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Days of Dialogue

FEBRUARY 2 - FEBRUARY 7, 2020  

Welcome to the 16th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Days of Dialogue at the University of Wyoming!

Through this annual week of programming, UW celebrates the continuing impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and ideals. The Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue (MLK DOD) tradition is intended to expand institutional awareness about issues of diversity and social justice, to foster an inclusive community, and to empower individuals to act in solidarity with marginalized communities.

The Days of Dialogue serve as a renewal of UW’s commitment to making campus a more welcoming and empowering place for people from different backgrounds, heritages, orientations, abilities, and perspectives.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are invited to participate in MLK DOD events.

 

2020 Theme: AFROFUTURISM in a RURAL CONTEXT 

What could it mean to imagine rural space with Black individuals at the center instead of at the margins? A refuge from and response to the challenges of our current political moment, Afrofuturist thought is experiencing a renaissance in popular media and Black community spaces around the world.

This Black History Month we will integrate the power of art, science, and radical self-love to create inclusive opportunities for community-care, celebration, and growth on our campus and in the Laramie community.

UPCOMING EVENTS

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Some events require advance registration or tickets -- see specific event information below.

MLK DOD is committed to creating welcoming and accessible programs. See event information below for accessibility accommodations. For specific questions about events, please contact us at mlkdod@uwyo.edu or call 307-766-6463.

FEB

2nd


3 p.m. | Really presented by Relative Theatrics 
Gryphon Theatre

About "Really" by Jackie Sibblies Drury: What do we try to leave behind, what do we actually leave behind, and how do we deal with being left? When a grieving mother visits her late son’s girlfriend, the two women look back at the man they both loved, each jockeying for a claim to his legacy as a son, lover, and artist. REALLY is a play about mourning, intimacy, and the conflict between goodness and greatness as seen through the lens of photography, “carving pain out of the negative space of conversation. Drury’s beautifully refined language creates an unnerving study of art as pollution, distraction from a world fast evolving beyond aesthetics.”

FEB

3rd


6 p.m. | Community Supper and Willena Stanford Diversity Awards 
Union Ballroom

The Willena Stanford Community Supper is held in honor of Dr. Willena Stanford, a former UW instructor in African American and Diaspora Studies who had a strong commitment to the equal educational opportunity of all students at UW. Join us to honor UW students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity as we kick off a week focused on recognizing the importance of actively eradicating injustice in our local and global communities.

  • Accessibility information:a transcriptionist and stage ramp will be provided at the program. Should additional accommodations be needed, please see our contact information above.

FEB

4th


12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Kindred by Octavia Butler ECTL Book Reading
Coe 123

*please note that as of 1/19/20 event registration is full*

Join us for a book discussion in this collaboration between Days of Dialogue and the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning (ECTL). A limited number of spaces are available, so please be sure to RSVP. Books will be provided by ECTL. Lunch will be provided. This year’s book selection is Kindred by Octavia Butler.  

Kindred synopsis: Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin. 

Free books will be distributed to the first 25 registered participants, only those who can attend the discussion should register.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Tote Bags for Sustainability
Coe Makerspace

Join us in a collaboration with the Coe Student Innovation Center (CSIC) and the Haub School as we design tote bags with MLK DOD inspired images. Come learn about the various ways in which the Makerspace blends technology and creativity! All materials and pizza will be provided, first come first serve. 

6 p.m. | Dialogue & Dine followed by "White People" documentary screening
Shoshone Room

Join MLK DOD and RLDS for an evening of discussion about identity and race while you enjoy delicious appetizers and desserts. There will be facilitated discussions about the past, present, and future of race on campus and in society. All are welcome to take part in this discussion. After the discussion, there will be a showing of the MTV documentary "White People" and an opportunity to discuss the film. 

  • Accessibility information: closed captioning available upon request.

6 p.m. | Stealing Culture: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Museum Studies
Art Museum | Centennial Complex

A presentation and conversation with Nicole M. Crawford, Assistant Director and Chief Curator at the UW Art Museum, and Dr. Darrell D. Jackson, Professor of Law at the UW College of Law

Art and artifacts play a vital role in shaping cultural narratives and identities. But what happens when the ownership of an object is called into question?  What responsibilities do museums, collectors, or galleries, have when they find an object in their collection that is likely the result of theft or looting from the artifact’s community of origin?

Join Nicole M. Crawford, UW Art Museum, and Dr. Darrell D. Jackson, UW College of Law, for a presentation and conversation on the moral, ethical, and legal processes and challenges of dealing with objects that may have questionable or incomplete provenance.

FEB

5th


5 p.m. | Community Art-Making Party! with Wyoming Art Party

Laramie Civic Center (7th St.)

