April 20, 2007

Events April 23rd-26th

April 23rd-26th


Take Action against sexual assault! You can learn about ways to end sexual assault in your community! At this event, enter your idea of how you will effectively prevent violence to win the grand prize of an iPod Nano, gift certificates from UDS and Chipotle, or First Avenue concert tickets concert tickets for First Avenue

11:00am-2:00pm each day
April 23rd & 24th @ St. Paul Student Center
April 25th & 26th @ Coffman Union

Both events are free!

April 17, 2007

4/26 Scholarly/Activist Talk: Judith/Jack Halberstam

6:30 to 8pm

Room 125
Nolte Center for Continuing Education
Minneapolis Campus

Halberstam examines the narrative and visual transbiological leaps that we have made in our understandings of terms like heterosexuality and homosexuality, male and female, and individual and community in an age of artificial insemination, transsexuality, and cloning. Halberstam proposes that popular culture has already imagined multiple alternatives to male and female, masculine and feminine, family and individuality, and that contemporary popular culture, specifically horror film and animation, can provide rich archives for an alternative politics of embodiment, reproduction, and non-reproduction. It is important to imagine such alternatives if only because the "transbiological" is all too often absorbed into new formulations of the same old notions of kinship, relationality and love. In other words, while it is true that reproduction and kinship relations become more and more obviously artificial, the concept of the "human" tends to absorb the critique that inevitably follows of the natural and it does so because we reinvest so vigorously and so frequently in the scaffolding that props up our flailing humanity. Judith/Jack Halberstam is Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.

This talk is sponsored by the Global Sexualities Research Collaborative of the Institute for Advanced Study and the Transgender Commission

Institute for Advanced Study, 612-626-5054

4/27 Scholarly Event: 'Spanish, Spanglish, and Other Latino Language Varieties: Challenging the English Only Paradigm in the USA'

4 to 7pm

Room 5
Blegen Hall
Minneapolis Campus

rofessor Ana Celia Zentella, anthropological linguist at the University of California, San Diego, will present the third lecture in the series: English Only? Assessing the Many Varieties of English in the United States.

Professor Zentella is nationally recognized for her studies of US Latino varieties of Spanish and English, bilingualism, "Spanglish", language socialization, and language policy. Her linguistic ethnography, Growing up Bilingual: Puerto Rican children in New York City (Blackwell 1997) won the 1998 Book Prize of the British Association of Applied Linguists and the 1998 Book Award of the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists. For her scholarship and activism on behalf of Puerto Rican language and culture, Professor Zentella was honored with a "Foremother's Award" at the conference on Women and the Legacy of The People of Puerto Rico into the Twenty-first Century (University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, Oct. 1, 1998). Professor Zentella's recent research involves a quantified sociolinguistic analysis of interdialectal contact, based on an analysis of pronoun use in six varieties of Spanish in NYC (Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, Colombian, Ecuadorian, and Mexican).

Professor Zentella's lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with University of Minnesota experts from the Departments of Anthropology, Chicano Studies, English, the Program in Linguistics, and the School of Education.


4/26 Scholarly Event: "The Nagging Jewish Mother" Lecture

7:30 to 9:30pm

A colossal figure, intensely involved in the lives of her children, the Jewish mother is one of the best-known figures in popular culture. This talk investigates the reasons behind the caricature's enduring (un)popularity, and explains its continuing---more positive--reinventions. Joyce Antler, Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture, Brandeis University, author of You Never Call! You Never Write! A History of the Jewish Mother. Lecture Series made possible by ROBERT AND JANET SABES, SABES FAMILY FOUNDATION This event is also co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women: Greater Minneapolis Section; Brandeis Women; Women's Philanthropy of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation; Hadassah of the Upper Midwest

Center for Jewish Studies Community Lecture Series
Room B'Nai Emet Cong. 3115 Ottawa Ave S, St. Louis Park
Off Campus

Center for Jewish Studies, 612-624-4914

4/21 Scholarly Event: New Directions in Latin American Feminism


8am to 5pm
Room 125
Nolte Center for Continuing Education
Minneapolis Campus

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota cordially invites you to join faculty and graduate students for a one-day workshop to discuss the new challenges and new directions that the pluralities of feminisms are taking today in the Americas and how are these challenges are shaping new theoretical approaches. Participants will engage in dialogue with four distinguished guest panelists and with each other as we address recent perspectives on feminist cultural theory in/about Latin America and discuss the new directions that Latin American(ist) feminisms are taking or need to take in the re-articulation of feminist practices. Sara Castro-Klar?n, Johns Hopkins University; Jean Franco, Columbia University; Amy Kaminsky, University of Minnesota; Cynthia Tompkins, Arizona State University

Contact: for more information

Activist Event: Clothing Swap

uesday, April 17, 2007
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bring all the clothes that you never wear anymore and exchange them for "new" clothes. This can include scarves/hats, purses, belts and shoes, etc. Even if you find stuff that doesn?t fit- you can use our fancy sewing machine and make it fit! And this is not just for women, men can come too! Snacks and a good time guaranteed!!!
Cost: Free!

Room 202
Coffman Memorial Union
Minneapolis Campus


Science On Screen Event: Selling Sickness

Selling Sickness
Thursday, April 19, 2007
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This documentary film examines the consequences of aggressive drug marketing through the story of "Deb", who had never heard of social anxiety disorder until she saw an ad for Paxil on TV. She diagnosed herself and started taking the drug because she was getting nervous at job interviews. Now, she can't live without the drug, and has joined a lawsuit against its manufacturer. Dr David Healy comments on the potential risks of mass marketing medicines. (52 minutes)

$7, $5 students, seniors and museum members

Room Auditorium
Bell Museum of Natural History
Minneapolis Campus

Bell Museum of Natural History 10 Church St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 612-624-7083

Artistic Event: A Women's Journey with Cancer

Nancy Manahan and Becky Bohan
Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully: A Journey with Cancer and Beyond

Friday, April 27, 7 p.m at

Amazon Feminist Bookstore
4755 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis 55407

When diagnosed with breast cancer, Diane Manahan decided to share her entire journey openly. A professor of nursing, married to a doctor trained in both conventional and holistic medicine, Diane integrated complementary therapies with orthodox cancer treatments. She enjoyed a full, vibrant life for the next five years. This inspiring story describes her cancer years and extraordinary death at home and ends with a glimpse of Diane's ongoing journey as friends tell of comforting lessons offered by her enduring spirit. A supplemental guide at the end of the book offers practical suggestions for dealing with a life-threatening illness or death.

