Updated Poster - 2017 African American History Month

Hartwick College Celebrates African American History Month

February 8, 2017

Hartwick College celebrates this year’s national theme for African American History Month, “The Crisis in Black Education: Evoking the Wisdom of Heroes and Heroines,” with a series of events ranging from poetry to professional development.

On Thursday, February 9, the Office of Intercultural Affairs hosts Brian Madden, lecturer in English at the College, for a presentation and discussion, titled “Video Clips of Civil Rights Leaders in Music & Verse.”

Madden will share a short video he filmed for CNN while covering a 1981 fundraising event in Harlem. The event helped start the national discussion about creating a federal holiday to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This unique video features interviews with music legend Duke Ellington and his wife, former New York Yankee Willie Randolph, and others.

Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs Harry Bradshaw Matthews will join Madden, and provide an historical overview of important African Americans from as far back as the 1830s who had used education to advance themselves.

Associate Professor of Music Dr. Lee Wright will host a Community Sing-a-Long on February 20, featuring spirituals and other songs of the Civil Rights Movement.

Members of the Hartwick alumni community will return to campus for two events to mentor and share their experience with currents students.

On February 18, several alumni will participate in the Heritage Leadership Training Seminar, an event designed by Matthews to assist students in understanding how their cultural heritage impacts their leadership style.

A week later, members of the United States Colored Troops Institute (USCTI) Alumni Advisory Council will return to host “Transition from College to Employment.” The alumni will share techniques they utilized in preparing resumes, interviewing, and strategizing career advancement.

The full schedule of events follows. These are open to the public, unless otherwise noted:

  • Thursday, February 9 – Lecturer in English Brian Madden presents video clips of civil rights leaders in music and verse. Hosted by the Office of Intercultural Affairs. Stevens-German Library, Yager Hall, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, February 10 – Guest poet Porsha O. Hosted Hartwick College Activities Board (HCAB). Laura’s Lounge, Dewar Union, 8 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 18 – Heritage Leadership Seminar. Hosted by the Pluralism Associates League for Students (PALS) and the USCTI Alumni Advisory Council. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (advanced registration required via matthewsh@hartwick.edu).
  • Monday, February 20 – Community Sing-a-Long, featuring an evening of spirituals and songs from the Civil Rights Movement. Hosted by the Music Department and Office of Intercultural Affairs. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 23 – “Racial Profiling: A Panel Discussion,” hosted by the Black Student Alliance (BSA) Interest Group. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 25 – “Transition From College to Employment,” a professional development workshop focused on life skills. Hosted by the Society of Sisters United/Brothers United (SOSU/BU) and the Office of Intercultural Affairs (advanced registration required via matthewsh@hartwick.edu). Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 25 – A tribute to senior members of clubs comprising the Student Diversity Advisory Council. The event will help honor students who have contributed to cultural diversity awareness at the College. Hosted by the Student Diversity Advisory Council and Office of Intercultural Affairs. Chesboro Room, Dewar Union, 5 – 7 p.m. (advanced registration required via matthewsh@hartwick.edu).

Also, the U.S. Pluralism Center, on the fourth floor of Dewar Hall, will feature images of heroes and heroines who contributed to the education advancement of African Americans, and others of the African Diaspora.

For more on African American History Month events, contact Matthews at 607-431-4428 or at matthewsh@hartwick.edu.