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CANCELED: Poetry Slam and Open Mic Night

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. 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.

CANCELED: CME Book Club: Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama by Sophia Nelson

Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama by Sophia Nelson focuses on “redefining” the portrayals of black women in the media. In the book, Nelson provides the necessary tools and encouragement for women to reshape their futures. 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.       

Christine Seyboe Tour Lecture

Join us over the lunch hour to hear the triumphant story of Christine Seyboe Tour. Listen to her journey as a refugee during the Liberian Civil War, when she started her own beauty salon in Ghana and began to rescue women off the city streets to teach them cosmetology skills. After returning to Liberia a few years after the war, she transferred her business and institute back home—continuing to reach out to women in need. As a result, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative recognized her in 2010 for giving back to her community and country.

Film and Discussion: "Soul Food Junkies"

The subtext of the movie, Soul Food, is about the fatal illness of a family’s matriarch because of the food she was eating. Soul Food Junkies recognizes not only the politics within the food industry but also its challenges of both the obvious and the subtle ones. Whereas Byron Hurt lifts up the traditions of soul food, he explores the negative effects that the food industry has on those who are poor, exploited, and marginalized by limited food options, especially persons of color.

Darwin Week 2014

Darwin Week is an annual event sponsored by the UNI Freethinkers & Inquirers to promote critical thinking and reason. Faculty speakers will present at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 10 and 12; and at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 13. Keynote lectures are at 7 p.m. each evening. Topics are: skepticism, science, activism and sexuality. Visit for more information.

MLK Day Guest Lecture: Marcia Riggs

Marcia Y. Riggs, lecturer, author and researcher, will deliver a lecture in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Riggs is the J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Theology Master’s Program at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. Her passion is studying the relationship between social oppression and socio-religious ethical praxis, and ethical discourse that bridges the gap between womanist religious scholarship and the church’s practice of ministry.


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