DSS 2009-2010

Colorado State University-Pueblo will sponsor a series of eight public lectures as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series this academic year. Topics 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 2009-10 series will feature actors Robins Givens and Danny Glover, the daughter of Desmond Tutu, social justice activist Dolores Huerta, renowned attorney and women’s rights advocate Sarah Weddington, and conservative thinker Dinesh D’Souza. The series is free and open to the public. Events will be co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Student Fee Governing Board, Associated Students’ Government, and the Diversity Resource Center.


NOVEMBER 11, 2009

Dr. John Corvino and Glenn Stanton
Same Sex Marriage: A Civil Debate, 7 p.m., Occhiato University Center Ballroom
Dr. John Corvino and Glenn Stanton are two of the nation’s leading and opposing voices on the debate over civil unions and same-sex marriage. Stanton is the Senior Analyst for Marriage and Sexuality and the Director of Social Research and Cultural Affairs at Focus on the Family. Corvino is a philosophy professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and the editor of Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science, and Culture of Homosexuality.

NOVEMBER 17, 2009

Robin Givens, actress, domestic abuse survivor, ex-wife of boxer Mike Tyson
Break the Silence: Face the Monster of Abuse, 7 p.m., OUC Ballroom 
A guest appearance on The Cosby Show, the hottest show on television at the time, fueled Givens early career. Her big break came on Head of the Class, where Givens played Darlene Marriman, a wealthy and gifted high school student. After appearing on television in Beverly Hills Madam and The Penthouse, she soon appeared on the big screen in Rage in Harlem and in the hit comedy Boomerang, opposite Eddie Murphy. In 1988, Robin married boxing legend Mike Tyson and the union put her into the national spotlight. The marriage ended 16 months later after rumors of abuse and infidelity surfaced. Givens says that he brutalized her throughout their marriage and now she has chosen to break her silence about the violence.


JANUARY 20, 2010  

Dolores Huerta, Activist
Breaking Down the Barriers, Hispanic (Chicano) Social Justice
8 a.m., Hoag Recital Hall
Huerta is the co-founder and Secretary-Treasurer of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO ("UFW"). The mother of 11 children, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Dolores has played a major role in the American civil rights movement. As an advocate for farm worker rights Dolores has been arrested 22 times for non-violent peaceful union activities. In 1984, the California State Senate bestowed upon her the Outstanding Labor Leader Award. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and earned the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award; and the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award.

JANUARY 27, 2010  

Dinesh D’Souza, one of America's most influential conservative thinkers
What’s so Great About America? Why America is Loved, Why America is Hated, 
7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall
D'Souza’s new book What's So Great About Christianity is the comprehensive answer to a spate of atheist books denouncing theism in general and Christianity in particular. D'Souza has been called one of the "top young public-policy makers in the country" by Investor’s Business Daily. The New York Times Magazine named him one of America's most influential conservative thinkers. The World Affairs Council lists him as one of the nation's 500 leading authorities on international issues. Newsweek cited him as one of the country's most prominent Asian Americans.


FEBRUARY 10, 2010

Danny Glover, actor, producer, humanitarian
An Evening with Martin and Langston
7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall
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 Michel 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.

FEBRUARY 17, 2010    

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

FEBRUARY 18, 2010   

Sarah Weddington, Roe vs. Wade attorney, women’s rights advocate
The Choice is only for the Women
7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall
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 at the young woman’s conference the following day.

APRIL 14, 2010 

Michael Eric Dyson, best-selling author, cutting-edge historian Profiles in Caricature: Racial Profiling and its Impact on Black Americ
1 p.m.,  Hoag Recital Hall

Hailed as one of the nation’s most inspiring African Americans, Michael Eric Dyson has been credited with revitalizing the role of the public intellectual with the fervor of an ordained Baptist minister. Infusing intellectual thought with popular culture, Dyson focuses on topics of interest to the public. He eloquently melds scholarly insight with the phenomena of contemporary culture, emphasizing their interconnectedness and force in shaping our society. His books provide some of the most significant commentary on modern social and intellectual thought, interwoven with a combination of cultural criticism, race theory, religion, philosophical reflection, and gender studies. Works such as Making Malcolm X; I May Not Get There with You; Hollar if You Hear Me; Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye; Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost its Mind?; Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster; and the recent Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, deeply probe social themes and cultural politics.


For more information or an updated schedule, contact the CSU-Pueblo Office of Student Activities at 549-2586 or visit www.colostate-pueblo.edu/studentactivities.