"Sharing the wisdom from a terminally ill nurse educator's journals, this book enables Diane Manahan to convey her final, greatest lesson: how to live fully until—and beyond—death.... It is a priceless template for patients, caregivers and loved ones who seek a holistic, sacred approach to a serious illness or to end-of-life care." —Mary Treacy O'Keefe, Co-founder and Executive Director of Well Within

Artistic Event: Book Reading

Ana-Maurine Lara
Erzulie's Skirt
Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.

Amazon Feminist Bookstore
4755 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis 55407

Set in the age of urbanization in the Dominican Republic over the course of several lifetimes, Erzulie's Skirt is a love story between two women who travel different paths but share similar goals-securing the survival of their African birthright as healers and spiritual guides for the next generation. tale of how women and their families struggle with love, tragedy and destiny. Infused with the language of ritual and indigenous beliefs, Erzulie's Skirt takes us from rural villages and sugar cane plantations to the poor neighborhoods of Santo Domingo, and through the journey by yola across the sea between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It is a compelling love story that unearths our deep ancestral connections to land, ritual and memory.

Ana-Maurine Lara is an AfroDominican American writer and organizer. She was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in East Africa and Mount Vernon, NY. She received her BA from Harvard University. Ana-Maurine's poetry and short fiction has appeared in several literary journals, and she has received awards from the Puffin Foundation, the Brooklyn Arts Council and PEN Northwest. She is co-author of a web site designed to assist in building a community of resistance by addressing the binaries in our social justice movements. She currently lives in Austin, Texas working with The Austin Project, a collective of women writers, scholars and activists of color and their allies creating and performing in the jazz aesthetic.

Activist Event: Book Discussion on Transgender Rights

Discussion and Q&A with Paisley Currah, co-editor of Transgender Rights
Friday, April 20, 7 p.m at
Amazon Feminist Bookstore
4755 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis 55407

While the transgender movement has achieved visibility and victories in the last thirty years, violence and discrimination against transgender people continues to be a significant problem. With analysis from legal and policy experts, activists and advocates, the essays in Transgender Rights bring transgender people's activism into view, articulate the challenges they face, and offer perspectives and strategies for future action. Examining crucial topics like family law, employment policies, public health, economics, and grassroots organizing, this groundbreaking book is an indispensable resource in the fight for the freedom and equality of those who cross gender boundaries. Moving beyond media representations to grapple with the real lives and issues of transgender people, Transgender Rights will launch a new moment for human rights activism in America.

Paisley Currah is associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College, executive director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a founding board member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.

Artistic Event: Cd Release Party

Joanna James - CD-Release Party with the Chris Koza Band And Stook!
Thursday, April 26
7:00 pm
Varsity Theater, Dinkeytown

Artistic Event: April 27 - B-Girl Be Fundraiser

MOXIE HAIR-RAISING: A Benefit for B-Girl Be 2007
9 AM-9 PM Sunday, April 22
$30 haircuts :: DJs, MCs, B-Girls and Graff ladies all day!

Intermedia Arts is proud to partner with MoXie Salon again this year to
host our third annual 12-hour cut-a-thon benefiting the B-Girl Be 2007

Support B-Girl Be with a new look from MoXie Salon ($30/haircut!) on
Lyndale Avenue. Throughout the day experience live body painting from
B-Girl Be graff girls, enjoy live poetry and DJs, and make room for
sidewalk breakdancing by local b-girls with live Radio K broadcasting
from the street!

More than just a hair salon and art gallery, MoXie also supports its
community by donating time, talent and funds to neighborhood events.
MoXie Salon and Art Gallery is located at 2649 Lyndale Avenue South,
Minneapolis. For more information, visit or make an
appointment for the cut-a-thon by calling Moxie Salon at (612)

Schedule of DJ and Live Performance:
10:00 am-12:00pm Angentoranje
12:00-2:00 pm In-Salon Open Mic
12:00-2:00 pm DJ Drea
2:00-4:00 pm DJ Lady Luca
2:00-3:00 pm Rhythm Queens dance
3:00-4:00 pm In-Salon Open Mic
4:00-6:00 pm DJ Eve
4:00-5:00 pm Rhythm Queens and Universal Dance Destiny
5:00-7:00 pm Indigo, Karma, Maria Isa, Desdamona and Tish Jones
6:00-8:00 pm DJ Jennifer
8:00-9:00 pm Angentoranje

B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop is a multimedia festival
encompassing the four elements of hip-hopóMCing, DJing, breakdancing,
graffitióand more. The mission of B-Girl Be is to influence and inspire
leadership to change the perceptions and roles of women in hip-hop for
current and future generations. On June 28, 2007 B-Girl Be kicks off
with the B-Girl Be Summit, a multidisciplinary summit that brings
together international, national and local girls and women in hip-hop
to Minneapolis for dialogues, art-making, screenings, performances,
workshops and networking opportunities. This four-day summit (June
28óJuly 1) showcases women through live performances, fashion, films,
videos, workshops and panels.

B-Girl Be 2007 is presented in partnership with local organizations
Juxtaposition Arts, Nubia, and Emetrece Productions. For the most
up-to-date information about this event and other B-Girl Be events call
Intermedia Arts at (612) 871-4444 or visit
Intermedia Arts is located at 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis,
MN 55408.

April 12, 2007

Office Of University Women - GREAT INFO

OUW Weekly Bulletin, April 11, 2007

View the details of this bulletin at:

• REEL Dames Film Series – Mohawk Girls

• Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events – The Aurora Center
• New Directions in Latin American Feminism
• Women and the MBA Event
• Revolutionary Art Thing (RATH) 2007
• Tucker Center 2007 Spring Distinguished Lecture
• Film – Body and Sold

• Film – Border Echoes: The Truth Behind the Juarez Murders
• Women’s Club of Minneapolis – 2007 Diversity/Inclusion Series
• Asian Women & HIV/AIDS: The Looming Crisis
• Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Meeting
• OutFront Minnesota JustFair Lobby Day
• Play – Journey to Safety
• 17th Annual Young Women's Issue Forum: An African American Perspective

• Scholarships to the US Social Forum

• Education Coordinator – U of M Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
• Director, Diversity & Equity Programs – Duke University

View the details of this bulletin at:

April 12 - Writers of Color Reading

Carol Connolly Reading Series
Thursday, April 12, 2007
7:00 PM at Patrick's Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis

Free and open to the public


TERESA ORTIZ: Soy una poeta, educadora, activista y madre mexicana. Nací en la Ciudad de México, vine por primera vez a Minnesota en los años '70s, y he vivido además en los estados de California y South Dakota, en Guatemala, Centro América, en el norte y en el sur de México. En este lugar, en el estado de Chiapas, trabajé con comunidades indígenas y recopilé testimonios para un libro: "Never Again a World Without Us, Voices of Maya Women in Chiapas, Mexico", EPICA, 2001.

