20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

 

PRE-COMMEMORATION EVENTS

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Tuesday
JAN 14
7:30 PM

Celebrated Voices: A Festival of Latino, Hispanic and Spanish Contemporary and Traditional Dance

River North Dance Chicago performing the choreography of Artistic Director Frank Chavez.

Ragan Theater  

Wednesday
JAN 15
1:00 PM

Diversity Dialogue

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MONDAY JANUARY 20TH 2014

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All Day

UVU Service Council Day of Service

Community Outreach Day is held on Martin Luther King Day in January and brings BYU and UVU students together in a day of service. The Student Service Council sets up 6-10 community projects through our community partners and UVU student volunteers are able to go and serve at different locations throughout the Utah Valley area on MLK Day. This builds good community relationships, especially between the two campuses involved.
For more information, contact:
Rhett Ahlander rhettahlander@gmail.com
Throughout the community Website

TUESDAY JANUARY 21ST 2014

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All Day

MLK Display in The Zone

Across from Bookstore, Student Center/Pope Science  

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22ND 2014

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10-11 AM

ARCHIEKeynote Speaker:
Robert "Archie" Archuleta

Utah activist and civil rights leader, working in the area of immigration reform and migrant worker rights.

Across from Bookstore, Student Center/Pope Science Website
11-12 PM

Q & A with
Robert "Archie" Archuleta

Students will have the opportunity to directly interface with Mr. Archuleta to ask questions and engage in conversation with him regarding issues and topics of concern and/or interest. Refreshments will be served.

Centre Stage Sorensen Student Center
1st Floor
 
12-1 PM

Wolverine Wednesday

Centre Stage Sorensen Student Center
1st Floor
 
1-3 PM

charlesPerformance: Martin & Music

A spoken word and musical performance honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A riveting performance from renowned Broadway singer and actor Charles Holt, and the 'voice' of Dr. King - Gerald Rivers, accomplished actor, voiceover artist, and teacher. A Q & A session will follow the performance.

Ragan Theater Sorensen Student Center 2nd Floor Website
3-4 PM

Performance and Presentation: Dance As A Vehicle for Political and Social Activism

This presentation, offered by the UVU dance department faculty and students, seeks to demonstrate the power of dance to reflect important social, political and economic issues through movement. Presenters will showcase 3 pieces exploring gender equality, Latino issues and politics. A question and answer session will follow the performance.

Ragan Theater Sorensen Student Center
2nd Floor
 

THURSDAY JANUARY 23RD 2014

Student and Faculty Presentations and Panel Discussions

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8:30 - 9:45 AM

Gender Games and Society's Slaves: Representation at the Movies

A blended presentation of student papers and panel discussion addressing how film represents issues of gender and race. Moderated by Dr. Jans Wager.

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10 - 11:15 AM

Migration and Minorities in post-Soviet Nations (via Skype)

A panel discussion featuring representatives from around the globe joining UVU via Skype. Participating will be: Alexey Semyonov, President – Andrei Sakharov Foundation, Svetlana Gannushkina, member of the Council of Memorial, Russia (a society dedicated to remembrance of victims of Soviet repressions), Dr. Baktybek Abdrisaev, Lecturer, UVU, Ganushkina and other representatives of civil society from Moscow. Dr. Bill Cobb will moderate.

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10 - 11:15 AM

Same-Sex Marriage: Where Do We Go From Here?

Now that many states are recognizing same-sex marriage as legal, where do we go from here? What are the implications? What consequences will legalization have on the economy, divorce rates, etc. Presented by Shannon Black, Russ Dener and Alyssa Powell.

Centre Stage  
10 - 11:15 AM

Introduction to Nonviolent Resistance and Protest

This introductory session will present participants with the basics of Nonviolent Action by detailing a brief history of Nonviolent Action, covering terms and definitions used in Nonviolent work, and through discussing the effectiveness of Nonviolent Action in change movements. Presented by Nadine Bloch and hosted by the Philosophy Club.

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11:30 - 12:45 PM

Exploration of Conflict and Nonviolent Action

This session will explore on the process of conflict from escalation to de-escalation and the varied spectrum of Nonviolent Action, by highlighting the opposing parties typical in conflict as well as the diversity of action participants and the controversies with Nonviolent Action. Presented by Nadine Bloch and hosted by the Philosophy Club.

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11:30 - 12:45 PM

Marriage Equality

A discussion featuring updates on the current Kitchen v Herbert lawsuit against Amendment 3. This case makes use of Loving v Virginia (the landmark civil rights decision of the US Supreme Court which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage). Parallels between race discrimination and marriage equality will be explored. Presented by Laurie Wood and Brandon Springer.

