Diversity/Equity/Social Justice Events

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3 special events sponsored by the College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
in partnership with the Stanislaus State Affirmative Action & Diversity Committee


Karlos Hill – 21st Century Lynchings?
Meditations on Police Shootings of Unarmed Black Men

Tuesday, February 9, Faculty Development Center (FDC 118): 7:30-9:30pm

Dr. Karlos K. Hill is Associate Professor of History in Texas Tech University's Department of History. He received his PhD in History from the University of Illinois in 2009. Dr. Hill is the founding director of the African American History Month Lecture Series at Texas Tech. He also serves on the President’s Gender Equity Council as Chair of Engagement. Dr. Hill’s primary research interests include the history of lynching and racial violence in America and the anti-lynching movement. He is publishing a book on this topic entitled Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016). He is also completing a second book entitled The Murder of Emmett Till: A Graphic History, slated for publication by Oxford University Press in 2017. Dr. Hill has also published articles and reviews appearing in the Journal of African American HistoryThe Journal of Southern HistoryReviews in American History, and Choice. He is a Louisiana native and currently lives in Lubbock, Texas.  Dr. Hill’s talk will be followed by two respondents, our own Trystan Cotton (Associate Professor of Gender and Ethnic Studies) and Frank Johnson, president of NAACP Modesto/Stanislaus Branch 1048.


Aisha FukushimaSpeaker, Singer, ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist)

Thursday, February 11, Snider Hall, 7:30-9:00pm

3 follow-up student engagement sessions on

Friday, Feb 12th (FDC-118: 10am and 11am; and C-102 1pm)

Aisha Fukushima is a dynamic public speaker, educator, singer, and ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist) performer. Fukushima founded RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a global hip hop project performed in 10 countries on four continents, highlighting important ways culture can contribute to universal efforts to achieve greater freedom and justice by challenging apathy with awareness, ignorance with intelligence, and oppression with expression. She is a dynamic multilingual, multiracial African American Japanese woman whose work is influenced by her global upbringing, with roots spanning from her birthplace of Seattle, Washington to her other hometown of Yokohama, Japan.   http://aishafukushima.com/bio

“Hip hop is a very intellectual exercise. As a self-proclaimed raptivist, I am continually learning ways to challenge and question injustices, especially in situations where under-represented voices are marginalized or silenced. Hip-hop is a rich cultural movement to explore not only because of its significant social and political influences, but also because is an art form that merits risk-taking and the ability to challenge personal limitations. Whether participating in a rap battle or allowing music to inspire improvised dance moves in the street, to live as a raptivist is to consistently seek to refine and improve one’s own artistic and intellectual sensibilities.”  Aisha Fukushima


Hugh Vasquez — Transforming Systems of Privilege to Increase Social Equity: A Critical Role for Coalitions in Addressing the Color of Fear

Monday, February 15, Snider Hall, 7:30-9:00pm

Workshop/discussion sessions for students & faculty:

Feb 15th @10am & 1pm in MSR 130 & Feb 16th @11am in South Dining

Senior Associate with the National Equity Project in Oakland, CA and a speaker and educator on social justice issues. He is dedicated to ending all forms of social oppression and building cross-cultural alliances. Driven by a deep sense of fairness, equity, and justice, Hugh has emerged as one of the nation’s top leaders in working to create environments where people from all cultures are honored, respected, and valued.  In the past 25 plus years, Hugh has worked with hundreds of organizations who want to take on the challenges of eliminating the social conditions that produce racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and the like. He has assisted local, regional, and national organizations to address inequities in our social institutions and he has provided training to thousands of individuals throughout the country.  He is perhaps best known for his contributions to The Color of Fear, a landmark documentary project from 1994 addressing the state of race relations in America, which continues to be featured in college and university curriculums throughout the country.   http://hughvasquez.com/hugh_vasquez/About_Us.html


 

29 Days of Equity & Diversity, 2016 Calendar

 


Dillard Black Arts Movement (BAM) Conference

Southern Style

Friday – Sunday, September 9-11, 2016

A celebration of eclectic and contemporary arts with a lively atmosphere filled with food, entertainment and history. Click here for the BAM Conference website.