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Sept. 4, 2002
CONTACT: Roosevelt Muhammed, 312-3203
OSWEGO -- The 16th annual African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference at SUNY Oswego, from Sept. 19 to 22, will celebrate diversity through showcases, discussions and entertainment.
The conference's theme is "Uniting the Minds of Today to Revolutionize the Future." A registration fee of $30 allows participants to attend all events, though a number will be free of charge.
The African-American keynote speaker will be Rennie Harris, whose PureMovement dance troupe translates hip-hop and urban influences into dance. The award-winning dancer and choreographer will give a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Bell Auditorium, Room 213 of Hewitt Union. The talk, sponsored by the Black Student Union and Caribbean Student Association, will be open to all free of charge.
On Sept. 19, Harris will present an admission-free hip-hop lecture and demonstration at 11 a.m. in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre and a hip-hop master class in dance at 2:30 p.m. in the Lee Hall third-floor dance studio. The master class costs $15.
Rennie Harris PureMovement will perform two full-length shows at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21. A ticket for the Sept. 20 show is included in conference registration. General admission is $20, with discounts for children, seniors and SUNY Oswego students.
A Welcoming Social, sponsored by SUNY Oswego's LEAD Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Hewitt Union formal lounge will feature artwork by Juan Lenis.
Stand-up comedian Eliot Chang will present the Asian keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the OZone in the basement of Hewitt Union. Chang also is an Asian activist and touring speaker. The Asian Student Association is sponsoring his admission-free appearance.
Speaking at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Bell Auditorium will be Latino keynote speaker Bobby Gonzales. A poet and lecturer who discusses the culture and history of native people of the Americas, Gonzales will appear courtesy of Nuestra Esperanza, the Latino Student Union, and his talk will be admission free.
Other sessions will include "The Tragedy/The Impact of Sept. 11," a workshop on the aftermath of the fateful day; "History Frozen in Time," showcasing urban artists; a discussion on "Latino Gangs and Latino Fraternities"; Sabor Latino, a food tasting; a lecture on creativity and passion, "Listen to Your Heartbeat," by R. Sentwali Bakari; a fashion show; and the ALANA Jam.
"I applaud the collaborative efforts on the part of the students, faculty and staff coming together to celebrate a conference of wonderful cultural exchange," said SUNY Oswego Assistant Dean of Students Roosevelt Muhammed, one of the conference's organizers. "This is a great time to learn and share productive ideas with each other and contribute to our growth as leaders."
For more information, call SUNY Oswego's LEAD Center at 312-3203.
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