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News Note

Release Date Feb. 15

A photograph of Brookhaven College art student Richard Keitlen’s teapot (“Red Rocks”) has been selected for publication in the book, 500 Teapots, Volume 2.  Keitlen submitted images for inclusion in the upcoming Lark Crafts publication, which will print in August 2013.

Just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on California’s Proposition 8, Theatre Brookhaven will present 8 — Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black’s acclaimed dramatization of California’s legal fight about marriage equality.  The only North Texas performances of the play scheduled this year are set for March 7-9th.  8 recounts the Federal District Court trial that eventually overturned Proposition 8 — the law revoking the legal right for gay and lesbian couples to marry in California.  In addition to the performance, a guided discussion with Michael Robinson, director/Brookhaven College adjunct faculty, and Bonnie DePasse, J.D., a local attorney, will give the audience an opportunity to share their responses to the play.

To kick off the Institute of Political Studies spring event series, Ahad Hayaud-Din, Brookhaven College Government professor, invited Dr. Dennis Simon, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Methodist University (SMU), to his class.  On February 4th, Simon presented “The Politics of Memory and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement:  Reflections on the 50th Anniversary Season” as a special tribute to the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, AL.  Every year, SMU holds a civil rights pilgrimage lead by Simon; participants travel to several important venues and meet with leaders from the Civil Rights Movement.

On January 31st, Brookhaven College welcomed Dr. Richard Halperin, award-winning professor, to its Performance Hall stage as part of the Open Book Project’s spring 2013 event series.  Halperin is the director of the Embrey Human Rights Program in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University and former chair of Amnesty International USA.  He discussed violence against women in the Congo and raised time-old questions, such as “Who are you as a person?” and “Do you think that everyone is entitled to the same unalienable rights?”  After going over several international headlines on human rights, Halperin ended by speaking to students about their responsibility for assuring a free world for the future.


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