Hartwick to Host Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium

January 12, 2010

Hartwick College will pay tribute to the civil rights movement January 16-18 during the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Symposium 2010, a series of discussions, performances, and films focusing on the civil rights leader and others who have helped promote change.

“The events reflect Dr. King’s ideas about interconnections between races, as well as civil, social, and environmental justice,” Associate Dean and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews said. “They will provide forums for community conversations facilitated by and through various art forms.”

The events are sponsored by the Daniel A. Payne Gospel Choir, the Foreman Creative and Performing Arts Series, Pluralism Associates League for Students (PALS), the Pine Lake Institute, the Hartwick College President’s Office, and U.S. Pluralism Programs, in cooperation with the New York Council for the Humanities. Several of the symposium's events are open to the public.

PALS Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Discussion
4-6 p.m., January 16, Chesebro Room, Dewar Union
Assistant Professor of History Edythe Ann Quinn will facilitate a discussion with more than 30 members of Hartwick’s PALS, Society of Sisters United & Brothers United, and Harriet Tubman Mentoring Project.

Magpie Performance
7-9 p.m., January 17, Anderson Theatre
Magpie’s Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino will perform Sustaining the Community: Songs and Stories of the Civil, Social, and Environmental Rights Movement. The performance is free and open to the public.

Civil Rights Movement Discussion and Film
9-11:30 a.m., January 18, 327 Yager Hall
Matthews will facilitate a discussion of the Civil Rights Movement during his Revisiting Roots course. A film about the Civil Rights Movement also will be shown. Guests are welcome.

Fellowship Luncheon and Community Conversation
Noon-2 p.m., January 18, Chesebro Room, Dewar Union
The Daniel A. Payne Gospel Choir will perform and Professor of English Robert Bensen will read an original poem composed in honor of King. Participants also will take part in a community conversation. Reservations are required.

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
8 p.m., January 18, Slade Theatre, Yager Hall
For details on this performance, which is open to the public (free for Hartwick students, faculty, and staff), click here.

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