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Saturday Symposium participants will attend a matinee performance of 'The Mountaintop.'

Oct. 7: Reflections on the civil rights movement

Saturday Symposium includes matinee performance of ‘The Mountaintop’

The Saturday Symposium series at the University of Delaware will feature a day of exploration of the civil rights movement and the relationship between the arts and social justice on Oct. 7.

The program will include faculty lectures, a production of The Mountaintop by UD’s award-winning Resident Ensemble Players and a talk-back with the actors after the play.

“Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement” offers an opportunity to engage with UD faculty on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and the 1960s, the role of charismatic leaders in our culture, and social change and the arts. The program runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will take place at the Roselle Center for the Arts on the Newark campus.

Morning speakers are scheduled to include Carol Henderson, UD vice provost for diversity and professor of Africana Studies and English, Anthony Dandridge, instructor in Africana Studies at UD, and Donna Patterson, associate professor of history and director of Africana Studies at Delaware State University.

The day will culminate in a matinee performance of the Resident Ensemble Players production of The Mountaintop, a sensitive and powerful fictional re-imagining of Martin Luther King’s last night on earth. A talk-back session with the actors after the play gives participants the opportunity to further explore the themes of the play and ask questions about the production in an informal setting.

The cost of the program is $35, which includes lunch and tickets to the play. If participants already have tickets to The Mountaintop, the cost is $18.

Preregistration is required. Register online. Deadline is Oct.3.

For more information, email Saturday-Symposium@udel.edu or call 302-831-4130.

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