Utah Valley University's 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration



January 12-15, 2010
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*All events are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

7 pm, Orem Library Media Auditorium
"Justice for My People: The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Story"-- See http://www.justiceformypeople.org/program.html
and "Sister Rose's Passion" -- See http://www.docurama.com/productdetail.html?productid=nv-nvg-9777

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

12 pm, Centre Stage, Sorensen Student Center
WOLVERINE WEDNESDAY will be highlighting MLK Commemoration events by showing clips and advertising the upcoming events.

12-1 pm, Library 502
Book discussion: The Audacity of Hope, Dr. John MacFarlane, Dept. of History/Political Science

1-3 pm, Library 120
"The Road to Brown"--screening and discussion by David Wilson of UVU's Department of History/Poli Sci, son of Paul E. Wilson, Assistant Attorney General of Kansas and argued Kansas's case before the Supreme Court in Brown. Followed by questions and discussion.

3-6 pm, Library 120
"Bamboozled" (2000) John Goshert will initiate and moderate a discussion on Lee's concerns about the persistence of racism.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

8-9:45 am, Library 502 (by invitation only)
High School Leadership Seminar, Dr. David Domingguez, JD BYU Law School

10-11:15 am, Ragan Theater, Sorensen Student Center
KEYNOTE: Linda Brown of (1954)
"Brown v. Board of Education: Voices of the Legacy"

YouTube Clip about decision:

* In partnership with
Turning Points in History Lecture Series. Will be followed up in February by Professor Robert Pratt (Georgia) who is an expert on the Brown rulings.

11:30 am to 1 pm, Lakeview Room, Library
VIP Luncheon (by invitation only)


1-2:15 pm, Library 120
Skype-Session: "Martin Luther King and Global Human-Rights Movement: Interactions, Influences and Lessons Learned"
Alexey Semyonov, Vice President, Andrei Sakharov Foundation
Elena Bonner, Chair-person, Andrei Sakharov Foundation
Bob Arsenault, President, International League for Human Rights
Ed Kline, President, Andrei Sakharov Foundation
Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy

2:30-3:45 pm, Library 120
Student panel on global human rights, Dr. Alex Stecker, History and Political Science, facilitator

Aubrey Pontious, Student of UVU, English Major, "The Ideas of "The Wisdom of Royal Glory" as a part of education of Martin Luther King"

Tyler Cloward, Student of UVU, Political Science Major, "Adapting to Change: Indigenous Traditions of Rule of Law and Good Governance in the Turkic World and their Relation to Western Traditions"

Matthew Joseph, Student of UVU, Political Science Major, "Traditions of Human Rights in Turkic Realms"

Ben Sainsbury, Student UVU, Political Science Major, "Kutadgu Bilig (Wisdom of Royal Glory) by Yusuf Khass Hajib And its Relation to Democracy in the West."

2:30-3:45 pm Sorensen Student Center 206ab
"The 'N Word' in the White House" A panel of secondary students will address the subtle and demonstrative examples of verbal retaliations found in Utah schools since Obama's election, facilitated by Dr. Kay Smith, Eng/Lit (Secondary Ed).

3:00-5 pm Centre Stage, Sorensen Student Center
CHARLES HOLT, performer and motivational speaker, presenting master classes to students in theater, music, and entrepreneurship http://www.charlesholtproductions.com/
Master class "Creating from the Heart and Soul of Service"


4-5:15 pm, Library 120
Speaker - Dr. Ernest L. Wiggins of the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication
"(Un)Comfortable Contact: Measuring Social Distance in Television Commercials."

4-5:15 pm, Sorensen Student Center 206ab
Panel: Travels with Charley, Joy Santee, Eng/Lit department; "Of Failure and Opportunity: Inhumanity and Hope in New Orleans," Shersta Tucker, student; and "Steinbeck's South: Did Steinbeck contradict his position on American Homogenization in his interpretation of the south?", Joseph Byington, student.


7-9 pm Gunther Trades 605
ARTS RECEPTION, including performances and award ceremony.

Friday, January 15, 2010

10 am-12 pm, Centre Stage, Sorensen Student Center
Charles Holt master class: "Excellence as a Standard, Authenticity as a Standard, Service as a Way of Being"

10am-12 pm, Sorensen Student Center 206a
"Dare to Relate!" a multimedia, action approach to learning. For educators, students, and staff dealing with a changing community.
Gwen Anderson, UVU Multicultural Director

10- 10:50 am, Sorensen Student Center 213a
The Deep Past of the Dream
"Dark Doubloons: Business Aspects of England's West African Slave Trade in the Late 17th Century" Jen Wahlquist, English and Literature

"A Dream for Equality: The French Revolution of 1848 and the American Civil Rights Movement" Erik Freeman, student

11 am -12 pm, Library 120
"Equity v. Equality: How the Myth of Meritocracy is Still Being Realized Today" Dr. Bryan Waite, Secondary Ed, Dr. Numsiri Kunakemakorn, Secondary Ed and Dr. Mike Patch, Elementary Ed

11 am - 12:30 pm, Sorensen Student Center 213a
Rhetoric (De-)Constructing the Dream
"Contructing Racism: Consequences of Discriminatory Rhetoric in Athletics" Brian Thregold, student

"Bloody Sunday: Power of Place in Understanding the Troubles" Jeph Preece, student

"Between the Idea and the Reality Falls the Shadow: from Conventional to Post-Conventional Worlds" Deb Thornton, English and Literature

11am - 12:30 pm, PE 152
Dance presentations from the Dance department faculty and students

12- 1 pm, Valley View Room, Sorensen Student Center
Charles Holt lunch with students

12-1:50 pm, Library 120
Presentation of In The Shadow of Sakharov, 1991, (Frontline), 90 min. video about Andrei Sakharov with further comments from Elena Bonner by Skype and Alexey Semyonov.

12- 1:50 pm, Sorensen Student Center 206a
The UVU Multicultural Center presents the documentary and discussion of "The Color of Fear"

1- 1:50 am, Sorensen Student Center 213a
The Dream in Literature and Dance
"Realizing the Dream Through Dance: Black American Dance in Times of Segregation" Brittney Gardner, dance student

"Drowning in the Melting Pot-Zamora Linmark's Novel
Rolling in the R's." Jason Gibbons, student

2-5 pm, Library 120
Two films and discussion (Dr. Boyd Petersen, moderator):
"The Wisdom of Our Years" Rev. France Davis and Dr. Ron Coleman, and "Nobody Knows: The Untold Story" Margaret Young and others

2- 3:50 pm, Sorensen Student Center 213a
Native American issues in Literature and Film
"The Language of Oppression in Sherman Alexie's Flight"
Patrick Davis, student

"Prevailing Misrepresentations of Native Identity in Film and Television" Jesse Tucker, student

2-3:50 pm, Sorensen Student Center 206a
"Traces of the Trade" documentary about descendants of a slave-trading family uncovering the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery while stumbling their way through the minefield of contemporary race relations. Intended as a catalyst for dialogue, education and action.

3- 4 pm, Liberal Arts 118
Discussion: Program Exchange, Sakharov Study: Elizabeth Semyonov
Moderator: Dr. Boyd Petersen, English and Literature

4- 4:50 pm, Sorensen Student Center 213a
Gay Rights: "Bayard Rustin, Civil Rights Leader for Two Peoples" Martin L. Kokol, Touro College, New York, NY

7:30-9 pm, Centre Stage, Sorensen Student Center
Charles Holt Performance: "Sole Music: A Journey Through an African-American Quilt" assisted by Mr. Ben Dowling

Parking & Location Information

Monday January 18, 2010

“Day of Service” in partnership with BYU. See http://www.mlkday.gov/?gclid=CLOc7NHj9pwCFR5HagodHgcrbQ

and http://www.byub.org/byuweekly/Player.aspx?seg=13


Linda and Cheryl are two of the three children of the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown, who along with twelve other families led by the NAACP, filed suit against the local Board of Education on behalf of their children. Upon appeal to the United States Supreme Court the Topeka case became the lead case among five legal challenges. Oliver Brown died in 1961 before knowing the impact of this landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, which bears his name - Oliver L. Brown et. al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka, et. al. Click here for more information

The Brown Sisters


Ernest L. Wiggins
(tenured associate professor of journalism)

A former reporter and editor for The State (Columbia, S.C.) and the Columbia (S.C.) Record, Wiggins joined the faculty in 1993, returning to the school from which he'd earned both his bachelor's and master's degree. Wiggins has done additional postgraduate study in social structures and social networks.

His areas of teaching and research specialization are newsgathering and reporting trends, media ethics, media literacy, newsroom operations, and mass media and social justice.

He's presented research at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications national conferences and regional colloquia and Popular and American Culture Associations in the South conferences. His research on framing analysis was published in "Framing Public Life: Perspectives on Media and Our Understanding of the Social World."

He has been a guest columnist for The State and his work has been reprinted in Stein and Paterno's "The Newswriter's Handbook" and Kreml, et al., "College Writing: Reading, Analyzing, and Writing."

His collection of essays and short fiction, Reflections of a Native Son in the New South, was published by Red Letter Press (Columbia, S.C.)in 2009.


Charles Holt

Music and Storytelling have always been a vital part of Charles’ life. However, despite thorough tutelage from his religious, Southern grandmother, who insisted upon teaching him church hymns as a child, and not to mention being surrounded by a buffet of characters and self-proclaimed Griots, Charles never aspired to walk the path of a performing artist. It wasn’t until a friend saw his potential as a singer and actor that Charles’ love for music resurfaced and began to unfold. In July1996, Charles, led by intuition, left the comforts of the South with $400 dollars in his pocket for the bright lights of Broadway.
For more information on Charles Holt or go to his web site at