WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE)Speaker Series will host a showcase symposium on the Black Lives Matter movement featuring the work of UIS students.
WHEN: Monday, February 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library
DETAILS: UIS students will connect the Black Lives Matter movement to the themes of the ECCE Speaker Series. These themes include how participation in this movement helps them to recognize their own social responsibility toward a larger community of people. Students will also read essays they’ve written in order to provide a greater awareness of and respect for the difficult issues facing Black and African-American peoples in the United States.
Student finalists will be selected in advance to present their prewritten essays in creative forms such as rap, lecture, slam poetry, slides, etc. A brief synopsis of the finalist essays will be read to the audience before the presentations. These student essays will be determined by a committee of faculty and local leaders. The winner(s) of the event will be determined by audience vote and will receive a UIS Bookstore gift certificate.
This event is co-sponsored by the UIS Diversity Center. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events and more information, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.