The Wailers, the legendary reggae band originally formed by Bob Marley, will perform April 28 for Dandelion Day.
Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer started the band in 1963. When they separated to pursue solo careers in 1973, the name was passed to Aston ?Familyman? Barrett.
The current Wailers include seven of the backup band members who toured with Marley. Their live show includes ?Buffalo Soldier,? ?I Shot the Sheriff? and ?No Woman No Cry.?
?The theme this year is a luau,? senior and UR Concerts Chair Rakib Azad said. ?We wanted something fun, so we thought of reggae. They?ll do really well with the D-Day groove outside.?
The Wailers will perform on the Wilson Quad. Admission is free and open to the public.
Baldwin to make up last fall?s missed talk
Actor Alec Baldwin will present ?An Evening with Alec Baldwin on Issues that Matter? Wednesday, March 28 in Strong Auditorium.
Baldwin was scheduled to come to UR in November but postponed the engagement due to pneumonia.
A passionate believer in liberal politics, Baldwin is active in issues such as campaign finance reform, environmentalism, gun control and animal rights. He is a board member of People for the American Way, the Creative Coalition and Standing for Truth About Radiation.
?He?s a social activist who believes in humanitarian causes and he talks about the show biz as well,? said senior Ben Drew, chair of the outside speakers committee.
Baldwin has appeared in numerous stage and film productions. He won awards for his theater performances in ?Prelude to a Kiss? and ?A Streetcar Named Desire.? He has acted in movies including ?The Hunt for Red October? ?Beetlejuice,? ?Working Girl,? and ?Malice.?
Baldwin will speak at 9 p.m. Admission is $3 for undergraduates with ID and $5 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased at the Common Market, Media Play and the door. Tickets purchased last fall for the originally scheduled date will be honored.
Frederick Douglass letters to soon be available online
UR?s collection of about 100 letters written by abolitionist Frederick Douglass are soon to be digitized for the Web.
More than 230 pages of these letters will be transcribed and posted. There will be a scanned image of the actual letter and then a link to a transcription. The hard copies reside in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of Rush Rhees Library.
?We have the technology to make the materials available,? Dean of River Campus Libraries Ron Dow said in a press release. ?These are powerful words and images that will be put in context so that anyone can use them.?
Douglass spent 25 years in Rochester fighting for the abolition of slavery and for black rights. He is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery. The letters date from before the Civil War, when Douglass was editor of the North Star, an abolitionist newspaper published in Rochester, to a few years prior to his death in 1895.
The letters were given by various donors or purchased. They include UR?s latest acquisition, an 1865 letter to author Lydia Maria Child that asks her to keep silent about how Douglass escaped from slavery. The collection also includes photographs and copies of Douglass?s newspaper.