Thursday, February 21, 2013
Lecture Friday at 1 Sturm 151 sponsored by the Black Student Alliance
"In celebration of Black History Month you are invited to attend a lecture with Dr. Alan Gilbert titled: Newly Freed Slaves and the Fight for American Democracy. The lecture will take place in conjunction with the Black Student Alliance's program A Day at DU. This amazing program will host Denver high school students in a day-long visit providing students the opportunity to work with a student mentor, engage with faculty and staff on campus and experience what a day is like in the life of a DU student. The lecture will provide an opportunity for high school students to engage in a college classroom setting. I encourage you to engage with our students and support the high school students that will be visiting our campus for this special event.
The lecture will be held on Friday February 22nd at 1:00pm in Sturm room 151. Please come and support our Black Student Alliance in this amazing community service endeavor!
We look forward to seeing you on February 22nd!
"Alan Gilbert is a John Evans Professor from the Korbel School of International Studies. He is an activist and author, including Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War of Independence.
Though January 1st was the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, few know its impact even in the Civil War where the main fighters for the Union at the end of the conflict were black. And the struggle for recruitment and emancipation of slaves between the British and Americans led to blacks being the main fighters and the majority of the dead at the decisive battle of Yorktown in the American Revolution 80 years before. The attempted pitting of whites against blacks has been a central, anti-democratic feature of American politics since its inception and continues to play a major role today."
I will speak especially of the wonder of being in college, of the chance to seek the truth and its fundamental moral and personal dimension; that each of us, often surprisingly to ourselves and against the odds, can make a difference in the great struggle to move mountains like bondage and Jim Crow and today, the prison-industrial complex.