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December 4th, 2013

Robertson publishes in American Indian Culture and Research Journal

Dwanna L. Robertson, assistant professor of American Ethnic Studies, recently published  "A Necessary Evil: Framing an American Indian Legal Identity" in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 37, no. 4, pages 115-139.

The article documents the emergence and application of what Robertson conceptualizes as “American Indian Legal Identity,” or AILI, which emerged within the racialization of American Indians through federal policy and gained institutional status with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. Racialized meanings of "Indianness" gained further institutional legitimacy when tribes reified the federally defined criteria, creating a blood tie ethnicity. Thus, federal Indian policy produced a racialized collective Indian identity, which subsequently resulted in the internalized racialization of individual native identity. Ultimately, however, legal standing does not require an ethnic or racial identity. AILI functions to exclude Indian people from the scope of federal legislation. Robertson analyzes semi-structured, in-depth interviews of 30 Native participants, who all ethnically identify as indigenous but only half of whom possess a legal identity. Robertson finds most participants continue to rationalize legal identity and justify it as a necessary evil because identification procedures maintain tribal sovereignty. Even natives without legal standing justify the system which excludes them.

Link to K-State Today Article

November 14th, 2013

Kansas Board of Regents approves promotion of American Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies to departments

The Kansas Board of Regents has approved the university's request to make American ethnic studies and women's studies academic departments. Previously they were academic programs.

Link to K-State Today Article

November 12th, 2013

Response to electronic petition for changes in American Ethnic Studies program

To the Students, Faculty and Staff of Kansas State University:

Last spring we had considerable dialogue on campus regarding the status and future of American ethnic studies. Since then we have made significant progress in our efforts to strengthen this program. At their last meeting, members of the Kansas Board of Regents gave verbal approval for full department status to American ethnic studies at K-State. We anticipate formal written notification of this important step in the next few days.

Recently, an electronic petition has been circulating that demands additional changes for American ethnic studies and a more inclusive environment for all faculty, students and staff. We work and operate in an environment that values constructive discourse with faculty, students, staff and administrators. We strive to build a community on campus that listens to concerns and develops thoughtful policies and processes for change.

We hear your concerns about having a critical mass of tenure-track faculty to deliver a robust American ethnic studies program with a balance of areas of emphasis and faculty experience. This year, we welcomed two new faculty members to American Ethnic Studies, including a new director, Yolanda Broyles-González, a university distinguished professor and an international scholar/leader in the discipline. A commitment was made last spring to conduct an additional search this fall. Because of significant cuts in our state budget last May, this search has been put on hold. Dr. Broyles-González is leading the next phase of strategic planning for American Ethnic Studies for K-State 2025 strategic plan alignment and invited the campus community to participate in a very constructive planning summit on Nov. 6.

We hear your concerns about space for American ethnic studies in Leasure Hall. We have been working hard to provide improved space for the growing department on a campus that is bursting at the seams. The gerontology program will be leaving Leasure Hall, and this space will be renovated for American ethnic studies. The department head is working with the college to develop a plan to renovate and increase the total space to more than 2,200 square feet, which more than doubles what has been allocated historically.

We hear your concerns about the Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee, which will be canvassing College of Arts and Sciences students and faculty for input on its activities and engagement this semester. Several members of the committee are involved in the current national search for an assistant dean for diversity, recruiting and retention, and we welcome college faculty, staff and student engagement in the campus interviews later this semester.

We hear your concerns about the retention and promotion of faculty and staff of color currently on campus. We also hear from you concerns about policies that may form institutional barriers to diversifying our faculty. The university has conducted an extensive review of human capital and hiring processes and is currently restructuring this entire area, including new leadership. National searches for a cabinet-level human capital officer and a director for equity and access will be launched in the spring. These new leaders will be charged to work closely with our chief diversity officer, our diversity point people and our deans and department heads to ensure we are doing all we can to attract and retain talented and diverse faculty and staff. 

We hear your concerns for an expanded multicultural student center and have been working over the past few months with different student groups to discuss options and plans. 