Join MLK DOD, Wyoming Art Party and the UW Art Museum in a community, hands-on printmaking and button-making workshop.  Please enter using the red studio doors on 7th St.  The public is invited to come make a custom banner and button.  Interested participants are encouraged to create a banner that will be part of a larger community piece that will be installed in the University of Wyoming Multicultural Resource Center. Along with the larger community piece, attendees can also make a banner and button to take home. Some fabric will be available for these projects, but participants are also encouraged to bring their own cotton, light colored t-shirt, or piece of fabric with a smooth, seam-free printing surface to print on. This event is free and open to the public. Kids welcome! Refreshments will be provided.

7:30 p.m. | Really presented by Relative Theatrics & DOD Talkback Panel
Gryphon Theatre

About "Really" by Jackie Sibblies Drury: What do we try to leave behind, what do we actually leave behind, and how do we deal with being left? When a grieving mother visits her late son’s girlfriend, the two women look back at the man they both loved, each jockeying for a claim to his legacy as a son, lover, and artist. REALLY is a play about mourning, intimacy, and the conflict between goodness and greatness as seen through the lens of photography, “carving pain out of the negative space of conversation. Drury’s beautifully refined language creates an unnerving study of art as pollution, distraction from a world fast evolving beyond aesthetics.”

  • Ticketing information: MLK DOD has purchased tickets for the capacity of the venue for this specific performance. This performance is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, but seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Additional performances have tickets available for purchase.

  • Accessibility information

FEB

6th

 

7 p.m. | 7220 Entertainment presents: Keynote Mark Willis
Union Ballroom

Mark Willis is Screen Actors Guild Award winning actor and model. Willis is a graduate of the University of Wyoming where he majored in communication, and was also a member of the Wyoming Cowboys football team. 

Willis has appeared in several television shows as well as film. In 2018 he appeared in the Marvel movie "Black Panther", performing stunts, which helped earn him a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture. His other credits include the television shows "Shameless", "Chicago PD", "Chicago Fire", and "Empire." He is also a model, appearing in Target's Goodfellow & Co brand campaigns, as well as appearing in commercials for companies like Pepsi. 

In his free time, Willis volunteers at different schools in the Chicago area, talking to students and encouraging them to never give up on their journey.

  • Accessibility information: a transcriptionist will be provided at the program. Should additional accommodations be needed, please see our contact information above.

8 p.m. | Studio Wyo presents: Keenan The First
Union Gardens

Keenan The First is a versatile, hybrid-artist with stake in the Rap and R&B sections of the Hip-Hop genre, and serves as one of the budding, young songwriting talents in the music industry. In the last year, he has worked alongside Sony Music and Reach Records as a songwriter, and his song “It’s You” (with Aleks James) appeared in Episode 10 of ​CW’s ‘All-American’​ which is available on Netflix. Keenan has brought along his voice-over career in tandem with a strong presence in music, landing lines in the official ​POMS and ​The Emoji Movie​ trailer, and plays a recurring character for the YouTube series ‘​Living or Dead​.’ To round out his evolving role in entertainment, Keenan helped produce the hit musical ​Afros & Ass Whoopins​ and also played the musical lead of Lando Calrissian in ​Solo Must Die​ which ran on the Comedy Central Stage in 2018. The roots of a multi-faceted creative have been planted and 2020 seems to be the year of artistic fruit. 

In 2020, you can expect to see more music videos from Keenan to follow up his critically-acclaimed performance for “​How It Goes​” which was invited to five film festivals, nominated for two awards and won Best Music Video at deadCenter Film Festival.

FEB

7th


8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. | AADS Black History Conference
Coe 506 

“Making a Way Out of No Way: Re-Examining Black Women in America’s Narrative”

8:30 a.m. WASA drumming and opening remarks, Dr. Ulrich Adelt

8:45 a.m. Opening remarks by Dean Paula Lutz

9:00 a.m. History of Black History Month, Dr. Fredrick Douglass Dixon

9:30 a.m. Panel: Experiences of Black Women at the University of Wyoming

10:15 a.m. Student Panel Presentations

11:00 a.m. Keynote 1: “’I Don’t Want to Talk About It’: Reflections of Memory, Race, Rejection and Reunion in Post-War Germany,” Dr. Tracey Patton (University of Wyoming)

12:00 p.m. Keynote 2: “Epistemic & Gender Apartheid: (Re)Locating Black Women in
Liberation Discourse,” Dr. Venus E. Winters-Evans (Illinois State University)

1:00 p.m. Lunch and Closing

Sponsored by the University of Wyoming African American and Diaspora Studies, A&S Dean’s Office, English, Communication and Journalism, Criminal Justice, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Physics, American Studies.

  • Individuals needing assistance to attend this event are welcome! Please contact the AADS program.

6 p.m. | Black Panther movie screening

Union Family Room

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past. Rated PG-13; runtime 2 hr 14 min

  • Accessibility information: closed captioning available upon request.

  • Free popcorn and soda are available for the first 30 people.

9 p.m. | Us movie screening
Union Family Room


A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them. Rated R; runtime 1 hr 56 min 

  • Accessibility information: closed captioning available upon request.

  • Free popcorn and soda are available for the first 30 people. 

 

Contact Us

MLK DOD Steering Committee
Email:   mlkdod@uwyo.edu

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