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May 28, 2014

Amber Jones, AA&AS major, researches local histories

Amber Jones, AA&AS major, researches local African American history via the McNair Scholars program B_Amber-480x320.jpg Read more about Amber's research on W. Gertrude Brown.

MINNEAPOLIS TEACHERS INSTITUTE
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The Minneapolis Teachers Institute is now accepting applications from preK-12 educators for the 2014-2015 school-year. Upload an application MTI App_2014-15.pdf and visit our website.

JOHN WRIGHT
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The Minnesota Daily highlights the work and legacy of professor John Wright in the article, "The Wright Legacy".


March 31, 2014

Professor Rose Brewer honored as the 2014 CLA Dean's Medalist

Congratulations to Professor Rose Brewer for earning the 2014 CLA Dean's Medal. On April 8th, she was honored and presented the address, "Black Life in the 21st Century U.S.: Complexities of Political Economy, Race, and Ideology" at Northrup Auditorium. The CLA Dean's Medal was created by an anonymous donor to reward a faculty member's excellence in scholarship or creative activity.

Award-winning poet Patricia Smith and Young Adult novelist Rita Williams-Garcia at the Minneapolis Teachers Institute Year-End Colloquium, Saturday, May 17 at STSS Building. Learn more.

January 13, 2011

MLK Day Concert

"Tapestry of Dreams," an annual concert remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dr. Reginald Buckner (founder of the concert), will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2011, 4:00-6:00 pm, Ted Mann Concert Hall. The event is jointly sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music. For event details, contact: Ralph Blanco, Office for Equity and Diversity, rblanco@umn.edu, (612) 625-8680; or visit http://z.umn.edu/MLK2011. The concert is free and open to the public.

October 22, 2010

NOMMO African American authors series

On Wednesday, November 3, the NOMMO African American Authors series begins its 2010-2011 season. Professor Alexs Pate hosts poet Patricia Smith at 7:00 PM in Cowles Auditorium (located in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center.) Patricia Smith is the author of five acclaimed poetry volumes, including a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, Blood Dazzler, which chronicles the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina.

October 12, 2010

Continuously Rich: Black Women in Cultural Production

"Continuously Rich: Black Women in Cultural Production," a Symposium
October 21 - 23, 2010

http://www.dance.umn.edu/symposium.php

"Continuously Rich: Black Women in Cultural Production" is a University of Minnesota Dance symposium that features the work of black women choreographers working from different contexts, aesthetics, and thematic foci, and whose work comments back on any stereotypical notions of what "black dance" might be. The symposium will be held from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23, 2010 at the University of Minnesota, and will begin with a keynote lecture by widely renowned performance scholar Awam Ampka entitled "African Bodies as Texts." A second keynote lecture, "Continuously Rich: Legacies of Black Women in American Concert Dance" will be presented by Thomas DeFrantz, the acclaimed scholar and author of Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance and Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture. Students of the University of Minnesota will also present their research on black women choreographers in a "History Jam" during the symposium. University of Minnesota Dance Program students will perform "Walking with Pearl...Southern Diaries," choreographed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and re-staged by Urban Bush Women Artists, and "Dark Swan" choreographed and re-staged by Nora Chipaumire. The performances will be followed by a panel discussion with artists led by Artistic Director Ananya Chatterjea.

The symposium and the informal performances will take place in Studio 100 in the Barker Center for Dance. This event is free and open to the public. The general public will be able to see ticketed and fully produced performances of "Walking with Pearl Southern Diaries" and "Dark Swan" in the annual University Dance Theatre concert in December 2010.

April 27, 2010

Northrop Dance event

Nora Chipaumire with Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited
Lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi
Thursday, April 29, 7:30pm, Northrop Auditorium


Lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi is dedicated to the visual, aural, and kinesthetic equivalent of Africa's great cities. Self-exiled artist and Bessie Award winner, Chipaumire is known for her brave, transnational work that investigates cultural, political, economical, and technological identities of African contemporary life. Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, during the Chipurenga Chechipiri (second war of liberation), Chipaumire probes into the heart of her homeland without restriction. Joining her is dancer Souleymane Badolo and master musician and poet Thomas Mapfumo with his band The Blacks Unlimited. For further information contact the Northrop Box Office (612-625-6600) or visit
www.northrop.umn.edu.