A K-State 2025 university diversity strategic plan is currently being developed by the chief diversity officer and the President’s Commission on Multicultural Affairs. The plan will be released for public comment in late January. That plan will address goals encompassing institutional diversity, an inclusive environment and promoting success for all. We want to be thoughtful and inclusive in our process so that every K-State member feels ownership of the plan. 

We hear your concerns and believe that we are all working to get to the same place, and in an environment of limited resources and space, it will take time to get there.  


Kirk Schulz, president
April Mason, senior vice president and provost
Peter Dorhout, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Link to K-State Today Article

November 10th, 2013

Midwest Equity Assistance Center's Film Series Present
"We Still Live Here: As Nutayunean" November 11-15, 2013
"Smoke Signals" November 18-22, 2013
Bluemont 016

“We Still Live Here: As Nutayunean” tells the amazing story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no Native speakers has been revived in this country. Four centuries ago, Wampanoag people helped the first English settlers in America- the Pilgrims - to survive. Although Americans celebrate ‘the Indians’ every year at Thanksgiving, few know that their descendants are still on their homelands in Southeastern Massachusetts. Spurred on by an indomitable linguist named Jessie Little Doe, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back.

"Smoke Signals" Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family (and his tough son Victor), and Victor hasn’t seen his father for 10 years. When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold’s remains, but only if Thomas will also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road.

Come in anytime during the day during the dates listed and watch the film. This month’s film series is sponsored by K-State’s American Ethnic Studies Department.

November 10th, 2013

"Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History" 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Student Union Room 227

The movie discusses how every day, thousands of gay and lesbian students are verbally and physically harassed in schools. "Bullied" centers on the powerful story of Jamie Nabozny, a gay teenage boy, tormented for years by classmates in his middle and high schools. Nabozny fought back, not with his fists but in a courtroom. His historic federal case established that gay and lesbian students have a constitutional right to be free from harassment and bullying.

Presented by K-State SafeZone and the LGBT Resource Center

View the movie trailer.

November 6th, 2013

"Sexual Violence Against Women and The Influence of Misogynistic Hip-Hop Lyrics"
Rosa Celmente-Delrow
Friday, November 8, 2013 at 4pm
Student Union, KSU Ballroom West

Rosa Clemente-Delrow, a grassroots community organizer, Hip-Hop activist, independent journalist, and scholar will give a lecture on sexual violence against women and the influence of misogynic Hip-Hop lyrics in U.S. culture. Delrow was nominated by the Green Party as a Vice Presidential Candidate in the 2008 election. Along with Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, the pair became the first women of color ticket in American History.

November 5th, 2013

American Ethnic Studies professor publishes article on cross-national differences on employment insecurity in the European Union

Dwanna RobertsonDwanna L. Robertson, assistant professor of American ethnic studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently co-published the article "Cross-National Differences in Workers' Perceived Job, Labour Market, and Employment Insecurity in Europe: Empirical Tests and Theoretical Extensions" in the European Sociological Review.

The article examines 27 European Union, or EU, countries on three levels of cross-national variation in workers' perceived insecurity: How secure workers feel about keeping their jobs for the next 12 months, or job insecurity, their immediate labor market opportunities if they are laid off, or labor market insecurity, and the combination of the two, or employment insecurity. The authors anticipated that worker insecurity would be greater in countries with higher unemployment and lower unionization. However, the study also found all three levels of worker insecurity substantively greater among countries with lower rates of part-time work, socialist traditions and higher levels of perceived government corruption, which might be a product of EU integration that opened up labor market opportunities outside workers' home countries.

The abstract to Robertson's article is online.

Link to K-State Today Article

November 4th, 2013

Recent publications by Dwanna Robertson, American Ethnic Studies professor

The American ethnic studies department presents three recent publications by Dwanna Robertson, professor. They are as follows:

1. "Playing 'Indian' and Color-Blind Racism" published in Indian Country Today.

2. “Fighting Bigotry By Planting Seeds of Social Justice For All” published in Indian Country Today.

3. A co-authored article published in the European Sociological Review, titled "Cross-National Differences in Workers’ Perceived Job, Labour Market, and Employment Insecurity in Europe: Empirical Tests and Theoretical Extensions.”

