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Diversity Lecture Series

Through the Diversity Lecture Series, Multicultural Affairs is pleased to host a special line up of distinguished lecturers and performers from across the country whose presentations highlight diversity and social justice topics facing today’s world. Events are free and open to the public. The spring Diversity Lecture is a flagship event of the annual UTA Diversity Week celebration held each March. The Diversity Lecture Series is hosted as a result of university President Spaniolo’s response to the report of the Committee on Diversity and International Understanding.

Spring 2014 Featured Speaker:

Minnijean BrownMinnijean Brown Trickey, legendary civil rights pioneer who helped desegrefare U.S. public schools
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
7 p.m., UC Rosebud Theater
Held in conjunction with UTA Diversity Week

Topic: Return to Little Rock: a Seminal Moment in American Civil Rights and Education

As a living witness to history―and as an active participant who has helped shape it―Minnijean Brown Trickey delivers a fascinating exploration of social change, diversity, and the battle against racism throughout the decades, from the beginnings of her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement to the present day. Unerringly hopeful, but realistic, she is a stately speaker who helps today's students understand both how far we have come and how far we still have to go in the battle for freedom and equality.

Biography: In 1957 Minnijean Brown Trickey entered history by striding through the front doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a member of the Little Rock Nine, she helped desegregate public schools and alter the course of education in America. Her talks are a sweeping exploration of social change through the decades.
In the autumn of 1957, Minnijean Brown Trickey took her rightful place in what had previously been a whites-only school. In front of a worldwide television audience, she walked past armed guards and an angry mob to help set America on the path toward desegregation in public schools. Incredibly, this was just the beginning of her fiery career as a social activist. For her work, she has received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, the Spingarn Medal, the Wolf Award, and a medal from the W.E.B. DuBois Institute, among other citations. Under the Clinton administration, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior, for diversity. She has also appeared in two acclaimed documentaries: Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey and HBO's Little Rock: 50 Years Later.

In her adult life, Brown-Trickey continues to be an activist for minority rights. She lived in Canada for a number of years in the 1980s and 1990s, getting involved in First Nations activism and studying social work at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Brown-Trickey's daughter Spirit Trickey is now employed at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, where she interprets the struggle of her mother and the other eight students to enter Central High.

Past Diversity Lecture Series events

Karen A. Myers, PhD
September 2013
Karen A. Myers, PhD, Ability Ally Project, Director of the Higher Education Administration graduate program at Saint Louis Univesity

Jaime Washinton

November 2013
Rev. Dr. James Washington serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group. "Religious And Spiritual Diversity and Pluralism: The Road Less Traveled"

Shane Windmeyer
October 2012
Shane Windmeyer, Author and Executive Director of Campus Pride
What’s Your Gay Point Average?

Dr. Kathy Obear

 November 28 2012
Dr. Kathy Obear,
"Creating an Inclusive Socially Just Campus Community"

Jeff Chang
March 2012
Jeff Chang, Historian, Hip Hop Journalist, and Author
“Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation”

Kip Fulbeck
November 3, 2010
Kip Fulbeck, award winning author, artist, and filmmaker
“Who Are You? The Changing Face of America”

Mauricio Claver-Carone
October 26, 2011
Mauricio Claver-Carone, Cuba Democracy Advocates
"U.S.-Cuba Policy: From the Streets of Havana to the Halls of Capitol Hill."

 Platanos and Collard Greens
February 28, 2011
Platanos & Collard Greens
Hit theatrical production exploring inter-racial relationships 

Maura Cullen
March 3, 2010
Dr. Maura Cullen, social justice educator and author
“Dumb Things Well Intended People Say”

Morris Dees
October 3, 2009
Morris Dees, legendary civil rights activist
“And Justice For All”

Lani Guinier
March 3, 2009
Dr. Lani Guinier, educator, attorney, and civil rights advocate
“Rethinking Race & Class”

Ronald Takaki
November 17, 2008
Dr. Ronald Takaki, historian and author
“A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America”


Spring 2014 Speaker

Featured Spring 2014 Lecture
Minnijean Brown Trickey, legendary civil rights pioneer and member of the Little Rock Nine
Monday, March 3rd
Free and open to the public. No tickets required.