April 13, 2010

ASA African Night 2010

Join the African Student Association from 5-7 on Saturday, April 17, 2010 for African Night 2010, their largest event of the year. Join them in Coffman Union's "Great Hall" as they take it "back to our roots" with a night filled with talented performances and a fashion show showcasing the wonderfully diverse cultures of Africa. After the show, enjoy delicious African cuisine! Admission: FREE for all U of M students and $5 for all non-U of M students.

April 7, 2010

Diversity Through the Disciplines symposium

The Institute for Diversity Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) announces the return of Diversity Through the Disciplines, a day-long symposium showcasing the research of faculty who were awarded the President's Multicultural Faculty Research Award in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The symposium will be held on Friday, April 30th in the President's Room of the Coffman Memorial Union from 9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Seating is limited to 70 participants, so please register at your earliest convenience.

Re-named the IDEA Multicultural Research Award, these research grants exist to encourage and support research by faculty of color and to promote research on issues related to communities of color in the United States as well as abroad. The Luncheon keynote will be provided by Professor Tobin Siebers of the University of Michigan, author of Disability Theory. Lunch is provided. Seating is limited; register for the symposium here: http://www.saa.umn.edu/oed/idea/register

For a full schedule of presenters as well as future updates, check: http://www.academic.umn.edu/equity/institute.html

Please direct any questions or requests for accommodations to oedidea@umn.edu or call 612.624.0594.

March 7, 2010

From Vices to Verses: A New Era of Hip Hop & Action

From April 9 to April 11, 2010, the University of Minnesota will be hosting "From Vices to Verses," a conference featuring workshops, performances, discussions, and educational events centered around how hip hop pedagogy, activism, and culture can educate, empower and transform communities. The conference will focus on three central themes:

  • April 9: "I Used to Love H.E.R.: Bring Back the Love," exploring hip hop feminism and women's roles &mdash past, present and future &mdash in hip hop culture. Keynote speaker: hip hop activist and former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Rosa Clemente.
  • April 10: "Remixing Borders, Transcending Boundaries," focusing on using hip hop as a tool to create unity and move beyond generational, national and cultural boundaries. Keynote speaker: hip hop activist and author Bakari Kitwana.
  • April 11: "Us," focusing on hip hop's power to heal and transform individuals and communities through organizing, activism and youth engagement. Keynote speaker: educator and multidisciplinary artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

Other presenters include filmmaker Rachel Ramist, Chaka Mkali of the Hope Community Center, Sage Morgan Hubbard of Northwestern University, Ruth Nicole Brown of the University of Illinois, poet and activist Tish Jones, rapper/poet/writer Kyle "Guante" Myhre, photographer B-Fresh and many more.

Workshops on spoken word, breakdancing, drumming, MC-ing and community organizing. Come learn, celebrate and participate in contemporary hip hop culture in the Twin Cities.

On Saturday, April 10, noted Twin Cities performers Toki Wright, Maria Isa, PosNoSys, Ill Chemistry, the Tru Ruts crew and others will take over the Cabooze for a special concert.

For more information please contact Idalia Robles at 612-624-6006. Registration for the conference is free. For updates, see http://vicestoverses.blogspot.com.

February 3, 2010

2010 Martin Luther King Celebration

The University of Minnesota's 2010 Martin Luther King Celebration will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorate Black History Month with music, song, readings, and spoken word poetry. This year's event takes place from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on February 21, 2010, in the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the West Bank of the University's Twin Cities campus. The event is free and open to the public.

December 10, 2009

History Museum Fellowship Program

The Minnesota Historical Society and the College of Liberal Arts are seeking to fill 10 positions for undergraduate students who are interested in learning about careers as museum professionals or public historians. This program is designed to address the underrepresentation of individuals from communities of color and American Indian Nations in historical organizations and public history graduate programs. Participants will be chosen through a competitive application process. Applicants chosen for the program will:

  • Register for a weekly, directed studies seminar through the Department of American Studies for spring semester 2009-2010 instructed by program staff, visiting scholars, U of M faculty, and MHS professionals.
  • Receive a paid internship ($2,500) with MHS during the summer of 2010 designed to provide participants with real-world public history experience.
  • Go on a week-long, summer study tour of museums and historic sites in and around the Washington D.C. area. Participants will visit museums and network with other professionals in the museum and public history fields. Travel expenses will be paid by the program.
  • Receive follow-up mentoring from program staff regarding employment opportunities and graduate programs in museum studies and/or public history.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND AN APPLICATION, please contact program coordinator, Chris Taylor, at chris.taylor@mnhs.org

November 30, 2009

Langston Hughes event

"Juke Box Love Song: A Celebration of Langston Hughes on the 50th Anniversary of Selected Poems" will be held on Friday, December 4, at 7:00pm in Lind Hall 150. This Department of English program celebrates poet, dramatist, and novelist Langston Hughes. The department is seeking people to read Hughes' poems (or excerpts from his plays or novels) out loud in whatever language they choose &mdash maybe even one of the poems he chose not to include in Selected Poems. To sign up, email Terri at sutt0063@umn.edu. There will be food, drink, and good company.

