Southern Utah University's spring quarter convocations will range from the dazzling Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli de Veracruz to Soviet television anchorman Boris Notkin.
"Although there is a strong multicultural and arts focus in our spring convocations, our lectures will also cover timely issues such as the wilderness debate in southern Utah," said SUU Lectures Director Lana Johnson.Convocations are scheduled on Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the SUU Auditorium, but due to varying circumstances, they are sometimes scheduled in other locations, such as the Randall L. Jones Theatre or the Centrum.
The first convocation, April 4, will feature a literary presentation by Linda Hogan as part of SUU's Native American Week activities. Hogan is an American Indian poet, novelist and essayist of international recognition. The author of several books of poetry and a collection of short fiction, Hogan received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for "Seeing Through the Sun," and she has recently published her first novel, "Mean Spirit."
The elimination of hunger in the world will be addressed April 11 by Keith Blume's lecture, "Everybody Eats: The Key to Global Survival." The founder and executive director of the Planet Earth Foundation, Blume's stated aim is nothing less than the elimination of hunger throughout the world. He has a reputation as a dynamic and powerful speaker devoted to sharing his message internationally.
The Tanner Lecture on Human Values is scheduled April 18, featuring Soviet television commentator and anchorman Boris Notkin. In addition to being the anchor of "Good Evening Moscow," described as a cross between "60 Minutes" and "Good Morning America," Notkin is also a professor of rhetoric at the University of Moscow.
Brenda Wong Aoki will bring her unique form of storytelling to SUU on April 25. Aoki combines elements from a diversity of cultures (she is of Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Scottish descent) and disciplines to create finely crafted solo theater pieces which are intense, personal and true to tradition.
The May 2 convocation highlights Patriot's Week, co-sponsored by SUU ROTC. According to Johnson, the lecturer and topic will be announced later in the quarter.
Patrick Overton will speak on May 9. Overton is a playwright, visual artist and published poet. As an ordained minister in the Christian Church, he served as a parish minister to rural and small community churches for 17 years. He earned a doctoral degree in communication from the University of Missouri while studying as a Gregory Fellow.
On May 16, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli de Veracruz will perform the traditional music and dance of Mexico, specializing in the folklore of its home state of Veracruz. Based in Jalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz, Ballet Folklorico is recognized by the Mexican government for its authentic presentations.
The issue of wilderness in southern Utah will be addressed by George Leaming on May 23. Leaming is an independent consulting economist and author of a controversial study on the economic impact of the proposed bill that would create some 5.8 million acres of designated wilderness in Utah. A man of diverse interests, Leaming holds a bachelor's degree in mining engineering, a master's degree in business administration and a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Arizona.
The final convocation of the quarter will be the traditional SUU Academic Awards Convocation. The program honors outstanding academic achievement in SUU students. Awards will be presented to the 1991 SUU valedictorian and to the outstanding scholars from each of the university's academic schools, as well as to a number of departmental scholars.