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The WSU Common Reading Program is pleased to accommodate students’ learning by offering online options to experience programming related to Born a Crime, including lectures, interviews, and documentaries, during spring semester 2021.

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The WSU Common Reading Program is pleased to accommodate students’ learning by offering online options to experience programming related to Born a Crime, including lectures, interviews, and documentaries, during spring semester 2021.

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February 2021

Anthony Jack (Harvard University) on “The Privileged Poor: How Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students” (KEYNOTE SPEAKER)

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Harvard University scholar Anthony Jack researches the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates: the Doubly Disadvantaged (those who enter college from local, typically distressed public schools) and the Privileged Poor (those who do so from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools). His research has earned numerous awards and the National Center for Institutional Diversity (University of Michigan) names him a 2016 Emerging Diversity Scholar.  His research has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The National Review, and NPR,…

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YouTube Live: Chigozie Obioma Fiction Reading (Visiting Writers Series)

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chigozie Obioma is the author of The Fishermen, which was a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker prize in 2015, as well as a winner of several awards including an NAACP Image award and the FT/Oppenheimer prize for fiction. The novel, which is being translated into 26 languages, is being adapted into a stage play. Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Influential People of 2015. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, was published in January 2019 to…

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Viewing and Discussion of Ibram Kendi’s TED Talk “The Difference Between Being Not Racist and Anti-Racist”

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world — and replace it with love. Hosted by the Office of Outreach and Education.

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Game Night for All

At this virtual Game Night for All, students will have the opportunity to learn about Black History through a variety of short games. Hosted by Global Connections as part of its MLK programming. You can register for this event using a form provided on the Global Connections website.

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Malian Activist El Hadj Djitteye on “An African Perspective on American Democracy”

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In conversation with Peter Chilson (English), Malian activist El Hadj Djitteye will discuss the ongoing conflicts in Mail and the West African Sahel, and what it has been like as an African and Americanophile to watch the unfolding political crisis in the United States. Hadj is a Program Manager for the organization Conflict Stability and Security Fund at the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Mali, as well as the founder of the Timbuktu Center for Peace. His extensive experience…

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Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X

February 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Based in Pittsburgh, Jasiri X is most known for his politically engaged lyrics and music videos discussion political candidates, urban poverty, and police violence. Jasiri uses Hip-Hop to reach young people and raise social awareness. Well-known withing activist circles, he has spoken and performed around the country, including at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery March in spring 2015. He is a co-founder of the anti-violence group OneHood and started the 1Hood Media Academy to teach African…

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Discussion of The Pretty One by Keah Brown

February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Access Center is hosting monthly discussions of The Pretty One by Keah Brown, a collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America. This month’s discussion will feature chapters 4-6, but attendees do not need to have read the book to participate as a summary will be included.  The Access Center is also offering WSU student an opportunity to receive a free digital copy of The Pretty One based on…

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Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum, Germany) on “Working Through the Past: German Efforts to Face their Nazi History” (2021 Virtual Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture)

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Susan Neiman will address how the German government and its citizens reckoned with its Nazi past and the Holocaust. Her work chronicles the struggles Germany experienced as its population grappled with their own belief in German victimhood at the close of World War II, along with the realization that the Nazis had systematically victimized, persecuted, and murdered Jews, Sinti-Roma, Germans with disabilities, and Eastern Europeans. Examining the process of reconciliation and compensation over five decades, Dr. Neiman will discuss…

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Screening of Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes (2006, 60 min)

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This film by Byron Hurt provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Hurt—a former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and gender violence education—conceived the documentary as a “loving critique” of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood. Hosted by the Office of Outreach and Education. To view the…

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Panel Discussion with filmmakers Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan on “BAM!: Chicago’s Black Arts Movement”

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Registrants to this event will be sent a link to watch the 2019 documentary BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement (50 min) anytime from Feb. 18-24. The film examines the Chicago arts scene of the 1950s-1970s that still has a powerful influence on music and art. Filmmakers Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan, who are faculty members of the WSU English Department, will be joined by celebrated Chicago poet, playwright, and novelist Angela Jackson, and distinguished poet, playwright, and youth worker Useni…

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