“Race and Religion,” a symposium featuring slam poets Byronn Bain, Jason Carney and Kevin Coval, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 29) in the LaFortune Student Center Ballroom at the University of Notre Dame. A reception will follow.
Sponsored by the Notre Dame Student Union Board, the symposium will feature poets who use the art of the spoken word to give students a better understanding of race, religion and American political issues.
Bain, a Harvard Law School graduate, is the founder of Blackout Arts Collective, a grassroots organization committed to empowering communities of color through the arts, activism and education.
Carney, a former skinhead from Texas, was sent to a juvenile detention center after gay bashing and racial intolerance. Since his release, he has made it his lifes work to heal others and alleviate intolerance through poetry.
Coval, a poet, emcee, essayist, activist and educator, appeared on Russell Simmons"Def Poetry Jam" on HBO and has performed worldwide.