A garden provided poor families and their neighbors with food and camaraderie after rioting in the early 1990's. The Garden explores the resiliency of Los Angeles farmers in creating a community plot. They confront the cordons of wealth and commerce: a bittersweet story of self-sufficiency and fortitude.
Center for Multicultural Education
Do you enjoy listening to poetry? Are you looking for an opportunity to showcase some of your original work? If you answered yes to either of these questions, come to the CME for an exciting poetry event. The night’s program gives audience members a chance to hear some seasoned poets recite their original poetry, along with the opportunity to participate in an open mic session. Refreshments will be served.
Voyage 2 Africa features participants learning an African dance, a performance by the best African dance group and refreshments.
The Psychological Health of Women of Color by Lillian Comas-Diaz and Beverly Greene is an anthology that focuses on issues of women’s emotional health and wellbeing. Specifically, the book analyzes the life stages of women of color. Book Club sessions are open to the public. If one has not read the book, one is still encouraged to attend and participate in discussion.
Cartoonist Lela Lee will be presenting and discussing her cartoon “Angry Little Asian Girl,” and her books Angry Little Girls. Characters experience and express anger in various ways. The strips are often both humorous and thought-provoking. Come listen to how Lela Lee overcame the odds, as many told her “there is just no market for Asians” and her characters. She not only beat this insulting stereotype, but has published several books, comics, and has her own website. This is the 20th anniversary of Angry Little Asian Girls.
Keenan Crow, Outreach Coordinator for One Iowa, will give a presentation on the Affordable Care Act and how it is especially relevant to LGBT Iowans.
King Corn follows two friends on a quest to Iowa in hopes to understand whence the food we eat comes. After they buy an acre of land and reap a bountiful harvest, they run headlong into a food system that is manipulative and destructive of farming endeavors in multiple ways.
Asian American Women’s Popular Literature: Feminizing Genres and Neoliberal Belonging by Pamela Thoma analyzes how popular genre fiction, written by Asian American women and featuring Asian American characters, depicts both contemporary American-ness and contributes to public dialogue about national belonging. Thoma focuses on how such fiction addresses attempts women, make in a neoliberal society, to balance their personal and professional lives. Book club sessions are open to the public. If one has not read the book, one is still encouraged to attend and participate in discussion.
The International Student Association will host this event featuring different foods from around the world. Recipes will be available.
Reverend Dr. John H. Womack will be traveling to the Cedar Valley to be the keynote speaker during the Black Student Union's Toast for Change Banquet. Womack will share his testimony of how in 1977, with a mop and bucket, he started his own company and named it "John's Janitorial Services, Inc." His company quickly expanded and he soon became a well-established businessman, founding and becoming president of several companies. Womack often states that money and education are not requisites to starting a business or to making it in this world; rather, it is the proper state of mind or frame of reference.