Saturday, September 28

Doors: 3:00 PM
Showtime: 3:30 PM

Chautauqua Auditorium

$20 individual event, $85 all day pass ($17, $80 Concert Member)*

The Colorado Chautauqua presents University for a Day – September 28, 2019

University for a Day, presented by the Colorado Chautauqua brings together scholars, activists, experts and community members for a day of thought-provoking and engaging conversation on a singular topic of the day.

Join us on September 28, 2019 for a deep dive into The Politics of Dissent as we engage some of the most influential activists in the world in a discussion of the moral and practical stances people take in response to a variety of contemporary social issues and world events.

Joining us will be Dave Archambault Sr., former tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota and outspoken activist at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests; Jeffrey Marsh, one of the world’s foremost commentators on nonbinary identity and activism in America, with a message of positivity and inclusion and a deep knowledge of queer issues and history; the Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, a modern-day civil rights activist whose frank discussions about black America’s fight for racial justice have gained him notoriety across the country; and Nadya Tolokonnikova, a Russian conceptual artist, former political prisoner and co-founder of the artist collective, Pussy Riot.

Ms. Tolokonnikova’s evening presentation will cap an engaging, enlightening and elevating day of community dialogue and reflection. Join us for this one-of-a-kind event!


University For A Day schedule:
12:00 PM – TBA
1:30 PM – Jeffrey Marsh
3:30 PM – Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
4:30 PM – Dinner Break
7:00 PM – Nadya Tolokonnikova

About the Speaker: 

Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. Rev. Sekou’s music is a unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul, and Pentecostal steel guitar. In May 2017, he released In Times Like These and produced the six-time Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. AFROPUNK heralded the ”deep bone-marrow-level conviction” of his first album, The Revolution Has Come. The single, “We Comin’” was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  A consummate entertainer, Paste Studio celebrated his barn-burning performance saying: “Rev. Sekou delivers the spiritual performance we need now.”

A leading public intellectual, Rev. Sekou is releasing five books with Chalice Press, a publisher of progressive religious thought. Chalice Press is republishing Rev. Sekou’s Urbansouls: Meditations on Youth, Hip Hop, and Religion and Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the Future of Democracy. His new titles are The Task of the Artist in the Time of Monsters; This Ain’t Yo’ Daddy’s Civil Rights Movement: Ferguson, Black Lives Matter and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr; and A Liberation Theology of Ferguson. He has written widely on the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan by British police and the subsequent London riots, and is the author of the forthcoming Riot Music: Race, Hip Hop and the Meaning of the London Riots 2011 (Hamilton Books).

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