Stephen F. Austin State University

Conscious Speaker Series

FALL 2014 CONSCIOUS SPEAKER SERIES

August 27 (Wed.): DRUMMING UP DIVERSITY WITH DRUM CAFÉ

Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 5-6pm (Reservation Required) & 7-9pm (No Reservation Necessary)

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in a community celebration (Drum Circle) using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world. No experience is necessary to participate and ALL are welcomed. Join Drum Café as they bring rhythm to East Texas! ***RSVP REQUIRED ONLY for the 5pm Drum Circle: To sign up for the drum circle, email Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu. Also, please indicate whether you will be bringing your own instrument to the drum circle***

October 9 (Thurs.): KLEZMER MUSIC PERFORMANCE PERFORMED BY RABBI NEAL KATZ AND HIS BAND

Location & Time: BPSC Twilight Ballroom, 7-9pm

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), the Organization for Faith, Education, and Community, and the SFA School of Social Work as we continue to celebrate DIVERSITY! Rabbi Neal Katz and his Klezmer band will be performing fun, exciting, and rhythmic Jewish folk music! Come out, enjoy the performance and expand your musical experience!

November 13 (Thurs.): DANZA CHIKAWA AZTEC DANCE PERFORMANCE

Location & Time: BPSC Grand Ballroom, 7-9pm

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) as we bring to you a traditional Aztec dance performance by Danza Chikawa Dance! Danza Chikawa Dance has performed throughout Texas and will be gracing us with their presence. Danza Chikawa Dance is an educational and cultural organization that promotes the knowledge and awareness of Native American roots through their Native dances and traditions.

SPRING 2014 CONSCIOUS SPEAKER SERIES

Presented by: The OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

Drumming Up Diversity with Gregg Powell - January 22 at 5pm, BPSC Twilight Ballroom

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world. This interactive, rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose or "pulse." Drum circles are a powerful tool for teaching us about ourselves, our communities and our world. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome as we drum up diversity and bring a taste of rhythm to East Texas with the amazing, Houston-based drum circle facilitator Gregg Powell.
***RSVP REQUIRED: To sign up for the drum circle, email Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu. Also, please indicate whether you will be bringing your own instrument to the drum circle***

My Unique Academic Journey with Dr. Joshua Joseph - January 23 at 12pm, BPSC Multimedia Room

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs as we welcome Dr. Joshua Joseph, a Civil Engineer and licensed minister, to SFA. Dr. Joseph will discuss his academic journey which included going from an HBCU, Southern University, to some of the premier academic institutions in the United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. In addition, he will discuss his personal experience during the Virginia Tech Tragedy where he lost one of his professors who was also on his dissertation committee as well as members of his Engineering Program but was still able to complete his Ph.D. even after such a tragic occurrence.

Change your World, Not Your Body with Jes "Militant Baker" - February 25 at 12pm, BPSC Multimedia Room

As part of Love Your Genes Week, The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents, "Change your World, Not your Body" featuring Ms. Jes "Militant Baker". Ms. Baker is an advocate known for her fiery open letter in response to Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO Mike Jeffries' remarks regarding who the company markets to, in this case the "cool kids." She uses her blog to "support, contribute and join with other women that also challenge the status quo through their thoughts, lifestyles and self-acceptance."
Ms. Baker will explore the historical evolution behind our current idyllic body type, the stigma surrounding mental illness, and what we can do individually to reframe the way we perceive ourselves and others. She encourages each person to "change your world, not your body," uses empirical data to explore the correlation between weight and health, and discusses the "Health At Every Size" movement. Come ready to challenge the notion that beauty is exclusive in this powerful, passionate and progressive presentation.

Major Contributions of American Women with Dr. Dianne Dentice - March 4 at 12pm, BPSC Tiered Classroom

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to have a conversation about the many contributions that American women have made to education, politics, and the economy. Dr. Dianne Dentice, Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, will discuss some of the barriers women have faced along with the many victories they have achieved. U.S. women continue to play a significant role in shaping American social policies through grassroots activism, election to public office, and by creating public awareness of women's healthcare and workplace issues.

Cultivating a Social Lens with Leo Chiang - April 9 at 12pm, BPSC Tiered Classroom

The Office of Multicultural Affairs welcomes Emmy nominated and award winning director Mr. Leo Chiang in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Month. Mr. Chiang will be discussing his film, "A Village Called Versailles," which will be shown on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00pm in the BPSC Theater. In addition, Mr. Chiang will be discussing his college experience as an Asian American college student. A Village Called Versailles: In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. 'A Village Called Versailles' is the empowering story of how the Versailles people, who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turn a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.

FALL 2013 CONSCIOUS SPEAKER SERIES

Presented by: The OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

Drumming UP Diversity with John Scalici - August 27

Join us in a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world! This interactive rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose. Drum circles are a powerful tool for teaching us about ourselves, our communities, and our world. No experience is necessary to participate, and ALL are welcomed as we drum up diversity and bring a taste of rhythm to East Texas with world renowned drum circle facilitator, John Scalici.
***RSVP REQUIRED, PLEASE SIGN UP AT multiculturalcenter@sfasu.edu, with the subject line DRUM CIRCLE, limited spots available***

An Interfaith Dialogue with Rabbi Neal Katz and Anwar Khalifa - September 11

Despite opposing beliefs, an unlikely pair of community leaders, have joined efforts in breaking down barriers of intolerance and hate. Neal Katz, a Rabbi, and Anwar Khalifa, a Muslim, are known for their extraordinary leadership in nearby Tyler, TX. Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs on this journey about friendship, humility, and service.

A Discourse on Native American Culture with Dr. Joe Watkins - October 24

Dr. Joe Watkins, Supervisory Anthropologist and Chief of the Tribal Relations and American Cultures Program at the National Park Service in Washington, DC, will be leading a discussion about the importance and preservation of Native American culture. A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Watkins specializes in anthropology with a specialization in archeology. Join for a conversation about working with diverse populations and how to nurture the voice of the Native American student.