ANA VITE-MELCHOR: I am Mexicana. I am 20 years old and have lived in the United States for 11 years I like to write because I find myself within my poems. My poems say everything and, at times when I feel sad or angry, I breathe through my words. My culture has a strong base in the arts. Its influence has reached my generation from my ancestors to my grandparents.

This Carol Connolly Reading is sponsored in part by Patrick's Cabaret.

April 10, 2007

4/12 - Ana Castillo

Thursday, April 12, 2007
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room Campus Club - West Wing
Coffman Memorial Union
Minneapolis Campus


Poet/novelist/artist/xicanista/public intellectual, Dr. Ana Castillo is one of the most prolific Chicana feminist writers of our time with more than fourteen published books in circulation. She has received an American Book Award, a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio and the History Channel. Dr. Castillo is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in fiction and poetry.

A Reception will follow the reading Sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity, Department of Chicano Studies, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, American Studies, and the Morton Zabel Fund of the Department of English

Miguel Vargas 19 Scott Hall 612-624-6309

April 8, 2007

April 27 - Race Talk

Race Is Not a Card: White Privilege, Racism, and the Culture of Denial

A lecture by writer and activist
Tim Wise

Friday, April 27, 2007
7-9 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium,
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
3011-19th Avenue South

Free and open to the public
Wheelchair accessible
Reception and book signing following talk

Tim Wise is among the most respected anti-racist writers and educators in the U.S., having spoken in 48 states and on over 400 college campuses. He has trained teachers as well as corporate, government, media, and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling institutional racism.

Wise has contributed essays to 15 books and is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (Soft Skull Press, 2005) and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White (Routledge, 2005). He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Smith College School of Social Work where he co-taught a master’s-level class on racism in the U.S.

April 6, 2007

4/12 Talk: US-Japan Relations + Immigration/Race Problem

“The Clash between East and West: Pre-war U.S.-Japan Relations in the Context of the Immigration/Race Problem"

Tosh Minohara
Associate Professor, School of Law & Politics
Kobe University, Japan

Thursday, April 12, 2007
3:30-5:00 PM
120 Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 - 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis

Sponsored by the Department of History
Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Asian American Studies,
Dept. of American Studies and the Immigration History Research Center

Free and open to students, faculty, and the public

Questions/directions/disability accommodations/parking options
call the IHRC at 612-625-4800 or visit our Web site at

Thursdays and Fridays: April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7pm

The Third and Final Chapter:
How Do You Torture a Woman?
20% Theatre Completes One-Woman series
with a visit from Joan of Arc

“So… how do you torture a woman? … Well – you can tie her up on the rack and rip her bones apart from the sockets… Or you can tear apart her mind and her body… Either way, it works out to the same thing: You stop the woman.?

The 20% Theatre Company, Twin Cities, completes its one-woman play series this spring with a visit from Joan of Arc… Or, excuse me, Jeanne Romée, which was the supposed Saint’s real name… Based on the transcripts of Joan of Arc’s 15th century trial, and written by lesbian actress, playwright, and activist, Carolyn Gage, The Second Coming of Joan of Arc gives Joan a highly feminist, often cynical and humorous voice with which to tell her real story to today’s society. Joan was anorexic. She was a teenage runaway. She had an incestuous, alcoholic father. She slept with women and fought for her right to wear men's clothing. She was defiant, irreverent, more clever than her judges, unrepentant, and unfailingly true to her own visions.

Full of conversational wit and gorgeously horrific imagery, the play animates Joan’s capture, imprisonment, trial, and fierydeath through the staging and voice of one single actress: Katie Kaufmann.

When: Thursdays and Fridays: April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7pm
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl – Minneapolis
Tickets: $12-$16 pay-what-you-can; $10 Fringe Button!
Special 2-for-1 with Code: "Friend of 20%"
Please call (612) 825-8949 or visit for tickets.

For more info, visit

April 26 - Voices for the Gaps


April 12 - 19 "From the Ashes"


WRITTEN BY: Meena Natarajan.
DIRECTED BY: Dipankar Mukherjee.
DATE: April 12-29, 2007 7:30pm (Thursday – Sunday).
LOCATION: Pangea World Theater Studio. FEATURING: Charla Bailey, Katie Herron, Annelize Machado, Alberto Panelli, Kiseung Rhee, Katie Vang, and Ethan Xiong.
PERCUSSION BY: Sara Dejoras.

Committed to celebrating cultural differences and promoting human rights, Pangea brings on stage a wide array of questions that interlace immigration and refugee realities with this play. What does it mean to be an immigrant? What does it mean to yearn for a place that you've never been to? How does that change when something catastrophic happens, when you no longer feel welcome? Featuring Charla Bailey, Katie Herron, Annelize Machado, Alberto Panelli, Kiseung Rhee, Katie Vang and Ethan Xiong, From the Ashes is an aesthetic theater piece that brings to the audience a cast as diverse as newly shaping US demographics. Inspired from Voices of Silence, a report by Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights of the ongoing impact of 9/11 on local refugee and immigrant communities, From the Ashes explores the reality of what it means to be searching for home, for something to believe in, and for causes to live for. Using the immediacy of street theater as the idiom, From the Ashes explores the global question of migration and movement in a multi-lingual, physically charged performance with live music.

Post-performance discussions will be held on Fridays and Saturdays and are co-sponsored by Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

For student matinees, please call 612-203- 1088.

April 24 - Asian Women and HIV/AIDS

Asian Women & HIV/AIDS: The Looming Crisis


Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General,
UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific,
and Former Executive Director, UNFPA

Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, April 24, 2007
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Registration begins at 5:30

$5 for Americans for UNFPA supporters,
MIC Members, Students, and Co-Sponsors

4/11 - Economic & Social Human Rights Panel

The Human Rights Center and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota, and the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights present:

Bringing Economic and Social Human Rights Home
International and Domestic Strategies for Advocacy

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
UMN Law School Room 25

Willie “J.R.? Fleming—Cabrini Green resident and organizer with the Coalition to Protect Public Housing (Chicago)

Cheri Honkala—National Coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (Philadelphia)

Eric Tars—Human Rights Staff Attorney with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (Washington, DC)

Bret Thiele—Coordinator of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Litigation Programme with the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (Geneva)

Moderator: Mayra Gómez—Coordinator of the Housing and Property Restitution Programme with the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (Geneva)

Free lunch will be provided by Holy Land Bakery & Deli!!!

