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The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen to familiarize the American public about Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.
The Libraries will sponsor three events in 2013. The first event (a screening and discussion of "Prince Among Slaves") was April 8. There will be two more events during the Fall 2013 semester. Watch the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf and the Diversity Outreach Calender website for updates on upcoming events.
Transforming Our Institutions: Advancing Inclusive Excellence Among Faculty in Higher Education
April 14-16, 2013
The University of Minnesota is pleased to announce the sixth biennial Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium. We invite you to join us as we gather to engage cross-disciplinary theories, rigorous scholarship, and innovative practices to advance conceptual, empirical, and practical work to develop, recruit, and retain faculty of color.
Friday April 26, 2013
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Diversity through the Disciplines is a annual symposium showcasing the research of faculty who have received an Multicultural Research Award (formally President's Faculty Multicultural Research Award) from the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA).IDEA annually invites proposals for research that addresses issues related to its mission "to transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship that addresses urgent social issues." This initiative is one of several within IDEA that seeks to strengthen community and networking among scholars and researchers on campus. Since 1996 more than 1.5 million dollars have been awarded to140 recipients through the Multicultural Research Award. Diversity through the Disciplines is one way in which IDEA and faculty recipients share their research findings.
February is Black History Month
Black Men (and Women) Reading
Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, 1313 Penn Avenue N, Minneapolis. Sponsored by UMN College of Education and Human Development, Department of Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning
The 23rd National African American Read-In
February 1 - 29
In February 2012, you may hold an African American Read-In event any day of the month. For participation information visit http://www.ncte.org/action/aari/packetinfo
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of English.
African American Read-In and Moore Black Press Present Detroit Poet Legacy Leonard
February 1, 6:30 Р 8:00 pm, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, 1313 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis. Detroit native, writer, performance poet and activist Chantay Legacy Leonard premiers her first book. This exciting evening will feature a riveting poetry performance from Leonard, from her new book titled, I Have Come Forth by Day: A Woman's Evolution, is heartfelt collection of poems that cope with the struggles, lessons, and triumphs of self discovery, growing into womanhood, finding love and evolving humanity. Leonard, is one of the founding members of the literary and performance group, Black Ink Collective and serves as the Vice President of Strange Fruits, Inc. a national all woman non-profit arts and performance collective. Leonard's passion for women's expression and development is an inspiration to her book. Leonard has commanded stages with poetic icons - The Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, and others. She has performed at numerous colleges and universities, festivals, and showcases. Hosted by Thornton (T.J.) Jones and Ezra Hyland http://mooreblackpress.com/
Black Student Union Annual Black History Month Kick-Off
February 1, 7:00 Р 9:00 pm, UMN Coffman Union Theater
Successful Parenting in the Black Community from Birth to Adulthood
February 3, 8:30 am Р 12:00 pm, Metropolitan State University, Auditorium, 700 East 7th Street,
St. Paul. Presenters: Harriett Copher Haynes, Ph.D.; Willie Garrett, M.S., LP, Ed.D.; Bill Allen, Ph.D.; and Willie Winston, Ph.D.
Historically, African American parents raised
healthy and successful children. Today's "at risk
kids" are a modern phenomenon, a result of social changes in the United
States. Black parents raised successful children despite
ever present negative influences both internal and external to their
communities. Today, successful black parents are
virtually invisible in the media, but offer key strategies for helping all
families to raise resilient children. A panel of professionals will present on successful parenting from childhood to
adulthood. Topics will include the characteristics of healthy black families,
raising resilient children, identifying gifted black children, working with
interracial families, adopted and adult children. Sponsored by Minnesota Psychological Association
Givens First Fridays Series, Character of the Collector: African American Literature Collections
February 3, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, UMN Andersen Library, Room 120
The Givens Collection of African American Literature will commemorate Black History Month by examining the character of the collector. What animates the passions of the collector of African American literature? A need to document the achievements and impact of African Americans? To celebrate African American culture? A love of black books? A recent gift of rare African American literature, donated in honor of Penumbra founder and UMN theater professor Lou Bellamy, will be explored to answer these questions. Sponsored by UMN Libraries, Givens Collections of African American Literature
Opening of Givens Exhibit, "Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books"
February 6 - April 20, UMN Andersen Library
Sponsored by UMN Libraries, Givens Collections of African American Literature
NOMMO African American Authors Series: Elizabeth Alexander
February 8, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, UMN Humphrey School, Cowles Auditorium
Sponsored by UMN Libraries, Givens Collections of African American Literature
Best known for
composing and delivering President Barack Obama's inaugural poem "Praise
Song for the Day," Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright,
and teacher. Alexander has published five books of poems, including American
Sublime, which was listed on the American Library Association's 2006
"Notable Books of the Year" and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
that same year. Her first young adult collection (co-authored with Marilyn
Nelson), Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color,
received the 2008 Connecticut Book Award. Her two collections of essays are The
Black Interior and Power and Possibility, and her play, Diva Studies was
produced at the Yale School of Drama. She has also composed words for musical
projects with composers Elana Ruehr and Lewis Spratlan.
