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November 2022

“Humanists as Activists: Exploring Our Social Responsibility as Writers” – Clinnesha D. Sibley

Wednesday, November 2

​​12:00:00 PM – 1:00:00 PM

Virtual – Link Forthcoming

This interactive SouthTalk will allow participants to explore characters and dramatic situations that reflect injustices in our current world. In the spirit of social change, urgency, and activism, participants will be able to create and discuss original literature that encourages radical empathy, activates the human heart, and holds the writer accountable.

Clinnesha D. Sibley is the author of plays, blogs, poetry, prose, essays, and creative nonfiction. Her work contributes authentic narratives about Mississippians, southerners, and Black women to the contemporary literary canon and has been recognized by Penumbra Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Fade to Black Reading Series, and the New Stage Theatre, among others.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

LGBTQ+ Film Series: Margarita with a Straw 

Thursday, November 3

6:00:00 PM – 8:00:00 PM

Bryant Hall 200

Margarita with a Straw, LGBTQ+ film from India, will be shown. 

OUTGrads, Croft Institute for International Studies; Department of Modern Languages; Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement; Pragda  

Jennifer Morton: Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility

Tuesday, November 8

6:00:00 PM – 7:30:00 PM

Location: TBA

Jennifer M. Morton: Born and raised in Peru, Professor Morton has experienced firsthand the obstacles faced by those interviewed for her most recent, award-winning book, Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility. She can also talk about the Latin experience in higher education and on education ethics more broadly.

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement and First Generation Student Network

​​“Where We Matter: Dean Lucy Diggs Slowe, Howard Women, and the Co-Creation of Campus Belonging, 1922–1937” – Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

Wednesday, November 9

12:00:00 PM – 1:00:00 PM

Virtual – Link Forthcoming

What does it mean for Black women to feel included in higher education? What does it look like when Black college women know they matter to their institutions? Lucy Diggs Slowe (1883–1937), the first trained African American dean of women, placed these questions at the center of her work at her alma mater, Howard University. From 1922 to 1937 Dean Slowe worked with Howard undergraduates to build an extracurricular program focused on Black women’s community, personal growth, and joy. Drawing on student newspaper accounts about her efforts and impact, Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant describes Slowe’s philosophy of “living more abundantly” and the ways it operationalized a sense of belonging and inclusion for Black Howard women. 

Beauboeuf-Lafontant is Louise R. Noun Chair in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at Grinnell College. A womanist social scientist, she researches everyday and embodied experiences of racialized gender. She is the author of Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman: Voice and the Embodiment of a Costly Performance and To Live More Abundantly: Black Collegiate Women, Howard University, and the Audacity of Dean Lucy Diggs Slowe.

Center for the Study of Southern Culture and University of Georgia Press

In the Kitchen – Partner Cooking Night

Wednesday, November 9

6:00:00 PM – 7:00:00 PM

Whitwell Kitchen – South Campus Recreation Center

Come solo or with a friend to learn how to make an easy, nutritious meal!

William Magee Center

Censorship in Libraries: Book Challenges and Bans

Thursday, November 10

12:15:00 PM – 1:15:00 PM

J.D. Williams Library Room 106D

Let’s talk about censorship in libraries and what you can do to help fight it. Many challenged and banned books in school and public libraries have LGBTQ+ themes. In this workshop, we will discuss recent book bans in the South and use online resources to find information about challenged and banned books across America. 

UM Libraries

LGBTQ+ Film Series: Paris is Burning 

Thursday, November 10

6:00:00 PM – 8:00:00 PM

Bryant Hall 209

Paris is Burning, LGBTQ+ documentary from the USA, will be shown

OUTGrads, Croft Institute for International Studies; Department of Modern Languages; Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement; Pragda 

Are You Ready? Dialogue Series/ Roundtable Discussion on Food Insecurity, Vulnerable Populations, and Our Community

Monday, November 14

5:00:00 PM – 6:30:00 PM

Bryant Hall – 209

Hear from on-campus and off-campus organizations about food insecurity in Oxford and what we can do about it.

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

An African American Dilemma: A History of School Integration and Civil Rights in the North Zoë Burkholder

Tuesday, November 15

7:00:00 PM – 8:00:00 PM

Tupelo Room, Barnard Observatory

Description: Since Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, Americans have viewed school integration as a central tenet of the Black civil rights movement. Yet, school integration was not the only—or even always the dominant—civil rights strategy. At times, African Americans also fought for separate, Black-controlled schools dedicated to racial uplift and community empowerment.

To date, much of what we know about the history of school integration comes from the South. In her book An African American Dilemma: A History of School Integration and Civil Rights in the North, Burkholder offers the first and most comprehensive analysis of the history of Black struggles for educational equality in the North. She argues that since the 1840s, African Americans have employed multiple strategies to fight for equal educational opportunities, including school integration and its opposite—separate, Black-controlled schools. This study considers what is unique about Black struggles for school integration in the North, how these struggles differed from those in the South, and why these regional distinctions matter in order to shed light on the complex relationship between school integration and the larger Black freedom struggle. 

Zoë Burkholder is an historian of education, professor of educational foundations, and the founding director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project at Montclair State University. 

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

UM Listen Board

Wednesday, November 16

11:00:00 AM – 1:00:00 PM

Union Plaza

How are you feeling today? Let us know!

William Magee Center

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