Colorado State University - Pueblo Distinguished Speaker Series continues in February

Colorado State University - Pueblo Distinguished Speaker Series continues in February

The 2009-2010 Distinguished Speakers Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo will continue in February with an actor/activist, a human rights advocate, and an attorney.

Topics for the series range from racial profiling and domestic abuse to same-sex marriage and human rights by individuals who have distinguished themselves in their fields. The series features eminent national or international speakers who contribute to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or other realm of contemporary significance. This series is an opportunity to learn from scholars, scientists, athletes, politicians, business people, and community members who can inspire students to think critically about current issues, trends, events, knowledge, diversity, and leadership.

The series is free and open to the public. Events are co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Student Fee Governing Board, Associated Students’ Government, and the Diversity Resource Center.

10 A Conversation with Danny Glover: The Intersection of Art and Activism, 7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall, Danny Glover, actor, producer, humanitarian

A commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years, Glover’s film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. Most recently, he completed filming the critically acclaimed feature Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and Poor Boy`s Game for director Clement Virgo and Shooter for director Antoine Fuqua and Be Kind, Rewind for director Michael Gondry. At the same time, Glover has also gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. 

Langston Hughes worked through his poetry to lift up the condition of Black Americans, while Dr. Martin Luther King took that fight into the streets and churches of America. As artist and activist, Danny Glover (while certainly never claiming to be either on the level of these two GIANTS) does represent the INTERSECTION of ART AND ACTIVISM. The evening’s presentation will explore these themes.

17 Truth and Reconciliation: Healing the Wounds of Racism, 7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall
Nontombi Naomi Tutu, race and gender justice activist,
daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa has led Naomi Tutu to her present role as an activist for human rights. Her experiences have taught her how much we all lose when any of us is judged purely on physical attributes. The third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu, she was born in South Africa and has also lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her speeches blend a passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories.

18 The Choice is only for the Women, 7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall
 Sarah Weddington, Roe vs. Wade attorney, women’s rights advocate Women’s rights speaker and attorney Sarah Weddington successfully argued the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, at the tender age of 26. She went on to be the first woman from Austin ever elected to the Texas House of Representatives, and later served as an assistant to President Jimmy Carter. She is the author of A Question of Choice, and currently teaches at the University of Texas. Weddington has received much recognition for her work, including the 2006 International Athena Award, which is presented to individuals who have achieved a high degree of excellence in their profession, and who have assisted women in reaching their full potential. Weddington chronicles the history of the modern women’s rights movement, reflects upon the advances women have made at all levels of society, and discusses the challenges that remain. Weddington also will be the keynote speaker at a young woman’s leadership conference the following morning from 8 a.m.-noon in the Occhiato University Center.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.