Women’s Studies Faculty & Grad Colloquium: Farid Muttaqin

download flyerFarid Muttaqin “Observing the Islamic Theological Context: Contemporary Indonesian Muslim Feminist Agendas toward Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Rights”
Friday, November 2, 2007, 4-6 PM
Baker Center 233
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

This month’s colloquium will feature Farid Muttaqin leading a discussion on his paper. Muttaquin, currently an OU Southeast Asian Studies student, graduated from the State Islamic University of Jakarta in philosophy.

The Muslim feminists in Indonesia have an important position among the efforts to uphold gay and lesbian rights. Indeed, the involvement of Muslim feminist groups in homosexual movements is crucial in terms of strengthening the endeavors of reconstruction of biases in Islamic interpretations. Some groups such as GAYa Nusantara, Koalisi Pelangi, and Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia, who promotes gay rights in Indonesia, focus on the internal empowerment among gay communities and still abandon the problem of theology and religion. It is hard for the “secular groups” to deal with the controversial issue of homosexuality in the country in where Islamic religious belief plays the significant roles for the society. It is important to begin the recognition of homosexual rights in Indonesia by observing the theological context and reinterpreting the verses of the Koran. In this regard, this feminist effort to provide a new interpretation of Islamic teaching on homosexuality will be a crucial contribution to gay and lesbian rights.

Part of the Ohio University Women’s Studies Program Colloquium for faculty and graduate students. Refreshments will be served.

To facilitate discussion, please request a copy of the paper from Women’s Studies: godby -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4686.


Feminism: What’s it All About?

download flyerFeminism: What’s it All About?
Women’s Center Brown Bag
Thursday, Oct 25, 2007, Noon – 1 pm

Women’s Center, Baker Center 403
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Screening of the short film The F-word: A Video about Feminism, followed by discussion.

The F-Word is a provocative look at the power of the word “feminism” in the U.S. Why does it mean so many different things to different people? Pithy interviews with women and men from diverse backgrounds are rhythmically intercut with computer-animated quotes from the likes of Barbara Smith to Pat Robertson, all set to an upbeat rap accompaniment. Designed to open up attitudes, this video proves feminism is still something worth talking about – hotly debated, widely misconstrued, but undeniably an act of life.

Weekly brown bag discussions on Thursdays @ Noon, different speaker/topic each week.

Contact: 740-593-9625 or womenscenter -at- ohio.edu

Carlton Pearson: The Gospel of Inclusion

Bishop Carlton Pearson: The Gospel of Inclusion
Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 7-9pm

Baker Center Ballroom
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Having rejected his religious tradition’s belief in a literal hell, lost his 5,000-member mega-church, and formally been declared a heretic in 2004, Bishop Carlton Pearson has emerged as a leading voice calling for radical acceptance.

Preaching the Gospel of Inclusion, Pearson emphasizes God’s irrepressible love for all and welcomes gay people, AIDS patients, religious skeptics, and all others into his ministry.

Once an Evangelical heavyweight, sharing the pulpit with Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, Pearson believes that God explicitly delivered the Gospel of Inclusion to him, initiating a whirlwind of events that drastically changed his life and his faith. Pearson’s unwavering commitment to spreading the message of inclusion is taking root at his renamed church, New Dimensions Worship Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma and he is enjoying a resurgent popularity among a more diverse population than he has ever reached before. Unlikely and fascinating, his story begs to be told.

On Wednesday, he will talk to Professor Steve Hays’ course on Religious Beliefs, from 3-5 p.m. in the South Pole of Nelson Commons, also free and open to the public.


Affirming Humanity panel

Affirming Humanity
Tuesday, October 23, 2007, Noon-1 pm

Baker Center 239
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

The last of the three panels in the Affirming Humanity series, and a free light lunch. The series is devoted to celebrating the work and contributions of Ohio University faculty and staff engaged in and committed to service and outreach to others.

Panelists include CHRISTINA BECK, professor in the School of Communication Studies; Stephen Davis, director of faculty development in the College of Osteopathic Medicine; Michael Hess, associate director of Off-Campus Housing; CONNIE ESMOND-KIGER, associate professor in the School of Accountancy; and Najee Muhammad, associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies and interim chair of the Department of African American Studies. Each panelist will briefly talk about his or her service activities before taking questions and comments from the audience.

Associate VP for Finance and Administration for Human Resources James Kemper will welcome attendees to the event and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services JEANNE HEATON, will serve as moderator. Panel members were nominated by their peers for their ethics and actions of service, goodwill and respect for others.

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Ombuds Office, Institutional Equity, University College and University Human Resources are sponsoring the series. http://www.ohio.edu/outlook/07-08/October/a159.cfm

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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Visiting Artist Lecture: Nancy Davenport, Photographer

Visiting Artist Lecture: Nancy Davenport, Photographer
Wed, Oct 17, 2007, 7 pm

Bentley Hall 236
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Workers detailNancy Davenport‘s work deftly utilizes digital technology to investigate questions of photography’s medium-specificity, connecting discourses on documentary with the manipulated image. Davenport examines the politics of representation by tracing the continuities of historical photographic practices within contemporary digital culture. Her latest project, Workers, a multi-screen DVD installation, is currently on view at the Instanbul Biennial.

Davenport received her B.F.A. from York University in Toronto and her M.F.A. from School of Visual Arts in New York. She lives and works in New York City. She has exhibited her work at the 25th Bienal de Sao Paulo, PROA Fundacion in Buenos Aires, Musee d’Histoire de Luxembourg, Photo & Contemporary, Turin, and Rockford Art Museum. Davenport teaches in the Graduate Photography Department at School of Visual Arts, Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts and the ICP/Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies.

Lecture funded by the Clarence White Fund For Photography, OU School of Art.

Contact: Laura Larson larsonl1 -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4290