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Banished: Free Community Screening Event

Banished Film FlyerBanished by Marco Williams

How did three U.S. towns make African Americans disappear? Marco Williams, award-winning filmmaker of TWO TOWNS OF JASPER, visits some of the whitest counties in the country to confront the legacy of “banishment” – a wave of racial purging that tore through the South 100 years ago. Williams sits down with KKK leaders, white residents of these all white communities, as well as descendants of the banished alike, opening the wounds of history. Will he help these communities heal? Is reconciliation possible? Or reparations? Or both?

Banished: Film Screening and Discussion

(MSU’s African-American Studies Committee Film Series)

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1014
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Missouri State University
Glass Hall, Room 101

Facilitator: Dr. Hornsby-Gutting, History

The towns of Pierce City, Missouri, Forsyth County, Georgia, and Harrison, Arkansas, banished their black residents a century ago. The film raises questions about privilege, responsibility, denial, healing, communal identity and conflict resolution.

What does the past have to do with today?
What actions can, and should be taken to address past racial injustices?

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Panel Discussion: Fixed: The Science Fiction of Human Enhancement

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Expect. Employ. Empower.

FIXED: The Science Fiction of Human Enhancement
A haunting, subtle, urgent documentary, FIXED questions commonly held beliefs about disability and normalcy by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever. Told primarily through the perspectives of five people with disabilities: a scientist, journalist, disability justice educator, bionics engineer and exoskeleton test pilot, FIXED takes a close look at the implications of emerging human enhancement technologies.

Disability Studies Minor Panel
A panel of faculty and advocates will discuss the film and how it relates to our new disability studies minor.

October 21
6:30-8:30
Strong Hall 304

Those with disabilities who may not be able to fully participate because of the instructional format or design of the program may request an accommodation by contacting the Disability Resource Center in advance at drc@missouristate.edu or 417-836-4192.

Science & Technology Studies, Disability Studies, Sociology/American Studies/Community Studies, Anthropology/Medical Humanities, Law/Legal Studies/Medical Ethics/Bioethics, Gender/Feminist Studies, History (Eugenics in the U.S.), Social Welfare/Social Work/Counseling, Bioengineering/Genetics/Neuroscience/Biomechatronics, Engineering, Public Health/Public Policy, Environmental & Urban Design/Architecture, Medical Schools/Prosthetic, Orthotic/Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Programs, Dance/Performance Studies

 

 

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25 Aniversario del Grupo LationAmericano

Aniversario GL en español

Acompáñanos en nuestra celebración del 25 aniversario al servicio de la comunidad.

Disfruta la música en vivo, los bailes, las exhibiciones culturales y la comida del mundo de habla hispana.

Invitamos a toda la comunidad de los Ozarks tanto a la hispana como a la no hispana, a venir y compartir en esta celebración de diversion y fiesta para toda la familia.

Entrada, comida y estacionamiento gratis!!

Cuando: Sabado 18 de Octubre, de 3:00 p.m. a 5:30 p.m.

En Donde: MSU Plaster Student Union, S. National and E. Madison

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Grupo LatinoAmericano’s 25th Anniversary

Aniversario GL copyGrupo LatinoAmericano;s 25th Anniversary

Join us in our celebration of 25 years of service to the community.
Enjoy the live music, dances, cultural exhibits and food of the Spanish-speaking world.

We invite the entire Ozarks community, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic, to come and share in this festive celebration of fun and fiesta for the whole family.

Admission, food and parking are free!!

