Black Alumni Association

The 1970s


Loretta Dooley Wetzel '80 and Perran G. Wetzel IV '79 

2019 - 2020 Events

Tuesday, April 21 - Sunday, April 26, 2020
Washington, D.C. Tour

Thursday, February 6 and Thursday, February 13, 2020
As part of Black History Month, Luther celebrates Toni Morrison and women writers of color with special events:

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020 - In this film, Pieces that I Am, author Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition. Film showing and discussion moderated by Novian Whitsett. Location Valders 206, Time: 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Commemoration of Toni Morrison and women writers of color by Terrion Williamson. Location: Valders 206, Time: 7 p.m.

    Sponsored by Africana Studies; College Ministries; English Department; and Diversity, Civility and the Liberal Arts Institute (DCLA).

Saturday, December 14th
11:30 a.m. / Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room
Kwanzaa Luncheon and South African Gospel 29:11 Choir Concert
A special Kwanzaa luncheon and music, followed by a workshop and rehearsal time to learn South African songs and Gospel music.

Thursday, November 14th
5:00 p.m. / Dahl Centennial Union, Peace Dining Room
Women of the Global Majority Dinner
Speaker: Maxie (Jones) Rockymore '82

Wednesday, October 30th
6:00 p.m. / Valders Hall of Science, Room 206
Guest Lecture: Dr. Daisy Verduzco Reyes "Learning to be Latino"

Dr. Reyes is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and El Instituto: The Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at the University of Connecticut. She will be speaking and reflecting on her book, Learning to be Latino, and research examining how race and ethnicity are constructed and mobilized within institutions, with particular focus on sites critical for social mobility, like colleges and universities.

Saturday, October 5th - Homecoming

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. / Loyalty Hall Conference Room
Black Alumni Association Meeting

10:00 a.m. / Water Street to Campus
Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 4th - Homecoming

10:30 a.m. / Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall
Homecoming Chapel: Margaret Herz-Lane '69

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. / Norby House / 700 Riverview Drive
Black Alumni Association Reception for Alumni, Students, and Friends

6:00 p.m. / Cafeteria, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Reception

6:30 p.m. / Cafeteria, Dahl Centennial Union
Alumni Dinner and Distinguished Service Award Presentations
Recipient - Dr. Steven Berry '74
Cost: $30 per person, reservations online here

8:30 p.m. / Hotel Winneshiek
Black Alumni Association Gathering
Cash Bar

Thursday, October 3rd
5:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. / African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids
History Makers Gala

Join the African American Museum of Iowa to honor African Americans who’ve made an indelible impact as a trailblazer, change agent, legacy maker or role model in their communities. The AAMI’s only fundraiser, the annual History Makers Gala attracts guests from all over Iowa. Proceeds benefit the AAMI’s efforts to carry out its mission to preserve, exhibit, and teach the African American heritage of Iowa. Cost: $50 per person, reservations online here

Wednesday, September 25th
7:00 p.m. / Valders Hall of Science, Room 206
Guest Lecture: Linda LeGarde Grover, "Sweetgrass and Storytellers: Creative Narratives of Ojibwe Women's Lives"

Dr. LeGarde Grover, professor of American Indian Studies at UMD, is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe and author fiction, poetry, research articles, newspaper columns and essays. She is a recipient of the Albert Tezla Teaching and Research Award for her work in integrating her research into her courses.

Tuesday, September 24th
7:00 p.m. / Recital Hall, Center for Faith and Life
(Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge)
2019-2020 Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series Resistance and Resilience
"Steve Biko: Black Consciousness as Resistance to the Apartheid State" -  Professor of English Martin Klammer

Steve Biko wrote: “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” In the early 1970s when South Africa’s apartheid government had suppressed the liberation movement by imprisoning Nelson Mandela and other black leaders, Steve Biko and his young colleagues developed the philosophy of Black Consciousness which sought to empower blacks by encouraging black pride and self-determination. Drawing inspiration from liberation movements across Africa and from Black Power and Black Theology in the United States, Black Consciousness inspired a generation of South African blacks to create community centers, clinics, and other self-help organizations, and to stand up to the apartheid regime, often at the risk of their lives. Biko himself died while in police custody, but his life, writing, and legacy lived on, helping bring about the end of apartheid and a new South Africa in 1994.

Wednesday, September 18th

7:00 p.m. / Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall
Latines Unides Lecture: Dr. Fernando Herrera-Calderón "Barrio Power: Working-class Youth and Class Struggle in 1970s Mexico"

This talk looks at the relationship between class and armed resistance in 1970s Mexico. It explores how working-class youth contributed to the birth of a new student dissent culture and how they established themselves into a powerful political force against the authoritarian Mexican state.

Professor Herrera-Calderón's research has been on the urban guerrilla

experience in Mexico, 1964-1982 and specializes in Modern Mexican history, political violence, student radicalism, memory, and human rights. His publications include,

Challenging Authoritarianism in Mexico: Revolutionary Struggles and the Dirty War, 1964-1982.

Tuesday, September 10th
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. / Center for the Arts Atrium
"RACE: Are We So Different?" exhibit

Following this event, the exhibit will be relocated to the Women and Gender Equality Center where it will be available to view by appointment only through the fall 2019 semester. Guided tours may be available Monday through Friday for up to 20 people. To schedule an appointment call 563-387-1001 or email [email protected]