Special Events Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
SELINSGROVE—Susquehanna University will host a series of events, Commemorating the Soul and Spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., beginning with a program Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater. Renowned speakers, musical performances, readings and a multicultural film festival will honor King’s legacy.
The highlight of the Jan. 18 evening program is a keynote address by Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D., a Columbia University psychologist and influential multicultural scholar whose expertise on “microaggressions”—subtle, sometimes unconscious but common insults directed toward a minority group or member—has earned him acclaim worldwide. In 1996, Sue was invited to address President Clinton’s Race Advisory Board on the National Dialogue on Race and to participate in a congressional briefing on the psychology of racism. He was the cofounder and first president of the Asian American Psychological Association and is a past president of the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. Sue has written more than 150 publications on such topics as multicultural competencies and racial microaggressions. His latest book, Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation, is due out in February.
In addition to Sue’s presentation, the evening program will feature the Susquehanna Jazz Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Joshua Davis, performing “The Core,” by Freddie Hubbard, and “Free,” by Stevie Wonder; and the University Choir, directed by Associate Professor of Music Rodney Caldwell, performing “It Takes A Village,” by Joan Szymko, and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” arranged by Roy Ringwald. Katie Richards, a senior at Selinsgrove Area High School, will read her winning entry to an essay contest, which responds to the question, “If he were alive today, what would the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. most want our president to be concerned about?” Remarks from University President L. Jay Lemons and Rabbi Kate Palley, director of Jewish life, will round out the program.
A seven-week multicultural film festival will kick off Jan. 19 with a screening of “The Long Walk Home” at 8 p.m. in Charlie’s Coffee House on campus. The 1990 film stars Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek. Other films in the series, each showing on successive Tuesdays at the coffee house, include “Malcolm X,” “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,” “Rosewood,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Schindler's List” and “Angela's Ashes.”
The celebration continues Jan. 22, when audiences will be treated to an afternoon lecture and an evening of music with Victor Goines, jazz virtuoso and director of jazz studies at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Widely recognized as an engaging and versatile performer, composer, collaborator and educator, New Orleans native Goines has delivered acclaimed performances throughout the world. A member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since 1993, Goines currently holds the position of Northwestern University artistic director for the jazz studies program, as well as education consultant for jazz at Lincoln Center. Goines also has an active solo career performing and recording with The Victor Goines Quartet, and has performed and collaborated with such artists as Wynton and Ellis Marsalis, The Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves and a host of other renowned musicians and ensembles.
Goines will give a talk about “What It Means to Be Educated as a Musician” at 3 p.m. in the university’s Stretansky Concert Hall. His concert will be at 8 p.m. that evening in the same venue.
All events are free and open to the public.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones