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Oct. 15, 2007 - Hastings College ALS symposium to address Frontiers
Four guest speakers will address “Frontiers” at Hastings College during the 22nd annual 2007 Artist Lecture Series (ALS) Student Symposium, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 24.
Lectures will be in French Memorial Chapel and are free and open to the public.
Speakers include: Minnejean Brown Trickey, Rev. Keith Titus, Eric Alexander and Dr. Peter Schultz.
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, Minnejean Brown Trickey
Brown Trickey was one of a group of African-American teenagers known as the “Little Rock Nine.” On Sept. 25, 1957, she helped desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Under the gaze of 1,200 armed soldiers and a worldwide audience, she entered the front door of the school. Since that time, Brown Trickey has been a crusader for civil rights, receiving a U.S. Congressional Medal, the Wolf Award, and the Spingarn Medal.
Under the Clinton administration, Brown Trickey served as deputy assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior, responsible for diversity.
Brown Trickey lives in Arkansas and continues her work for civil rights and social equality. She is also working on her autobiography, tentatively titled, Mixed Blessing: Living Black in North America.
10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, Rev. Keith Titus (chapel service)
Titus is co-founder of Re-Member, a non-profit organization on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, which works with the Oglala Lakota Indians. Now in its 10th year, Re-Member brings more than 1,000 volunteers to Pine Ridge each year to participate in various work projects ranging from transportation of material goods to renovation of homes. Volunteers build bunk beds, help the elders and disabled, and immerse themselves in Lakota culture. Since 1998, more than 2,000 bunk beds have been placed.
Titus and his wife, Ginny, are ordained ministers in the United Church of Christ. In 1997, they teamed with colleague Mike Alles to start an outreach organization, and in 1998, made their first trip to the Pine Ridge to deliver fire wood. As a result of that trip, they decided to focus their efforts on the people of that region.
2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, Eric Alexander
Alexander is a world-class skier, climber and mountaineer who achieves goals while playing an instrumental role in helping others to achieve their goals. Recently, he defied the odds and scaled Mt. Everest with his blind friend, Erik Weihenmayer. The two have plans to climb Mt. Elbrus in Russia, the first-ever blind ski descent of that mountain.
When not instructing disabled skiers in Vail, Colo., Alexander directs Adventures Beyond Limits, an organization that educates and encourages youth with disabilities in the outdoors.
Alexander grew up in the Colorado Rockies and started climbing in his teens. He was a member of the University of Denver ski team, which led him to pursue work as a ski patrolman in Vail and in the French Alps.
7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, Dr. Peter Schultz
Schultz is director of the Northeast Planetary Data Center and the NASA/Rhode Island University Space Grant Consortium. He works with impact cratering, one of the few processes affecting all planetary bodies. His research focuses on the effect of impact angle on cratering and the role of the atmosphere in modifying the process. Different planetary environments, laboratory simulations, and theoretical models allow testing under extreme conditions and to extreme scales.
Schultz completed a doctoral degree in astronomy at the University of Texas, Austin. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown University, Providence, R.I., since 1984.
Faculty sponsor for the symposium is Dr. Renee Laegreid, associate professor of history. Student co-chairs are: Tyler Keyser, junior, Daniel/Jackie Keyser, Cambridge, Neb.; and Megan Worthman, sophomore, Douglas/Kristi Worthman, Greeley, Colo. Other students serving on the ALS committee include: Jenna Buchli, senior, Ted/Kandy Buchli, Daykin, Neb.; Barry Graham, junior, Tim/Terri Graham, Trumbull, Neb.; Erin Hallstrom, junior, Robert/LuRae Hallstrom, Syracuse, Neb.; Jeff Hartman, junior, Douglas/Sharon Hartman, Columbus, Neb.; Kelly Hoff, senior, Joseph/Elaine Hoff, Greeley, Colo.; Katrina Larsen, senior, Robin Larsen/Kenneth Larsen, Blair, Neb.; Joel Niemann, junior, Roger/Patricia Niemann, Lincoln, Neb.; and Amanda Schademann, junior, Martin/Denise Schademann, Lincoln, Neb.
The ALS Student Symposium is a program designed to bring artists and lecturers to campus each year that focus on a selected topic. Past symposium topics have featured: Terrorism, Generation X, America and the World, Global Village Competition, Play, Revolutions and Truth.