Frostburg State University has a range of activities on tap to mark Diversity Week, March 7 to March 14, including a number of which are free and open to the public.
On Thursday, March 8, "Quilting Traditions: An American Legacy" will be presented at 7 p.m. in Dunkle Hall Room 218. This presentation will include an overview of quilting in the United States from the 19th century to today. Styles and their origins, fabrics and methods of construction will also be explored, as well as ethnic and cultural influences, such as Amish, Hawaiian, African-American and Native American.
Women have made quilts to provide bedding for their families, to commemorate special events, to strengthen community ties and as an outlet for artistic expression. Quilts also have been used to voice opinions and champion causes..
The presentation will also offer practical advice on documenting, cleaning, storing and displaying quilts. Presenters will be Suzanne Cawley and Carolyn Groves of the Schoolhouse Quilter's Guild.
On Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m., the Celtic super group Cuillin will perform their distinctive blend of traditional folk and rock and roll in the Lane Center's Manicur Assembly Hall. Frostburg's own Greg Latta, a fixture on the local folk and Celtic music scene, will open for Cuillin.
Based in eastern Canada, the band consists of six multi-instrumentalists and vocalists with a collective background in Scottish, Irish and rock music.
On Sunday, March 11, beginning at 1 p.m., there will be a Unity Walk through Frostburg to demonstrate the commitment to diversity. The walk will begin at the corner of Center Street and College Avenue and will feature diversity organizations and supporters from the campus and the community.
The Unity Walk will be followed by an Interfaith Celebration at approximately 2:15 p.m. in Frost Hall's Cook Chapel. The service will include Hindu and gospel music, Iranian art and readings from various religious traditions.
On Monday, March 12, also in celebration of Women's History Month, legendary singer/songwriter Cris Williamson will perform at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. Tickets for the concert are free but are required for admission.
Williamson's groundbreaking record "The Changer and The Changed," recorded in 1975, propelled her into the limelight and initiated a new genre, women's music. The recording is one of the best selling independent releases ever. With 19 albums to her credit, she is embarking on her first solo tour in almost 15 years.
Tickets can be picked up at the Lane Center Information Desk. There is a limit of four tickets per person. Reservations can be made by calling (301) 687-4145.
The day of the concert, Williamson will conduct an interactive workshop at 3 p.m. in the PAC F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre to discuss her role in the history of women's music, music composition and writing. To attend, contact Linda McCulloch at (301) 687-4130 or (301) 687-4145.
Also on Monday, March 12, nationally acclaimed poet Robin Becker will present a reading at 7 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.
Weaving together themes of community, suicide and love of animals, she writes about her sister's death, aging parents and a basset hound, "legless as a walrus," that shows her "the meaning of character." In other poems, she speaks through the persona of a French painter and an Auschwitz victim to explore the complexities of sexuality and survivorship. At times humorous, poignant and tender, the poems in her most recent book, "The Horse Fair," have earned widespread praise.
The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. For information, call the FSU Department of English at (301) 687-4221.
On Tuesday, March 13, Jonathan Kozol, social activist, educator and author of eight award-winning books, will speak at 8 p.m. in Manicur Assembly Hall.
The theme of Kozol's lecture will be "Ordinary Resurrections" which is also the title of his latest book. Kozol, a Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar, writes on the issues of race, poverty and education and champions the cause of those forgotten by mainstream America.
Wednesday, March 14, is Diversity Day on the FSU campus. Campus and community organizations will present displays in Lane Center. At 4:30 p.m., the campus community will gather in Delaney Plaza at the clock tower to form "Hands Across Campus," a visible and tangible display of FSU's commitment to diversity.
Flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq will present "Women in Jazz" at noon March 14 on the stage in the Lane Center Loft and will also perform that evening from 7 to 9 in Manicur Assembly Hall.
For information on Diversity Week, contact the FSU Diversity Center at (301) 687-4751.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.
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