The Byron & Christine Johnson Lecture/Discussion Series, a community forum for the discussion of racial and cultural issues, is being offered for college credit to students attending Metropolitan State College beginning spring semester 2002. Offered through the Department of African American Studies, the Johnson Lecture Series can be taken for one or two upper level credits and will afford students the opportunity to attend classes within a community setting, most taking part at Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Boulevard, Denver (Montview Boulevard & Glencoe Street). The 2002 theme is Rhythm, Resistance, & Renewal.
Colonialism & Resistance
10:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M., Saturday, January 26, 2002
Many of the world´s countries have been under the yoke of colonial and neo-colonial forces. Robert Hazan, Chair of Political Science at Metropolitan State College, and Glenn Morris, Chair of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Denver, will address that history and its impact on today´s world.
Langston Hughes: 100 Years Later
10:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M., Saturday, February 23, 2002
February 1, 2002 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Langston Hughes, a prolific writer whose career continued through the 1960s. Students from Challenges, Choices, & Images Learning Academy will present a cross-section of Hughes´ works that span his entire career.
Women in the Struggle
10:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M., Saturday, March 23, 2002
A panel of women from various backgrounds will draw from their own life experiences to articulate the particular struggles of women. Panelists will include women who are Chicana, Native American, Asian, African American, and Muslim.
Spirituals Music Tradition
10:00 A.M. — 12:00 P.M., Saturday, April 27, 2002
Spirituals are songs from the African American experience that grew out of the slave period. Art Jones, Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver and authority on the spiritual tradition will lead this session, which focuses on song as a tool of resistance. Music and dance will accompany this session.
Tribute to Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales
10:00 A.M. — 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 11, 2002
In 1969, Corky Gonzales established Crusade for Justice, an organization which fought for the rights of Mexican-Americans. Escuela Tlatlelolco, the school founded out of that organization, is now thirty years old. This final session will acknowledge the legacy of Corky Gonzales through poetry, dance, and song.