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Delta State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan recently announced a full schedule of events for the month of March.
The highlight event, the fifth annual Winning The Race Race race relations conference, takes place March 26-27. Registration for the award-winning conference is now open at: http://www.deltastate.edu/winning-the-race/registration.
The conference is free and open to the public thanks to generous donations from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Mississippi Humanities Council, campus groups,and individuals. Registration is required for all conference attendees. Online registration is open until March 12. Registration after March 12 will take place on site, March 26-27, at the Bologna Performing Art Center.
Featured speakers and breakout sessions include keynote speakers Kevin Powell and Dave Dennis, a concert by Marco Pavé, a Delta State faculty forum and sessions focusing on education, community, culture, social justice, civil rights, law and economic opportunities. For more information, contact Dr. Temika Simmons at email@example.com or Dr. Chuck Westmoreland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other upcoming events include:
March 1-31 – Donation Drive for Domestic Violence Shelter
· Donation boxes for Our House, Inc., a domestic violence center in Greenville, Mississippi, have been placed on the first floors of the Union, Kethley, Jobe, Kent Wyatt and the Roberts-LaForge Library. The goal of the project is to collect toiletries, paper products, bedding, non-perishable and non-expired food, and cleaning supplies to support Our House’s efforts.
· Event sponsor: DSU QEP
· For more information, contact Alexas Hayes at email@example.com
March 7 – NO MORE Week
· From NO MORE website: NO MORE is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault by increasing awareness, inspiring action and fueling cultural change. NO MORE unites and strengthens a diverse, global community to help end domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. Launched in 2013, NO MORE brings together the largest coalition of advocacy groups, service providers, governmental agencies, major corporations, universities, communities and individuals, all under a common brand and a unifying symbol in support of a world free of violence.
· NO MORE Selfie Station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DSU Student Union, first floor
· ” The Mask You Live In” film screening at 6 p.m. at Baioni Conference Center. The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while navigating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
· Event sponsors: Upsilon Delta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and DSU QEP
· The events are free and open to the public.
· For more information, contact Linda Stringfellow at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 5-9 – The Pulsera Project
· The Pulsera Project is a Fair Trade nonprofit organization that empowers and educates people in the U.S. and Central America through pulsera sales. Pulseras are hand-woven bracelets. Student and teacher volunteers raise funds that benefit fair trade jobs, worker rights, sustainability and education, while learning about the culture, lives and struggles of Central Americans. The Pulsera Project’s goal is to create a more just and colorful world by encouraging conscious consumerism and social enterprise.
· To learn more about pulseras and support artisans, visit: H.L Nowell Union, first floor, March 5 -6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Kethley 235, Language Lab, March 7-9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Event sponsor: Division of Languages and Literature
· For more information, please contact Sylma Ferreira at email@example.com
March 14 – Professional Development Webinar: “Social Justice, Diversity & Inclusion in 2018 & Beyond: Use Context Before Content to Engage Across Differences”
· Scheduled for 1 pm at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning Lab in Ewing 239
· From webinar summary: “As a result of this webinar, you will be able to effectively assess and engage present dynamics on campus, with your organizations, teams, offices, etc. – help ensure the success, satisfaction and persistence of all students on campus; utilize the five components of context – be able to more effectively engage when dealing with issues of difference; and help your teams and others on campus to become “unstuck” in areas of difficult dialogue, conflict and resistance – critically assess, strategize and engage content matters that are impacting your campus.”
· The event is open to DSU faculty and staff.
· For more information, contact Michelle Johansen at firstname.lastname@example.org
· April 3 – The Clothesline Project
· April 4-5 – Civil Rides, a three-day trek from the steps of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, that follows in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to raise awareness around persistent rural poverty in America and advocate for racial justice and healing
· April 5 – Sammy O. Cranford Memorial History Lecture featuring Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era in the Department of History at the University of Georgia. Berry’s lecture will explore his innovative digital history project, “CSI: Dixie.” https://csidixie.org/
· April 10 – Equal Pay Day event
The DSU Quality Enhancement Plan, the Division of Social Sciences and History, and the DSU Archives Department will present a public presentation on “The Mississippi Encyclopedia” on Aug. 31 at noon in the seminar room of the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives & Museum.
The presentation will provide a concise compilation of people, places and events from prehistoric times through today.
Featured speakers include: Dr. Ted Ownby, professor of history and southern studies at the University of Mississippi and director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture; Dr. Chuck Westmoreland, associate professor of history at Delta State; and Emily Jones, Delta State archivist.
The trio will discuss Ownby’s most recent publication, “The Mississippi Encyclopedia,” a large collaboration that includes over 1,600 entries, 1,451 pages, and features more than 700 scholars who wrote entries on every state county, every governor and numerous musicians, writers, artists and activists.
The work is the first encyclopedia treatment of the state since 1907.
“I was excited when Dr. Ownby reached out to me in the spring about DSU hosting this event,” said Michelle Johansen, QEP coordinator. “Our campus and community will be amazed by the breadth of this book. I’m proud of the number of current and former DSU scholars who made valuable contributions to the encyclopedia.”
The volume will appeal to anyone wanting to know more about Mississippi and the people who call it home. It will be especially helpful to students, teachers and researching scholars.
The event will be followed by a book signing and reception.
Delta State University will honor the International Day of Yoga on June 23 at 8 a.m. on the Quad with a free public yoga gathering.
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice which aims to transform both body and mind.
International Day of Yoga is a platform to come together to share, celebrate and deepen the path of yoga along with parallel celebrations in more than 100 cities across the country.
Leading the event will be instructor Parveen Chawla, who has invited all ages to join in. Participants are asked to bring their own mats or blankets.
“We are excited to welcome Parveen Chawla onto our campus and host this free public event,” said Jeanna Wilkes, coordinator of student activities at Delta State. “We hope to have a quad full of participants in celebration of International Day of Yoga.”
If there is rain Friday, the group will move to the second floor East Lobby of the H. L. Nowell Student Union.
Sponsors for the event include the Office of Student Life and DSU Quality Enhancement Plan.
Learn more about the International Day of Yoga at http://idayofyoga.org.
The Office of Student Life, Quality Enhancement Plan, the International Delta Blues Project, the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, and the Delta Music Institute are partnering to host Southern hip-hop artists and social activists Marco Pavé and Alfred Banks on April 11 for two events open to the Delta State community and public.
These events are part of the sustainability mission of Delta State’s annual Winning the Race Conference.
Event #1 – 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Baioni Conference Center:
Scott Barretta from the International Delta Blues Project will moderate a lunch panel featuring Pavé and Alfred Banks. The discussion will center on the intersections of music, social justice and activism, as well as discussing music entrepreneurship, the creative economy and regional musical influences. Lunch will be provided for attendees. The event will be in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall from 12:15-1:30 pm.
Event #2 – Union First Floor Lounge from 4-6 p.m.:
Pavé and Banks will perform a casual, lounge-style concert in the Union. Refreshments will be available. This interactive event is an opportunity to hear the duo perform, as well aa ask questions about their music, influences and activism.
Pavé, a Memphis native, and Banks, from New Orleans, have built solid followings in and around their respective cities and beyond. Pavé has been featured on Apple music, MTV, The Root and has delivered a Ted Talk on arts entrepreneurship. Banks has been featured on RevoltTv, BBC Russia, on several national tours, and has a song featured in a Volkswagen commercial. On their own, they both have viable careers, but in the summer of 2016 they decided to join forces and tour together through the River Kings Tour. Their 2016 efforts were so successful that round two will be an 18-city tour.