Diversity Lecture Series

The Diversity Lecture Series serves the Appalachian campus and surrounding communities by providing free opportunities to learn about a wide array of social issues and cultural topics through an interdisciplinary lens.

All programs are free of charge and open to the public! Parking is available free of charge in the new parking deck next to the library after 5:30 p.m. For more information about parking, contact ASU Parking and Traffic at (828)262-2878 or www.parking.appstate.edu. Please visit www.maps.appstate.edu to see a campus map highlighting available parking and areas where our events take place.

Depending on travel schedules, many of the speakers are eager to meet with classes, student, staff or faculty groups in addition to the scheduled evening presentation. DVD and web-based recordings of some lectures are available for free on-demand viewing.

Please email Gus Peña at penaae@appstate.edu to request a class visit or to check-out a DVD from the Multicultural Resource Library.

The 2014-2015 Forum Series is sponsored by Appalachian State University, University Forum Committee and University College with additional support from the Joan Askew Vail Endowment and the Office of Multicultural Student Development.

2014-2015 Forum Series focuses on "Justice For All"

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2014-2015 Diversity Lecture Series

 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration:
An Evening with Julian Bond

Friday, January 23, 2015 @ 7pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Free and open to the public.

From his college days as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his role as former Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights, economic justice, and peace and an aggressive spokesman for the disinherited. While a student at Morehouse College over forty years ago, he founded the Atlanta student sit-in and anti-segregation organization. As SNCC's Communications Director, Bond was active in protests and registration campaigns throughout the South during one of this nation's most difficult times. While still a student, Bond was a founder in l960 of the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR), the Atlanta University Center student civil rights organization that directed three years of non-violent anti-segregation protests that won integration of Atlanta's movie theaters, lunch counters, and parks. Bond served four terms in the Georgia State House and six terms in the Georgia State Senate. The widely published author of many books of poetry, Bond is also author of A Time to Speak, A Time to Act, a collection of his essays as well as Black Candidates Southern Campaign Experiences. In 2002, he received the prestigious National Freedom Award. He has also been named one of America's top 200 leaders by Time Magazine. In 2008, he was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. Bond's teaching experience includes being a Pappas Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Professor at Drexel University, Harvard University, and Williams College. He is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American University in Washington, DC, and a Professor at the University of Virginia in the Department of History, where he is co-director of Explorations in Black Leadership.

Dr. Mary Frances Berry

Monday, March 23, 2015 @ 7pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

For over four decades, Berry has been one of the most recognized and respected voices in the nation's civil rights, gender equality and social justice movements. Serving as chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four Presidential administrations. A prolific author, Berry's books cover a range of subjects, from the history of constitutional racism in America to the politics of parenthood. Her most recent book, Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House, offers insight and historical context of President Obama's most memorable speeches.

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