4/13 - 4/14 - New Voices in Native Media

Augsburg - New Voices in Native Media

Friday, April 13 & Saturday April 14: 7 - 10pm - FREE

New Voices in Native Media honors youth and new filmmakers. A special reception opens this two-night mini-film festival; the filmmakers and their families are invited to talk about their films. The juried selection of short films, videos, and animations are shown at local screening rooms around the Twin Cities.

Diva Riot - April 28

Diva Riot Show at Pi
Saturday April 28th
2532- 25th Ave South, Minneapolis
North of Lake Street and South of Franklin Avenue

featuring: Apryl Electra,
Colleen Jameson from Iowa,
Ashley Gold, Randy Dandy, Drag King Andre, Krista from Lilli's Burlesque, third funniest person Lynn Lane,
Breakdancers Frida Paris and B-Girl Monarc,
April Citizen Kane
and special guests.
doors open at 6:30
Show 7-9:30
$7 admission
show will start on time!

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April 5, 2007

Challenges for Women of Color in the News Business

SPJ Presents
Challenges for Women of Color in the News Business

Join the Society of Professional Journalists Student Chapter as they host a discussion about the challenges women of color face in the news business.

Featured guests are:
Fox 9 anchor Robyne Robinson
Star Tribune family and parenting reporter Maria Baca

Friday, April 6
11 a.m.-Noon
100 Murphy Hall (Conference Center)

March 26, 2007

Friday, March 30 - Feminist Talk


Download the flyer with full info - HERE

March 15, 2007

April 21 - Latin American Feminism

New Directions in Latin American Feminism
Saturday, April 21
125 Nolte, 315 Pillsbury Dr SE
This will be a one-day workshop to discuss the new challenges and new directions that the pluralities of feminisms are taking today in the Americas and how are these challenges are shaping new theoretical approaches.

Participants will engage in dialogue with four distinguished guest panelists and with each other as we address recent perspectives on feminist cultural theory in/about Latin America and discuss the new directions that Latin American(ist) feminisms are taking or need to take in the re-articulation of feminist practices.

Sara Castro-Klarén, Johns Hopkins University
Jean Franco, Columbia University
Amy Kaminsky, University of Minnesota
Cynthia Tompkins, Arizona State University

Questions that will frame our discussion include:

The appropriation of new theoretical frameworks by feminist criticism and theory- in particular postcolonial and transnational approaches and the new directions that these perspectives are generating in the already existing pluralities of feminist positions in Latin American feminisms.

The new challenges for the feminist literary and cultural studies.

The impact of new models and theoretical frameworks on the possibility of imagining new identities and communities and in their representation.

The new debates in cultural studies and their effect in Latin American(ist) feminisms, in particular in relation to literary studies and cultural critique.

The role of interdisciplinary approaches to the consolidation of new dialogues, new languages, and new practices.

The impact of globalization in current feminist studies in/about Latin America
Free and open to the public, but we ask that participants RSVP to to assist us in our planning.

Queer Conferences

National Jewish LGBTIQQ Student Conference
March 23 – 21 – Washington University – St. Louis, Missouri
NUJLS is the National Union of Jewish LGBTIQQ Students. Every year, they hold a conference at a college in North America where students and alumni
from LGBTIQQ communities gather for discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities. Registration is still open and is available online at or If you would like to be part of the conference, please visit the website and register. If you would like to be involved in volunteering for the conference, either in logistics, hosting, welcoming guest, or setup, please contact Margaux at or Ross at

Faces of Faith: A Passion for Inclusion
Saturday, March 31, 1 – 9:45PM – Ted Mann Concert Hall – 2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis
This conference event, presented by the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, includes several workshops on the subject of GLBT identity in faith communities, a keynote address by Bishop John Shelby Spong, and TCGMC concert “One in Spirit.? For further information or to register, please visit

Eighth Annual White Privilege Conference (WPC)
April 18 – 21 – University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
Don't miss this award-winning, national diversity conference! This year's theme for the national conference is: The Matrix: Examining Intersections, Making Connections, & Building Allies. WPC is a conference that examines the challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team-building strategies to work toward a more equitable future. Students and community members may participate in the WPC for University credit at the undergraduate or graduate levels. For more further information please visit:

12th Annual Rainbow Families Conference
Saturday, April 21, 8:30AM - Bryn Mawr/Anwatin Schools, 256 Upton Avenue S, Minneapolis
The largest event of its kind in the country, with more than 1,200 adults and children attending last year, the conference is an exciting day for GLBT parents and their children, prospective parents, extended family, friends, educators, and those serving our community. Registration info available at:

Out There: Second National Conference of Scholars and Student Affairs Personnel Involved in LGBTQ Issues on Catholic Campuses
October 19 and 20, 2008 - DePaul University – Chicago, IL
The deadline for proposals has been extended to February 26. Proposals are sought for papers, roundtable presentations, panels, and/or workshops that address issues of scholarship, curriculum, pedagogy, campus climate, and support for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. The organizers aim to build a program that addresses a wide range of issues of relevance to LGBTQ faculty, staff, and students at Catholic institutions, from nuts-and-bolts organizing in student services to the place of LGBTQ Studies at Catholic universities and the challenges of Catholic identity for LGBTQ individuals. For the proposal cover sheet and further information, visit the conference Website at: or email

March 30 - Queer Multimedia Performance Art

Friday, March 30; Sunday, April 1; Saturday, April 7, 7PM –

Acadia Café – 1931 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis

Cicatrix is the scar of a healed wound. This multimedia/performance art piece will explore the politics of pain and pleasure through the body/mind/heart. The piece will consider both the internal and external scar and how we all heal from such scars. Sexuality, personal experience, emotions, and random parody will be used as metaphors. This piece is through a feminist lens but applies to the human condition. Created and Performed by Linzey Infynity. Mature Audiences Only. Cover Charge: $3.

March 24 - Diva Riot Cabaret

Diva Riot Cabaret
Saturday, March 24, 7 – 9PM – Bellentine VFW Hall – 2916 Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis

Drag Kings, Comedy, Music & Special Guests! Performers include Colleen Jameson, Ashley Gold, Lynn Lane, April Citizen Kane, Blaisian Monroe, and Sweet Pea.

