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Barrick Lecture Series Presents The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour


UNLV invites sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell for the current installation of the Barrick Lecture Series.


Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.


Artemus W. Ham Auditorium at UNLV main school
Near Maryland Parkway and Cottage Grove Opportunity


The Barrick Lecture Series presents nationally and worldwide popular speakers through a generous grant from benefactor Marjorie Barrick.

W. Kamau Bell — host and executive producer of the Emmy Award winning CNN docu-series United Tones of America with W. Kamau Bell– is an author and sociopolitical comedian who has actually been lauded by The New York Times as “the most promising brand-new skill in political funny in several years” and by SF Weekly as “wise, elegant, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle.” The New Yorker said, “Bell’s trick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and ladies’s concerns as inseparable.”

Known for his former FX & & FXX funny series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, he recently made his Netflix launching with a new stand-up funny special, Independent School Negro. Kamau is on the advisory board of Hollaback! and Donors Select and is the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice. Kamau has actually been nominated for several NAACP Image Awards and a GLAAD award, and he was featured on Conde Nast’s Daring 25 list for 2016. His writing has been featured in publications consisting of Vanity Fair, CNN.com, and Salon. Kamau made his launching as a director in Fall 2018 with the release of the A+E documentary Culture Shock: Chris Rock’s Bring The Pain.


The lecture is free and open up to the general public but tickets are required. Tickets are restricted to two per individual and can be acquired from the Carrying out Arts Center box office starting 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

The Carrying Out Arts Center (PAC) box office is located off of Cottage Grove Avenue at S. Maryland Parkway, on the school of UNLV. Contact the PAC box office at (702) 895-2787 or go to the PAC website.

Getting Ahead of the Curve

When Nicole Thomas remained in high school– just a couple of brief years back– she didn’t know much about research, let alone where it could take her academically and expertly. But the UNLV biology major now has lots of knowledge to share on the topic.

“When I initially began getting involved in research at UNLV, it wasn’t all about blending chemicals and wearing laboratory coats and chuckling maniacally,” she stated. “It had to do with finally having an outlet where I might pursue questions that I always desired addressed.”

Quickly she recognized her fellow students had actually figured that out prior to she had. And they currently had the skills to take advantage of UNLV’s research opportunities.

It’s an observation she showed Liam Frink, executive director of the Office of Undergrad Research (OUR), after joining its undergraduate ambassador program. “I wanted I ‘d had more direct exposure to research study when I was in high school,” she keeps in mind informing him, “because the students who participated in schools with research study or technical programs seemed to be ahead of the game.”

Hence, UNLV’s first-ever OUR Research study Abilities Academy was born.

Becky Boulton (OUR’s program organizer), Thomas, and the OUR team developed a two-day event, happening July 10 and 11, created particularly for local high school trainees that’s packed with a complete schedule of research-related activities. Co-sponsored by the College of Education, this inaugural Research Abilities Academy includes an introduction to research through tours and talks, chances to meet undergraduate and graduate students and first-rate professors scientists, profession development training, and a campus resource fair.

“Others at UNLV are and have been working with local high school trainees; for example, the CAEO is doing great work in this location,” Frink stated. “We wanted to include a concentrate on research study as an expert process to that, however, for several reasons.

“Based upon our speak with students, research study is often perceived of as an unique, ‘elite’ activity– and in some methods it is since it takes resources for a student to commit themselves to the research study procedure– but exactly what we want to highlight with the OUR services is that we and other systems on school will actively support their efforts.

“It is necessary too that trainees and their moms and dads understand that research study skills equate to various career courses, many of them right here in Southern Nevada.”

Thirty trainees representing 15 schools throughout Clark County will be going to the academy.

“We initially contacted 8 Title I schools to truly focus on underrepresented and first-generation university student,” Boulton stated. “Then we started getting call from other schools and individual students wishing to get involved; it seemed the word had spread to everyone. We’ve had an excellent response to this new venture.”

The OUR group is currently partnering with Ed W. Clark High School on a fall mini Research study Abilities Academy.

“Preferably, trainees will make a connection with our school or a member of our professors and wish to become part of all the excellent things occurring at UNLV,” Thomas said.

For more about the services used by the Office of Undergraduate Research, please see UNLV.edu/ OUR.