Freedom Project offers Performances and Lectures for Spring Semester


Metcalfe Chair Lecture

Speaker: A. Van Jordan
Scenes from the Journey of Oscar Michaeux

January 24, 2013
4:30 p.m.
Cudahy 001
Sponsor: English Department, Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Provost

A. Van Jordan's collections of poetry include Rise (2001), M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (2005), and Quantum Lyrics (2007). Rise won a PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was selected for the Book of the Month Club of the Academy of American Poets. M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A received the Anisfield-Wolf Award. Jordan has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a Pushcart Prize.

"Can I Sing for You Brother?"
Performed by Stephen Scott Wormley

January 25 through 26, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Helfaer Theater
Sponsor: Performing Arts, Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Provost

Stephen Scott Wormley received double degrees with honors from Marquette University in May 2010: a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts with a Dance Minor and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. As his senior capstone, Stephen performed Can I Sing for You Brother?, a one-man musical chronicling the story of an African American through Negro Spirituals. He is no stranger to performing at the most prestigious venues in the nation's capital, including the White House, the British and Finnish Embassies, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The history department will sponsor two major public events (along with another round of lunch-time talks by history faculty):

Challenging Freedom: The FBI, U.S. Intelligence Services, and Individual Freedoms in Modern America

March 21, 2013
4:30 p.m.
Beaumier Suites, Raynor Library
Sponsor: History Department, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Mellon Fund

Athan Theoharis, Marquette University, Emeritus; Ken O'Reilly, University of Alaska and MATC; Robert Donnelly, Gonzaga University, and Aaron Stockham, Waterford School (Utah) will debate and discuss the FBI, U.S. Intelligence Services, and individual freedoms in modern America.

Casper Lecture: Rebecca J. Scott
"She had always enjoyed her freedom: Re-enslavement and the Law in the Era of the Haitian Revolution"

April 22, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Library Conference Center, Beaumier Suites (lower level)
Sponsor: History Department's Casper Lecture Fund

Rebecca J. Scott, Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. Among her books are Slave Emancipation in Cuba: The Transition to Free Labor, 1860-1899; Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery; and Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation.

In addition, the Raynor Library will mount an exhibit on the School Choice Movement on its second floor, January 28 through May 11, 2013.  Currently, there is an exhibit on the Emancipation Proclamation in the entrance area of the library.

Performing Arts will mount two productions of plays related to the issue of Freedom:

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen (February 21 through March 3, 2013) and Urinetown: The Musical (April 18 - 28, 2013).  You can purchase tickets at



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