Eastern to Host 4 'University Hour' Events in February

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (02/01/2018) Eastern Connecticut State University will host four University Hour events in February. University Hour is a series of cultural events that occurs every Wednesday in locations across campus. All events are from 3 to 4 p.m. and open to the public. Admission is free.

On Feb. 7 in the Fine Arts Instructional Center Concert Hall, music group Cuatro Puntos will share their stories of time spent partnering with Afghanistan's only music school over the past four years. Committed to global cooperation and peace through the writing, teaching and performing of music worldwide, Cuatro Puntos have worked on The Rosegarden of Light project to bring voices back to those who have been creatively oppressed.

On Feb. 14 in the Student Center Theatre, Gary Ford - an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Lehman College - will make an appearance. In addition to his writing and teaching, Ford helped produce the 2012 award-winning documentary "Justice is a Black Woman: The Life and Work of Constance Baker Motley" alongside Michael Calia, director of the Quinnipiac University Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, and scriptwriter Susan Bailey.

On Feb. 21 in the Fine Arts Instructional Center's Proscenium Theatre, the Judy Dworin Performance Project will perform selections from their piece "Brave in a New World" to highlight the voices of those who have been released from prison. The dancers and speakers, paired with a sound score, aim to help the audience understand the effects of incarceration and reentry through real-world experiences.

On Feb. 28 in the Student Center Theatre, Eastern will hold the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Awards ceremony. The awards, established in 1996, remember King's altruistic efforts as his philosophies continue to have a strong impact today. Three people, including an Eastern student, an Eastern faculty or staff member and a member of Connecticut community-at-large who uphold the values of awareness, inclusion and social justice will be honored.

Written by Jordan Corey


Eastern is the state of Connecticut's public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 163 of Connecticut's 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 20 other states and 29 other countries. A residential campus offering 40 majors and 65 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Eastern has been awarded "Green Campus" status by the Princeton Review seven years in a row. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.

It is the policy of Eastern Connecticut State University to ensure equal access to its events. If you are an individual with a disability and will need accommodations for this event, please contact the Office of University Relations at (860) 465-5735.