The University of Minnesota — Department of Asian American Studies has released its April events calendar.
“Both/And/All: Building Racial Equity into the Intersections” — An Evening with Rinku Sen, Author & Racial Justice Activist, will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., in the Mayo Auditorium at 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Sen is the President and Executive Director of the national nonprofit Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines, and will be delivering a talk titled Both/And/All: Building Racial Equity into the Intersections.
A reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public but please RSVP to attend the lecture and reception for planning purposes.
The event is sponsored by the African American & African Studies, Asian American Studies, The Aurora Center, Communication Studies, Disability Resource Center, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office, Feminist Student Activist Collective, GLBTA Programs Office, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, Political Science, School of Nursing, Social Justice Minor, Social Work, Sociology, TCF Bank, University Libraries, and the Women’s Center.
The nearest parking is the East River Road Garage. The Mayo Memorial Building is also accessible by the Green Line (East Bank station). Access to the Mayo Memorial Building is available via the east side power door entrance to the 3rd floor lobby.
Once you enter the building from the west or east entrance, you will be in the 3rd floor lobby. Take the elevator or stairs up one floor to the Mayo Auditorium on the 4th floor.
“Race, History and the Body”
Pangea World Theater and the UM Asian American Studies program present “Race, History and the Body”, readings from diverse writers, hailing from Oakland, Minneapolis and Chicago, on Thursday, April 9, at 8 p.m., at Pangea World Theater, 711 West Lake Street, Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
Authors Heid E. Erdrich, Matthew Shenoda, and Aimee Suzara will read from their latest work, as ceremonial archaeologists digging the bones of our histories, returning them to sacred. The body has been both metaphor and literal site of contestation: the gazed upon, exhibited, racialized, gendered other. How do writers make social acts of resistance, mapping the histories of our bodies? How do we respond to the epidermalization of inferiority (Fanon) instilled by wars, colonization, and conquest?
There is an $8 suggested donation at the door. Pre-purchase tickets by calling Pangea World Theater box office at 612-203-1088. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
Our Shared Journey: Lao American & Historical Contexts
“Our Shared Journey: Lao American & Historical Contexts”, and the Second Lao American Writer’s Summit, will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 and Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) located at 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411.
The University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center is partnering with the Lao American Writer’s Summit to host a symposium marking the 40 years of Lao in the United States. Lao refugees have been resettling in the United States since 1975, following a civil war complicated by U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Today, Minnesota has the third largest percentage of Lao Americans living in the state. “Lao American and Historical Contexts” is an interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Minnesota that will explore both the history of Lao immigrant and refugees in the United States and contemporary issues. This symposium will feature panels and presentations by researchers and community members examining the diverse perspectives and contributions of Lao Americans.
For additional information (schedule, places to stay, partners, etc.) visit the Our Shared Journey site.
Sponsored by University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center, Lao American Writers Summit, U of MN Asian American Studies , UROC University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, The Lao Assistance Center Of Minnesota, Center for Lao Studies, Mines Advisory Group, Legacies of War.
The Challenge of Afro-Asian Scholarship
“The Challenge of Afro-Asian Scholarship”, a panel featuring Elliot Powell, Eunha Na, and Yuichiro Onishi, will be held Monday, April 27, 2015, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the UM Social Sciences Building on the West Bank, 267 — 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. The event is free and open to the public with light refreshments provided.
The field of Afro-Asian studies continues to make key theoretical and analytical advances at the intersection of African American and Asian American studies. The purpose of this panel discussion is to address how this field engenders critical insights into the dynamics of cross-racial collaboration and exchange in politics and culture. Our three panelists will present their current research and reflect on their won engagement with the study of Afro-Asian connections.