Doors open at 6:30PM.

Cost:$7 (cash only).

March 24-25 Man to Man Sexual Health Seminars

Man to Man Sexual Health Seminars
Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25, 8AM – 6PM

You are invited to attend a two-day multi-media interactive seminar providing education on sexuality and intimacy between men. All men who have sex with men (or who are attracted to men) and are 18 years of age or older are invited. The seminar lasts from 8AM to 6PM on both Saturday and Sunday. This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota. The seminar includes large group discussions, mult-media presentations, small group discussions, and short exercises. Food will be provided free of charge. Advance registration required. Registration is FREE. To register go to or call 612 626-7187 or email

March 17 - Acting Lesbian Workshop

"Acting Lesbian" workshop with Carolyn Gage
Saturday & Sunday, March 17-18, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Playwrights’ Center – 2301 Franklin Avenue E, Minneapolis

Come discover the fierce and fascinating characters of lesbian drama! Here is an acting workshop for all ages and all abilities and orientations. Carolyn Gage, author of four books on lesbian theatre and fifty-four plays, will teach a two-day acting workshop of scenes and monologues from her plays. Participants will learn how and why the lesbian, especially the butch, is censored in popular culture, and will have the opportunity to select scenes and monologues to perform for a final staged reading. $40 for both sessions ($20 low income). To register please call 612 721-1186x1. Leave your name and phone number and they will call to confirm.

March 17 - Queer Fundraising Cabaret Show

Spring Fever 2007: Cabaret Fundraiser and Silent Auction

Saturday, March 17, 6:30PM - St. Joan of Arc Church - 4537 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis

Join One Voice Mixed Chorus for a Spring Fever Cabaret, silent auction, and raffle fundraiser. Performances by Dennis Spears, the girls, A Chord of 3 Strands, Tracie Hodgdon, Darcy Juhl, Rachael Kroog, Andy Kuula, Tom Larson, Joy MacArthur, Linda Muehlbauer, OVation, One Voice Mixed Chorus, Paul Pederson, Kevin Wojahn, Minnesota Chorale ensemble, Twin Cities Women's Choir ensemble, and a fabulous 8 piece band. Emceed by Jerry Rubino.

Cost: $20 general admission, $45 table seating.

For tickets, call 612 332-1302 or visit <> .

March 20 - Queer Ally Training

Ally Training
Tuesday, March 20, 11AM - 2PM - Coffman Memorial Union, Room 303

Ally Trainings include GLBTA Jeopardy, a panel of community members, and facilitated discussion focused on dispelling myths and stereotypes about the GLBT community. Members leave the training with concrete steps they can take to help eliminate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, both on campus and in the larger community. Lunch will be provided. For further information or to RSVP to attend the training, please contact John in the GLBTA Programs Office, or 612-625-0537.

March 29 - Queer Politics Talk

Don't miss this year's Toni McNaron Lecture in Arts & Culture! Mab Segrest will be speaking on the policing of gender and sexuality in Southern mental institutions...

"Drag You Off to Milledgeville: Southern Regimes of (In)Sanity and Southern Queer Writers and Activists"
Thursday, March 29, 7PM
West Bank Auditorium, Willey Hall
225 19th Ave S, Minneapolis (West Bank Campus)

Free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

March 13, 2007

March 29 - Ferry Tales Film

"Ferry Tales"
Thursday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.
Walter Library 402

Staten Island Ferry powder room brings together suburban moms, urbanites, white-collar, blue-collar, sistahs and socialites. In broaching topics as divorce, single motherhood and domestic violence, “Ferry Tales? shows us the realities of life for working women, and provides a rare and honest look at the intersections of race and class.

Post-film discussion facilitated by Associate Professor Joanna O’Connell, Spanish & Portuguese Studies.

March 19 - Asian American Poetry Film

"Between the Lines: Asian American Women's Poetry"


Monday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., 325 Science Classroom Building

This engaging documentary serves as poetry reading, virtual anthology,
and, perhaps most importantly, moving testimony about gender, ethnicity,
aesthetics, and creative choice. The film reflects both individual voice
and diversity within the Asian-American women’s community. Post-film
discussion facilitated by Assistant Professor Evelyn Ch'ien, Department
of English.

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April 28th - Young Women's Leadership Conference

Mid-West Regional Young Women’s Leadership Conference
Saturday, April 28, 2007
University of Minnesota-Duluth

This one-day conference will focus on issues important to women and the often overlooked connections between reproductive rights and health, sweatshop labor, HIV/AIDS, slavery and human trafficking, foreign policy, women in conflict, and violence. Women, especially young women, can change the current state of the world! Let's do it together!

Friday, April 27, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. , at the Building for Women, 32 E 1st St., Ms. magazine & Feminist Majority Foundation will host a free "Never Go Back" Forum & Community Networking Event for students, community members, and faculty.


Women, especially young women, can change the current state of the world but they must know how the issues are interconnected.


We invite you to
on Sunday, April 15, 2007


with members of Labor Education Service (University of Minnesota), Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network, and Sangtin Kisaan Mazdoor Sangathan (Sitapur, India)

2:30-5:30 PM
In the Heart of the Beast Theatre (3rd Floor of Plaza Verde)
1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Translation and childcare will be provided

Please join us in this unique opportunity for a discussion with members of Sangtin Kisaan Mazdoor Sangathan (Sangtin Peasants and Workers Organization). SKMS is working to build a strong movement of women and men in the villages of Sitapur District in North India. From SKMS come Surbala and Richa Singh, full time organizers in Sitapur, and Richa Nagar, a professor at the University of Minnesota. SKMS emerged from discussions of social and economic violence in the daily lives of rural women, and in the donor-funded organizations that seek to empower the poor. SKMS interweaves grassroots organizing, collective reflections, and collaborative writing to build dialogues and solidarity networks with rural communities in Sitapur, and with educators and people's movements located outside of Sitapur. For SKMS, projects of empowerment, instead of being imagined and diffused by funders and experts, must gain their meaning and form through dialogues with communities they seek to empower.

