This year marks two momentous anniversaries in U.S. history. 150 years ago, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that released enslaved Africans from bondage. A century later, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, which helped shape civil and economic rights for African Americans and all U.S. citizens. The significance of these two benchmarks of U.S. history will be recognized during the University of California, San Diego’s celebration of Black History Month.
After an academic theater career that spanned nearly 40 years, Arthur Wagner—founding chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, San Diego—is still passionate about training the next generation of theater and dance artists. As a result of budgetary cuts at the University of California, funds for student productions have all but dried up.