Despite the theoretical and political importance of perceived worker insecurity in Europe, theoretical and empirical foci on post-industrial economies leave the literature wanting of explanations of cross-national variation in this insecurity and its different forms. Synthesizing and extending the "Varieties of Capitalism," or VoC, approach and Power Resources Approach, or PRA, this study derives and tests hypotheses in 27 European Union, or EU, countries concerning the cross-national variation in workers' perceived insecurity about their jobs, their immediate labour market opportunities if they are laid off, or labour market insecurity, and the combination of the two, employment insecurity. According to the results from hierarchical linear models of 2006 Eurobarometer data linked to country-level data, average levels of worker insecurity are generally greater in countries with higher unemployment, lower unionization, socialist traditions, lower rates of part-time work and higher levels of perceived corruption.

The Varieties of Capitalism approach and Power Resources Approach anticipate the first two findings, but the rest confirm the need for theoretical and empirical extensions. Our model, however, is better suited to explain the cross-national variation in perceived job and employment insecurity than labour market security, which may be due to the role of European Union integration in opening up labour market opportunities outside of workers’ home countries.

Read more:

Link to K-State Article

November 4th, 2013

Invitation to American Ethnic Studies open summit Nov. 6

You are invited to help plan the future directions of American Ethnic Studies with an open summit Wednesday, Nov. 6, to collect input on our strategic plan.

The summit will be 10 a.m. to noon in 112 Leasure Hall and will be led by Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez, a university distinguished professor and an international scholar/leader in the discipline. She was hired as new full-time director of the program in 2013 following a national search. At the summit we will also introduce our new tenure-track professor Dwanna Robertson, who joined us this semester. 

The faculty members and students of the program are engaging in strategic planning to create a forward-looking hiring and curricular enrichment plan as part of K-State 2025. Anticipated space needs are part of this plan as we collectively define a vision of the program. 

Although there will be other opportunities for input and dialogue, this is an important beginning to our process. There are many changes in the program we would like to share with you. Please join us if your schedule allows. 


Peter K. Dorhout, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez, head of American Ethnic Studies

Link to K-State Today Article

November 1st, 2013

American Ethnic Studies
Strategic Planning Meeting
Wednesday, November 6th at 10am in Leasure Hall Room 112

This meeting is open to the public and it is the hope of the Director, Dr. Yolanda Broyles-González, that both students and faculty will attend this meeting.

October 2nd, 2013

"Youth Leadership and Engagement in Kenya: The Garden of H.O.P.E Story"
Dr. Jan Middendorf and Paul Hargrove
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:30pm in The Union Little Theater

October 2nd, 2013

Brian Gilley
Friday, October 18th 4pm
Leadership Studies - Town Hall

Brian Joseph Gilley is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center at Indiana University Bloomington. He is of Chickasaw, Cherokee, Poarch Creek, Cousatta Creek and Choctaw Freedman ancestry.  He is the author of Becoming Two-Spirit, co-editor of Queer Indigenous Studies, and the author of A Longhouse Fragmented forthcoming in January of 2014.

 September 20th, 2013

Banned Books Week Sept. 22-28 (events)

 September 14th, 2013

K-State Community Cultural Harmony Week Sept. 15-20 (events)

 September 13th, 2013

Roxane Gay
Friday, September 20, 2013, 3pm
Union Little Theatre

A self-described "bad feminist," Haitian-American artist and resident of a small Midwestern college town, she engages questions of race, gender and nationality. She maintains a high profile in the social media with regular articles in Salon, Buzzfeed and the Wall Street Journal, as well as daily observations on Twitter. Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2012American Short FictionVirginia Quarterly ReviewThe New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. Her novel, An Untamed State, will be published by Grove Atlantic, and her essay collection, Bad Feminist, will be published by Harper Perennial, both in 2014. She is an associate professor at Eastern Illinois University.

September 11th, 2013

Edgar Heap of Birds
"Heads Above Grass; Provocative Native American Public art and Studio Fine Art Practice"
September 18, 2013 at 3pm
Justin Hall 109

This, free and open to the public, lecture will showcase politically charged, community based, public art deployments throughout the U.S. and Europe which articulate current day struggles of Indian peoples for social justice. The talk also will present studio art created to explore personal freedoms and the investigation of self. A well accomplished artist with a national and international reputation. His art works include multi-disciplinary forms of public art messages, large scale drawings, Neuf Series acrylic paintings, prints, works in glass and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture. 