November 13, 2009

African Student Association Red Spots series

During the month of November the African Student Association will host "Red Spots," a series of events designed to raise awareness about important issues taking place on the continent of Africa.

Fall Soccer Tournament.
Friday, November 13, 6-9pm in the Field House of the University Recreation Center (1906 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455). Proceeds of the tournament will go to Students Against Hunger.

Presentation by Oromia Student Union & Eritrean Student Association.
Wednesday, November 18, 5pm in Coffman Union room 201. OSU & ERISA will give presentations on their history and culture, and look at controversial issues affecting their peoples.

Invisible Children screening of Together We Are Free.
Wednesday, November 18, 7pm at the Oak Street Cinema (309 Oak St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455). Together We Are Free is a documentary that follows youth around the world as they call attention to the situation of child soldiers in East Africa. A panel discussion follows the screening. This event is free.

Screening of the documentary Africa Open for Business.
Tuesday, November 24, 5pm in Coffman Union room 201. "Imagine an Africa with entrepreneurial spirit that is striving to take care of itself and finding African solutions to African problems."

November 4, 2009

NOMMO African American Author Series

On Wednesday, November 11, the NOMMO African American Author Series begins its 2009-2010 season. Professor Alexs Pate hosts Ishmael Reed at 7:00 PM in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater. Ishmael Reed is a poet, publisher, editor, and author of 25 books, including Conjure, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

October 26, 2009

"For Colored Girls..." play

The U of M's Nolte Xperimental Theatre presents Ntozake Shange's 1975 stageplay For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf October 29 - November 1. This choreopoem features seven different women, nameless, each known by a different color. Stories of love, abandonment, rape, domestic violence, strength, independence, and healing are shared with the audience. October 29-Ocrtober 31 performances are held at 7:00 pm; the November 1 perfromance is at 2:00 pm. For reservations call 612.625.1876 or email thex@umn.edu.

October 14, 2009

40th Anniversary exhibit

In 1969 the University of Minnesota established the African American and American Indian Studies Departments, the second and first such departments respectively to be founded in the United States. To celebrate the anniversary of this historic event the University Libraries system has put together a display of archival materials commemorating 40 years of history. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in 120 Andersen Library. For more information see the Libraries 40th Anniversary exhibit event.

October 13, 2009

Social Justice Film Festival

Housing & Residential Life, the Social Justice Leadership Retreat, the Office of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and the Institute on Community Integration are hosting a Social Justice Film Festival on Saturday, October 24 from 10 AM until 5 PM in the Tate Physics Building. Twelve different films will be shown during the Festival with four being shown at each start time of 10 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. Folks are welcome to come for just one film or watch three throughout the day.

Most of the films are near one hour in length and all of the films will be followed by one hour of discussion facilitated by the office sponsoring the film.

To see a list of the films that includes a short description, please check out the following website: www.housing.umn.edu/filmfestival/

September 22, 2009

Poetry Reading by Niyi Osundare

The University of Minnesota's Global Spotlight Initiative is hosting a poetry reading by award-winning Nigerian poet and human rights activist Niyi Osundare on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in the University International Center, Room 101. Niyi Osundare is a prolific poet, dramatist, essayist and literary critic. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including the Commonwealth Literary Prize and the Noma Award, as well as the Fonlon/Nichols award for "excellence in literary creativity combined with significant contributions to Human Rights in Africa." Following the reading there will be a reception for Twin Cities Africanists.

September 21, 2009

BGAPSA Kick-Off BBQ

The Black Graduate and Professional Students Association (BGAPSA) presents the BGAPSA Welcome Back Kick-Off BBQ. Join BGAPSA for a chance to meet the members of the 2009-2010 Black Graduate and Professional Students Association board, students across the university, faculty, as well as folks from community organizations.

Come meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and enjoy FREE FOOD! DJ Mixwell will also be spinning hip-hop, funk, and soul at the event. Friends, family, and allies are welcome as well.

