Briefs – January 13, 2011

NW Staff

Author to speak on MLK

Award winning Journalist Joan Morgan will be speaking about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. as well as her experiences in hip-hop culture in Whitman Commons on Monday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.

Morgan is the author of the bestselling book “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip-Hop Feminist.” Morgan has also published several works for “The Village Voice”, “Vibe” , “Madison” , “Interview” , “Spin” and many other magazines.

“Joan will be speaking about Martin Luther King’s life and service, as well as relating it to her areas of expertise on hip-hop culture and feminism,” said Shirley Brozzo, ASC Director of the Multicultural Education and Resource Center.

Morgan taught hip-hop journalism at Duke University. Morgan is a highly sought-after speaker on hip-hop and feminism. She is currently a visiting scholar at Vanderbilt University.

“Bakari Kitwana, last year’s keynote speaker, along with Morgan are part of the Rap Sessions, Limited Liability Company along with other speakers like Mark Anthony and Thabiti Lewis,” Brozzo said.

— Heather Marshall

Students to record dreams

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, outside of the Multicultural Education and Resource Center students are invited to finish the sentence “I/We have a dream that … ” to symbolize the speech that Martin Luther King Jr. gave on civil rights in 1963.

“The goal is to record faculty, staff and students who will give their responses,” said Shirley Brozzo, ASC Director of the Multicultural Education and Resource Center (MERC).

Students’ recordings will be blended with the actual “Dream Speech” to make a film version of the speech unique to NMU. MERC encourages students to make their responses relevant to the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

The film will be shown at the Martin Luther King birthday bash on Friday, Jan. 21 in Whitman Commons.

— Robyn Goodman

Museum features faculty art

The Northern Michigan University School of Art and Design faculty biennial exhibition will open at the DeVos Art Museum on Friday, Jan. 14. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Recent works by full-time and adjunct faculty representing a diverse range of media and concepts will be on display. Artists include Daric Christian, Michael Cinelli, Julie Clark-Risak, Keith Ellis, Christine Flavin, Kristine Granger, John Hubbard, Diane Jarvi, Robert LaLonde, Stephan Larson, Bill Leete, Yvonne Lemire, Michael Letts, Steve Leuthold, James Phegan, Peter Pless, Ed Risak, Jane Shellenbarger, Tracy Wascom, Dale Wedig and Tom Wolfe.

The exhibition runs through Feb. 13. Related events include an artist’s talk by Granger on Friday, Jan. 28, and a talk by art history professor Mitsutoshi Oba on Friday, Feb. 11. Both are scheduled at 2 p.m. in room 165 of the Art and Design Building.

—NMU News Bureau