The Dr. Shirley S. Seaton Cultural Awareness Series illuminates various cultural perspectives to help sharpen an understanding of the ways in which we are all interconnected. These events provide exciting opportunities to engage the campus community in outside-the-classroom learning.

2014-2015 Calendar


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Lani Guinier

9/24/14 @ 5:00p  

Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology

Lani Guinier is an American lawyer, scholar and civil rights activist. She is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship at that institution. Co-sponsored by the Don Shula Chair in Philosophy. (PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME CHANGE IN OBSERVANCE OF ROSH HASHANAH AT SUNDOWN)


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Yusef Komunyakaa

10/21/14 @ 7:00p

Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology

Yusef Komunyakaa is an American poet who teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

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Cathy Bao Bean

11/5/14 @ 2:30p & 6:30p

Rodman A, Rodman Hall

Cathy Bao Bean is a Chinese-American writer and educator, is the author of The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual.

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W. Kamau Bell: Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

1/14/15 @ 6:30p

Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology

Walter Kamau Bell is an African-American stand-up comic. Prominent within the San Francisco stand-up comedy scene, he is best known as the former host of the FXX television series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.

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Kiese Laymon

2/25/15 @ 7p

Rodman A, Rodman Hall

Kiese Laymon is an American writer, editor and professor of English and Africana Studies at Vassar College. Author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Laymon’s work deals with American racism, feminism, family and Hip-hop.

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Laverne Cox

3/17/15 @ 6:30p

Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology

Laverne Cox is an American actress, reality television star, television producer, and LGBT advocate. A transgender woman, Cox is perhaps best known for portraying Sophia Burset in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.


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Step Afrika!

9/11/14 @ 8:00p

Kulas Auditorium, Administration Building

Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. We promote an appreciation for stepping and its use as an educational, motivational and healthy tool for young people. A collaboration with Student Union Programming Board and the Mandel Foundation Grant.