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Faculty Critical to MLK Celebration

Nov. 18, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

As you prepare your syllabi and course assignments for the spring semester, we would like to remind you of the events planned for the annual week-long celebration commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Art as Struggle and Exultation” will be the focus of time spent with our keynote speaker, Nikki Giovanni, who is a world renowned poet, author, and activist.

The goal of the MLK celebratory events is to draw members of the campus and local community into discussions of the role of art in struggles for social change. Faculty involvement is critical to the success of these programs, and we hope you will involve your students in these opportunities by encouraging them to attend the various events and, if appropriate for your course, by formulating assignments or discussions on the celebration theme, events, and the poetry and essays of Nikki Giovanni.

Art Exhibit: I am Here, Hear Me –
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 at 6 p.m. in MUB Strafford Room

Spiritual Celebration:
Art to Heart: The Struggle for Human Rights in Spirit, Song, Poetry & Art
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 at 4 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Main St., Durham.

The Artist’s Corner: A Conversation with Author, Poet & Activist Nikki Giovanni –
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 at 2–4 p.m. in the Strafford Room, Memorial Union Building.

Commemorative Address: A Sweet Inspiration: King, Poetry & Movement – Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 at 7–8:30 p.m. in Johnson Theater, Paul Creative Arts Center.

To facilitate the curricular enrichment of this program, a packet of short readings is available to you and your students. The packet is available on our website at: http://www.unh.edu/diversity/mlk/index.html

For more information or to discuss opportunities to include these events in your curriculum for the coming semester, please visit www.unh.edu/diversity or contact JerriAnne Boggis, Chair of the MLK Celebration Committee and Director of Diversity Programs and Community Outreach, at 862-0693.

Sincerely,

John D. Aber
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Wanda S. Mitchell
Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer



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