Centre Stage  
11:30 - 12:45 PM

The Collision of Two Paths

This discussion will explore two different viewpoints of growing up in a predominant Anglo society while maintaining cultural identity. Native American students will discuss how they have learned to adapt to the values and customs of a predominant Anglo society while maintaining their traditional cultural roots. . They will be joined by Latin-American students who will also share their experience living in Anglo society. Presented by: LaToya Thomas and Cristobal Villegas.

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1 - 2:15 PM

Mormons, Ex-Mormons and the World

A student-led panel discussion regarding the privilege of sociocultural dominance of Mormonism in Utah Valley, featuring the view of the minority. The goal is to establish a common awareness to work together for a better tomorrow.

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2 - 5 PM

Nonviolent Action Planning, Participation and Practice

This extended session will focus on the process of Nonviolent Action planning. It will teach organizers how to incorporate Nonviolent Action into a campaign, discuss the safety benefits of group role play and practice, and address the legal implications in Nonviolent Action. This workshop is being hosted by the Philosophy Club. Nadine Bloch will present.

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2:30 - 3:45 PM

A Racial Mormon Liberation Theology: Latina/o Undocumented LDS Youth and Congregations as Immigration Activists

As immigration has become a critical argument in the country, the LDS Church has yet to advocate or solidify a position concerning undocumented individuals and their struggle. This panel discussion will discuss why, and the complexity behind the LDS church as a practice of liberation theology. Agustin (Tino) Diaz will serve as moderator for this session.
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FRIDAY JANUARY 24TH 2014

Student and Faculty Presentations and Panel Discussions

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10 - 11:50 AM

Immigration and Discrimination Around the World

A panel discussion featuring: Lindsay Eagar, Mario Jimenez, Dimitri Allsen, Cristobal Villegas, Stella Przybyla and Nanette Serrano - moderated by Dr. Baktybek Abdrisaev. The session will feature information and discussion on the topics of religious differences, immigration reform, immigration and discrimination in the post-Soviet states, forgotten genocides (Chechnya) and gender inequality.

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10 - 10:50 AM

UVU Students Portray Queer Experience Through Image and Narrative

In this panel, four UVU students reflect on coming of age and claiming their singular voices; portrayed through narrative, poetry, music and visual art. Moderated by Karin Anderson.

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11 - 11:50 AM

Student Paper Presentation: Rhetoric and Human Rights

Featured student papers will be: Mark Twain's Use of Rhetoric in Combating Racism in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – by Ben Tullis; The Rhetoric Penetrating Proposition 8 – by Jack Garcia; and Healthcare Crisis: Rhetoric vs. Reality – by Christy Packer. This session will be moderated by Gae Lyn Henderson

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11 - 11:50 AM

Homosexuality and Religion: Is there a best of both worlds?

Is there room for a person to belong to the LGBT community, and belong to a religion as well? Can you live both, or does it become hypocritical? This presentation will be based on personal stories from the presenters and offer suggestions of how to bridge both. Presented by Brody Carson and David Beach.

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12 - 1:50 PM

Save Jaws: Anthropomorphized Animal Welfare and Cultural Representations of Sharks

Is there a link between animal welfare and human rights? Disregard for animal life damages the environment and compromises the health and safety of the human population. As animal studies critic Nigel Rothfels notes, 'The way we talk or write about animals, photograph animals, think about animals, imagine animals – represent animals – is in some very important way deeply connected to our cultural environment.' Presenter: Diana Webber. Facilitated by Jerry Peterson.

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 12 - 1:50 PM

Film Screening: Beyond Right and Wrong – Stories of Justice and Forgiveness 

After the blood has dried, treaties are negotiated and screams have turned to silence, an uneasy and painful peace prevails. This 80-minute film portrays the tension between rage and acceptance. "Beyond Right and Wrong" offers its audience deeper connection with the familiar struggle for justice, forgiveness, repair, and reconciliation. From the genocide in Rwanda, to the violence in Israel and Palestine, to Troubles in Northern Ireland, this film is an eye-opening journey through the human narrative. A Q&A session will follow the screening.

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 1 - 1:50 PM

Student Paper Presentations

Featured paper topics will be: Affirmative Substitution – by Tayler Brown; Confessions of an Illegal Immigrant: An Analysis of Our Social Narratives which Promote Oppression – by Jhair S. Rincon; Evolution and the Irony of Racism – by Seth Commichaux. This session will be moderated by Angie Carter.

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1 - 1:50 PM

LGBT and Civil Rights

A comparison of LGBT rights to the struggle for racial civil rights. Can they be compared? What are the differences and similarities? Presented by Anna Jensen and Tom Hawkins.

 

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2 - 2:50 PM

LGBT Panel Discussion

The panel will share their stories of living in Utah as a member of the LGBT community, and put a personal face on the issues. Panel members: Anna Jensen, Quincy Murphy, Shannon Black, Tom Hawkins.

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9 PM - 2 AM

Closing Event: Bachata Festival Dance

Grande Ballroom  

To download a PDF of the commemoration program click here