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Danny Glover scheduled to speak
as part of community-building effort
(March 30, 1999)

Husky Renaissance is set to begin in April, and with it, a series of events, speakers and discussions that aim to promote a sense of community at the University.

Organized by the Metanoia Planning Committee on Campus Community, which was established by the Chancellor's Task Force on Community and Civility, Husky Renaissance will be a time to join in acitivities with other members of the University community and to reflect on what it means to be part of a community.

One of the featured events will be a talk on Wednesday, April 14, at Jorgensen Auditorium given by movie star Danny Glover. Glover, best known for his role in the hit movie series Lethal Weapon, is also a great advocate of building community relations. He has received two NAACP Image Awards and, as an activist, received the first annual William Kunstler Racial Justice Award for his work on a variety of social issues.

Debbie Rubinstein, chair of the committee that is bringing Danny Glover and executive director of Hillel, says Glover "is a great role model and will inspire the students and others to build community."

Mike Kurland, co-chair of the Metanoia Planning Committee and director of Student Health Services, says the event "will be one of the catalysts for promoting dialogue among the different stakeholders at the University to talk about community."

There are three major components to Husky Renaissance, including department-sponsored events that focus on community, Danny Glover's talk, and student discussions facilitated by faculty during classroom sessions, with corresponding surveys that the students will be asked to complete.

Kurland is particularly enthusiastic about the usefulness of the surveys, which were developed by members of the Metanoia Committee. There could be thousands of responses for the Chancellor and committee that will show what people will do and are willing to give up in order to improve community at the University, he says.

The following events fall under the Husky Renaissance umbrella. For details, see the Advance Calendar each week, or consult the website at:

Thursday, April 1. Collin Raye with Sara Evans opening. 8 p.m. Jorgensen Auditorium Admission: $16-31.

Thursday, April 1. Symposium: Sources of Unity and Disunity Among Latinos: Class, Race, Nationality, Immigration. 4 p.m., Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Sponsored by PR/LACC.

Monday, April 5. Reflections on UConn - How Can We Build Community at UConn? All day in classes and meetings. Sponsored by Husky Renaissance Metanoia Committee.

Monday, April 5. Workshop: Things that Connect Us and Disconnect Us as a Community. 2-5 p.m. Student Union Room 208 Sponsored by Husky Renaissance Committee

Thursday, April 8. Earth Rhythm: Ulali. 8 p.m. Jorgensen Auditorium. Admission: $17-21.

Thursday, April 8. Nicole D. Johnson Memorial Diversity Run/Walk. Registration information (860) 486-3433. Storrs campus. Sponsored by African American Cultural Center. Proceeds donated to the American Heart Association.

Thursday, April 8. Open Forum on Diversity in the Curriculum. 4:30-6 p.m., Student Union Room 216. Sponsored by Husky Renaissance Committee.

Friday, April 9. Sound Excursions: The Caracas Clarinet Quartet with special guest Paquito Rivera. 8 p.m., von der Mehden Recital Hall. Sponsored by School of Fine Arts, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Jorgensen Auditorium, AACC, PR/LACC and WHUS. Admission is free.

Friday, April 9. Ground breaking celebration and reception for the new School of Business Administration. 2 p.m., new site for the School of Business (across from Gampel Pavilion).

Saturday, April 10. Latin Fest '99, featuring Tito Nueves, LimiT-21 and Brenda K. Starr. 8 p.m., Jorgensen Auditorium. Admission: $15 students, $25 all others. (860) 486-4226.

Saturday, April 10. The Comedy of Suzanne Westenhoffer. 8 p.m., von der Mehden Recital Hall. Sponsored by the Rainbow Center. Admission: $8 UConn students with valid ID; $15 all others.

Saturday, April 10. 15th Annual Hunger Cleanup. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sponsored by UConn PIRG.

Sunday, April 11. Lecture: Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie. 7:30 p.m., South Campus Ballroom. Sponsored by Undergraduate Education, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Athletics.

Sunday, April 11. Run/Walk for Hope. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Storrs campus route. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega. Registration: $10 for students, $15 non-students, $45 for group of five.

Sunday, April 11. Super Sunday! Collection Convention. Noon-4 p.m., Museum and Napier Discovery Center. Sponsored by Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn. Pay at the door: $2 per person, $1 Museum members.

Monday, April 12. Greek Week. Sponsored by UConn Panhellenic and IFC Greek. For information call (860) 486-5173.

Monday, April 12. Lecture featuring B.D. Wong. 7 p.m., Student Union Ballroom. Sponsored by Asian American Cultural Center.

Monday, April 12. Chemistry Building Dedication. 2 p.m., Chemistry Building Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 13. Holocaust Memorial Service. 5 p.m., Dodd Center Courtyard. Sponsored by Hillel Student Council.

Tuesday, April 13. Remember Their Names. All day, Student Union. Sponsored by Hillel Student Council.

Tuesday, April 13. Student Employee Recognition for Division of Student Affairs Staff. 8-10 p.m. South Campus Ballroom. Sponsored by Division of Student Affairs.

Wednesday, April 14. Peer Involvement Banquet. Time TBA, South Campus Dining Facility. Sponsored by vice chancellor for student affairs.

Wednesday, April 14. An evening with Danny Glover. 7 p.m., Jorgensen Auditorium. Sponsored by Husky Renaissance Committee. Free tickets available at Jorgensen Box Office, beginning on March 31.

Wednesday, April 14. Renaissance Day - Club Activities Fair and Open House. Noon-3 p.m., Student Union Mall and Student Union Building. Sponsored by Husky Renaissance Committee and the Department of Campus Activities.

Thursday, April 15. Spring Lecture Series and Master Classes: Gregory Amenoff. 7 p.m., Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Department of Art and Art History and the Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Sunday, April 18. World Fest - Around the World in One Day. Noon-5 p.m., Student Union third floor. Sponsored by Campus Activities and International Programs and Services.

Monday, April 19. Teleconference: Learning About Learning Communities. 1-4 p.m., Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Sponsored by Student Affairs Professional Development Committee.

Monday, April 19 through Thursday, April 22. UConn Blood Drive. Monday, noon-5 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday,10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday, 12:15-5 p.m.; African American Cultural Center Community Room.

Wednesday, April 21. Take Back the Night March. 7 p.m., Student Union Mall. Sponsored by the Women's Center, for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Thursday, April 22. Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment. 8 p.m., Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Sponsored by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn. Admission is free.

Thursday, April 22. Take Your Daughter to Work Day. 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Women's Center.

Thursday, April 22. Symposium: Puerto Rican Culture at the Century's End: Links between the Past, Present and Future. Will feature Luis R. Cancel, Esperanto Internet Services, and Jose Ramn de la Torre, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. 4 p.m., William Benton Museum of Art.