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FIRE's 2015 Film Series Presents The Harvest/La Cosecha
"Silent Voices and the Fight for Justice"
A Public Lecture by: Melissa Harris-Perry
American Ethnic Studies faculty testify at ethnic studies House Bill 2207 Hearing!!
A small delegation from K-State’s American Ethnic Studies Department helped make history on February 20, 2015 at the launch of ethnic studies House Bill 2207 at the State Capitol. The new bill, put forward by State Representative John Alcala (District 57) calls for the implementation of programs that would teach ethnic studies in grades 7 through 12 in Kansas. Professors Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez, Head (American Ethnic Studies Department), Tosha Sampson-Choma (English Department), and Ben Chappelle (University of Kansas) testified before the House Committee on Education in Topeka. They traveled to Topeka with the Rev. Dr. Tracy C. DeWitt, Sr. (Pastor of Manhattan’s Pilgrim Baptist Church) who led the blessing prayer before the hearing began. American Ethnic Studies Student Association (AESSA) President Shaun Dowdell and AESSA Secretary Megan Larosh also attended the historic event. Ms. Christina Valdivia-Alcala, founder and Director of the Tonantzin Society, was present as a Topeka community witness.
House Bill 2207 in part states that “ethnic studies means an interdisciplinary enterprise which acknowledges that race and ethnicity are social and cultural forces in the United States and around the world.” The new bill calls for the development of curriculum standards “within the existing history, social studies or civics curriculum or another appropriate subject-matter curriculum.” The testimony of each ethnic studies professor entered into the public record. In addition, members of the House Committee on Education asked each professor questions concerning ethnic studies and the reasons for including ethnic studies in Kansas’s school curriculum.
Once House Bill 2207 leaves the House Committee on Education it will go to the Senate Education Committee; from there it would go to the Senate floor and House floor for passage. Please click here if you would like to read the bill.
The New Black
Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker, Yoruba Richen
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015 | 4:30PM
HEMISPHERE ROOM (HALE 501)
Here is a video of Yoruba Richen speaking at a TED Talks lecture:
SPONSORS: FIRE, Diversity Programming Council, American Ethnic Studies, Hale Library, DOW Center for Multicultural and Community Studies, English
Dr. Roshanravan presents at the 2014 National Women's Association Annual Conference
Check our faculty presentations at the National Associaiton for Chicana and Chicano Studies!!
Please consider attending any (or ALL!!) of these wonderful events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month! Thank you to the Native American Student Association for organizing and sponsoring!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | Forum Hall
K-State Black Student Union Presents:
Dr. Runoko Rashidi
The Settling Influence of African Peoples Across the Globe
TUESDAY, OCT 7, 2014 | 7:30PM (Doors open at 7:00PM)
K-STATE STUDENT UNION MAIN BALLROOM
for more information about BSU, click here!
The Department Of American Ethnic Studies New Beginnings Celebration
FRIDAY, SEPT 19, 2014 | 5:00PM-7:00PM
DOUGLASS COMMUNITY CENTER ANNEX
901 YUMA (PARKING IN BACK OR ON YUMA STREET)
Please join us for the American Ethnic Studies Department New Beginnings Celebration! We will introduce new faculty and staff in the department, welcome the new school year, and invited artists/speakers for the HIP HOP: RIZE & DECOLONIZE panel and discussion will be in attendance to meet and greet guests. All are welcome, and drinks and food will be provided!
Hip Hop: Rize & Decolonize
SATURDAY, SEPT 20, 2014 | 5:30PM-10:00PM
KSU STUDENT UNION MAIN BALLROOM
FREE FOR ALL
Through panel discussion, audience interaction and performance, Cihuatl-Ce (queer-identified Chicana), Rocky Rivera (feminist-identified Asian American), Shining Soul (feminist-identified Southwest Indigenous), and Psalm One (queer-identified African American) will invite discussion on how they came into and utilized Hip Hop to challenge, raise awareness, and struggle against the genocide, criminalization, border militarization, poverty, police brutality, and profiling that they have endured in their respective communities.
Straight outta the desert borough, Arizona's premier Hip Hop duo Shining Soul, show that the element of rap still is a conduit for revolutionary change. Fronted by MCs Liaizon of Central Phoenix/Tohono O'odham Nation and Bronze Candidate of South Phoenix, Shining Soul's been steady rising since independently releasing their first full-length project “WE GOT THIS” which dropped in 2011. Featuring the song “Papers” which was hailed by Phoenix New Times as “one of the best songs to put racial profiling Senate Bill 1070 and the whole police state mentality that reigns in Arizona on blast”, Shining Soul’s diversity in flavor and subject matter has gained the respect and approval from Hip-Hop admirers and the Human Rights Community alike. Through their vintage beat production and empowering rhyme delivery, Shining Soul brings to light the social injustices that attack their daily lives, such as the criminalization and militarization of indigenous and immigrant communities, while sharing and maintaining the essence of Hip-Hop culture.
Cihuatl Ce has been spitting truth to power in the form of politically charged feminist inspired, urban indigenous hip-hop for the past decade. Sharing the stage with underground hip hop heavies such as Dead Prez, Bambu, Broadcast Live, Olmeca, Invincible -to name a few- her high energy performances have won her dedicated support base across the globe. She currently tours in support of her latest album, *FEMI9mm: The Fury of a Wombyn, *released early 2012. Cihuatl’s reach is not confined solely to the lyrical realm of resistance. For the past 15 years she has been a fervent youth advocate and community organizer. In 2010 she founded the first all womyn of color cycling collective Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade and was the driving force behind landmark events such as LA’s first ever Clitoral Mass attended by close to 300 womyn as well as other rides that address the health disparities specific to womyn of color and at risk communities. As a mother driven to reach young women with a message of hope, rebellion, and defiance against relics of tradition and patriarchy, Cihuatl Ce is committed to bringing consciousness beyond just the music, unapologetically creating change and leaving fans and casualties in her wake.
Hologram Kizzie (aka Psalm One)
Hologram Kizzie has a past. She even has another name: Psalm One. Rap, urban, hip hop, soul, pop and dance music all have distinct characteristics, yet Kizzie blurs the lines of these genres effortlessly. Building on these varied soundscapes, her lyrics are nothing less than brilliant, combining intelligent quips, global sensibilities and compassionate philanthropy. While traveling in Europe, Kizzie made a vow: to protect the positive impact hip hop has on youth culture internationally. She recalls being taught about great books, historical figures, poignant life events and art — all through rap. There is no longer a culture balance in mainstream hip hop, but Kizzie works tirelessly in the real world to provide one, and it shows. A native Chicagoan, former chemist and hug enthusiast, Hologram Kizzie is an artist who comes around once in a lifetime. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd who is beyond interesting. You only need to meet her once to understand she’s quite unforgettable.
Rocky Rivera is an accomplished journalist-turned-emcee whose editorials appeared in XXL, The Source and Rolling Stone Magazine before she decided to perfect her own musical craft. Trading her moleskines for microphones, she’s dropped three musical projects since 2008, Married to the Hustle Mixtape, the self-titled album,Rocky Rivera, and the POP KILLER MXTP. Her debut album was released in 2010 and since then, has garnered critical acclaim and press coverage from VIBE, 2DopeBoyz.com, Refinery29, and numerous music blogs across the web.
In 2012, Rocky became the only female artist at the VIBE HOUSE’s Respect The West Showcase at the SXSW Festival, sharing the stage with West Coast favorites such as Nipsey Hussle, Strong Arm Steady, Snoop Dog and Kendrick Lamar.
In the past, she’s opened up for diverse artists such as Zion-I, Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Pac Div and dead prez.
Rocky continues to headline with her crew (DJ Roza & Irie Eyez) performing her signature blend of thought-provoking lyrics and bass-rattling beats. Make sure to check out all of her videos on YouTube to see more!