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Still Overcoming: Striving for Inclusiveness

Events relating to our year-long Still Overcoming program include speakers, panel discussions, film screenings, performances, and student activities. Transylvania invites members of the central Kentucky community to participate in this public discussion. All events are free.

Confirmed public events include:

Sept. 15
7 p.m.

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Dr. Lula Morton Drewes, the first African American to enroll in Transylvania's degree program, presents “A Journey of Healing: The 50th Anniversary of Desegregation at Transylvania University.” A reception will follow in Carrick Theater.
Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Sept. 16–Oct. 22

An exhibit of Robert Shetterly’s portraits of “Americans Who Tell the Truth: Models of Courageous Citizenship,” selected to complement the Still Overcoming theme. Sponsored by Transylvania’s Creative Intelligence Series.
William T. Young Campus Center Lounge
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 1–8 p.m.

Sept. 22
3 p.m.

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A performance by the American Spiritual Ensemble with Dr. Everett McCorvey, director of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and a native of Montgomery, Ala., who returned to his alma mater, the University of Alabama, for the 50-year commemoration of its desegregation in June 2013. More information.
Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Oct. 2
7 p.m.

Abdulaziz Sachedina, professor and IIIT chair in Islamic studies at George Mason University, discusses "The Political Theology of Pluralism in Islam: Religious Ethics of Coexistence."
Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Oct. 3
8 p.m.

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Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina of George Mason University will join Dean Michael Bell, Transylvania professor Angela Hurley, the Rev. Jon Weece of Southland Christian Church, and the Rev. Dr. Marian McClure Taylor, executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches, for a community forum driven by audience questions titled "Finding Common Cause in Our Differences."
William T. Young Campus Center Gym

Oct. 8
7:30 p.m.

Michele Norris, former co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, presents "The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir," sponsored by the William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture Series. A reception and book signing will follow in Carrick Theater. Student leaders are also coordinating a campus-wide activity based on Norris’ The Race Card Project.
Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

More information
Transylvania's submissions to the Race Card Project

Oct. 10
7 p.m.

In honor of the 15th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, Transylvania's Diversity Action Council leads a panel discussion about hate crimes.The discussion will focus on legal matters related to hate crime legislation, Title IX, and trends in hate crimes. Panelists include Transylvania professors Don Dugi and Brian Rich; Ashley Gutshall, Transylvania's Green Dot program coordinator; and Raymond Sexton, the executive director of the Lexington/Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.
Faculty/Staff Lounge, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Oct. 21
7:30 p.m.

Artist and activist Robert Shetterly gives a public talk titled "The Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny, Truth, and Democracy.” Sponsored in part by Transylvania’s Creative Intelligence Lecture Series.
William T. Young Campus Center Gym

Nov. 7
7 p.m.

Screening of "Anne Braden: Southern Patriot," followed by a discussion with filmmaker Mimi Pickering. Sponsored by Transylvania’s Creative Intelligence Lecture Series. More information.
William T. Young Campus Center Gym

Nov. 12
7 p.m.

Transylvania's annual Moosnick Lecture on Judaic Studies features A.J. Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, who will talk about “How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently.”
Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Nov. 13
4:30 p.m.

Colene Elridge ‘05, human resources specialist for the Office of Diversity and Equality at the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, will discuss the importance of moving beyond fear and being authentic in our interactions with others in her presentation "The Business of Being You.”
Cowgill 102

Nov. 22
5:30 p.m. 

Transylvania hosts the Transgender Day of Remembrance to recognize transgender individuals who were victims of violence in 2013. The event includes a candlelight vigil and a Resource Illumination Fair featuring information booths promoting public safety and equality. Everyone is welcome.
Steps of Old Morrison 

Feb. 4
7 p.m.

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Noah Griffin presents "The Massachusetts 54th Regiment: Storming the Ramparts for Today's America." Griffin is a singer, performer, TV and radio personality, inspirational speaker, former political campaign aide, and graduate of Harvard Law School.
Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Feb. 13
7 p.m.

POSTPONED: Former Transylvania basketball coach C.M. Newton, Transylvania basketball star Jim Hurley ’69, Wendell Hudson, the first African American scholarship student-athlete at the University of Alabama and the 1973 SEC Player of the Year, and journalist Billy Reed ’66 discuss "Integrating Athletics at Transylvania and Beyond."
Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Mar. 21
noon

Celebrate with us as 150 individuals from a variety of backgrounds are awarded citizenship during a U.S. naturalization ceremony.
Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Mar. 27
3:30 p.m.

Rodney Coates, professor of sociology and black world studies at Miami University, leads a panel discussion about "Integration on U.S. Campuses Today."

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