civil rights

Mingus, Music, and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Sue Mingus and Clayborne Carson with Mark Gonnerman

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 | 7:30pm | Pigott Theater | Free and Open to All

Since Charles Mingus’ death in 1979, Sue Mingus has created and continues to direct repertory ensembles to carry on the music of her late husband. Her memoir, Tonight at Noon: A Love Story, is a riveting account of her improbable life with the peerless jazz artist who died from ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) when he was only 56 years old. Ms. Mingus is joined by Clayborne Carson, Stanford professor of history and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, for a conversation about arts and music in the Civil Rights Era.

Thanks to Stanford Lively arts, Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Big Band, will perform at Stanford on February 2 and April 13. 
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Art + Invention Speaker Series (3):
RFK: The Journey to Justice

L.A. Theatre Works Cast with Clarence B. Jones and Mark Gonnerman

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 7:30pm | Pigott Theater | Free and Open to All. Limited seating: arrive early.

RFK: The Journey to Justice, a new play co-commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts for the acclaimed radio theater company, L.A. Theatre Works, chronicles the transformation of Robert F. Kennedy from initial indifference and ambivalence toward Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement to his role as a crusader and champion for social justice.  During this pre-performance conversation with members of the L.A. Theatre Works Company, we will look at this behind-the-scenes story of a high-stakes political drama that dared the country and its citizens to look into the mirror and change.

L.A. Theatre Works will perform RFK: A Journey to Justice at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium on Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00pm.  Learn more about this performance by going here.
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Democracy and Dissent

Lewis Lapham with Pamela Karlan

Wednesday, September 22, 2004 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In his new book, Gag Rule: On the Stifling of Dissent and Democracy, Harper's Magazine editor Lewis Lapham offers a short tour of political dissent in American history and shows that voices of protest have never been so locked out of the mainstream political conversation as they are now. As a result, he argues, we face a crisis of democracy as serious as any in our history. Hear one of America's most important voices of protest discuss his urgent new polemic about the stifling of the American public's capacity for meaningful dissent at the hands of a government and media increasingly beholden to our country's wealthy few.
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Arbitrary Convictions:
Capital Punishment in the United States

Sister Helen Prejean and Lawrence C. Marshall with William F. Abrams

Thursday, October 27, 2005 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

As of October 2004, 117 wrongfully convicted persons from twenty-five states have been released from America's death rows, and the number continues to grow. How do such serious mistakes occur in what some call the best court system in the world? And how can fifty states, each bound by the same Constitution and Supreme Court guidelines, implement the death penalty so differently? Should justice in a democratic society be an arbitrary matter? You are invited to join this conversation about one of the most important civil rights issues of our day.
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Celebrating South African Freedom:
A Symposium on the International Campaign to End Apartheid

Clayborne Carson, Connie Field, Amanda Kemp, Steve Phillips and Justice Albie Sachs
Donald Kennedy

Saturday, January 21, 2006 | 1:00 – 5:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

The Aurora Forum, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, and the Stanford Institute for International Studies are proud to sponsor a one-day symposium on the history and legacy of international campaigns to end Apartheid in South Africa.
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Title IX at 35:
A Conversation with Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King with LaDoris Cordell

Saturday, April 28, 2007 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Maples Pavilion | Free and Open to All

Title IX is the landmark legislation enacted in 1972 that establishes gender equity in schools, whether in academics or athletics. It states: “No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal aid.” This Educational Amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 furthered progress toward the goal of making sure all Americans, regardless of gender, are given equal opportunity to pursue a good education, to compete in the athletic arena, and to enter any profession for which they are qualified.
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