DATE: Friday, September 25, 2009
TIME: 4:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
LOCATION: University of Minnesota Riverbend Plaza (behind Coffman Union).

July 24, 2009

U of MN Dance introduces African Diasporic Movement

University of Minnesota Dance is thrilled to introduce a new dance technique track in African Diasporic Movement, with the goal of providing students a deep knowledge of dance forms of the African Diaspora, emphasizing impeccable technique practice and critical analysis.

Led by faculty members Patricia Brown and Marciano Silva dos Santos, this sequence begins with levels 1 and 2, an introduction to West African movement, centering on traditional dance and movement inspired by Africa, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora at large. Students learn to express energy through movement and discover the connection between drum and dance. During the second year, levels 3 and 4, students focus on Afro-Brazilian dance. Jumps and turns, floor work and rhythmic sections develop flexibility, strength and vocabulary in polycentric movement. A harmonious relationship between body and sound illuminates the constantly evolving dynamics of coordination, relaxation, breathing, and undulation.

Fall Semester Course Offerings:

African Diasporic Movement 1, 1 credit
DNCE 1500 Topics in Dance, Section 060, Class # 58916
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:10 - 11:40 a.m.
Barbara Barker Center for Dance
Instructor: Patricia Brown, (CCE Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient)
Prerequisites: none; 10 seats reserved for dance major students

African Diasporic Movement 3, 1 credit
DNCE 1500 Topics in Dance, Section 010, Class # 53677
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:10 - 11:40 a.m.
Barbara Barker Center for Dance
Instructor: Marciano Silva Dos Santos
Prerequisites: audition and department consent; 10 seats reserved for dance major students

To be considered for level 3, participate in the major and technique placement audition on Wednesday September 2, 2009, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Studio 100 of the Barbara Barker Center for Dance. Prior movement experience is not required to participate in the audition. Also pre-registration is not required, but please arrive by 8:30 a.m. More information on the audition process is online at dance.umn.edu/auditions.php. For more information about this curriculum sequence or University of Minnesota Dance please visit www.dance.umn.edu, call 612-624-5060 or email umdance@umn.edu.

April 14, 2009

NOMMO African American Authors series

On Thursday, April 23, the NOMMO African American Authors series concludes its 2008-2009 season. Professor Alexs Pate hosts fiction writer and cultural commentator Ntozake Shange at 7:00 PM in Cowles Auditorium (located in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center.) Ntozake Shange is author of the play for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf: a choreopoem, which won an Obie and was nominated for Tony, Grammy, and Emmy awards. Shange has also published four novels, including Pen-Faulkner nominee Indigo. Her poetry collections include: A Daughter's Geography, Nappy Edges, Ridin' the Moon in Texas, and The Space Love Demands.

April 9, 2009

The Somali Refugee Experience

Getting Here From There: The Somali Refugee Experience

April 14, 2009
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
Location: Room 25 Mondale Hall (Law School)
Cost: Free and open to the public.

From the refugee camps of Dadaab, Kenya to Libya, Malta, and the European mainland, Somali refugees have faced and continue to face harrowing journeys as they search for a better life, journeys that include detention, discrimination, and even torture. The Somali Documentary Project is recording the stories of the Somali Diaspora as they happen, not only for historical record, but also to encourage action on important human rights issues raised by this wave of migration. Join the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Center for an evening of advocacy, discussion, and stories. Dinner will be served.

February 28, 2009

Nation of Immigrants?

When people claim that America is a nation of immigrants, what do they mean? At 7:00 PM on Friday, March 6, 2009, artists of color and indigenous poets from Minnesota respond. This free event in room 120 of the University of Minnesota's Andersen Library will feature short performances by Marcie Rendon, Juliana Hu Pegues, Titiana Ormaza, Ibe Kaba, Preeti Kaur, Lorena Duarte, Tish Jones, Diego Vazquez, and Charlotte Albrecht, and include a special presentation by the Immigrant Freedom Network.

February 1, 2009

NOMMO Author Series: John Edgar Wideman

On Thursday, February 5, 7:00 P.M. at the University of Minnesota Cowles Auditorium, AA&AS professor Alexs Pate discusses the state of the art of African American literature with John Edgar Wideman, the author of more than 18 books of fiction and nonfiction. Wideman was the first writer to win the PEN/Faulkner Award twice, in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. His memoir Brothers and Keepers received a National Book Critics Circle nomination, and his memoir Fatheralong was a finalist for the National Book Award. In addition, he has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Foundation Fellowship for Fiction, and the MacArthur grant. Wideman's articles on Malcolm X, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Eminem, Thelonious Monk, and others have appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, Esquire, Emerge, and The New York Times Magazine. Wideman is on the faculty of the African Studies Department of Brown University. The NOMMO African American Author Series is sponsored by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the Friends of the University Libraries.

