2017-2018 Signature Events and Programs

UAA Speaker Series: Follow the Drinking Gourd, Music of the Harlem Renaissance

7:00 pm, February 26, 2018

Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall

Follow the Drinking Gourd is a musical group that takes its name from the song used to guide enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The trio presents original programs on the African American experience in music, along with commentary and a visual presentation of historic images to enhance the experience. The Gourd consists of pianist Diane Goldsmith and singers Beverly Owens and Ivan Woods, who doubles on saxophone and clarinet.


UAA Speaker Series: John Villasenor, College Students’ Views of the First Amendment

4:00 pm, March 5, 2018

Rutgers Academic Building, Room 2125

John Villasenor is a professor of electrical engineering, public policy, and management at UCLA, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His nationwide survey of 1500 college students sheds light on students’ understanding of the First Amendment.


UAA Speaker Series: Lisa Daftari, Radicalism on College Campuses

7:00pm, April 26, 2018

Busch Campus Center, Multipurpose Room

Lisa Daftari is an award-winning investigative journalist who focuses on foreign affairs, particularly the Middle East and counterterrorism. She has appeared on CBS, Fox News, NPR, PBS and other news stations as an on-air political analyst and is the Editor-in-Chief of The Foreign Desk, a multi-media news platform dedicated to emphasizing human rights, global security, and U.S. foreign policy stories from around the world. She is a graduate of Rutgers College where she focused on Middle East studies, Spanish, and vocal performance.