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November 2022

IDEAS FORUM: Shattered Kingdoms: Finding solace when life is burning down your American Dreams

Tuesday, November 1

4:00:00 PM – 5:00:00 PM

Gertrude C. Ford Student Union Auditorium (Room 124)

bring your bars….your lines….your caesuras….your virgules….your skin….your bones

Acclaimed poet, Derrick Harriell, Interim Director of African American and Ottilie Schillig Associate Professor English and African American Studies will read selections from his new book Come Kingdom.  A question and answer period and book signing will follow the poetry reading session.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact the College of Liberal Arts by calling or emailing Valeria Ross at 661.915.2784 or  Thank you for submitting these request(s) as soon as possible.

College of Liberal Arts

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

Wednesday, November 2

​​12:00:00 PM – 1:00:00 PM

Virtual – Register Here

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

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Being Yourself Over Break

Wednesday, November 2

5:00:00 PM – 6:30:00 PM

LGBTQ+ Lounge

Going home over breaks can be difficult, but staying on campus for holidays brings its own challenges. Come sip some hot cocoa while we brainstorm ways to make the upcoming Thanksgiving and winter breaks enjoyable, safe, and affirming. Bring questions about navigating holiday events, dinners with family, religious services, missing community, staying in Oxford between semesters, and more. Leave with the plan and resources you need to feel confident about being yourself over break. All are welcome. Feel free to BYOM (bring your own mug!)

Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement

professional etiquette dinner

information on professional etiquette dinner

Etiquette Dinner

Wednesday, November 2

5:00:00 PM – 8:00:00 PM

Jackson Avenue Center- Auditorium A

There’s nothing more uncomfortable or embarrassing than not knowing proper dining etiquette in a formal environment or when you are trying to impress an employer. Career Center staff and employers will be attending this event as sponsors and table hosts. It’s a wonderful opportunity to interact with your peers and employers.

Not only will you learn about dining etiquette, but you will also learn about professionalism needed for future interviews and career networking environments.  Our guest speaker is Toni Avant, Career Center Director. Registration is required

Career Center, Trent Lott Institute, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

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Margarita with a straw film

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  

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

Tuesday, November 8

5:30:00 PM – 6:45:00 PM

Farley Hall – 202

Dr. Jennifer Morton looks at the ethical dilemmas of upward mobility—the broken ties with family and friends, the severed connections with former communities, and the loss of identity—faced by students as they strive to earn a successful place in society. She will discuss her book, Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility

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 – Register Here

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

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Paris is Burning film

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 

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Are You Ready? Dialogue Series: Food Insecurity in Our City

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

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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Friendsgiving event


Thursday, November 17

7:00:00 PM – 9:00:00 PM

LGBTQ+ Lounge/ Lamar Hall 4th Floor

OUTGrads, UM Pride Network, OUTLaw, and LAMBDA will meet for Friendsgiving. While Thanksgiving can evoke feelings of alienation and stir up past traumas, we hope Friendsgiving will serve as an alternative space to enjoy friends and colleagues without the pressures of family or blood. Rather, we will get together to acknowledge each other’s presences in our life and celebrate our existence as LGBTQ+ students and allies. Bring a Dish and RSVP Link.

OUTGrads, OUTLaw, UM Pride Network, Lambda