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Archive for February, 2013

UToledo law professor available to comment on recent trip to Guantanamo Bay



Benjamin Davis, an associate professor at The University of Toledo College of Law, is available to comment on his trip last week to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.

While there, he observed approximately 20 hours of military court proceedings, including pretrial hearings held for the self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his four alleged co-conspirators.

On Thursday, Feb. 7, from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Professor Davis will discuss his experience with the College of Law community in room 1013 of the Law Center. Members of the media and the public are invited to attend.

Davis, a faculty member at UToledo since 2003, is a contributing editor at the SALTLAW Blog. He has been addressing accountability for torture since early 2004 in law review articles, online articles, as a Board Member of the Human Rights Committee of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and as a Member of the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

Click here to download a photo of Davis.

Contact Rachel Phipps at 419.530.2628 or to schedule an interview.

Media Coverage
The Blade (Feb. 9, 2013)

University schedules events in recognition of Black History Month

“Prospering, Progressing, Power: Trailblazing the Way to Greatness” is the theme of The University of Toledo’s 2013 celebration of Black History Month.

During February, offices, departments and student organizations have planned several events.

Ritter Planetarium will pay tribute with a show called “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” which is a historical program that shows how slaves used the stars to find their way North to freedom. The show will take place Saturdays at 1 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 4 through 12, and free for children 3 and younger.

Other events include a soul food luncheon, urban dance presentation, poetry reading and a few lunchtime lectures.

Black History Month events include:

Wednesday, Feb. 6
• Black History Month Kickoff, noon, Student Union Room 2582-2584. Dr. Johnnie L. Early, dean of the UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will be the keynote speaker.

Thursday, Feb. 7
• Africana Studies Brown-Bag Lecture Series, noon, Student Union Room 3016. Topic: “Black Professionals: Insights on Expanding Your Career Opportunities.” Speakers: Dr. Lesley Berhan, UT associate professor of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering; Ben Davis, UT associate professor of law; Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman, UT professor of pharmacy practice; Dr. Morris Jenkins, UT professor and chair of criminal justice and social work; and Darlene Miller, UT senior administrator of the Executive Master of Business Administration Program.

• Kappa Delta Philanthropy Dinner, 10 p.m., Kappa Delta house in McComas Village.

Monday, Feb. 18
• Soul Food Luncheon, noon, Student Union Trimble South Lounge. Sample some traditional African-American soul food.

• Urban Dance and Ballroom Demonstrations and Workshop, 8 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room. Step out and learn some moves!

Tuesday, Feb. 19
• A Night With the Legends, 7 p.m., Student Union Room 2591. Join Miniya as the group honors African-American women from the community.

• Sex Education, 7 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room. Fatima Pervaiz, UT program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Services, will lead the discussion.

Wednesday, Feb. 20
• Heritage Night, 7:30 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room. Celebrate African-American heritage events from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Thursday, Feb. 21
• Africana Studies Brown-Bag Lecture Series, noon, Student Union Room 2579. Topic: “African Maroons and Memory in Latin America.” Speaker: Dr. Charles Beatty Medina, UT associate professor of history.

Friday, Feb. 22
• Black Student Union Fashion Show, 7 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. Tickets: $12; $15 for runway seats; $120 for VIP table of eight.

Monday, Feb. 25
• Student Organization Gala presented by the Public Relations Student Society of America, 7 p.m., Student Union Auditorium.

Tuesday, Feb. 26
• Poetry Readings and Jazz, 7 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room. Poet Xplicit and flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq will perform.

For more information, click here or contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at 419.530.2261 or the Office of Student Involvement at 419.530.2992.

Media Coverage
The Blade (Feb. 19, 2013)
The Blade (Feb. 20, 2013)
The Independent Collegian (Feb. 5, 2013)

February UToledo Board of Trustees Meetings


Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room
6:00 p.m. Board Social Dinner

Monday, February 11, 2013
Driscoll Alumni Center Board Room
1:00 p.m. External Affairs Committee Meeting
2:00 p.m. Finance and Audit Committee Meeting
3:00 p.m. Trusteeship and Governance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Hotel Faculty Club Room
7:30 a.m. Clinical Affairs Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m. Academic and Student Affairs Committee Meeting

Any questions may be directed to the University Communications Office by calling (419) 530-7832 or via email at

Joan A. Stasa
Secretary to the Board of Trustees

February 1, 2013