January 6, 2009

From Every Voice concert

The University of Minnesota's annual "From Every Voice" concert commemorating Martin Luther King Day will be held on February 22, 2009. This year's concert features the a cappella group Take 6.

October 20, 2008

The Obama Effect conference

From his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention to his nomination for the presidency, Senator Barack Obama has challenged conventional wisdom about race, politics, media, and generation. Participants at the October 23-25, 2008 The Obama Effect conference will discuss the compelling issues and events that have surrounded Obama's campaign. Keynote speeches will be given by Professor Joe Feagin (Texas A&M University), and immigration lawyer and media commentator Sheela Murthy.

October 13, 2008

Memories of 1963 in the 2008 Presidential Election

"Memories of 1963 in the 2008 Presidential Election: Barack Obama and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement"
Thursday, October 16, 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Weisman Art Museum.
Presented by Professor Kirt H. Wilson

The 2008 election season has witnessed the return of the oratorical presidential candidate in the form of Barack Obama. The content, style, and impact of his speeches have inspired some to compare his rhetoric with that of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In his presentation, Wilson examines how Obama builds upon the civil rights traditions of speech performance, how Obama's speeches sustain a particular memory of the civil rights movement, and how his rhetoric creates political "change" in the present.

World Food Day

World Food Day is on Thursday, October 16. A World Food Day Teleconference can be viewed in the Rarig Center's Studio C. The theme of the 2008 teleconference is "Choices for a Warm and Hungry Planet."

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 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.

June 30, 2008

Updated CFP: "The Obama Effect"

Call for Papers:
"The Obama Effect"
October 23-25, 2008
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Now that he has become the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party ticket, Barack Obama has challenged conventional wisdom about race, politics, media, and generation. In this historic election year, it is imperative for scholars and professionals in a wide variety of disciplines to reflect upon the potential effects of Obama on: American and global public opinion; party politics; voter participation; media representations; international relations; religious discourses; and constructions of racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender identities.

This conference invites papers from scholars and professionals working from different perspectives on the phenomenon of presumptive Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama's political career. Our goal is to create a conference that will showcase various and interdisciplinary approaches to the "Obama Effect" to provide participants with a multi-faceted view of the past year's campaign and its potential effects on a wide range of social arenas.

Essays and research papers from scholars, journalists, political consultants, community activists, and others are desired. Accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in an edited collection. We are particularly interested in receiving papers that address recent developments in the campaign, and seeing papers on the following topics:

  • Michelle Obama and/or her marriage to Obama
  • Obama's family relationships
  • Young people and the election
  • Hate-group websites and reactions to Obama
  • Mixed race identity
  • International responses to Obama's candidacy
  • Perspectives from Latina/os, Asian Americans, and Native Americans
  • Religion
  • Recent speeches/responses from other candidates

Abstracts must be emailed no later than July 18th.

Contact for abstracts or questions:
Dr. Catherine Squires
Cowles Chair for Journalism, Diversity & Equality
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Murphy Hall 111
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0418
squir050@umn.edu

May 7, 2008

Call for Papers: "The Obama Effect"

Call for Papers:
"The Obama Effect"
October 23-25, 2008
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Since he stepped into the national political spotlight at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has challenged conventional wisdom about race, politics, media, and generation. In this historic election year, it is imperative for scholars and professionals in a wide variety of disciplines to reflect upon the potential effects of Mr. Obama on: American and global public opinion; party politics; voter participation; media representations; international relations; religious discourses; and constructions of racial, sexual, and gender identities.

This conference invites papers from scholars and professionals working from different perspectives on the phenomenon of Senator Obama's political career. Our goal is to create a conference that will showcase various and interdisciplinary approaches to the "Obama Effect" to provide participants with a multi-faceted view of the past year's campaign and its potential effects on a wide range of social arenas.

Submissions from fields such as: history, media studies, journalism, communication studies, political science, philosophy, social justice, African American Studies, ethnic studies, American Studies, sociology, law are welcome. Essays from professional journalists, political consultants, community organizers, and others are also desired.

