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Idaho State University Human Rights Celebration set Jan. 18-28

Posted January 13, 2010

The Idaho State University Division of Student Affairs is coordinating a variety of events for the ISU Human Rights Celebration, running Jan. 18-28.

Event sponsors include ISU Student Affairs Social Justice Committee, Idaho Humanities Council, African Student Association, ISU Reading Project Committee and the NAACP. For more information, visit the website or call (208) 282-4245.

Events planned are:

  Monday, Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. March. The march will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the north parking lot of Holt Arena and will finish at the Pond Student Union Bengal Theater. A short historical presentation will follow inside the ISU Bengal Theater. The march is sponsored by the NAACP and the ISU Diversity Resource Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 19: Speaker Kathleen Roberts – “Meeting Differences with Dignity: What’s My Responsibility?” Roberts, ISU director, Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity, Office of Affirmative Action, has served as executive director of diversity and equity at the University of Southern Maine, as well as assistant attorney general and assistant district attorney for Maine, prosecuting white-collar crime, hate crimes, and domestic violence. Her talk will take place from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Rendezvous Complex Suite B.

Wednesday, Jan. 20:  Speaker Steve Shaw – “Hate Harassment and Human Rights in Idaho.” Shaw is a professor of political science and dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa. His talk will take place at noon in Suite B of the Rendezvous Complex. In recent years, extremist groups and individuals have unsuccessfully tried to establish a foothold in Idaho for their political and racial ideologies. These extremists and their message warrant critical scrutiny, according to Shaw, who places their activity and message in their political, theoretical, historical and cultural context. The talk is co-sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council.

Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 19-20: Movie – “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Bengal Theater, Pond Student Union. A nice rest in a state mental hospital beats a stretch in the pen, right? Randle P. McMurphy (Jack

Nicholson), a free-spirited con fakes insanity and moves in with what he calls the “nuts.” On one side is McMurphy; on the other is soft-spoken Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), one of the most coldly monstrous villains in film history. The movie is based on Ken Kesey’s acclaimed bestseller, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Thursday, Jan. 21: Speaker Larry Murillo – “Human Rights and Native American Health Issues.” Murillo’s talk will take pace at 7 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite. He is an ISU assistant professor of health and nutrition sciences.

Native Americans’ health practices are misunderstood by mainstream culture and western science based medicine perceives this approach as old wives tales. Dr. Murillo will talk about Native re-education on traditional health practices, its use in Native clinics, health philosophy and intergenerational trauma.

Saturday, Jan. 23: African Night – on the theme “Welcome Friends of Africa.”

The event opens at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. in Pond Student Union Ballroom. This is a night to get a taste of African food, culture and attire. Not everyone can travel to Africa, so the African Student Association will bring a bit of Africa to you.

• Wednesday, Jan. 27:  Speaker Peter Vasquez – “Gangs, Choices and

Consequences.” It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room.

Vasquez is a former California gang member. After spending more than 10 years in California’s juvenile and adult correctional institutions/prisons, Peter now reaches out to at-risk juveniles and adults involved in street and prison gangs, drug and alcohol abuse, and crime. He provides them with exit strategies for leaving gangs and self-destructive lifestyles.

Peter founded and now operates Idaho’s only tattoo removal program: “Second Chance

Grace.” He is currently producing a documentary revealing the proliferation and nature of gang activity in the Northwest.

• Thursday-Friday, Jan. 28-29: Speaker Christiane Leitinger, Director of Pennies for Peace. Pennies for Peace is a program of the Central Asia Institute in Evergreen, Colo. Leitinger will make presentations at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Bennion Student Union at ISU-Idaho Falls, 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Pond Student Union Wood River Room, noon Jan. 29 in the ISU College of Education Auditorium, and at 4 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Marshall Public Library. Pennies for Peace is an award winning international youth service-learning program designed to broaden youth’s cultural horizons, and teach them about their capacities as philanthropists – one penny at a time. Funds raised are used to provide hope for a brighter future by covering the soft costs of building schools in remote northern Afghanistan and Pakistan. Leitinger’s appearances are part of the ISU Reading Project event series, “Three Cups of Tea.”

• Pocatello Pennies for Peace Campaign, Jan. 28 – Feb. 28. Donations can be made at the Pond Student Union Information Desk, ISU Rendezvous, Marshall Public Library and various ISU and public school locations. If interested in becoming a donation collection site, please register online at: