

Four nationally acclaimed writers and an environmental activist will round out the University of Dayton's 2005-2006 Diversity Lecture Series.

Bebe Moore Campbell, novelist, journalist and National Public Radio "Morning Edition" commentator, will offer a free talk at 2 p.m.,Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Sears Recital Hall in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center on campus.

Campbell wrote Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, a New York Times' notable book and the winner of the NAACP Image Award for Literature. Other books include Brothers and Sisters and Singing in the Comeback Choir, a Los Angeles Times "Best Book of 2001" that has been optioned by Showtime with Maya Angelou as director. Campbell's interest in mental health was the catalyst for her first children's book, Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, which won the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Outstanding Literature Award for 2003. As a journalist, she's written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Ebony, as well as other publications.

Pulitzer Prize-winning and nationally syndicated Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page comes to town Jan. 16-17 to headline two community events. Page will address "The March to the New Century" at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Holiday Celebration and Presidential Banquet at the Mandalay Banquet Center in collaboration with the Dayton Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and UD. Tickets are $50. Call (937) 268-0051 for more information. He will speak on "Keeping the Dream Alive" at 7:30 a.m.,Tuesday, Jan. 17, at UD's annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast in the Kennedy Union Ballroom. Tickets are $8 for students, and $10 for faculty, staff and the general public. Tickets are limited. Call Rosemary O'Boyle at 229-2229. Page, born in Dayton, has worked as a columnist at the Chicago Tribune since 1984. His column is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services. He is an essayist for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and a member of the program's panel of regional newspaper editors and columnists. He occasionally is a guest panelist on "The McLaughlin Group."

As part of Celebrate Dunbar! -- a series of community events honoring the life and work of Paul Laurence Dunbar 100 years after his death -- world-renowned author and poet Nikki Giovanni will read Dunbar's works as well as her own poetry at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at the Victoria Theatre. She has written more than two dozen books, including volumes of poetry, illustrated children's books and three collections of essays. Since 1987, she has taught writing and literature at Virginia Tech. Her appearance is co-sponsored by UD's English Department and the Victoria Theatre. Tickets are $18 and $12. Call 228-3630 or 229-2545.

Native American activist and author Winona LaDuke will address "Recovering the Sacred: Religion, Faith and the Land from a Native Woman's Perspective" at 8 p.m., Monday, March 6, in the Kennedy Union Ballroom. Her speech, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by UD's Distinguished Speakers Series.

The program director of Honor the Earth and the founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, LaDuke served as Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader's running mate in 1996 and 2000. She was named Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine in 1997 and won the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1998. LaDuke wrote the novel Last Standing Woman and the nonfiction book All our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life.

Author, scholar and cultural critic Michael Eric Dyson closes out the series at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 6, with a free talk in the Kennedy Union Ballroom on campus.

Dyson recently wrote Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? Called the nation's preeminent spokesman for the hip-hop generation, Dyson is a prolific author who's written 11 books in a dozen years. His books, most of them best sellers, include The Michael Eric Dyson Reader, Open Mike; Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur; Why I Love Black Women; I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.; Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line; Between God and Gangsta Rap; Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X; and Reflecting Black. He is the Avalon Foundation professor in the humanities at the University of Pennsylvania.

Troy Duster, president of the American Sociological Association, kicked off the series in August. Previous speakers included Andrew Young and Coretta Scott King. The Diversity Lecture Series -- part of a larger strategic plan to foster inclusion and diversity on campus and prepare students, faculty, staff and the Dayton community for success in a global society -- is co-sponsored by the offices of the president and provost with support from corporate partners, including the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WDAO-1210 AM.

Contact Lynnette Heard, executive assistant to the president, at (937) 229-4122.