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  •  Define American: Undocumented Immigration and the Future of the Country

    Friday, Apr. 20, 2012

    Define American: Undocumented Immigration and the Future of the Country
    Lecture by Jose Antonio Vargas
    Thursday, 5/17/12, at 7 p.m.
    Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building

    Mr. Vargas is an award-winning multimedia journalist and the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.

    He has been a journalist for more than a decade, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the U.S. Most recently he was a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post, where he launched the Technology and College sections. Prior to that he covered tech and video game culture, HIV/AIDS, and the 2008 presidential campaign for the Washington Post. He was part of the team that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, and in 2007 the daily journal Politico named him one of the 50 Politicos to Watch.

    Questions? Please contact David DeCoss at

  •  Localizing Green Equity and Climate Justice Policies in Municipal Jobs Programs

    Friday, Apr. 20, 2012

    Localizing Green Equity and Climate Justice Policies in Municipal Jobs Programs
    Fifth Annual Ethnic Studies Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series
    Lecture by Dr. Sekou Franklin (SCU Class of 1994), Associate Professor of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University
    Thursday, 5/17/12
    4 to 5 p.m.
    Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building

    The Green For All (GFA) movement was initiated by activists and policy makers to give special attention to the intersection of pollution reduction policies, economic development and anti-poverty initiatives in communities with chronic unemployment and underemployment.

    GFA activists insist that pollution reduction policies and emerging opportunities in the clean energy economy should be anchored in racial equity and an economic inclusive agenda that provides employment opportunities for residents of economically distressed communities.

    Dr. Franklin's lecture examines green job initiatives in more than 80 municipalities.

    Please RSVP by 5/10/12 to

    Questions? Please contact Professor James Lai at

  •  "Vincent Who?"

    Friday, Apr. 13, 2012

    The film "Vincent Who?" by director Curtis Chin captures a moment in U.S. history that forged the pan-Asian American identity and civil rights movement.

    In 1982, when anti-Japanese sentiment was high because of massive layoffs in the U.S. automotive industry, two white autoworkers crossed paths with Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American man, who was celebrating his bachelor party in a Detroit bar. They berated him for taking their jobs, and after following him outside they beat him to death. The two men were fined $3,000 and didn't serve any time in jail.

    Screening dates and times include:
    Monday, 4/23/12, 12:15 to 1 p.m., University Library, Screening Room A
    Tuesday, 4/24/12, 5:15 to 6 p.m., University Library, Screening Room B
    Wednesday, 4/25/12, 4:15 to 5 p.m., University Library, Screening Room C
    Thursday, 4/26/12, 12:15 to 1 p.m., University Library, Screening Room A

    Discussion with the film's director, Curtis Chin, on Wednesday, 5/9/12, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Williman Room in the Benson Center. The student essay contest winner will read his/her essay. Light refreshments will be served.

    Legacies Essay Contest: due date is Friday, 5/4/12
    Students are invited to prepare a 250-word letter to their older selves. Describe an aspect of your own multicultural legacy that deserves to be treasured and how you wish to help pass it on to others. Some examples include a catalyst moment, a community hero, or a cultural story or practice. Submit the double-spaced essay, with your name at the top, to Mary Ho at Winners will share spots on stage with the film's director Curtis Chin and a $50 prize.

    Questions? Please contact Mary Ho at

  •  UNITY RLC's 20th Anniversary

    Friday, Apr. 13, 2012

    Celebrate UNITY Residential Learning Community's 20th Anniversary at a reception in the Multicultural Reading Area on the 2nd floor of the Learning Commons.

    Thursday, 4/19/12
    4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    Past and current UNITY residents will speak about their experiences. Refreshments will be served.

    Questions? Please contact Sarita Tamayo-Moraga at

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