Schomburg Center of Black Culture director to deliver MLK Keynote

WHO: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will deliver the University of Rochester’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address.

COMMEMORATIVE ADDRESS: 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, Strong Auditorium on the River Campus. There will be a Q&A session at the end of Dr. Muhammad’s talk. The event is free and open to the public.

ABOUT KHALIL GIBRAN MUHAMMAD: Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a Harlem-based branch of the New York Public Library. Muhammad is a former professor of history at Indiana University and served as the associate editor of the Journal of American History. He is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies.

Muhammad is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University, where he earned his PhD in history.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address was instituted in 2001 to promote issues of diversity, freedom, civil rights and social justice.

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Spirit of old Vienna returns at 29th annual Viennese Ball

WHAT: The University of Rochester’s Ballroom Dancing Club will bring dancing and mystery to the River Campus with this year’s masquerade themed Annual Viennese Ball. The event is open to the public.

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the May Room, located on the 4th floor of Wilson Commons, on the University of Rochester’s River Campus.

ABOUT: Students, faculty and community members join together to don their formal attire and masks to dance the night away at the annual Viennese Ball, sponsored by the University of Rochester’s Ballroom Dancing Club. At 7 p.m., a complimentary crash course in Viennese waltz will take place for those who would like to learn or brush up their skills before the ball. The event will commence at 8 p.m. and includes live performances from a string quartet of Eastman School musicians, a local Rochester dance troupe, and the Argentinian tango club. A contest will also take place for the best dressed dancer, and the winner will be rewarded with a free lesson series from the Ballroom Dancing Club.

TICKETS: Tickets are available at the Common Market in Wilson Commons. Tickets are $12 for University students, $15 for University faculty, staff and graduate students and $18 for the general public. Masks will be available for sale at the door for $2.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email or call Common Connection at 585.275.5911

Pride Network Hosts Transgendered Comedian Ian Harvie

Univ. Communications – The University of Rochester Pride Network, a student organization that supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) students on campus, presented transgendered stand-up comedian Ian Harvie at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 25, in Hubbell Auditorium, located in Hutchison Hall on the University’s River Campus.

As one of the first openly transgendered comics, Ian Harvie has been dubbed “quite possibly the most unique stand-up comic in the country” by Frontiers Magazine while Curve Magazine says he is the “comedian Margaret Cho can’t stop raving about.”

According to his website, Harvie’s repertoire includes his “eccentric views on love, families, adolescence, substance abuse, and gender identification…” and “his folksy, ingenuous delivery almost—but not quite—tempers his zinger punch lines, making them not just hilarious but seriously twisted.”

Getting his start in comedy clubs throughout Boston, Harvie has performed at a variety of comedy festivals, including NYC Pride in New York City, South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami, and the Los Angeles Comedy Arts Festival in Los Angeles. Harvie also is the host of “The Ian Harvie Show,” a web-based comedy series that mixes guest appearances into his stand-up routine.

The event was co-sponsored by the Pride Alliance, the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, UR ResLife, the Office of the University Intercessor, the Susan B. Anthony Institute, and the Women’s Studies Undergraduate Council.