WGU Celebrates Black History Month 2016

WGU is proud to invite you to our 2016 Black History Month Symposium. Presentations are free and will take place the week of February 22–26. 

Check the schedule below. If you find a sesson—or sessions!—that interest you:

  • Mark your calendar and set yourself an appointment reminder for the date and time the presentation is scheduled. Note that times are in Mountain Standard Time.
  • A few minutes before the presentation is set to start, browse to http://wgu.adobeconnect.com/socialsciencecolloquia/
  • For audio, dial in via telephone to this toll-free number: 1-844-286-0634.
  • When prompted, enter audio room number 556-081-544 #.

 

Monday, February 22, 4 p.m. MST: Dr. Lee Jones, Political Science Course Mentor
“State of Black America: Theoretical and Statistical Analysis”
In the final year of the Obama presidency, Dr. Lee Jones leads a discussion that will attempt to sum up the historic and objective impact of the Obama legacy on the "Southern strategy" and its impact on black America.   

Tuesday, February 23, 1 p.m. MST: Dr. Lizzie Redkey, History Course Mentor
“Before Jackie Robinson: The Race Horse Men”
During the 18th and 19th centuries, African-Americans—enslaved and free—not only competed in thoroughbred racing but dominated the sport. And racing was the sport of their era. They rode and trained many of the greatest race horses in our history and were superstars in their day, and yet they are all but forgotten now. Why?

Wednesday, February 24, 4 p.m. MST: Dr. Lee Jones with special guest 
“Activism in NYC: Building Bridges of Peace with the Youth” 
Please join Dr. Lee Jones as we introduce Mr. Taylonn Murphy of the Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy Foundation to the WGU family. Mr. Murphy will bring to us the praxis of teaching peace strategies to the youth of Harlem, USA. This discussion will cover how non-violence and self love can be used to solve 21st-century problems.

Thursday, February 25, 9 a.m. MST: Dr. Stan M. Landry, History Course Mentor 
“The New Orleans Confederate Memorials as African-American Sites of Memory” 
This presentation will use current debates in New Orleans concerning the removal of several prominent Confederate memorials to theorize African-American collective memory and to explore wider issues of history, commemoration, and the elimination of memory from public spaces.

Thursday, February 25, 2 p.m. MST: Dr. Sharla Chittick, History Course Mentor
“Social Justice in the 21st Century: A History of Black Lives Matter”
This presentation will discuss the history and rise of the new social justice movement Black Lives Matter. Inspired by historical activists and events, and fortified by a feminist political mantra, their rapid growth and extensive reach are successfully highlighting injustices around the country and garnering both grassroots and political support.

Friday, February 26, 1 p.m. MST: Dr. Melvin Sanchez and Dr. Kris Rhodes, Philosophy Mentors
“The March for Equal Rights in Selma and the Struggle Facing the Black Lives Matter Movement” and “Who Says Which Lives Matter and Why?”
A philosopher admits sound arguments aren’t everything.

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