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Public Lectures

These events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 7
7:00 p.m.
Gould Library Athenaeum

Opening Celebration for "The Civil Rights Struggle in Minnesota: Portrait Narratives," with community artist and teacher Del Bey discussing her portrait/interview project on display throughout spring term in Gould Library. This exhibit of photographs and personal stories captures the experiences of Minnesotans who took part in the struggle for civil rights and racial equality here. Del Bey presents formal black-and-white portraits with commentaries drawn from her oral history interviews of Minnesotans from many professions. Her Civil Rights Movement project helped her "regain my belief in the power that individuals have to make a difference," and share that experience with audiences in the Midwest. Refreshments.


Friday, April 9
10:50 a.m.
Skinner Memorial Chapel

"Brown vs. Board of Education: 50 Years Later" presented by Juan Williams. One of America’s leading political writers and thinkers, Juan Williams is the senior correspondent for NPR and the political analyst for Fox Television. A former prize-winning columnist and editorial writer for The Washington Post, he has also authored three books, including the bestseller Eyes on the Prize and the critically acclaimed biography Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary.


Wednesday, April 14
8:00 p.m.
Severance Great Hall

"School Vouchers: The Newest Separate But (Un)Equal?" panel discussion with Joe Nathan '70 (Director, Center for School Change, University of Minnesota), Toni Carter '75 (St. Paul School Board Chair), and Mitch Pearlstein (President, Center for the American Experiment). Panelists will respond to several proposed topics and then take questions from the audience. A reception will follow the discussion.


Tuesday, April 20
12 Noon
Gould Library Athenaeum

"Taking Jim Crow Out of the Constitution: How the Supreme Court Moved From Plessy to Brown" presented by Jim Chen, professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Seating and sandwiches for 45.


Friday, April 23
10:50 a.m.
Skinner Memorial Chapel

"The Making of Brown vs. Board of Education" presented by Christopher Schmidt. Dartmouth College history instructor Christopher Schmidt is completing his dissertation on the origins of Brown v. Board of Education. The Supreme Court's decision had its roots in numerous developments of the 1940s and early 1950s, including the experience of World War II and the Cold War, the impact of the Great Black Migration, the growth of African American activism, and the emergence of a new generation of liberal activists and policy-makers who were willing to reconsider the role of the government in dealing with the nation's racial dilemma. Schmidt will explore these issues by analyzing the lives and experiences of a diverse group of extraordinary individuals who were central to the making of this historical decision.


Monday, May 17
4:30 p.m.
Boliou 104

"Representations of Race and Education in Film" presented by Miriam Petty '92, whose PhD work at Emory University has focused on this topic. Petty will begin with a discussion of Blackboard Jungle and then move to more recent films dealing with race and education, such as Dangerous Minds and Stand and Deliver.