In a time of rhetorical flourishes and cantankerous punditry, we must also be cautious and circumspect in our analyses of the effects and repercussions of the 2008 campaign. We are also obliged to look back, and scrutinize recent as well as distant histories of politics, race, ethnicity, and culture, to contextualize this moment. At the same time, we should ponder what changes we might expect, and what changes may be too farfetched, in the midst of heady talk auguring Mr. Obama as an agent of radical social transformation.

Submissions should be completed papers (20-25 pages) or extended abstracts (3-5 pages) for works in progress. Works in progress submissions should provide evidence that the paper will be completed by the date of the conference. Papers that are selected for the conference will also be included in a proposal for an edited volume.

Papers should be postmarked no later than June 6th. Applicants should send three (3) paper copies of their paper or extended abstract to:

Dr. Catherine Squires
Cowles Chair for Journalism, Diversity & Equality
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Murphy Hall 111
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0418
squir050@umn.edu

Participants will be notified of paper's status no later than July 30th.

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 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

March 21, 2008

Changing Demographics lecture and discussion

On April 17th the Office for Equity and Diversity will host a Sesquicentennial Lecture: "Changing Demographics: Snapshots of a New Minnesota and a New America." AA&AS professor Rose Brewer will be one of the speakers, highlighting findings from her book, The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide, that clearly indicate the persistence of an economic color line in 21st century America.

March 12, 2008

Chat with Suzan-Lori Parks

SIT DOWN & CHAT WITH SUZAN-LORI PARKS!

Calling all undergraduate students interested in meeting a Pulitzer Prize- and Obie- winning playwright: Topdog/Underdog and Venus author Suzan-Lori Parks will join undergraduates at 9:00 am on March 27 for an informal question and answer session at the Rarig Center. Parks will talk and read from her work at 7:30 pm, March 26, in Ted Mann Concert Hall, and students are very much encouraged to attend that free event as well. NOTE: If you are an undergraduate student and would like to meet one of American theater's brightest lights, please RSVP to Terri Sutton at sutt0063@umn.edu or call 612.626.1528.

March 9, 2008

Black Paris seminar (extended deadline)

In May, Professor Trica Keaton will lead a Global Seminar in Paris, France. The application deadline has been extended to March 17, 2008, and a $500 scholarship will be offered to each admitted student.

Paris is considered one of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world, and for over three centuries, diverse African American artists, intellectuals, musicians, writers, and everyday people have pursued various dreams in the "City of Light," particularly when denied opportunities in the U.S. African Americans are often held up as evidence of racial tolerance in France, even as the lived-experiences of other African diasporic peoples have challenged that very representation and the principles of inclusion upon which it is built. Through stimulating reading, workshops, tours, guest lectures, films, and residence in Paris, this seminar will acquaint you with the life, adventures, and times of those who comprise "Black Paris," as we seek to explore the many questions and paradoxes specific to the African diaspora in this fascinating and complex global city.

The application deadline for this seminar has been extended to March 17, 2008, and a $500 scholarship will be offered to each admitted student.

February 22, 2008

BSU dinner with Bobby Seale

The Black Student Union is hosting a dinner with Bobby Seale at 6:00 on February 27. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for faculty/staff and the general public. Contact bsu@umn.edu for more information.

February 18, 2008

SHEROES panel

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.

SHEROES:

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

February 8, 2008

forum on the mortgage crisis in north Minneapolis

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:

  • increased understanding of local programs and projects
  • greater recognition of how the crisis impacts lives
  • awareness of opportunities for community/university collaborations and leveraging of resources to achieve change
  • increased knowledge of the history of housing ownership in north Minneapolis
  • greater understanding that north Minneapolis is a microcosm of national trends that adversely impact communities of color
  • identification of research gaps
  • discussion of possible strategies to strengthen and enhance existing policy and social interventions
  • increased awareness of legal challenges
  • formulation of an action agenda

For more information, contact Irma McClaurin, Executive Director, Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center, University of Minnesota, imcclaur@umn.edu, 612.624.2798.


February 4, 2008

NOMMO African American Authors series

On Thursday, February 7, the NOMMO African American Authors series kicks off. Professor Alexs Pate hosts fiction writer and cultural commentator Randall Kenan at 7:30 PM in Cowles Auditorium (located in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center.)

