2019-2020 Lecture Guest
September 9, 2019: Dallas Poet Edyka Chilomé
is a literary arts activist, performer, and cultural worker currently based in Dallas, Texas. She is a child of Salvadorean and Mexican migrant activists and was raised in social justice movements grounded in the tradition of spiritual activism. Edyka holds a B.A. in social and political philosophy with an emphasis on social justice from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Multicultural Women's Studies from Texas Women's University where her research focused on the decolonial power of spiritual [art]ivism. Praised for her authentic and powerful voice, Edyka has been featured and asked to share her poetry on multiple media platforms and in spaces around the country and Latin America, including Tedx, NPR, The Huffington Post, GLAAD, The Tucson Poetry Festival, Prindle Institute for Ethics, The Dallas Museum of Art, Remezcla,
Fierce by Mitú, The American Family Therapy Academy, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, The Lincoln Center in New York, Duke University, and The Texas Democratic Convention.” http://www.edykachilome.com/
September 13, 2019: Arshay Cooper
“Arshay Cooper is a practiced rower, motivational speaker, and volunteers for numerous community outreach organizations.
In 1997, Arshay joined the first all-black rowing team at Manley High School. After rising to team captain and graduating high school, he shifted gears and dedicated two years of his life to Americorps. In 2002 Arshay enrolled at the Cooking Hospitality Institute of Chicago. Over the years Arshay has worked as a personal chef for World Wrestling Entertainment, Warner Brothers, and has fed various celebrities. After years working in the food industry, Arshay returned to his true passion of working in the inner city. He has coached at the Chicago Youth Rowing Club; worked as the program director at Victory Outreach's Midwest region; Organized stop the violence rallies; Created and founded many off the street programs. As a national speaker, his audience has included public schools, conferences, community centers, sports teams, UFC fighters, and President Bill Clinton. Arshay currently lives in Harlem. Suga Water is his first book.” – from Amazon.com
January 28, 2020: Anna Bottinelli: Monuments Men Foundation – President
“The Monuments Men Foundation honors the legacy of the men and women who served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section, known as the ‘Monuments Men,’ and their unprecedented and heroic work protecting and safeguarding civilization’s most important artistic and cultural treasures from armed conflict during World War II. Raising public awareness is essential to the Foundation’s mission…” https://www.monumentsmenfoundation.org/
… In 2014, a feature film called Monuments Men was released starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett.
February 4, 2020: Professor Hidalgo, TCU, Department of History
Professor Hidalgo’s presentation will feature “monsters and fantastic creatures from colonial Mexico with a focus on the rich history of magical beasts that interacted with people, in good and bad ways. The talk addresses themes of otherness, racial and ethnic diversity, and the supernatural.” https://alexhidalgo.weebly.com/
April 14, 2020: Osagie Omorowa: Human Trafficking – in conjunction with the World Affairs Council of Dallas
“Traffick911 began in 2009 by a local abolitionist who learned about this crime and decided that she couldn't stay silent. After months of research and connecting to networks across the nation, she pioneered training youth and first responders across Texas and built an enormous base of highly-trained volunteers, who have been instrumental in Traffick911's long-term success. In 2011, an opportunity to present at a juvenile detention center gave insight on what became a highly effective venue for reaching high-risk youth. Since then, Traffick911's work in partnering with juvenile detention centers has gained national exposure and hundreds of victims have been identified sitting in these jail cells. Outreach to high-risk youth has become a niche and passion of Traffick911. Traffick911 was named Outstanding Organization of the Year by the Fort Worth Commission for Women with commendations by the Fort Worth City Council, mayor and a State Senator. We have also been recognized by Homeland Security Investigations as a most-valued partner in this battle to save our American children from sex trafficking.” Traffick911’s first core value: “HOPE : Hope is the currency of a brighter future. We believe everyone was created for a purpose-filled life and hope is fully known through Jesus Christ.* https://www.traffick911.com/