July 15th, 2013

American Ethnic Studies hires new assistant professor

Dwanna RobertsonAfter a national search, which produced more than 90 qualified applicants, the American ethnic studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences selected Dwanna Robertson as assistant professor starting in August 2013.

"Dwanna is a strong addition to American ethnic studies and to the broader campuswide interests in inequality, food and hunger, racial and ethnic studies, and gender studies," said Spencer Wood, former American ethnic studies interim director who was part of the search committee led by Wayne Goins, professor in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. "We are thrilled to have Dwanna joining us in the program and the college."

Robertson will be teaching Native American Perspectives, Research Methods and Introduction to American Ethnic Studies this fall at K-State.

"I'm thrilled to join the K-State family," Robertson said. "With its innovative and dedicated faculty, administration and community of workers, K-State represents excellence in higher education."

Robertson is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, public sociologist, and columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network who comes to K-State from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she received a doctorate in sociology. She received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma before earning a Master of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University in 2003 and a master’s degree in sociology from Oklahoma State University in 2010.

"I was born and raised in Oklahoma, so I've always known how wonderful the people are in Kansas," said Robertson. "Kansas State's strong commitment to diversity impressed me. K-State is excited about teaching how it benefits not just the university, but our entire society."

Robertson’s research focuses on the reproduction of social inequality, particularly for American Indians and other indigenous peoples. Robertson’s current project, "Navigating Indigenous Identity," examines the problematic processes around American Indian identity and the consequences associated with different forms of identity representation — ethnic, racial, tribal and legal — for indigenous peoples in the United States. She has authored or co-authored pieces in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, European Sociological Review, Research in the Sociology of Work, and Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor and Economic History.

"I'm excited about teaching Native American Perspectives this fall," Robertson said. "When I visited this spring, I heard all about K-State's great students. I'm also looking forward to doing great research with some of those students."

Link to K-State Today Article

July 9th, 2013

College of Arts and Sciences selects Broyles-González to lead American ethnic studies

Yolanda Broyles-GonzalezYolanda Broyles-González has been selected to lead American ethnic studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University. In addition, she has been named university distinguished professor, a lifetime title that is the highest honor the university can bestow its faculty.

"Dr. Broyles-González is a leader in ethnic studies research and education," said Peter Dorhout, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "We are looking forward to having her help guide our program to its next level of scholarship. These are exciting times for students and faculty in American ethnic studies and Yolanda will be a wonderful addition to our community."

Broyles-González comes to K-State from the University of Arizona where she was a professor of Mexican-American studies. Prior to Arizona, she was professor of Chicano studies and German studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

"Many very positive factors inform my decision to join Kansas State University," Broyles-González said. "Among the factors I find especially appealing are K-State's very positive work environment, the distinguished faculty, the administration’s strong commitment to excellence and diversity, the university's strong civic partnerships, and the appeal of the physical environment — the spectacular Konza Prairie, for example, at the intersection of two rivers."

Broyles-González studied at four German universities and was among the first women of color to receive a doctorate degree from Stanford University. As an undergraduate she attended the University of Arizona and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She is a native of the Arizona/Sonora desert and a Yaqui Barrio Libre community elder.

The focal points of her research and teaching are popular culture, gender, oral tradition, Native American culture and the popular performance genres of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, of which she is a native. Among her most recent publications is the first academic study of the legendary singer and National Medal of Arts recipient Lydia Mendoza, titled "Lydia Mendoza’s Life in Music/La Historia de Lydia Mendoza." Broyles-González also recently published the book "Earth Wisdom: A California Chumash Woman."

"Professor Broyles-González is absolutely amazing," said Spencer Wood, interim director of American ethnic studies. "She has decades of experience and a fantastic record of scholarship. Her administrative experience is equally impressive. She has initiated or led multiple programs related to American ethnic studies at several prestigious universities in her career. It is hard to imagine a more qualified candidate. In a word, professor Broyles-González is fantastic."

