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Please I'd Like to Grow: Conversations and Reflections on Student Activism at UNLV

By Michael Yunkin on November 1, 2016 2:09 PM | Permalink


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries will host a panel discussion on the history of student activism at the university on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Goldfield Room of Lied Library.

“Please I’d Like to Grow: Conversations and Reflections on Student Activism at UNLV” will feature current UNLV students, alumni, and faculty discussing the relevance of student activism on the campus from its earliest days to the present.

“Since its days as Nevada Southern College, commonly referred to as "Tumbleweed Tech," different groups and individual students at UNLV have engaged in acts of protest and other forms of activism around issues such as the Vietnam War, their education, the environment, and support for their unique identities,” said Heidi Johnson, UNLV social sciences librarian and moderator of the panel discussion. “Our panelists will share their memories and experiences of activism at UNLV, including how those experiences have shaped them and contributed to the growth of the University.”

Panels includes:

  • Michael Curtis, Black Student Organization, UNLV student
  • Briceida Herndandez, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA), Spectrum, UNLV student
  • Robert Leavitt, Vietnam Veteran, former Rebel Yell photographer, UNLV alumnus
  • Tara Pike-Nordstrom, Recycling Manager and Campus Sustainability Coordinator, UNLV alumna
  • Anita Revilla, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs, UNLV

The exhibit is hosted in conjunction with “Please I’d Like To Grow: 60 Years of Student Activism at UNLV,” an exhibit curated by Johnson that features archival materials from the University Archives and Special Collections at UNLV University Libraries, interviews with student activists, and other historical UNLV source materials. The exhibit is on display in Lied Library through December.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP online at http://cal.library.unlv.edu/event/2854575. For more information about the University Archives and Special Collections at UNLV University Libraries, visit https://www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/.