January 27, 2008

Black Paris global seminar

In May, Professor Trica Keaton will lead a Global Seminar in Paris, France:

Paris is considered one of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world, and for over three centuries, diverse African American artists, intellectuals, musicians, writers, and everyday people have pursued various dreams in the "City of Light," particularly when denied opportunities in the U.S. African Americans are often held up as evidence of racial tolerance in France, even as the lived-experiences of other African diasporic peoples have challenged that very representation and the principles of inclusion upon which it is built. Through stimulating reading, workshops, tours, guest lectures, films, and residence in Paris, this seminar will acquaint you with the life, adventures, and times of those who comprise "Black Paris," as we seek to explore the many questions and paradoxes specific to the African diaspora in this fascinating and complex global city.

January 11, 2008

The Wiz

The University of Minnesota Theatre will perform The Wiz in April of 2008 under the artistic team of director Dominic Taylor, assistant director T. Mychael Rambo, musical director Sanford Moore, and choreographer Uri Sands. This tour de force artistic team will explore Oz like never before, leading a cast comprised of students from many disciplines throughout the University.

WHAT: The Wiz
WHEN: April 11-19, 2008
WHO: University of Minnesota's Department of Theatre Arts and Dance students under the direction of Dominic Taylor, with T. Mychael Rambo, musical direction by Sanford Moore, and choreography by Uri Sands.
WHERE: Rarig Center's Stoll Thrust Theatre, West Bank Arts Quarter, University of Minnesota. 330 21st Ave. S, Minneapolis
TICKETS: $12 - $17 and $2 at the door. U of M Arts Ticket Office 612.624.2345.

THE TRADITION OF OZ
Through the trials and tribulations of Dorothy, The Wiz tells a tale of finding one's place in the world. The universal themes of courage, intelligence, love, and the importance of home are personal journeys that each character takes on their own. Even while the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy all travel together, their journey is one of finding what each are missing as individuals: a heart, a brain, courage, and a home.

The University Theatre is proud to be a part of the long history of The Wiz. In 1975 The Wiz opened and ran for 1,672 performances on Broadway. Two subsequent national tours and one big-budget/big star film adaptation later, The Wiz became known for its electric musical score and its all African American cast, which was a first for Broadway. More than 30 years later, The Wiz is poised for a possible return to Broadway with the recent success of the Los Angeles based Ja Jolla Playhouse's re-imagining of the tale, and an overwhelming renewed interest in the Land of Oz.

Despite the many adaptations of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the heart of the story remains the same. Wherever Oz may be to you -- whether as a new student at the University of Minnesota, in a new job, or the deserts of Iraq -- if you believe in yourself, you can always find home.

TICKET/PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
The Wiz runs April 11th - 19th, 2008, at the Rarig Center's Stoll Thrust Theatre in the University of Minnesota's West Bank Arts Quarter. For ticket information, call the University Arts Ticket Office at 612.624.2345 or visit the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.. For group sales information, call 612.625.8878. For additional information please contact Sean M. Nolan at utheatre@umn.edu or call 612.625.4001.

November 16, 2007

"People of Color in the Media" class

Professor Catherine Squires is offering a new course in the spring:
People of Color in the Media.

eNow! presentation: "Weird" Englishes

November 19, 2:30 PM, 207A Lind Hall

eNow! presents "Weird" Englishes:

English associate professor Evelyn Ch'ien will address the question "Is English Getting Weirder?" with special reference to novelist Junot Diaz. Visiting professor Steven Winduo will read his poems in the Tokpisin Pidgin language. And Linguistics and Cognitive Science graduate student Ellen Lucast will present "What Do You Know? Theory of Mind in Communication."

Professor Ch'ien is the author of Weird English (Harvard, 2004). She is working on another book linking contemporary forms of artistic expression such as hip hop with the evolution of language. Winduo lectures in literature and language at the University of Papua New Guinea. He has published two poetry collections: Lomo'ha I am, In Sprit's Voice I Call(1991), and Hembemba: Rivers of the Forest(2000). Lucast's research interests range from patterns in linguistic sound systems to the theories behind conversational interaction.

Refreshments will be seved!

November 15, 2007

movie premiere

The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the Institute on Community Integration will premiere the movie Higher Ground, from award-winning film producer, Jerry Smith.

Date: Thursday, November 15
Place: Mary McEvoy Room (325 Education Sciences Building)
Time: 2:30 p.m.

Synopis: When Hurricane Katrina struck the city of New Orleans on August 29, 2005, hundreds of people with developmental disabilities were displaced. Roads were severely crowded or impassable. Cell phones didn't work. Many didn't know where their family members were. And yet direct support professionals stayed with those they supported and made sure everyone evacuated to higher ground. For months, these dedicated women and men, working long hours for low pay, put others before themselves, providing care and support with improvised resources.