Black Books Panel Discussion: "Walter Mosley Black Writer"
February 9, 7:00 pm, Rondo Library, 461 Dale Street North, St. Paul
Panelists: Nothando Zulu, Davu Seru, Ezra Hyland and Arleta Little
February 15, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, UMN McNamara Alumni Center, Room 655 West (6th Floor)
Sponsored by UMN Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Learn how to incorporate equity and diversity into position descriptions, job performance, and other aspects of your everyday work.
Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha 1st Annual Oratorical Contest
February 16, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, UMN Coffman Union, President's Room
Discussion and Signing by Ezra Hyland: By Any Means Necessary--Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented Critical Conversations on Manning Marable's Biography of Malcolm X
February 21, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, UMN Coffman Union Bookstore
Includes writings by: by Haki Madhubuti, Maulana Karenga, Sonia Sanchez, and more
Black Student Union Black History Month Game Show
February 21, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, location to be determined. Hosted by Atif Lanier
Black Art Jeopardy
February 23, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Hosmer Community Library, 347 East 36th Street, Minneapolis
Sponsored by Obsidian Arts and co-sponsored by UMN Libraries, Givens Collections of African American Literature
Sigma Science Fair
February 25, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, UMN St. Paul Student Center
Students will compete for $1, 000 and $500 scholarships at a Science Fair hosted by the Sigma Charitable Foundation of Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. This event is designed to provide knowledge and awareness of the contributions of people of color to fields relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Local high school juniors and seniors of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Public, Private, Charter, and home schooled students are all eligible.
Thirty participants will be selected for participation by a small committee including judges and members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated based on creativity of project and display, relevance to the theme (Black History Month), as well as eligibility & adherence to the rules of the science fair. Scholarship winners will receive special trophies from Crown Trophy (http://www.crowntrophy.com/) to go along with their scholarship and sponsors of winning students will receive awards as recognition for participation in the success of this event.
According to an article that was recently published *African American and Latino people make up just 12% of the science and technology workforce. Black History Month has been observed since 1976 as a way to recall and commemorate the achievements and history of Americans of African descent. Its origins are found in what was originally known as Negro History Week, established in the 1920s through the efforts of several African American scholars. Since we live in an era where Black and African American Students often demonstrate disinterest in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics what better way to celebrate this occasion than by paying homage and bringing awareness to the contributions of African Americans in STEM fields? Scientists like George Washington Carver, Mathematicians and Physicists like Ronald E. Mickens, and Engineers like Mae C. Jemison will all be honored with the presentation of projects that display passion, creativity, and commitment to fields of STEM and African American influences thereof.
This is an all age's event open to the public meant to inform, entertain, as well as uplift the youth of the great state of Minnesota. This is also a call to action for local corporations businesses and educational institutions to invest in the next generation of leaders. Sponsor a Scientist: $200 gives students an opportunity to earn a small book scholarship while demonstrating an investment in the success of the youth in our community. Other sponsorship opportunities include "Carver" or "Quantum" level sponsorship; The Sigma Charitable Foundation asks that your organization assist in reaching goals by sponsoring a number of students who might have the opportunity to change a paradigm in this state that claims African American and Black youth do not achieve academic or professional success as often as the majority in fields of STEM. Your donation is tax deductible.
Please mail your application or contribution to:
Zeta Nu Sigma | BHMSF
P.O. Box 65155
St. Paul, MN 55165 - 0155
Please make your check or money order payable to: Urban Instituted of Service and Learning. Each sponsor will be recognized on the event program and if a sponsored project wins a scholarship that sponsor will be recognized with a plaque.
University of Minnesota Jazz Festival Concert
February 25, 7:30 Р 9:30 pm, UMN Ted Mann Concert Hall
A concert featuring the U of M Jazz Ensembles and special guests the Hornheads:
- provides a one hour orientaiton session for the International Student Orientation Program*
- represent the libraries at the ISSS resource fair during the International Student Seminar: Succeeding at the U
- developed brochures as an intro to the libraries in English, Chinese, and Korean**
- created a libdata page for liaisons to link to - http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=3692
- host events during International Education Week
*All participants of the International Student Orientation Program received the English version of the brochure.
