Synthia Saint James

Kwanzaa Celebration Speaker: Synthia Saint James
Sunday, November 4, 2007, 6-8pm

Baker Center Ballroom
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

The featured Kwanzaa Karamu speaker is Synthia Saint James, international award-winning artist and designer of the first United States Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday.

A self-taught artist and author, Saint James has written or illustrated children’s picture books, poetry, and prose books. Her work appears on more than 60 book covers including those by Alice Walker, Terry McMillan, Iyanla Vanzant, and Julia Boyd.

Kwanzaa, an African American holiday based on the first fruit celebrations of Africa, was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture: Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. The holiday is officially celebrated December 26 to January 1. Due to the OU calendar, it is celebrated early while students are still on campus. Kwanzaa is a collaborative cultural presentation of the Office of Multicultural Programs (MCP), the Multicultural Center (MCC) and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB). —http://www.ohio.edu/culturalcenter/programs/kwanzaa.cfm 

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Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day
Sunday, October 21, 2007 Noon-5pm

Miller School, St. Rt. 155, Hemlock, Ohio (map)

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day celebrates the history, culture, and natural environment of the former Hocking Valley Coal Boom region, which once impacted the portions of four southeastern Ohio counties, and that today is the heart of the Wayne National Forest. Live music, speakers, a gymnasium full of exhibits, a quilt show, and outstanding homemade soups and pies await visitors. (Those that I know are female are in CAPS.)

  • Noon – Exhibit Hall & Food Stand opens
  • 12:10PM – Opening of Diamonds In The Rough: The Legacy of Coal Mining in Ohio’s Hill Country exhibit by Ray McKinnis, Bob Evans Homestead Museum
  • 12:20PM – Opening of Miners of the Little Cities Registry by CHERYL BLOSSER, Registry Director.
  • 12:30PMLiving History Characters John and Mary Holt, a miner and his wife from the Hocking Valley Coal Boom Era portrayed by Ken Bowald and KATHY DEVECKA.
  • 1:00PM – An hour long concert with the best of music from the 1970s by Rosemont Crossing.(1 female member)
  • 2:15PM – Three deserving area citizens will be awarded the annual Little Cities Spirit Award.
  • 2:30PM – The always uplifting concert from the children of the Millcreek Elementary Choir under the direction of CONNIE ALFMAN.
  • 3:00PM – The premiere of the hour long film documentary Devil’s Oven: The Fire in the heart of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds. Film producer VALDA LEWIS and narrator Bob Singleton will be present to introduce and discuss the film.
  • 4:15PM – A musical tribute to coal miners will be given by Athens musicians and Ohio University professors Rich Greenlee and Jack Wright.
  • 5PM – Event Concludes

Mandy Carter “Building Bridges Ending Racism”

Mandy Carter “Building Bridges Ending Racism”
Three opportunities to hear Mandy Carter @ OU in Athens, Ohio, on Thursday, October 18, 2007

1.) Noon-1 pm

Brown Bag: Combating Racism
UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice
18 N. College St.

2.) 3:30-4:30 pm
International Studies Reception
Yamada International House
Ohio University

3.) 7-9 pmdownload flyer
Lecture: “Building Bridges Ending Racism”
A conversation with visionary, activist, and organizer Mandy Carter
Baker Center Ballroom A
Ohio University

Come be engaged in a journey that examines past struggles for justice and visions of the future. Mandy Carter will take you there!

Ms. Carter has been an anti-racism organizer for the past 39 years. Carter helped found SONG (Southerners on New Ground) at the Durham Creating Change Conference in 1993. Inspired by the vision of black and white southern lesbians, SONG works to build movements for progressive social change across the South by developing models for organizing that connect race, class, culture, gender and sexual identity. Ms. Carter was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 to recognize, make visible and celebrate the impressive and valuable, yet often invisible peace work of thousands of women around the world.

Sponsored by: African Studies, African American Studies, Center For International Studies, Communication And Development Studies, Department of Social Work, International Development Studies, LGBT Center, Multicultural Programs Center, Southeast Asia Studies, UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice, Women’s Center.

Contact: UCM @ 740-593-7301 or ucmcf -at- frognet.net
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Meet the Peacemakers: Cat Cutcher

Cat Cutcher
Soup for the Soul: Meet the Peacemakers series
Thursday, October 11, 2007, Noon-1 pm

United Campus Ministry
18 N. College St., Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Cat Cutcher will be speaking about activism for peace and justice and reflecting on the balance between inner peace and outer/public peacemaking.

Catherine “Cat” Cutcher is originally from Columbus, Ohio and has lived in the Athens area since 1997. She has been an activist and community organizer since she was 15, and has worked on diverse issues including peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development and environmental restoration. She has worked with many local organizations, such as the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, UCM, the Buckeye Forest Council, Rural Action, the Athens Farmers Market, and InterAct.

Currently she is a Ph.D. Student in Cultural Studies in Education at Ohio University. She also has an MA in International Affairs and African Studies from Ohio University, and a BA in Anthropology, Sociology and International Studies from Kalamazoo College. She recently received a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State for her dissertation research on popular education among women’s grassroots organizations in Kenya. She will be in Kenya from November 2007 through June 2008.

All students, faculty, and community are invited. Soup for the Soul’s fall 2007 theme is “Meet the Peacemakers.” Free lunch of soup and bread every Thursday!

Contact: ucmevan -at- frognet.net or 740-593-7301
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Screening: Can You Hear Me?

Screening: Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace
Wednesday, October 10, 7pm

Athena Theater
20 S Court St, Athens, Ohio
FREE!

