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Convocations

Feb. 5, Annual Martin Luther King Celebration: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Best Selling Author, Scholar and Cultural Critic

7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Sponsored by Anna B. Mow Endowed Lecture Series and the Center for Cultural Engagement

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, is one of the nation's most influential and renowned public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine. Dyson's pioneering scholarship and published works have had a profound effect on American ideas, from black American cultural studies to renowned books on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Not only has Dyson taught at some of the nation's most prestigious universities-including Brown, UNC-Chapel Hill, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania-but his influence has also carried far beyond the academy into prisons and bookstores, political conventions and union halls, and church sanctuaries and lecture stages across the world.

March 21, Carolyn Malachi, Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist

7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Co-Sponsored by Eagle Productions and the Center for Cultural Engagement

Songstress, social philanthropist and Grammy-nominated recording artist are just a few titles held by Carolyn Malachi, great‑granddaughter of jazz pianist John Malachi. A Washington, D.C. native, Malachi was born from musical roots but did not grow into her talent until 2005, when she was a junior at Shepherd University. Very quickly, Malachi realized the power of the arts to make people feel comfortable in their own skin. She released the albums Revenge of the Smart Chicks in 2008 and Revenge of the Smart Chicks II in 2009. Her 2010 release, the Lions, Fires & Squares EP, spoke of relationships, love, and strength and bear influence of her 2010 tours in South Africa. The single “Orion” earned Malachi a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

April 20, Gospel Extravaganza: Celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation

8 p.m., Carter Center
Presented by Bridgewater College Music Department, Lift Your Voice Gospel Choir and the Center for Cultural Engagement
Join Lift Your Voice Gospel Choir and visiting choirs as they unite to perform African American spirituals along with contemporary gospel music in honor of the freedom obtained through the Emancipation Proclamation.

April 23, "Trapped in a Closet"

9:30 a.m., Cole Hall
Presented by the Center for Cultural Engagement
Join BC students in an interactive exercise on a wide range of scenarios focused around issues of perception and judgment. Earn prizes for participating!

April 24, Julia Alvarez, Best-Selling Author

7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Sponsored by the The Harold. H. Hersch Educational Fund, Co-Sponsored by the Center for Cultural Engagement

Julia Alvarez is regarded as one of the most critically and commercially successful Latina writers of her time. Her published works include five novels, a book of essays, four collections of poetry, four children's books, two works of adolescent fiction and the recently published work of nonfiction, A Wedding in Haiti. A fine literary writer whose works have consistently exerted powerful appeal to a general audience as well, Alvarez has mined her rich bi-cultural heritage for stories of transnational identity and freedom from political oppression.

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Global Café

Global Café is an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to discuss broad international issues while sharing meals that relate to the chosen topic or to the participants’ background. Participants share their own knowledge, experiences and viewpoints to give others a better understanding of how people with different cultural backgrounds understand and act on deep and overarching matters that affect people globally. Global Café is not a presentation but an informal conversation. Everyone is welcome to share their own viewpoints.