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Past Events

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


"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.

"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.

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.

"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

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.

Banned Books Week Sept. 22-28 (events)

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

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 2012, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, The 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.

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. 

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

"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?

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.

"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.

"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

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.

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.

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.

Showing of "For The Next 7 Generations"
Friday, November 9, 2012
5:30pm Union Little Theatre

This film is about the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers that came together from the 4 corners of the earth to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. It tells the story of their concerns and how they came together. It is filmed on location of each of the grandmothers and the conference forming the alliance. The first in a series of events brought to you for Native American Heritage Month by the Native American Student Assoc. www.ksu.edu/nasa (for future events), Office of Diversity, and SGA. This movie is also sponsored by the Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Foundation www.fhwisdomkeepers.org.  Film trailor can be previewed at www.forthenext7generations.com. Please visit our NASA website for future events including Native American Heritage Day 11/12. Any questions can be routed to Georgia Perez, NASA Advisor or Brandy Tholstrup, NASA President.

Maidu Poet Janice Gould
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
4pm Student Union Little Theatre

Native American Lesbian Poet will give a public reading

"Can I Kiss You?" with Mike Domitrz
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7pm Union Grand Ballroom

This program is sponsored by The Women's Center and Wildcats Against Rape (W.A.R.)

Judy Ancel
Immigration and the Right to Work: The 2012 Election and Beyond
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7pm
Leadership Students Building Town Hall Room

Judy Ancel, Director of the Institute of Labor Studies at UMKC, has worked with unions, immigrant workers, and immigrant rights organizations, and has testified to the legislatures of Kansas and Missouri.  She is a strong opponent of the exclusionist legislation pushed by Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach.

Ancel’s interest in immigration issues grows out of years of teaching and activism related to working people in a global economy. Her many trips to Mexico have brought her in close touch with families surviving by sending a family member to the U.S.  She argues that current immigration laws fail to provide for our country's needs for immigrant labor, or for the needs of American working citizens.  She will offer a positive proposal for a sensible and humane immigration policy that can draw broad public support in the years ahead.

Everyone Is Gay
Friday, October 22, 2012
7pm Forum Hall

Everyone is Gay began as a humorous online advice website for all, with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth. Founders Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid now tour high school and college campuses nationwide, promoting a message of kindness and everyday change-making while keeping audiences of all ages engaged and, most importantly, laughing.

National Coming Out Day October 11, 2012
Leadership Amphitheater at 7:00pm.

Open mic (for people to tell their coming out stories to an open and affirming audience) as well as a candle light vigil in order to share a moment of silence for those who have taken their lives or had their lives taken as a result of coming out (or not coming out).

Sean Arce
Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7pm Leadership Studies Building Town Hall Room (pdf)

"A Walk In My Shoes"
Friday, October 12, 2012
Town Hall in Leadership Studies Building 12pm

The College of Education invites you to attend a landmark video event, where six graduate students from six different countries tell their personal stories of coming to Kansas State University.  Come learn about their home, culture, education, and experience here at K-State.  The 35-minute documentary film will start at noon, followed by a question and answer session. (video clip)

Tony Diaz
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 3:30pm Hemisphere Room of Hale Library

Founder and Organizer of the Librotraficante movement will be giving a lecture on campus

Sixth annual Encuentro highlights Hispanic Heritage Month activities:

Kansas State University will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 with a variety of events and activities that showcase Hispanic culture and issues.   For more information on Encuentro or any of the other events, go to www.k-state.edu/halo/encuentro/index.html.

 "K-State Events to support Librotraficante"   

Novelist Tony Diaz, a former K-Stater, is the Founder and Organizer of the Librotraficante movement.  As part of the national movement K-State is hosting several events:

Sept 20th and 21st: readings on Bosco Plaza

We will be reading excerpts from actual books listed on the banned books list. We will also be showing the trailer for “Precious Knowledge,” a documentary that details the struggles of the students involved in the Ethnic Studies ban in Arizona.

Sept 21st and Oct 12th: showings of the documentary Precious Knowledge

We will be showing this documentary two times and facilitating discussion regarding the events surrounding the racist bans. So far in our discussions, we have identified 4:00 on Friday, the 21st of September as a good showing time. We will try to show the movie in Leasure in room 13.

  Librotraficante web page

Two-Spirits" A documentary by Lydia Nibly

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 6pm

Beach Museum

It centers on the life of a young Two-spirit/Transgender Navajo, F.C. Martinez, who was murdered in 2001. The film is both informative and engaging.

"Centered: 40 years of expanding Multiculturalism at K-State Libraries"
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4pm
Hale Library 4th Floor (pdf)