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Sept. 13, 2000
OSWEGO -- The 14th annual ALANA Student Leadership Conference will be held Sept. 21 to 23 at Oswego State. The conference will feature many guest speakers, including renowned civil rights activist Al Sharpton.
The ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Conference is an effort to promote, enhance and unify the campus environment by providing individuals with the opportunity to obtain and increase knowledge of different cultures.
Native American speaker Douglas M. George-Kanentiio will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday in The Forum.
George-Kanentiio is a freelance columnist for the Syracuse Herald-Journal and is also chairman of Round Dance Productions, a nonprofit cultural foundation formed for the preservation of North American language, history, music and art.
On Friday, the conference will feature Asian speaker Magdalen Hsu-Li. She will speak at noon in Hewitt Union.
Hsu-Li is a musician whose work focuses on Asian, women's, sexual orientation, diversity and multicultural issues. She is a consummate performer who writes universal, political and personal songs.
The Rev. Al Sharpton will be the African-American and dinner speaker Friday. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in Hewitt Union's ballroom, and the cost to attend is $12.50. Sharpton is president of the National Action Network, which he founded in 1991.
Ordained as a minister at the age of 9, Sharpton entered public life through his church in Brooklyn. He founded the National Youth Movement in 1971 and led marches against crack houses, exposing them to police.
Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s he led a series of campaigns against racism in the criminal justice system, from Howard Beach, Bensonhurst and Wappingers Falls to Los Angeles. Most recently he advised the family of Amadou Diallo, who died in a hail of 41 police bullets in New York.
Latino speaker Olga Luz Tirado will speak at the dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Hewitt Union ballroom. The cost is $12.50.
Tirado is the founder of Luz Tirado Communications, a marketing, promotions and public relations company serving special markets. She has also co-produced various award-winning television pilots and mini- documentaries.
The conference will also encompass a performance of Garth Fagan Dance. The troupe will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Waterman Theatre. Garth Fagan developed his own style of dance and technique by bringing together aspects of modern dance, Afro-Caribbean dance and ballet. In 1996 Fagan choreographed Disney's Tony Award-winning "The Lion King."
Fagan dancers will offer a master class for conference participants at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Lee Hall dance studio. Participation is limited to 25 people, who must register in advance by calling 312-3203.
Some of the other workshops of the ALANA Conference include "How to Dance Salsa, Merengue and Bachata," which will take place Friday at 2 p.m. in Hewitt Union's upper lounge; "Internships on Wall Street" Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Hewitt Union; and "Culture through Taste" Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Hewitt Union's upper lounge.
The conference also will include a fashion show Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m., a "pre-jam" Friday night and a jam Saturday night, all in Hewitt Union's ballroom.
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