Screening and panel discussion generously sponsored by The Max Family Program at Ohio University. All are welcome.

Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace (50 min., 2006), is the first documentary to explore in depth the role of Israeli and Palestinian women peace activists dealing with one of the world’s oldest conflicts. Though prospects for peace have ebbed and flowed between Israelis and Palestinians, women peace activists have worked consistently to bring an end to the bloodshed that has brought so much anguish to both sides.

Produced, written, and directed by Lilly Rivlin; narrated by Debra Winger.

Contact: Ohio Hillel

Sweet Honey in the Rock in Concert

Sweet Honey in the Rock in Concert
Thursday, October 11, 2007, 7 pm

College Activities Center (map)
West Virginia University–Parkersburg
Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV
Adults $10/Students $5

WVUP Performing Arts Series presents Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Founded in 1973, Sweet Honey in the Rock is a Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble with deep musical roots in the sacred music of the black church — spirituals, hymns, gospel — as well as jazz and blues. The Sweet Honey experience is like no other. Six African American women join their powerful voices, along with hand percussion instruments, to create a blend of lyrics, movement and narrative that variously relate history, point the finger at injustice, encourage activism, and sing the praises of love. The music speaks out against oppression and exploitation of every kind. The septet, whose words are simultaneously interpreted in uniquely expressive American Sign Language, demands a just and humane world for all. —http://www.sweethoney.com/

Tickets: 304-424-8223 or tammy.harper -at- mail.wvu.edu

OUTWeek 2007

OUTWeek 2007: Come OUT! Get OUT! Stay OUT!
Sunday, October 7-Sunday, October 14, 2007
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Sunday, October 7

OUTWeek T-shirt Tie-Dye & Painting
UCM, 18 N. College St. 2-6pm
T-shirts are free for you to decorate for OUT Week!
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Paint the Graffiti Wall
1 am
Join the painting fun!

Monday, October 8

Queer Aquarium
Lindley Hall Park, 11 am-1 pm
Join in this awareness raising event. Bring your lunch or your books to study. This is a great place to catch up with friends.
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When the Gays Move Into Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood
Baker Center 242, 8-9:30 pm
By Joe Bertolino and Bil Leipold of Campus Speak
This program explore the realities and human dimensions of living in a world of heterosexual privilege. Drawing from their own lives, their experiences as fraternity men and student affairs professionals, their family experiences, and the dynamics of their own relationship, Joe and Bil present this difficult topic in a non-threatening, humorous way.
Sponsored by ActOUT and the LGBT Center

Tuesday, October 9

Bisexuality 101: Myths and Realities, with Bisexual Activist and Author Robyn Ochs
LGBT Center, Baker Center 354 4-5:30 pm
What is bisexuality? Is there no such thing as bisexuality or is everyone really bisexual? Or is it more complicated than that? Examine these questions as well as biphobia in lesbian, gay and heterosexual
communities with the goal of better understanding bisexuality and bisexual identities.
Open to people of all sexual orientations!

OUT Week Keynote
I Now Pronounce You…Equal, with Bisexual Activist and Author Robyn Ochs
Baker University Center Theatre, 8-9:30 pm
Regardless of your position on same-sex marriage, it’s a very confusing issue, and it’s very difficult to keep track of what’s going on in the United States and around the world. Get your questions answered, and hear the personal story of someone from Massachusetts who legally married her wife on May 17. An extended question and answer period follows.
Sponsored by Open Doors and the LGBT Center
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Wednesday, October 10

Gay Blue Jean Day
Wear blue jeans to show support for LGBT people!

Open Doors Meeting
UCM, 18 N. College St., 8-10 pm
Bring a straight friend night! Regular and occasional attendees are very welcome. Invite a friend or meet the friends of others! We love our straight ALLIES!

OUT Week Concert: Erica and the Little Beans
Blue Gator, 63 N. Court St, 10:30-Midnight
Great music for a great cause! Benefit Concert for EWO-Empowering Women of Ohio

Thursday, October 11

National Coming Out Day

Wear your ‘Gay, Fine By Me’ T-shirt Day!

Brown Bag Discussion: OUT in the Workplace
The Women’s Center, Noon-1 pm
OU employees will be featured in this panel discussion.
Sponsored by the Women’s Center and OUT@Work

Greeks & Gays
Baker University Center 242, 5-7 pm
Hear from a panel of LGBT community and Greek life members to help dispel misperceptions and bridge the two communities.
Sponsored by ALLY and LGBT Commission
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Hip-Hop and Homophobia: The Ins and Outs
Baker University Center 230, 8-9 pm
Join this discussion about how the Hip-Hop movement deals with LGBT issues.
Sponsored by SHADES

Friday, October 12

OUTWeek Rally
Scripps Hall Amphitheater, Noon-1 pm
Always fun and festive. Come celebrate the fact that we can be OUT at OU!
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OUT @ the Movies
Baker University Center 239, 11 pm-1 am
Attendees will select one of several films to view during this casual event–think slumber party!
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Saturday, October 13

Open Doors Dance Party: GAY AT THE GATOR!
Blue Gator, 63 N. Court St, 10:30 pm-2 am
Traffic Jam theme. Bring $ for Glow Sticks!

Sunday, October 14

CookOUT at Strouds Run
2-6 pm
Eat, relax and play at this always amusing event! Look for the rainbow flag! This event is held rain or shine
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SEE:OUT Week activities abound,” OUtlook, 10/5/2007

OUTWeek is coordinated by Open Doors. Other sponsors include: ActOUT; ALLY; EWO; The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center; LGBT Commission of Student Senate; SHADES; The Women’s Center; and OUT@Work: OU LGBTA Employees’ Network.