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Freedom of Expression: The Role of Protest in Transforming Education

When: Monday October 8, 7 p.m.

Where: Straub 156

Who: Danny Glover and Kathleen Cleaver

Join Kathleen Cleaver and Danny Glover for a roundtable discussion about The Role of Protest in Transforming Education.

Both Glover and Cleaver played pivotal roles in the 1960s era activism that spawned Black Studies departments in colleges and universities across the U.S. The two will share their views about the important role of Black Studies, free speech, and student activism in transforming society. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Curtis Austin, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the UO Black Studies Initiative, and will include Dr. Leslie Alexander, Associate Professor of History and Black Studies, and Drue Edney, a UO graduate student and member of the Black Student Taskforce.

Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on the movie screen for 30 years. His community activism and philanthropic efforts have addressed economic justice, healthcare and education programs. He has served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations and most recently appeared in the film Sorry to Bother You.

Kathleen Cleaver, senior lecturer and research fellow at Emory University School of Law, began participating in the human rights struggle alongside her parents in the 1950s civil rights protests. In 1966, she dropped out of Barnard College in New York to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). From 1967-71, she served as Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party. She spent years in exile in Algeria and France with former husband Eldridge Cleaver, then returned to the U.S., earning her BA (1984) and JD (1989) from Yale.

This event is part of President Michael Schill’s Freedom of Expression series.  #expressUOself