Journalist Soledad O'Brien speaks Jan. 21

The 2013-14 Diversity Lecture Series continues Jan. 21 with the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration: An Evening with Soledad O'Brien.

The event is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Previous events this academic year included a lecture by anti-racism activist Tim Wise, Theater Delta's interactive performance "Be Rea$onable" and the film "Coming Out ~ Coming In: Faith, Identity and Belonging." The series concludes with "My Masculinity Helps: A Screening and Discussion Panel with Marc Grimmett" at 7 p.m., Feb. 20 in Plemmons Student Union's Parkway Ballroom.

The series has been sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Development. O'Brien's talk is co-sponsored by the University Forum Committee, the Division of Academic Affairs and the Office of Multicultural Student Development.

30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration: An Evening with Soledad O'Brien

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Critically acclaimed journalist Soledad O'Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. In 2011, she won an Emmy for "Crisis in Haiti" in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story Long Form. O'Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its BP oil spill and Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami.

The National Association of Black Journalists named her Journalist of the Year, and Edward R. Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award for Latino in America in 2010. O'Brien was integral in hosting and developing the award-winning "Black in America" franchise, one of CNN's most successful international franchises. In 2010, she wrote a critically acclaimed memoir "The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities," which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences. In summer 2013, she joined Al Jazeera America as a special correspondent.

Soledad and her husband run the Soledad O'Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation, which supports young women through college. A graduate of Harvard University, she has joined the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a visiting fellow for 2013-14.

Co-sponsored by the University Forum Series

My Masculinity Helps: A Screening and Discussion Panel with Marc Grimmett

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2014, at 7 p.m.
Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union

My Masculinity Helps explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. It shows African American male allies (psychologist, professor, peer educator, attorney, pastor, athlete, middle and high school students, activist) demonstrating understanding and support for survivors of sexual violence. Strategies for assistance and prevention are provided. Survivors also share their stories and what has helped them.

The film serves as a counter-narrative to often inaccurate and misleading portrayals of African American masculinity. Our goal is to engage boys and men in the deconstruction of gender roles, masculinity and power in the prevention of sexual violence.

Audience members will be exposed to a unique inside-out view of race and racism in America. This presentation deconstructs and explores social power, conflict and race in America as critical issues that affect and require engagement from everyone.

About Multicultural Student Development

The Office of Multicultural Student Development (MSD) is a part of Appalachian's Division of Student Development. It operates three student-led outreach centers that serve as laboratories for leadership development, social change and advocacy. MSD provides educational programming, advocacy, support, mentoring, intercultural competency and leadership development to all students.

MSD is respected as a willing collaborator and resource to the campus and surrounding community; providing classroom instruction through the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling and by providing consultations, trainings and workshops that empower both students and university employees to participate in a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment.