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Distinguished Lecture Series

Each year, to advance multicultural inquiry, understanding, and engagement for both faculty and students, the Center for Multicultural Education invites to campus an eminent national scholar of ethnic studies.

In April of 2017, we are hosting author Melissa Cardoza and singer Karla Lara, prominent voices of the Honduran Feminist Resistance. Cardoza is the author of 13 Colors of Honduran Resistance, and Lara is a beloved jazz/folk protest singer, who is featured in Cardoza's book. 

Curtis Chin returned in October 2015 for a screening of his film, Tested, regarding education, opportunity, and race. In this event, he discussed the extreme achievement gap that is faced by students of different ethnicity's and socioeconomic classes across the country. 

Our February 2015 lecture featured Dr. Monica M. White to discuss urban agriculture, more specifically, how it has functioned in Detroit, Michigan. This event discussed the benefits of a community-based food systems approach to respond to food insecurity.

In March 2014 we invited Curtis Chin, writer and producer of Vincent Who? (2009), to share his documentary on the historic hate crime murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit and the current state of Asian American political empowerment. 

In October 2012, we hosted Cindy Hooper, founder of the National Organization for African American Women and author of
Conflict: African American Women and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics (Praeger, 2012).

Our spring 2012 lecture featured Dr. Leslie Bow, Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author of “Partly Colored”: Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South (New York University Press, 2010).


In spring 2011, Dr. Laura Rendón, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Texas-San Antonio and the author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation (Stylus, 2008) delivered the inaugural lecture.