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March 12, 2007

March 21st - Native Women's Leadership


March 9, 2007

3/22 Cherrie Moraga at Macalester

Cherríe Moraga @ Macalester
Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker
March 22 :: 4:30 PM
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

Cherríe Moraga
, a noted playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national attention, will provide the keynote address to culminate the events of Women's History Month. Moraga has published extensively as an essayist and poet. She is the author of "Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Paso Por Sus Labios" and "The Last Generation," and co-editor of "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" (1986; 2002). She has edited numerous publications, including "Cuentos: Stories by Latinas" and "Third Woman: The Sexuality of Latinas." As a playwright, Moraga has developed many plays, including "Watsonville: Some Place Not Here" and "The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea." Currently, Moraga serves as the Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Drama and the Department of Spanish and Portugese at Stanford University. Among her courses are Latino thater & Literature, Intensive Playwrighting, and Creative Writing.

March 7, 2007

3/22/07 Poet at Weisman

Deborah Keenan
Thursday, March 22, 2007
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Free and open to the public!

Edelstein-Keller Minnesota Writer of Distinction Deborah Keenan reads from her work. Keenan is the author of six collections of poetry: Household Wounds, The Only Window That Counts, How We Missed Belgium (written with Jim Moore), One Angel Then, Happiness, and Good Heart, her newest. She is, with Roseann Lloyd, co-editor of Looking For Home: Women Writing About Exile, which won the American Book Award in 1991. Keenan has received two Bush Foundation Fellowships, an NEA Fellowship, and The Loft McKnight Poet of Distinction award. In 1994, 2000, and 2004 she was named professor of the year for teaching and service in the Graduate School of Liberal Studies (MALS & MFA programs) at Hamline University.

Read an excerpt of her work.

For further information, contact Terri Sutton at 612-626-1528 or

March 1, 2007

Saturday, March 31 - Beyond Marriage

"Beyond Marriage: Building New Alliances Around the Politics of Sexuality": A talk with Lisa Duggan

Saturday, March 31, 2007 7:00 p.m.
Loft Literary Center Off Campus

Contact Information:
Institute for Advanced Study, (612) 626-5054

"Beyond Marriage: Building New Alliances around the Politics of Sexuality" will analyze the motivations of the group of intellectuals, activists, and artists that have come together to broaden the agenda of GLBT political movements via the formation of the activist network Duggan will discuss efforts to reframe the narrow terms of the marriage debate in the United States. She identifies opposition to same-sex marriage as only one part of a broader pro-marriage, "family values" agenda that includes abstinence-only sex education, stringent divorce laws, coercive marriage promotion policies directed toward women on welfare, and attacks on reproductive freedom. Duggan will explore emerging trends in GLBT activism in relation to the theoretical foundation of her forthcoming book, The End of Marriage: The War Over the Future of State Sponsored Love. Lisa Duggan is the Director of the American Studies Program and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Co-sponsored by Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project, Department of American Studies, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and GLBT Programs Office and organized by the IAS Global Sexualities Research Collaborative.

Here's an interview with Lisa Duggan - HERE

Brianna Lane Concert

TOMORROW Friday, 3/2 at 7pm at The Whole in Coffman Union:

Brianna Lane with Haley Bonar and Breanne Durenberger

I really want to go, please let me know if anyone else is interested!

Tickets are $5 for students and its 18+

February 23, 2007

March 1st Talk on Immigration

The Global Sexualities Research Collaborative is pleased to announce that
Professor Eithne Luibheid, author of Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border, will be presenting a lecture next Thursday, March 1st at 3:30 p.m. in Room 402 in Walter Library.


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February 21, 2007

2/22 Talk - Ethnic Advocates and Immigration Law

Carolyn Wong
Political Science Department, Carleton College

3-4:30 PM (Scott Hall Commons) -- Talk: Ethnic Advocates and the Making of Immigration Law.

In every decade since passage of the Hart Cellar Act of 1965, Congress has faced conflicting pressures: to restrict legal immigration and to provide employers with unregulated access to migrant labor. In congressional debates immigrant rights groups advocated a surprisingly moderate course of action: expansionism was tempered by a politics of inclusion. Rights advocates supported generous family unification policies, for example, but they opposed proposals that would admit large numbers of guest workers without providing a clear path to citizenship. Latino and Asian American rights advocates led pro-immigrant coalitions of interest groups. The ethnic advocates were successful in casting rights demands in universalistic terms, while leveraging their standing as representatives of growing minority populations.

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February 20, 2007

Random Events - THIS WEEK!

Multiple events - I'm not sure if these will work for event posts, but they were sent to me in an e-mail and they look REALLY cool!

Thursday, 4 pm, 125 Nolte: Bruce Cuthbert (psychology), speaks on "Startling Facts about
Feelings: The New Science of Emotion." (Note: this is a freshman-sophomore honors
experiential event.)

Thursday, 7 pm, Bell Museum, Auditorium, $5 students: Deepest Desires. Does the difference in
the way men and women approach sex have an evolutionary basis? See what happens when a male and a
female actor are sent to a London university campus with hidden cameras to ask a simple
question, "Will you sleep with me?"

Next Friday, Feb. 23, 3:30 pm: Paula Findlen (Stanford University), speaks on "Reviving the
Cimento: Gender, Patronage, and Knowledge in Early Eighteenth-Century Italy," 131 Tate
Laboratory of Physics.

Women of Color in Broadcasting


February 19, 2007

The 12th Annual International Women's Day Celebration

Free and open to the public!

The 12th Annual International Women's Day Celebration

Crossing Borders, Connecting Cultures

Panels and workshops, performances, film, and display and information tables from over 60 co-sponsoring organizations

March 3, 2007
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union
University of Minnesota
For a complete schedule visit

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February 16, 2007

Immigrant Student Day at the Capitol 2/27

The time is here, the 3rd Annual Immigrant Student Day at the Capitol is set for Tuesday, February 27th! Please mark your calendars and come help build a student movement for access to higher education!

This year we are expecting over 800 immigrant students, their allies and advocates to participate in this day of action at the state Capitol. But your help is needed to make this day a success! Committed volunteers and solidarity are two key ingredients to make this day happen, if you can volunteer that day please call or email our office to get plugged in and help make the day have a better impact on our legislators.

If you are a non-profit or student group, teacher or education advocate or other and are planning to come to the day at the capitol with a group of youth please RSVP to or call Juan at 651-287-0660. Your RSVP will help organize the day better and create more impact.

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February 15, 2007

AIDS Action Day 3/6/07

This is a great event to attend (perfect for your activist event write-up)! And an another example of a great local organization - Minnesota Aids Project


AIDS Action Day is on Tuesday, March 6, at the State Capitol. Join HIV advocates from around the state to support honest HIV prevention and to stop HIV. Where will you be on March 6? We need you at the Capitol!

