Martin Luther King Jr. Day, that rarest of days when the Idaho Statesman shows a picture of a black person who isn't receiving a U.S. aid package or playing sports, passed by on Monday with a handful of well-attended rallies and lectures. But Boise State's human rights celebration isn't over yet. Check out our Arts and Screen listings for guides to the remaining exhibits and film screenings, but look no further than right here for all the heady lectures and spectacles, from an impressive range of Boise State teachers and guests, that wrap up the last three days of the celebration at the Student Union Building. And they're all free.
Thursday, January 19
• "Distorted Images: Indian Romance, Stereotype and Exclusion in the United States," 1:40 to 2:55 p.m., FREE, Bishop Barnwell Room. Boise State profs Lisa Brady, history, and Bob McCarl, anthropology, lead this examination of United States/American Indian relations, focusing specifically on land acquisition, stereotyping and biological and musical copyright infringement. Worth attending just to see what "biological and musical copyright infringement" is.
• "Natural Rights: Human Rights and Environmental Change," 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., Bishop Barnwell Room. Lisa Brady, history, and John Ziker, anthropology, discuss the dynamic relationship between environmental degradation and prejudice, from their respective department perspectives.
• "Heterosexism: What It Is, Where It Is Found, and How to Begin Stopping It," 4:40 to 5:50 p.m., FREE, Farnsworth Room. The name of biology prof Jim Smith's lecture says it all.
• "Blacks in Idaho," 6 to 7:15 p.m., FREE, Bishop Barnwell Room. The Idaho Black History Museum has already featured two shows about the history of African-Americans in Idaho, the most recent running up to 1969. This lecture by Janet French will focus on research for the forthcoming third phase of the exhibition.
Friday, January 20
• "Using a Human Rights Organizing Framework," 1:40 to 2:30 p.m., FREE, Farnsworth Room. Amy Herzfeld of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center leads an interactive session examining the importance of a human-rights focus in political analysis, as well as a guide to implementing the human rights framework while working for social change.
• "Working in Idaho," 2:40 to 3:30 p.m., FREE, Bishop Barnwell Room. Jerry Peterson of Southwest Building Trades talks about the current state of workers' rights in Idaho and what people can do to help.
• "Amnesty International," 3:40 to 4:30 p.m., FREE, Farnsworth room. Jackson Smith, BW contributor and president of Boise State Amnesty International, gives an overview of the famed human-rights advocacy organization.
•Keynote Speaker Charlayne Hunter-Gualt, 8 to 9 p.m., FREE, Jordan Ballroom. Read our pick on page 16 for a preview of this acclaimed journalist's lecture, titled "Making a Global Dream: From Jim Crow America to Apartheid South Africa and Beyond." Tickets are free, but after 7:30, all empty seats will be considered fair game.