Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Public Lecture followed by a book signing
Sponsored by the Common Reading Program and the University Program Board
Event Entry Free to SCSU Students, Faculty, and Staff
Will Allen is the son of South Carolina sharecroppers who moved to Maryland during the Great Migration to start a new life. From state basketball championships to becoming the first African-American basketball player for the University of Miami, Allen followed a path that led to turning pro after graduating with a degree in education. His pro basketball career took him to Belgium where he found himself getting back to his roots, growing food for his family and teammates in the fashion of local families on small plots, and igniting his own passion for sustainable farming. After retiring from basketball and a successful career in marketing, Allen settled into managing his wife's family farm just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In looking for a place to sell his produce, he cashed in his retirement fund to purchase a derelict nursery in foreclosure, the last urban plot zoned agriculturally in the city on Milwaukee's northside, and there he founded the organization, Growing Power. He has been awarded a Ford Foundation leadership grant, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, and been named Food Revolutionary on the first ever Rodale 100, among other accolades.
Allen's book The Good Food Revolution is the current selection for the Common Reading Program at St. Cloud State.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Sponsored by the University Program Board
Tickets FREE at the door for SCSU Students with 2 guests free
Public Tickets $10
Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. Over the years, Perkins has performed and recorded music as a solo artist and with numerous bands. In 2012, she had success with her single, "Fearless" written and produced by top names in the music industry. A video of her singing randomly at the Amsterdam airport ended up on YouTube and prompted a call from NBC's "The Voice." She quickly found herself in the national spotlight as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5). When not on stage, Kat also has a school initiative program where she speaks to elementary and high school students.