AIDS Action Day Schedule of Events:
10 am Registration—Great Hall at the Capitol—Refreshments served
10:30 am Lobby training—Great Hall at the Capitol
11 am Constituent Meetings—State Capitol & State Office Building
12 pm AIDS Action Day Program—Capitol Rotunda
12:30 pm Lobby training—Great Hall at the Capitol
1 to 3 pm Constituent Meetings—State Capitol & State Office Building
Attend the 12 pm AIDS Action Day Program!

Join other advocates in the Capitol Rotunda to hear speakers from the community and legislature raise awareness and visibility about HIV. Take an early lunch from work and be part of the action.

February 13, 2007

White Privilege Conference in Colorado Springs, CO


April 18 - 21, 2007

The annual White Privilege Conference (WPC) serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy and oppression. WPC provides a forum for critical discussions about diversity, multicultural education and leadership, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, religion and other systems of privilege/oppression. WPC is recognized as a challenging, empowering and educational experience. The workshops, keynotes and institutes not only inform participants, but engage and challenge them, while providing practical tips and strategies for combating inequality.

The conference participants and presenters include corporate and non-profit community members, students, educators, activists, musicians and artists. This conference is not about beating up on white folks. This conference is about critically examining the society in which we live and working to dismantle systems of power, prejudice, privilege and oppression.

February 7, 2007

Fundraiser for Women's Prison Book Project

Annual Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, February 10 8am-noon
at Walker Community Church 3104 16th Ave S in Minneapolis

All you can eat buttermilk and vegan pancakes, grits, fruit salad, coffee, tea and juice.

Adults $6, Kids $3

Of the more than two million people confined in U.S. prisons and jails, over 150,000 are women. Eighty percent of these women are there for non–violent crimes, such as shoplifting, prostitution, drug related convictions, and fraud. Of the women convicted of violent crimes, the vast majority were convicted for defending themselves or their children from abuse. More than 1/2 of all women in prison are women of color, and two–thirds of women in prison have at least one child under eighteen. Most of these mothers had primary custody of their children before going to prison.

More info about the Women's Prison Book Project (another feminist TC org!) click HERE

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Political Theater Festival 2/14 - 3/4

The Teatro del Pueblo Political Theater Festival brings fresh new perspectives to the social-political implications of Latin American immigration to the United States though 6 new one-act plays from around the country.

$15 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors/Fringe Button;
$10 Groups of 10+/ Intermedia Arts Members

For reservations call 612-871-4444;
For information visit


Writers of Color Reading Series
Thursday, February 8, 2007
7:00 PM at Patrick's Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis

Hosted by Sherry Quan Lee.
All Carol Connolly Readings are free and open to the public.
This Carol Connolly Reading is sponsored in part by Patrick's Cabaret.


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St. Catherine Forum on Women in Leadership

St. Catherine Forum on Women in Leadership – Speaker Kerry Kennedy, J.D.
February 6, 2007, 11:30am – 1pm, Marriott Hotel, Mpls City Center

Kerry Kennedy, J.D., Human Rights Activist and founder of the RFK Center for Human Rights: “Speak Truth to Power.?

For further information:

Women Authors at The Loft

Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m.
Suite 200, Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

The Un-Named Series: Hmong and Lao Writers, Pt. 2 featuring Hmong writers and community activists May Lee Yang and Shoua Lee. This series of readings will give audience members a great vantage point on a “golden age? of Hmong and Lao writers. For more information, visit or call 612-215-2575.

The Vagina Monologues 2007

The Vagina Monologues, BUY TICKETS for one of the following shows:

Wednesday, February 14 @ Augsburg College, Sateren Auditorium, 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 15 @ University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (St. Paul Campus), St. Paul Student Center Theater, 7:00 pm

Friday, February 16 @ Macalester College, Weyerhaeuser Chapel, 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 17 @ Macalester College, Weyerhaeuser Chapel, 7:00 pm

Proceeds from "The Vagina Monologues" benefit local women's shelter's and advocacy organizations.

Any questions, please call MPIRG at 612.627.4035 or email Jessie Lehrke at

Maroon and Gold Go RED – February Events

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Various U of M departments: Powell Center, Office for University Women, Women’s Heart Clinic, and American Heart Association are collaborating to bring the Go Red for Women’s Heart Health campaign to the University Campuses.

Kick-off Event – February 2, 8 AM, U of M Fieldhouse

National Wear Red Day for Women - Wear red clothing; help create the world’s largest heart – we need at least 1000 people; learn about the #1 killer of women – heart disease; receive a free breakfast and other goodies.

“How to Mend a Broken Heart? - February 2, 12:10-1:15 PM– Moos Tower 2-650

Dr. Anne Taylor will be presenting on “Women and Heart Disease: It’s not just for men anymore!? Dr. Taylor will address risk factors, prevention strategies and guidelines, and other developments in cardiovascular research.

Women Authors at the U of M Bookstore

February 13 at 7:00 PM: Emily Rapp, Poster Child: A Memoir

This event will take place in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater.For further information, contact Kari Erpenbach at 612-625-6564 or

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Thurs, 2/8 Free Film Screening

“Black Is…Black Ain’t? – Film & Discussion
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m., Walter Library 402

Marlon Riggs, one of today's most explosively influential independent filmmakers, died of complications due to AIDS. His final film, BLACK IS...BLACK AIN'T, may also be his most powerful. BLACK IS...BLACK AIN'T is an up-front examination of racism, sexism, and homophobia within the black community itself. Bringing together personal stories, interviews, music, history, and performance, BLACK IS...BLACK AIN'T asks African Americans: What is black, black enough, or too black? Produced and directed by Riggs, BLACK IS...BLACK AIN'T was completed posthumously by his co-producer Nicole Atkinson and co-director/editor Christiane Badgley.

Thought-provoking commentary about Black identity by filmmaker Marlon Riggs. “White Americans have always stereotyped African Americans. But the rigid definitions of ‘Blackness’ that African Americans impose on each other, Riggs claims, have also been devastating. Is there an essential Black identity? Is there a litmus test defining the real Black man and true Black woman?? Refreshments served.

Post-film discussion facilitated by Keith Mayes, Asst. Professor in the Dept. of African American and African Studies.

FREE but space limited. RSVP at or at 612-625-9837.

