Beyond the Dream Series at Bowling Green State University

Guest speakers, academic conferences, musicians and more share in this multicultural experience throughout the semester.

Bowling Green State University’s “Beyond the Dream” series is officially underway. Throughout the semester, students, faculty and community members are welcome to attend a variety of cultural events happening on campus. From guest speakers to musicians to multiple academic conferences, “Beyond the Dream” provides attendees opportunities to share in a multicultural experience that is sure to educate and inspire.  

The series, in its fourth year, celebrates Black History Month throughout February. On Feb. 12, guide yourself through the Tunnel of Oppression, a multisensory exhibition that encourages students to think critically about a number of issues, including power and diversity. Or, participate in Taste of February | A SMART Affair, which features dinner, an art show, performances and more on Feb. 20.

Four incredible keynote speakers are expected during four special events:  

Melissa Harris-Perry, former host of the “Melissa Harris-Perry” show on MSNBC, political commentator, columnist for The Nation magazine, and professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University, will present the keynote address at the MLK Keynote, happening at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Bobby Seale, African American political activist and the co-founder and national chairman of the Black Panther Party, will act as the keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Black Issues Conference | Words Into Action: Power, Expression & Activism. This event takes place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.


Social media influencer and educator Ruben Angel, aka Queer Xicano Chisme, will be the keynote speaker during the Latino/a/x Issues Conference, which happens at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 25.

Patrick “Blake” Leeper, an eight-time Paralympic track and field international medalist, world record holder and three-time American record holder, will present during Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories, which takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31.

Each keynote address takes place inside of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, 1001 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.

All events are open to the public – preregistration is required for some, including the four keynote sessions above. Visit for more information.

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