Broyles-González replaces Juanita McGowan, who retired in 2012 after leading the American ethnic studies program since 1997. The American ethnic studies program at K-State is the only degree program of its kind in the state of Kansas and reaches between 600 to 800 students each year.

"I regard the commitment to strengthen American ethnic studies one expression of a strong overarching institutional commitment to intellectual and human inclusivity," Broyles-González said. "I greatly look forward to forming part of Kansas State University's visionary momentum."

Broyles-González is a recipient of the lifetime Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. The award recognizes Broyles-González's multiple and invaluable scholarly contributions and her advocacy for the Chicana/o studies discipline. Other distinguished national and international awards have come from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service, which funded her research in Germany for five years.

Link to K-State Today Article

April 30th, 2013

Latinas panels on transnational feminisms

The women’s studies department, with the support of the philosophy department, the American ethnic studies program, the office of international programs and Alianza, K-State's faculty and staff alliance for Latino affairs, is sponsoring "Theorizing from the periphery: Latinas’ transnational dialogues" from 1-2:30 p.m. today in Room 226 at the K-State Student Union.

The featured panelists are Diana Pérez, philosophy professor at the University of Buenos Aires and president of Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Filosófico; and Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, American ethnic studies associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the Center for Mexican-American Studies.

Pérez and Guidotti-Hernández will discuss the benefits and limitations of national location and transborder feminist intellectual collaborations.

Pérez will present "What it is like to be … a Latin-American woman doing philosophy."

Guidotti-Hernández will present "The dialogue that sometimes is not: Chicana and Mexican feminists on globalization, race and gender violence."

This panel is free and open to the public.

Link to K-State Today Article

April 26th, 2013

K-State honors 15 graduating seniors for leadership, improving campus life

Kansas State University students from fields as diverse as aeronautics and biology have been named outstanding graduating seniors. The awards were presented at a April 25 reception by Pat Bosco, K-State, vice president for student life and dean of student life.

For the first time, Payless Shoe Source will be the signature corporate sponsor of the event.

The awards, first given in 1999, recognize the significant contributions these seniors made to student life at K-State. Directors and staff members in the division of student life nominated candidates and Bosco made the final selections.

"It's always a difficult decision," Bosco said. "K-State has so many remarkable seniors who go out of their way to improve the campus experience for other students, but this group's accomplishments really stand out."

Each student received a plaque. Recipients of the awards include:

  • Bronson Blackwell, finance and minoring in leadership studies, Wichita;
  • Brandon Brunner, electrical engineering and mathematics, Hutchinson;
  • Martin Cram, family studies and human services with a certificate in conflict resolution, Galva;
  • Kaitlyn Dechant, psychology with a minor in conflict analysis and trauma studies, Garden City;
  • Elizabeth Foster, political science and American ethnic studies and pre-Law/women’s studies and leadership studies, Lansing;
  • Cole Grieves, marketing, Auburn;
  • Courtney Hallenbeck, political science and international studies, Junction City;
  • Rachel Hoppins, biology with secondary majors in natural resources and environmental sciences and leadership, Wichita;
  • Rachel King, political science with a minor in public relations and leadership studies, Wichita;
  • Eric Swenson, technology management and computer systems technology with a minor in business, Lindsborg;
  • Angela Muhwezi, biology with a pre-dental emphasis and a minor in leadership studies, Wichita;
  • Emilee Taylor, sociology with a minor in women’s studies, Lansing;
  • Phuoc Van Bui, microbiology and premedicine, Dodge City;
  • Macy Warburton, political science and international studies with minor in nonprofit leadership studies and American ethnic studies, Cedar Vale; and
  • Dylan Works, economics and political science, with a minor in business, Iola.

