offerings. Next year, the center will host Brazilian director Joel Zito Araujo as part of the Diaspora Festival of Black Indepen- dent Film, performance poet Aya de Leon and other visual and performing artists. Scholars working in the center also plan to expand their academic work, including strengthening ties with other units on campus such as the Center for the Study of the American South and Latin American studies. One notable scholar who will visit the center next year is Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian author who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1986. The building also will be the perma- nent home for Conmmniversity, the most established of the social justice progranlS. Communiversity combines K- 12 students from the community with tutors from the University, serving about 75 local students. Other outreach programs include provid- ing transitional services to female prisoners and a planned presentation by state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird ' 73 (MMUS) of Orange County. Stone Center Director Joseph Jordan said different models serving sin1ilar goals have emerged across the nation. In addi- tion to centers at the universities of Cali- fornia at Berkeley and Los Angeles and at he universities of Massachusetts and Maryland, nearby Duke University houses the John Hope Franklin Center. "We are not pioneers,"Jordan said. "Realistically, we are in the second wave. But we want to extend the model and serve as a touchstone for the region." In the early 1990s, the fate of the Stone Center was unclear. Protests and wide- spread mistrust marked early discussions of a freestanding building for the center, then referred to as the Black Cultural Center, or BCe. In September 1991, about 300 stu- dents entered South Building and chanted, "What do we want? BCe. When do we want it? Now." Other public meetings were tense, and some seemed designed to intimidate administrators. Then-Chancellor Paul Hardin at first
declined to support a freestanding center,
although he eventually approved it. Then
more protests erupted about the site of the
building; some supporters demanded a
corner of Polk Place between Wilson
Library and Dey Hall.
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