**To get copies of the brochures, please contact Jody Gray.
Join Professor David Wilkins as he discusses the legacy of Deloria and Adams, and their importance not only as the key intellects of the Indigenous political legal movement in the 20th century, but also their continued relevance and importance for today's students.
Friday November 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Circle of Indigenous Nations
Appleby Hall Room 322
Lunch provided by Holy Land
Sponsored by the Circle of Indigenous Nations, The Office for Equity and Diversity, Department of American Indian Studies, Law School, and University Libraries.
David E. Wilkins: Professor David E. Wilkins holds the McKnight Presidential Professorship in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has adjunct appointments in Political Science, Law, and American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill in 1990. Wilkins' research and teaching interests include indigenous politics and governance, federal Indian policy and law, comparative politics, and diplomacy and constitutional development.
A conversation with and reading by notable African American authors, exploring their work and thoughts on the state of the art of African American literature. All events hosted by Alexs Pate, University of Minnesota professor and author ofAmistad.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Percival Everett is the author of nearly twenty novels, three collections of short fiction, and two volumes of poetry, including the recent collection Swimming Swimmers Swimming. Among his novels are Assumption and I Am Not Sidney Poitier, which won the Believer Book Award. Everett is also the recipient of the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the Academy Award from an American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, The Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize, the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, and a New American Writing Award. His stories have been included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Short Stories. He has served as a judge for, among others, the 1997 National Book Award for fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1991. He teaches fiction writing and critical theory and is currently Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.
Time, Location, & Tickets
7:00 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Tickets are $15 each or $25 for the series.
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Complimentary tickets for members of the Givens Foundation and the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries and for U of M students (limit two) are available by phone (612-624-2345) only.
Monday, June 13, 2011
12:00 pm, bring your lunch at 11:30 am
Room S30B, Wilson Library
What do you mean by diversity? A Discussion. In this session, Jody Gray, University of Minnesota Libraries' Diversity Outreach Librarian, will provide an overview of how the Office for Equity and Diversity's Framework for Transforming the University has influenced the work done on behalf of the University Libraries' and how it affects the broader campus community. On a practical note, what we mean in the Libraries' when we talk about diversity outreach will be discussed. Members of the Diversity Collaborative will also be in attendance to discuss the current trends, tools, and tips that can be applied to our work in diversity.
Incorporating Universal Design Principles in the Development, Delivery, and Assessment of Your Instruction
Sponsored by the Diversity Outreach Collaborative and the Information Literacy Collaborative
- Susan A. Aase, J.D., M.S.Ed., Outreach Coordinator, Disability Services
- Ilene D. Alexander, PhD, Teaching Consultant, Center for Teaching and Learning
- Tim Kamenar, M.S., Disability Specialist, Disability Services
- Kate Martin, M.A., Teaching Consultant, Center for Teaching and Learning
Incorporating Universal Design principles promotes more learning, for more students, while increasing instructor satisfaction. The focus of the workshop, therefore, is the application of these design principles through discussion, guided activities, and practical application to the participant?s work.
Workshop objectives include:
- Establish a baseline understanding of Universal Design and how it generally applies to instruction.
- Link the principles of Universal Design to practices in design and delivery of courses, workshops, instructional resources or tools.
- Apply a Universal Design framework to the assessment and next-stage planning related to the participant?s work.
Workshop outcomes include:
- Participants will leave with strategies for incorporating principles of Universal Design into their work.
- Participants will be able to create a timeline for applying Universal Design to their work.
- Participants will be able to develop a plan for assessing their work that incorporates Universal Design principles.
The final film in the 2011 AICH Film Series is The Way of the Warrior.
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time: 5:30pm refreshments served, 6:00 pm film starts
Location: Bell Museum of Natural History Auditorium
AICH proudly presents a Q & A with Jim Northrup, who appears in the film.
Jim Northrup, Anishinaabe, writes a syndicated column, Fond du Lac Follies, which is distributed in the The Circle, The Native American Press, and News From Indian Country. Fond du Lac Follies was named Best Column at the 1999 Native American Journalists Association convention. In 1990-1992, Jim worked as a roster artist for the COMPAS Writer in the Schools Program. He has been a Mentor in the Loft Inroads Program, a Judge for the Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Series and The Jerome Fellowship, and a Member of the Minnesota State Arts Board Prose Panel. Jim also has given radio commentaries on the Superior Radio Network, National Public Radio, Fresh Air Radio, and the BBC-Scotland.
Jim Northrup visit is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity and the University Libraries.