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April 28, 2008

Turning Away From Hate: Confessions of an Ex-Neo Nazi

The African American and African Studies Department is co-sponsoring the event "Turning Away from Hate," a program presented by Hillel featuring reformed neo-Nazi TJ Leyden. After 15 years as a neo-Nazi white supremacist activist and recruiter, TJ Leyden experienced a profound change of heart, turned away from hate, and began teaching tolerance. Today, a man who covered his body in Nazi symbols and advocated for the death of minorities is one of the most compelling advocates for the importance of diversity and cultural appreciation.

TJ will be telling his story on campus on Wednesday, April 30th at 7 PM at Willey Hall 175. Admission is FREE, but seating will be limited. Please arrive early! More information is at http://www.ujews.com/hate.

April 24, 2008

"Darfur Now" film screening

The University's Human Rights Center will screen the film Darfur Now on Monday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 25 of the Law School. The screening of Darfur Now is part of a partnership with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Minnesota Chapter of the Genocide Intervention Network.

Darfur Now is also screening at William Mitchell College of Law on April 27, and will feature a post-film discussion with Adam Sterling from the Sudan Divestment Project.

For other Human Rights-related April events, see http://www.hrusa.org/calendar.

April 21, 2008

April 23 "coffee hour" presentation

On Wednesday, April 23, Saje Mathieu will present "Bound for Canaan: Lynching, Escape, and Canadian Sanctuary" from 2:00-3:30 in the Geneva H. Southall Library (Social Sciences Tower 815). [Presentation Abstract]

After having taken part in a race riot in 1921 that left two men dead and several more in a hospital, Matthew Bullock, a Great War veteran, reached the border and cited his reason for requesting entry into Canada: he urgently needed political asylum from North Carolinian lynchers. His brother and cousin had both been lynched by white supremacists determined to punish young insurgent African Americans for challenging local Jim Crow rule. Fearing for his life, Bullock raced to Canada, where he hoped to be beyond the reach of American lynch law. But North Carolinian officials -- namely Governor Cameron Morrison -- capitalized on Bullock's escape to Canada as an opportunity to curry favor with foreign governments over the question of lynching, explaining to the Canadian press that lynching was the South's distinct way of "dealing with criminals." Professor Mathieu will analyze the international tug-of-war over Matthew Bullock, which pitted Canadians vs. Americans intent on exercising their own brand of justice against African Americans who dared speak against Southern rule of law. With the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill before Congress that same year, Canadians, African Americans, and the NAACP forged a powerful alliance, hoping that Bullock's case would call international attention to rise of racialized violence in the South.

April 16, 2008

fall 2008 "Digital Storytelling" class

In fall 2008 a new course will be taught: "Digital Storytelling In and With Communities of Color." For more information visit the "Digital Storytelling In and With Communities of Color" class website, or download the "Digital Storytelling In and With Communities of Color" class flyer.

April 11, 2008

Ethnic Studies lecture

On Tuesday, April 15, Professor Laureen Chew (San Francisco State University) will present "Is Moving From the 'I' to the 'We' Possible Under Ethnic Studies?" This lecture will be held from 10:00-12:00 in Nolte 125. It is the fourth (and final) event in the "Ethnic Studies in the Neo-Liberal University" lecture series.

April 9, 2008

Rethinking the University conference

All campus community members are invited to partake in "Rethinking the University: Labor, Knowledge, Value," a conference that will be held on Friday, April 11-Sunday, April 13. This conference is to explore the effects of corporatization on the university as well as explore possibilities of organizing to respond to this condition. There will be roundtables and panel presentations as well as art and film exhibitions as part of this 3 day conference. Faculty, staff, and student presenters from the University of Minnesota will be joined from student and faculty presenters from across the nation in discussing and interrogating issues such as the status of the liberal arts, the role of precarious labor, the role of research, and graduate student organizing in the contemporary university. The reception and dinner are open to all presenters and attendees, but the dinner portion will be limited to the first 100 guests. Sign-up registration for events will occur the day of the conference. The conference program including event locations can be found on the website at www.makeumnpublic.org/conference/program.htm

April 7, 2008

April 9 "coffee hour" presentation

On Wednesday, April 9, Dr. Irma McClaurin will discuss new initiatives of the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC) and the University Northside Partnership from 2:00-3:30 in the Geneva H. Southall Library (Social Sciences Tower 815). Dr. McClaurin is Associate Vice President for System Academic Administration and Executive Director of the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center in North Minneapolis.

April 5, 2008

40th Anniversary page

In 2009 the department will celebrate its 40th Anniversary, so we have added a new page to our department website: AA&AS Celebrates 40 Years. Also, the Make a Gift page has been updated to reflect upcoming 40th Anniversary priorities.