Recent CLAE Events
The College of Liberal Arts and Education was busy throughout the spring sponsoring a wide range of speakers and presentations. Below is a sampling of these events.
Art exhibit considers gender through the eyes of women
The Women’s Studies Art Exhibit “Re:Gender” featured juried works by 13 artists from across the U.S. and Canada in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibit Hall of the School of Architecture building.
Events examine Brown v. Board segregation trial
Several CLAE departments and programs sponsored a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, a historical U.S. Supreme Court decision to end segregation in education by law. UDM revisited the case and its significance through three events: a viewing of the film “Simple Justice,” a docudrama on the case; a panel discussion by UDM faculty on “The Significance of the Brown v. Board Decision”; and a Moot Court Reenactment of the Brown v. Board Case by students from the Political Science Association.
Speaker discusses struggle of black Brazillians
The African American Studies program sponsored Bamidele Demerson, director of research and educational programs at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. He spoke on Brazilian religious traditions of “Our Lady of the Good Death.” The event was to help raise awareness of African traditions and the ongoing struggle for the liberation of black Brazillians.
Noted poets offer readings and writing advice to students
The Creative Writing Program and the English department sponsored a reading of poetry by Scott Withiam, author of Arson and Prophets and David Daniel, author of Seven Star Bird and poetry editor of the literary journal Ploughshares. About 50 students and friends gathered in Grounds coffee house for the reading. The poets also held an informal workshop for advanced creative writing students.
Art exhibit and events explore Chilean history and government
The Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive sponsored “9/11 Project,” an exhibit by artist Eric Skoglund that explored the theme of the toppling of Salvador Allende’s government in Chile on September 11, 1973. The art exhibit was accompanied by three events in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Exhibit Hall: “From Politics to Printed Page (or Pixel): The Life Experiences of an International Journalist,” presented by Chilean journalist Vivianne Schnitzer Hendrickson; “Pinochet’s Children,” a documentary video about Salvador Allende’s influence; and “Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark,” a play reading and performance focusing on people who have suffered human rights violations or struggled to ensure people’s human rights around the world.