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IUN programs salute diversity in new year

Updated: January 29, 2013 6:21AM



IU Northwest will ring in the new year with events and programming focused on diversity — enriching the lives and minds of the campus, and the greater Northwest Indiana community.

‘The Meeting’

IUN will celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a presentation of “The Meeting” by Jeff Stetson, internationally acclaimed, award-winning playwright and screenwriter for film and television.

The campus and community are invited to this free event, scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Savannah Center, Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, 3400 Broadway, Gary.

In this moving and thought-provoking stage production, the audience will envision what a clandestine meeting might have been like between two of the most influential men of their times: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. The time is February 1965, and a shabby Harlem hotel room is the backdrop for this momentous confrontation between the two.

The play examines the pair’s public and private lives; the clash of their ideas and tactics for the advancement of freedom; and the humanity of two devout men of faith, loving fathers and husbands, and leaders willing to lay down their lives for the cause of justice.

“The Meeting” stars Wesley Lawrence Taylor as Malcolm X. A Boston native, Wesley trained at the New Theatre Conservatory and the Linklate Studio. Some of his favorite roles have been as Hoke in “Driving Miss Daisy” with Wharf Rat Productions, and Crooks in “Of Mice and Men” with the Stanley B. Theatre Company.

Jeff Robinson plays the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He is a St. Louis native who wears many hats, including: award-winning saxophonist, playwright, poet and composer.

Michael Nurse plays the character of Rashad. A London native, Nurse has appeared in several major motion pictures, such as “Glory,” “The Departed” and “Mystic River.”

A reception will take place immediately following the play.

For more information, contact Phyllis Barlow at 980-6596 or plbarlow@iun.edu. For information about parking, visit www.iun.edu/parking/.

Black History Month

Throughout February (various days, times and locations), IUN will host a series of presentations and discussions that includes workshops, keynote speeches and panel discussions addressing issues of unconscious racism and entitlement.

The events are intended to help bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change, while enlightening and empowering faculty, staff, students and our community.

Visit www.iun.edu for complete details.

Gospel concert

In collaboration with Mark Spencer and the West Side Theatre, IUN will host a Gospel Musical Concert with Fred Hammond at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

Hammond has been a well-known figure on the contemporary Christian music scene since the 1980s, when he started with the musical group Commissioned and later launched his solo career with his touring choir, Radical for Christ.

Hammond is also an accomplished Christian music entrepreneur who, with his production company, has worked on more than 80 albums.

Tickets are $25 and will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Feb. 2, at the West Side Theatre box office, 900 Gerry St., Gary.



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