When: Saturday, October 18th, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: Plaster Student Union, S. National and E. Madison

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Presentation: How to defeat ISIS via the Kurdish Road

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AND
THE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
WELCOME
DR. MICHAEL GUNTER

MICHAEL M. GUNTER is a professor of political science at Tennessee
Technological University. He is the author of 11 critically praised scholarly books
on the Kurdish question and co-editor (with Mohammed M. A. Ahmed) of
three more books on the Kurds, among others. His most recent book is Out of
Nowhere: The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War, London: Hurst Publications, 2014.
He has also published and worked extensively on issues related to terrorism,
foreign policy, Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

HOW TO DEFEAT ISIS
VIA THE KURDISH ROAD
The Kurds are famously the largest nation on earth without their own independent state,
constituting large minorities in Iraq and Syria as well as Turkey and Iran. They are also for the most
part very pro-American, secular, moderate Muslims, possessed with a proven ability to fight. In
other words the Kurds are the best possible ally for the United States to work with in trying to deal
successfully with ISIS in Iraq and Syria where the US has no other natural allies to provide boots on
the ground to complement the US air campaign against ISIS.
FRIDAY
OCTOBER 17, 2014
5:00-7:00PM
LIBRARY AUDITORIUM 101
ADMISSION IS FREE
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For more information, contact David Romano (417) 836-6957 or dromano@missouristate.edu.

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The Queerest Moments of Missouri State University

October is the month to celebrate, not just for the longed-for Fall Pumpkin Spice Latte’s, but for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Ally (LGBTQA) History Month!  Wednesday, October 1st marks the start of our queerest moment of best known plays and musicals of the 20th century performed with a special and unique TWIST – known as The Miscast Cabaret.

Of course the “queerest” time to highlight LGBTQA organizations and resources is through our electrifying Annual Kick-Off event.  As queerified as National Coming Out Day is on Oct. 11, we ask the MSU campus and greater Springfield community to help us honor Spirit Day, by wearing purple to support the LGBTQA community as well as Spectrum’s Ally Week Table, an event in which allies against LGBT bullying show support by signing a pledge.

This queeriful year, marks the 25th anniversary of The Normal Heart, a theatre production that put Springfield, MO in the national spotlight. The Springfield Contemporary Theatre will commemorate this queerfully dramatic play by hosting The Normal Heart:  Remembering 25 Years Ago & MSU 25 Years Later.  Spectrum, Lambda Alliance, and Advocates applauds these efforts and wants all their allies to support the queertastic Big Gay Talent Show, a night of fun showcasing the many talents of our MSU students!

Visit http://www.missouristate.edu/MulticulturalPrograms/ for a complete list of LGBT History Awareness events.  Contact the Multicultural Resource Center at 417.836.5652 or email: Dominiece Hoelyfield at Dhoelyfield@MissouriState.edu for questions.

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University-based Mentoring, Support and Partnerships Program

The University-based Mentoring, Support, and Partnerships Program at Missouri State University (MSU) held its first fall gathering on Friday, September 12, 2014. Five junior faculty members and another mentor were welcomed into the program. The program focuses on 5 areas: Teaching, Research, Service, Professional Development, and Social & Emotional Support. As a result, on set occasions time is spent advancing the professional development of program participants via interactive engagements in workshops and scholarly discussions about the 5 areas to heighten awareness about related trends and issues, as well as evidence-based strategies and practices. One such discussion was the main focus of the gathering, and it was facilitated by a program mentor, Dr. Leslie Anderson. She is a professor in the College of Education and a licensed psychologist. Dr. Anderson also served as the Interim Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at MSU,

and she has expertise and extensive experience with diversity issues. Her discussion title: From “Me” to “We” – Creating Inclusive Learning Environments. The discussion was also greatly enriched by Kendra Shoge (an MSU graduate student). She shared the results of the master’s thesis she successfully defended, “An Examination of the Occurrence of Racial Microaggressions and their Relation to Self-Esteem, Stress, and Racial Identity,” and she provided insight into the experiences of MSU graduate students from diverse populations (the sample group in her study).  Overall, the discussion sparked in-depth reflections, candid inquiries, and problem-solving strategies designed to make classrooms comfortable, welcoming environments that are truly inclusive for all of the students and instructors. If you are interested in joining the program as a mentor or junior faculty/staff contact Dr. Sabrina A. Brinson, Program Coordinator (sbrinson@missouristate.edu/417.836.5070).

