Upcoming Speakers

 

Nikki Giovanni
n-giovanni 2017 MLK Jr. Speaker
January 18, 2017
7:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
Sponsored by: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the Multicultural Student Center

 

Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past 30 years, the outspoken nature of her writing and speaking has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” The Academy of American Poets voted Giovanni #1 poet for the spring of 2007. Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the black community. Her focus is on the individual—specifically, the power one has to make a difference in oneself and in the lives of others.

 

Nikki Giovanni
n-giovanni 2017 MLK Jr. Speaker
January 18, 2017
7:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
Sponsored by: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the Multicultural Student Center

 

Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past 30 years, the outspoken nature of her writing and speaking has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” The Academy of American Poets voted Giovanni #1 poet for the spring of 2007. Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the black community. Her focus is on the individual—specifically, the power one has to make a difference in oneself and in the lives of others.

 

Adrian Peterson
adrian-peterson “Don’t Dis My Abilities”
February 13, 2017
7:00 PM
Russell Union Ballroom
Sponsored by: Health Services

 

Adrian Peterson message is to encourage and motivate others to strive and reach their goals in life.  Peterson will also share his amazing story that includes his family and parents, hard work, faith and how a very difficult speech disability only motivated him to fight harder to reach his goal in life.  His book, “Don’t Dis My Abilities” is inspiring and full of hope.


Tim Mousseau
tim-mousseau “Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation”
February 27, 2017
7:00 PM
Russell Union Ballroom
Sponsored by: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the University Wellness Program

 

In this keynote, Tim leads a deep and vulnerable conversation on the difficult topic of sexual assault drawing from his own experiences and countless interactions with others in support groups. Why is an underlying culture of shame implicit, and how can it be stopped? Tim will help your communities understand the background information needed to facilitate healthy conversations on sexual assault, resources to assist in the survivor recovery process, and how the power of our personal and community stories can be utilized in prevention. Students will leave feeling prepared to create a culture of compassion while realistically facing an issue prevalent on campuses across the country.

Last updated: 1/3/2017

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