Link to K-State Today Article

April 24th, 2013

Theorizing from the Periphery: Latinas' Transnational Dialogues
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 1pm-2:30pm
K-State Student Union Room 226

Dr. Diana Pérez, Philosophy professor -University of Buenos Aires and S.A.D.A.F. president; Dr. Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, American Ethnic Studies associate professor - University of Texas at Austin and director - Center for Mexican-American Studies

April 20th, 2013

"Conversation about Diversity"  Roundtable DiscussionWednesday, April 24, 2013 3:30-4:45pmHale Library Hemisphere Room (pdf)

The round table will begin with these four "stock" questions: 
1.) What are examples of positive moments you've had working with students about issues of diversity and multiculturalism?
2.) How do you go about defining these issues with students; 
3.) What challenges have you experienced?; and, 
4.) What advice do you have for GTAs and faculty?

April 1st, 2013

Robin Bernstein Lecture
Friday, April 5, 2013 4-5pm
Leadership Studies Town Hall

Robin Bernstein is associate professor of African and African-American studies and of studies of women, gender and sexuality at Harvard University, from 4-5 p.m. Friday, April 5, in Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building. An award-winning scholar, Bernstein will speak on "Signposts on a Road Less Taken: John Newton Hyde's Anti-Racist Images of African-American Children." She is the author of the book "Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights," which was released in 2011 and has received numerous awards and honors.

March 30th, 2013

"FIRE AND ICE: Active Approaches to Non-Violence" 
Saturday, April 6 9:30am to 5pm Justin Hall 109

Each session will have two active panelists who will discuss different ways to prevent violence and to promote social change. We will be providing a free lunch bar and a school bus for participants who would like a ride to and from the Beach Museum at the lunch hour. Participants should register as soon as possible so we place our lunch order by Tuesday April 2. This conference is designed for students and other campus people and for all other interested community members in this region. Please see and distribute the attached poster that lists the sessions, topics and speakers.

March 24th, 2013

"For the Next 7 Generations" Film Showing
Monday, April 1, 2013 6:30pm
Forum Hall

This is a movie presenting three Native American Grandmothers along with 10 Grandmothers from various International Countries in how they came together and formed their council. Movie trailer and description can be seen at www.forthenext7generations.com

March 21st, 2013

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 7pm
Student Union Ballroom

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco a worldwide expert on globalization,political science, immigration and education. He is is currently the Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. He is the former Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, at New York University. He has also been appointed Special Advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands.

 March 1st, 2013

Rey Chow
Friday, March 8, 2013 4-5pm
Union Little Theatre

A cultural studies critic who focuses on ethnicity, critical theory, and film. Currently the Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature at Duke, Chow is the author of more than twelve books and is considered one of the most influential cultural critics of our time.

 February 21st, 2013

Ebony Theater Presents:  Jar the Floor
February 28, 2013 through March 2, 2013 at 7:30pm in the Purple Masque Theatre
March 3, 2013 at 2:30pm in the Purple Masque Theatre

A quartet of black women spanning four generations makes up the heartwarming dramatic comedy.  The four, plus the white woman friend of the youngest, come together to celebrate the matriarch's ninetieth birthday.  It's a wild party, one that is a lovable lunatic glance at the exhilarating challenge of growing old amidst the exasperating trials of growing up. Tickets can be purchased at McCain Box Office $5 - $8.

Richard Thompson Ford, professor of law at Stanford Law School
"Rights Gone Wrong: What is the Meaning of Equal Justice for All?"
Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7pm in the K-State Alumni Center Banquet Room

Using common sense and practical reason, Ford is rethinking civil rights law, according to Michael Kaye, a professor of law at Washburn University and a regional member of the Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lecture Series committee. Ford argues that current civil rights activism is misguided and new approaches are needed, and that the misunderstanding of the meaning of discrimination has led courts to oversimplify problems of inequality and misdiagnose social ills, thus weakening the struggle for equality. Following the lecture, Ford will sign copies of his book, "Rights Gone Wrong," a New York Times Book Review's Notable Book. It will be available for purchase at the lecture.

Professor Audrey Kobayashi, Queen's University Canada 
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 3pm in Seaton Hall Room 132
"Race: An idea past its time."

An Evening With Suzan Lori-Parks, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright
February 19, 2013 at 7pm in Forum Hall
February 20, 2013 at 3:30pm in Nicholas Theatre (reception to follow)

Nikki Giovani,  February 6, 2013, 7pm at Alumni Center.