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September 29, 2008

History of Medicine lecture

On Friday, October 3, 2008, the U of M's Program in the History of Medicine and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Medicine and Biology will host a lecture and reception by Vanessa Northington Gamble on Striking a Blow at Medical School Segregation: Edith Irby Goes to Medical School. The program begins at 3:30 PM in 555 Diehl Hall.

September 26, 2008

Trouble the Water

The documentary Trouble the Water "opens the day before Katrina makes landfall, just blocks away from the French Quarter but far from the New Orleans that tourists know. Kimberly Rivers Roberts is turning her video camera on herself and her 9th Ward neighbors trapped in the city. 'It's going to be a day to remember,' Kim says excitedly into her new camera as the storm is brewing. It's her first time shooting video and it's rough, jumpy, but dense with reality. Kim's playful home-grown newscast tone grinds against the audience's knowledge that hell is just hours away. There is no way for the audience to warn her. And for New Orleans' poor, there is nowhere to run."

"As the hurricane begins to rage and the floodwaters fill their world and the screen, Kim and her husband Scott continue to film, documenting their harrowing voyage to higher ground and dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors."

Trouble the Water is now playing at Minneapolis' Lagoon Cinema.

September 25, 2008

September issue of The Village

The second issue of The Village is now available. The Village is a newsletter for friends and alumni of the Department of African American & African Studies.

Inside the September 2008 issue:

  • welcome from the community outreach coordinator
  • standing on the shoulders of giants
  • building tomorrow's leaders
  • we want to know
  • alumni profile
  • Black Paris
  • upcoming events
  • quote of the month

September 18, 2008

new mentorship program

The Department of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota is partnering with Minneapolis South High School and Blame It On Hip Hop to mentor African American males at South High. We are currently looking for University students who are interested in helping African American males develop community pride and career aspirations.

What does it involve?
As a mentor you will work one-on-one with an African American male student between the ages of 14 to 16. You will work with the student to develop their key skills around leadership, community, and college preparation. Mentors will meet with students once per week for an hour at South High. All mentors will receive training.

How can you help?
As a college student you have a wealth of experience which will help aspiring college students make important decisions about future career plans and the future of our community.

What's in it for you?
Is your resume lacking in transferable skills? Are you concerned about what is going to give you the edge over other applicants? Mentoring is a great way to develop the key skills employers look for in graduates. In any job you accept it will be useful for you to have experience in group facilitation. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to practice this skill. You will prove that you are reliable, responsible, and committed to your community.

Contact us for more information:
(612) 624-9847

September 14, 2008

American Legacy Magazine


September 13, 2008

Twin Cities Black Film Festival

The sixth annual Twin Cities Black Film Festival will be held September 18-20, 2008. A schedule of events is online.

September 4, 2008

BGAPSA event

The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGAPSA) will hold a Welcome Back Kick-Off BBQ on September 26, 2008, from 4pm-7pm at Riverbend Plaza (behind Coffman Memorial Union).

The BBQ will feature a live DJ spinning old school hip-hop, R&B and funk and lots and lots of FREE yummy food! Graduate and professional students of color from all over campus will be present as well as faculty members and representatives from local organizations such as the NAACP and Urban League. This will be a great opportunity to meet new people, network, eat great food and listen to great music. Friends and families are welcome. BGAPSA looks forward to seeing you there!

To keep informed of BGAPSA events, professional and academic opportunities, and other news, subscribe to the BGAPSA listserv. Also check out the new BGAPSA website.