Meet the Members of the University-based Mentoring, Support, and Partnerships Program at Missouri State University

Junior Faculty/Staff

Marlin C. Barber, History in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs

Edith Bobbitt-Boyce, Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Human Services

Ann Marie Daehn, Music in the College of Arts and Letters

Cameron F. LaBarr, Music in the College of Arts and Letters

Ashley Leinweber, Political Science in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs

Malikah Marrus, School of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services

Amanda Perkins, Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Services

Vadim Putzu, Religious Studies in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs

Michele Smith, Counseling, Leadership and Special Education in the College of Education

Cathy Starr, Fashion and Interior Design in the College of Business

Shurita Thomas-Tate, Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Human Services

Ryan Udan, Biology in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences

Hae Min Yu, Childhood Education and Family Studies in the College of Education

Min Yu, Childhood Education and Family Studies in the College of Education

Mentors

Leslie Anderson, Counseling, Leadership and Special Education in the College of Education

Sabrina A. Brinson, Childhood Education and Family Studies in the College of Education

Roberto Canales, Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health and Human Services

Jeffrey Cornelius-White, Counseling, Leadership and Special Education in the College of Education

Rachelle Darabi, Student Development and Public Affairs in the Provost Office

David Goodwin, Reading, Foundations, and Technology in the College of Education

Robert “BOB” Jones, Psychology in the College of Health and Human Services

Kathleen Kennedy, History in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs

Tina Liang, Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Services

Julie Masterson, Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Human

Sarah Nixon, Reading, Foundations, and Technology in the College of Education

Jorge Rebaza, Mathematics in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences

Rose Utley, Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services

Johnny Washington, Philosophy in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs

Robert Watson, Counseling, Leadership and Special Education in the College of Education

Margaret Weaver, English in the College of Arts and Letters

Steve Willis, Art Education in the College of Arts and Letters

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Save the Date: 2015 Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference

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Missouri State University

Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference
Preparing tomorrow’s leaders today
March 25-27, 2015
Robert W. Plaster Student Union, on the campus of Missouri State University

diversity.missouristate.edu/conference

#diversity15

A Missouri State University Signature Event
Missouri State University’s Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference (SCDC) will focus on broadening the community leaders and tomorrow’s leaders with best practices showcased by diversity professionals from around the nation.

Essential for corporate, non-profit, educational and government sectors

Join a statewide showcase of:

  • Creative examples of research-based diversity program implementation
  • Performance indicators and metrics that impact organization success and profits
  • Best practices for industry-specific training and sustainable results
  • Successful approaches to conduct diversity research
  • Unique opportunities for success and/or progression for underrepresented populations
  • Targeted approaches to cultural competence, intervention, pedagogy and research

Meet our keynote speaker

Dr. Daryl G. Smith
Senior Research Fellow
Claremont Graduate University

Daryl G. Smith, senior research fellow and professor emerita of education and psychology at Claremont Graduate University, is the keynote speaker for the 2015 SCDC. Dr. Smith’s research, teaching and publications are in the areas of organizational implications of diversity, assessment and evaluation, leadership and change and governance. Smith served as one of three Principals responsible for the evaluation of the James Irvine Foundation Campus Diversity Initiative, in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges. This six-year initiative involved 28 independent California institutions in the development of sustainable diversity practices in the higher education field. It resulted in a resource kit for campuses and a monograph, “Making a Real Difference with Diversity: A Guide to Institutional Change.” In addition, she was a participant in a Kellogg Foundation Research Advisory Board, Harvard Medical School, and served as part of two U.S. delegations to Ford Foundation tri-national conferences on campus diversity in higher education for India, South Africa and the United States. Smith served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in South Africa in 2010 and 2012.

diversity.missouristate.edu/conference
diversityandinclusion@missouristate.edu
#Diversity15

In response from previous conferences, the 2015 SCDC will include:

Wednesday, March 25 – Student Day Diversity Conference
A specific day with seminars for students

Thursday, March 26 – Diversity Consultant Fair

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