For more information about Jerry Smith and The Research and Training Center on Community Living, visit RTC Media.

October 24, 2007

UMore Park campus forums

The university community is invited to upcoming campus forums on November 8 and 9 to discuss a University of Minnesota vision for a vibrant, culturally rich, sustainable community of 20,000 to 30,000 people that leverages the University's academic mission strengths. Consider ways that research, teaching and learning, and public engagement -- especially as they relate to education, energy, the environment, transportation, health and interdisciplinary opportunities, such as arts and culture, housing and other issues -- can improve quality of life for citizens, the new community and the broader region.

The University has initiated a concept master planning process to guide the development of a new community on 5,000 acres of University-owned property in Dakota County. Currently called the University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park, the new community is being developed through a charge by the University's Board of Regents. Development will occur over 25 to 30 years. See the UMore Park website for information on the vision and planning process.

Campus forum dates/places:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., North Star Ballroom, 2nd Floor, St. Paul Campus Student Center, St. Paul campus.
  • Friday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., The Theater, 1st Floor, Coffman Memorial Union, Minneapolis campus.

Please confirm your attendance by registering on the website at the campus forums website. Forum agendas, drafts of the six task force reports, and related information can also be viewed at this site.

October 19, 2007

10/24 film event: The Devil Came on Horseback

Film Event: The Devil Came on Horseback
With author Brian Steidle

Date: October 24, 2007
Place: Room 25, University of Minnesota Law School
Time: 6:30PM (reception), 7:00PM (film)

Marine Captain Brian Steidle is an unlikely hero. Not because he isn't brave; he has shown courage under fire. But Steidle's accomplishment is entirely unexpected; he is a soldier who is learning to change the world through peaceful means.

The subject is Darfur. The journey takes places over the course of 18 months. Steidle went to Sudan as an unarmed military observer working for the African Union. He left as a witness to what many believe is genocide in the western Darfur region, a conflict that has claimed 400,000 lives and displaced 2.5 million people. In the transformation from soldier to observer to witness and activist, we see a man at first confounded by his naivete and the confronted by the urgency of a humanitarian catastrophe that he sees unfolding firsthand.

An everyman figure, Steidle is initially unequipped to absorb the horror around him. Like many, he would rather not engage with something so incomprehensible and terrible. But he does, and Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern's (co-directors of the award winning documentary The Trials of Darryl Hunt) astonishing film journeys from Darfur to the United States, then to Chad, Rwanda, and finally the United States again. His odyssey becomes ours as the more than 1,000 photographs he took become evidence of a crisis that cannot be denied.

The Law School is located at 229 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455. This event is sponsored by the Human Rights Center, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Minnesota International Center. For more information please contact the Human Rights Center at humanrts@umn.edu or 612-626-0041.

October 3, 2007

"The World Is My Home-The Life Of Paul Robeson"

On October 3, 2007 the Black Student Union is hosting a play. Here is an announcement:

Theatre enthusiasts, history buffs, faculty, staff, students and community members, The University of Minnesota Black Student Union would like to remind you and cordially invite you to Stogie Kenyatta's Acclaimed One Man Show, "The World Is My Home-The Life Of Paul Robeson." The play is (Today) Wednesday October 3rd at 7:00PM in Coffman Theatre and it is totally free.

Paul Robeson was a multi-lingual American actor, athlete, Socialist, bass-baritone concert singer, writer, civil rights activist, Fellow traveler, Spingarn Medal winner, a Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, and a Stalin Peace Prize laureate. Kenyatta travels all across the country doing this show about the life of the great Paul Robeson. This event is completely FREE and you will leave amazed. Don't pass up this FREE grade A performance!!!

Please let your students, colleagues, and friends know about tonight's performance as it is a chance to learn about American History and enjoy fine theatre.

September 17, 2007

African history search

The History Department has a faculty position open in African history. More information and application instructions can be found at the top of the History Department faculty searches page.

September 4, 2007

first week of classes

Have a question while walking around campus during the first week of classes (September 4-7)? Stop a person wearing an "Ask Me!" sticker or button! If you are a campus veteran, pick up a sticker at one of three locations:

  • Coffman Union - Gopher Express and Student Activities Office
  • St. Paul Student Center - Information Desk
  • West Bank Skyway - Information Desk/Postal Station