Thru 2/18 Eva Hesse at the Walker

Eva Hesse Drawings at the Walker Arts Center

An early and key figure of post-Minimalism in the United States and one of the most influential artists of the postwar era, Eva Hesse (1936 –1970) created paintings, sculptures, and drawings that are striking in their poetic beauty and singularity. Filtering the influences of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Conceptualism, and Minimalism through her own distinctive sensibility, Hesse broke disciplinary boundaries by collapsing neatly distinguished categories of figuration and abstraction. Her work has come to be affiliated primarily with “process art,? a term originated in the 1960s that implies a focus on the physical properties of materials and the manner of applying them. This exhibition features some of the artist’s finest works on paper alongside a critical selection of sculptures that reflect her investigations into translating the line into three-dimensional space.

Eva Hesse Drawing highlights the crucial role drawing played in her artistic practice, which in turn gave way to an array of highly innovative techniques and styles that today still defy classification. As she commented in 1970: “I had a great deal of difficulty with painting but never with drawing. . . . The translation or transference to a large scale and in painting was always tedious. . . . So I started working in relief and with line—using the cords and ropes that are now so commonly used.? Hesse’s custom of introducing sculptural materials into drawing and painting continues to influence the multidisciplinary work so prevalent in contemporary art practice.

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2/17 thru 5/13 Kara Walker

Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love
at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Kara Walker is among the most complex and prolific American artists of her generation. Over the past decade, she has gained national and international recognition for her room-size tableaux depicting historical narratives haunted by sexuality, violence, and subjugation but made using the genteel 18th-century art of cut-paper silhouettes. Set in the American South before the Civil War, Walker’s compositions play off stereotypes to portray, often grotesquely, life on the plantation, where masters and mistresses and slave men, women, and children enact a subverted version of the past in an attempt to reconfigure their status and representation.

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February 6, 2007

Bowling for Equality

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The Human Rights Campaign is the largest GLBTQQ advocacy group in the nation. On February 11th, they're hosting a bowling tournament at The Park Tavern and Entertainment Center in St. Louis Park. Here's a link to the event:

As college students it sounds a little pricey, but if anyone wants to go as a team, let me know. The people who work for the HRC are wonderful, inspiring, dedicated and tons of fun, so I know it will be a great time. Think about it!

Saturday Feb 24- Diva Riot Dance Party! & Cabaret!

Sat Feb 24- Diva Riot Dance Party!! Top 40, Club Mixes, Hip Hop, Old School, DJ Carla 'Funkbuffet' 9pm

Sat Feb 24- Diva Riot Cabaret- Drag Kings, Comedy, & Music

Read about this event and the performers at

More details in the Extended Entry below

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January 29, 2007

Race Exhibit at Science Museum (now - May 6)

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January 25, 2007

12/15 - 7/15 Art Exhibition at the Walker

Body Politics: Figurative Prints and Drawings from Schiele to De Kooning
Medtronic Gallery in the Walker Art Center

Images of the human body reveal a great deal about the cultures that produce them. Whether fashion ads, state portraits, news photos, or works of visual art, they will always mirror, to some degree, the social and political conditions under which they were made. If an image is provocative—that is, if it strays into forbidden territory, or makes explicit something that we don’t wish to acknowledge or confront—it will spark debate and may even stimulate change. On the other hand, affirmative and celebratory pictures can bring people together and bolster our sense of community. This is how figurative images can be said to be “political?—though they are pictures of individual bodies, they stand for a larger truth about us all. To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a cigar is more than just a cigar.

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January 23, 2007

Nikki Giovani Flyer - 2/28

Click to download the flyer:


January 19, 2007

1/22 - Dean Spade Talk

Consolidating the Gendered Citizen: Trans Survival, Bureaucratic Power, and the War on Terror
Dean Spade, University of California – Los Angeles Law School

Monday, January 22, 2007
B10 Ford Hall
3:15-3:30pm Refreshments
3:30-5:00pm Talk

For more information, call Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at (612) 624-6006.

As an increasingly institutionalized transgender rights movement has emerged in the last 15 years, legal interventions regarding transgender equality have been framed in ways that mirror the equality paradigm used in the lesbian and gay legal struggles. The favored interventions have been anti-discrimination laws that primarily focus on employment, and hate crimes laws aimed at increasing awareness or punishment of non-state violence against transgender people. Are the interventions actually the most significant for transgender survival and increased political participation? This colloquium will examine the fate of transgender people at the hands of the administrative state, suggesting that the most significant barriers to survival actually take place in the realms untouched by the traditional gay rights movement interventions, such as identity documentation, sex segregation, and trans health care coverage.

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January 17, 2007

BLACK FACE(S) IN FILM - Now Through Feb 28

An Exhibit of Items from the Givens Collection of African American Literature
January 5-February 28
at the University of Minnesota's Elmer L. Andersen Library
221 21st Ave. S.
FREE and open to the public.
Call (612) 624-3855 for gallery hours.

Once upon a time, blackface on the movie screen was more common than an actual Black face. Now, the sight of Black actors no longer surprises us. We're used to Denzel Washington portraying heroes and Halle Berry playing the love interest of both White and Black men. But stereotypes still exist on the screen. Blackface(s) in Film highlights items from the Givens Collection, including movie scripts, photographs, and film press kits that celebrate film pioneers like directors Oscar Micheaux and Spike Lee, and actors Sidney Poitier and Eartha Kitt. The exhibit includes a screenplay Alice Walker wrote for the film The Color Purple; screenplays for Carmen Jones and Stormy Weather; and press kits for Spike Lee and Gordon Parks films.

February 28 - NIKKI GIOVANNI


Poet, Essayist, Activist, Professor
“Truth-Telling & the Need for Poetry"

Wednesday, February 28, 2007
7:30 p.m. Ted Mann Concert Hall
FREE to UM students, faculty, and staff and the general public


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January 16, 2007

Maria Isa Performs 1/17 and 1/18


Listen to her music -

Show Details:
Wednesday, January 17:
Maria Isa won top 7 of the best new bands of 2006. We will be performing a short set (20 minutes) in honor of receiving this award tomorrow night at First Avenue. Maria's set is scheduled for 10:30pm. She will be playing primarily with the Leroy Smokes Band. If you haven't seen this set it's amazing!

First Avenue Main Room
701 First Avenue North
Downtown Mineapolis, MN
7:30 PM / 18+


Thursday January 18:
Our regular third Thursday of the month at Babalu. This January we are highlighting a percussion heavy rendition of Maria Isa's hip-hop, reggaeton, R&B and bomba repertoire.


9pm to 1am
800 Washington Avenue N.
For more info: 612.281.9970

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