Along with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, AA&AS is the primary sponsor of a 2008 speaker series, Global Media <-> Diasporic Cultures. Two speakers have already visited campus; join us on March 12 for the next speaker: Sean Jacobs will present "Globalization, Liberal Democracy, Mass Media, and the Rainbow Nation" on March 12.
On February 21 the Minnesota Metro Area Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) will be hosting a panel discussion: "SHEROES - Standing Tall and Walking Proud Through It All." These inspiring leaders and public servants will share wisdom and lessons learned from their personal and professional journey. The panelists will educate, enlighten and encourage others to embrace the fact that they too can stand tall and walk proud through all of life's challenges. The panel will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 on Thursday, February 21, 2008, at The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.
S - Shape public policies
H - Help build bridges and alliances
E - Engage their constituencies
R - Reach out to educate & reach back to uplift
O - Overcome obstacles and challenges
E - Empower others to achieve their goals
S - Stand for social and economic justice for all
William Mitchell College of Law is hosting a Black History Month event on Thursday, February 21, from noon to 1:30: Black Conservatives -- Myths and Realities.
In parts of South Sudan, bandits steal children from other communities like cattle. Hundreds of abductions in recent years have gone unpunished as these human-rights violations are overshadowed by other problems. The Save Yar Campaign has been working hard from Minneapolis since October to stop this wave of abductions. We took our campaign to Washington, D.C. and, with the support of Congress and federal departments, met with South Sudan's president.
Now it's time to carry this campaign to the place where the change has to occur: South Sudan. The campaign is preparing to send three University of Minnesota students to South Sudan to meet with government officials and tribal leaders to build a coalition aimed at ending child abduction and returning abducted children to their families. We'll meet with local researchers who can carry forward the campaign on the ground long-term.
We will undertake this trip with volunteer labor and donated lodging and ground transportation. But to make it happen, we need to raise the funds to cover airfare, visas, meals, and phone calls.
Join us for lunch this Saturday for a fun and delicious way to contribute to this grassroots campaign!
Come to Tam-Tam's African Restaurant in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood this Saturday, February 16, anytime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to sample sensational East African cuisine at this cutting-edge eatery; mix and mingle with fellow Minnesotans concerned with Africa; buy a Save Yar T-shirt; and pledge a specific part of the students' trip.
On Wednesday, February 13, Zenzele Isoke will present "Gender, Social Capital and the Problematics of Racial Liberalism in Hip Hop" from 2:00-3:30 in the Geneva H. Southall Library (Social Sciences Tower 815). [Presentation Abstract]
Isoke explores how the 2004 National Hip Hop Political Convention (NHHPC) served as a transformative space for U.S. Black feminists to do anti-racist, anti-sexist political work in Newark, NJ. Black feminists' active participation in the NHHPC was a strategic effort to situate women of color feminisms in the larger historical movement for racial justice in urban communities. Isoke argues that NHHPC served as a stage for deeply gendered contestations over visibility, access, and public influence – mirroring unresolved Black sexual politics of an earlier era. Using semi-structured interviews of Black women political activists in Newark, she analyzes their efforts to politicize a gender specific national political agenda. This manifestation of Black women's agency and subjectivity within the conceptual space of hip hop was motivated by a sustained effort to mobilize people in urban communities around a variety of issues, including police brutality, the criminalization of Black and brown youth, sexual and gender-based violence, failing schools and media literacy.
Isoke's presentation is part of a larger book project called "The Political Spaces of Black Women in the City: Identity, Agency and the Flow of Social Capital in Urban Communities." Isoke's research poses the following questions: how do black women create and utilize political spaces toward transformative ends in communities of color? How can feminist social researchers, using an epistemic paradigm rooted in the larger social justice project of radical black feminism, provide valid accounts of black female subjectivity rooted in everyday black political struggle in American cities? Isoke's research explores the contemporary structural realities that face Newark’s families and analyzes the narratives of courage, sacrifice and hope captured in the political biographies of the women interviewed.
The University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Studies, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center joins its community partners, the Northside Residents Redevelopment Council and the University Northside Partnership, in hosting a conversation about how the current mortgage crisis impacts north Minneapolis, an area which has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the state. This meeting is an opportunity for interested and concerned faculty, staff, community leaders, organizations and residents, as well as city and county officials, and relevant non-profits to share information about their experiences, knowledge, research, and programs related to the mortgage crisis in north Minneapolis. Anticipated outcomes: