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African American History Month Celebrated at Hartwick College

February 12, 2014

At Hartwick College, the 2014 African American History theme "Civil Rights" will be celebrated with a series of events throughout the month that explore the past and present dynamics of Civil Rights in America.

"The events to celebrate African American History Month at Hartwick College are being offered in order to make our College community members aware of what African Americans endured to achieve equality," said Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Meg Nowak. "I am pleased that Hartwick is providing a wide-range of events to celebrate our 2014 African American History Month theme, 'Civil Rights in America.' These events remind us that we should continue to honor and uphold such values year-round."

A schedule of these events, which are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted, include:

February 10-28, 2014

Noon to 2 p.m., U.S. Pluralism Center, Bresee Hall - An exhibit will focus upon Civil Rights, past and present, with several original documents from the Kennedy-Johnson era, as well as a "portrait gallery" of ten reproduction paintings of leaders, black and white, of the Civil War era through the modern-day Civil Rights era. The exhibit is made possible by the privately owned Matthews Collection for the Preservation of Freedom Journey Classics 

February 10-14, 2014

Noon to 2 p.m., Online - African Diaspora Heritage Quiz - Caribbean, Africa. Prizes will be available

February 16, 2014

8 - 10 p.m., Johnstone Science Center, Room 202/110 - HCAB Movie Night, "The Butler," co- sponsored by Campus Activities

February 17, 2014

5 - 7 p.m., Farrington Room, Dewar Union - Dinner Discussion with Hartwick alumnus Justin Medina '10. Medina will share a presentation titled "A Transition from Hartwick College to Heritage Exploration: Puerto Rican and African American Mixing." The second topic Medina will explore along with Professor of History Dr. Edythe Ann Quinn will be "Why are We Relegated to One Month When Black History is American History?" Seating is limited and advanced registration is required for this event

February 22, 2014

2 - 10 p.m. Off-Site, NYS Military Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York -  Hartwick College Associate Dean and Director of US Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews to host presentation titled "The USCT Contribution to the Freedom Journey."

February 23, 2014

8- 10 p.m., Johnstone Science Center, ROom 202/110 -  HCAB Movie Night, "Fruitvale Station," co- sponsored by Campus Activities

To learn more about the events, contact Matthews at 607-431-4428 or at

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031