WKU Cultural Enhancement Series 2013/14

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Ozomatli  |  September 17, 2013

In their eighteen years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli have gone from hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors.

Ozomatli has always juggled two key identities: they are the voice of their city and they are citizens of the world.

Their music – a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LAR&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga – has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A.

Event Schedule:

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Ozomatli Talk at Faculty House at WKU.  This will be a faculty and student moderated discussion with band members.

5:00 p.m. Campus tours available

5:30 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Festival at Old Fort behind Van Meter located at WKU. Join us for food, music, dance, and more as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

7:30 p.m. Ozomatli performance begins at Van Meter Auditorium in Van Meter Hall at WKU

www.ozomatli.com  |  Ozomatli YouTube

Soledad O'Brien

 Soledad O’Brien  |  November 5, 2013

Soledad O’Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. O’Brien was the originator of Black in America and Latino in America. In June 2013 she launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories. Starfish Media Group continues to produce Black in America and Latino in America and other programming for CNN. Also, in June 2013, O’Brien joined Al Jazeera America and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel as a correspondent.

Lecture: Diversity: On TV, Behind The Scenes And In Our Lives  |  Van Meter Hall, WKU at 7:30 p.m. CST


Abigail Washburn

Abigail Washburn with Kai Welch featuring Wu Fei introducing the Wu-Force  |  February 4, 2014

Appalachian-Chinese avant-folk trio feat. Abigail Washburn (banjo/vocals), Kai Welch (piano, guitar, trumpet, looping station/vocals) and Wu Fei (guzheng/vocals).

Van Meter Hall, WKU at 7:30 p.m. CST

www.abigailwashburn.com  |  www.kaiwelch.com  |  www.wufeimusic.com



Dr. Cornel West  |  February 21, 2014

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual.  He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.  He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris.  He has written 19 books and edited 13 books.  He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his new memoir, Brother West:  Living and Loving Out Loud.  He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on his dear Brother, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show.  He can be heard weekly on Tavis Smiley’s NPI radio program.  Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

Event co-sponsored by the WKU Black History Celebration & Cultural Preservation Committee.

Van Meter Hall, WKU at 7:30 p.m. CST

www.cornelwest.com  |  Cornel West YouTube



Dr. Michio Kaku  |  March 17, 2014

Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science. He’s the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory.

Event co-sponsored by the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics & Science in Kentucky.

Van Meter Hall, WKU at 7:30 p.m. CST

www.mkaku.org  |  Michio Kaku Video

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