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UOP offers music, art, lectures and special events
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is coming to the University of the Pacific on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. - photo by Photo Contributed

• PLACE: University of the Pacific
• LOCATION: 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton
• HOW TO GET THERE: From northbound Interstate 5, take the North Pershing Avenue exit, continue north to West Mendocino Avenue or go directly on campus by turning right on to Larry Heller Drive.
• INFORMATION: Call 209-946-2285 or log on to

STOCKTON – He’s the National Basketball Association all-time leading scorer not to mention best-selling author and historian.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is coming to the University of the Pacific on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall to talk about his latest book, “What Color is My World – The Lost History of African-American inventors.”

He tallied 38,387 points during his 10-year NBA career, playing 1,560 games – second most in history – during his stints with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Prior to that, Abdul-Jabbar formerly Lew Alcindor starred at UCLA under legendary coach John Wooden.

He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.

Today, Abdul-Jabbar dedicates his life “to learning and writing about history, promoting literacy and celebrating cultural diversity,” said Randall Organs, co-chair of Pacific’s Black History Month committee.

The keynote speaker is Grammy Award-winning singer Anthony Hamilton, who is scheduled to perform short intimate sets of songs at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7. He’s also the spokesman for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

This month-long event at UOP is also a service to the community.

Last year, another Grammy Award-winning singer – India.Arie – performed at the Bob Hope on behalf of Black History Month.

Director and filmmaker Spike Lee also came to the Stockton campus as a guest lecturer several years ago.

Pacific offers plenty to the general public – on campus or around town – throughout the year, including:


Take 5 Jazz at the Brew: An evening for great jazz, food and fun can be had every Thursday at the Valley Brew, 157 W. Adams St., Stockton.

Music is made possible by the Brubeck Institute.

Cost is $10 general admission, $5 for students.

Art exhibits

The admission-free Reynolds Gallery located in the Jeannette Powell Art Center, 1071 W. Mendocino Ave., Stockton, and open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., during the academic year.

Dedicated to the exhibition of art, the Reynolds Gallery plays host to artists and scholars in a series of exhibitions, lectures and workshops.


The Theater Arts department at Pacific often puts together high-caliber, student-centered productions that are open to the public.

Included are comedies, tragedies, timeless operas and modern musicals at either the Long Theatre or the intimate black-box DeMarcus Brown Studio Theatre in the Drama building.

Special events

Pacific has many events available to the public as well as faculty, staff, and students.

The admission-free Colliver lecture series is sponsored by the Religious & Classical Studies departments, bringing in a prominent speaker to discuss an aspect of religion in society.

The John Muir Symposium, in addition, is held in the Wendell Phillips Center and devoted to Muir’s achievements along with other aspects of environmental studies.


209 staff reporter