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.
Center for Multicultural Education
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.
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.
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.
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.
A viewing of Lee Daniels' "The Butler," which focuses on an African-American who witnesses noble events while serving as a White House butler.
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 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 darwinweek.com for more information.