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CulturalCultural wellbeing celebrates appreciation for diversity and the world around us.  Cultural events are offered by many organizations and groups on campus including, but not limited to: the Interfaith Office, Multicultural Center and SAGE Center.  Check back often to learn about the upcoming cultural events.  

Upcoming Events

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'The President's Own' United States Marine Band

October 22, 2017, 3:00pm
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

For more than 200 years, the Marine Band has been an integral part of countless events that have helped shape the nation's identity and unique artistic culture.

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Genealogy Workshop

October 23, 2017, 7:00pm
Engleman Hall

In honor of the Italian American Heritage month of October, the Italian American Historical Society in collaboration with Italianissimi is offering a

Genealogy Workshop

Engleman Hall D149

Free and open to the public

genealogy workshop

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'Kitchen Céilí: Folk Music of Ireland, Scotland, and North America'

October 25, 2017, 7:30pm
Engleman Hall - Room C112

A musical performance by Stan Scott, sponsored by the Music Department

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Nick Colionne - Maysa - Brian Simpson & Art Sherrod Jr.

October 28, 2017, 8:00pm
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

These jazz stars -- each with accomplished solo careers on guitar, vocals, keys, and sax -- bring some serious musical chops to create a special night of jazz just for you. So get ready to groove when this super group comes to Lyman!

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'Representing Race and Voodoo in the Louisiana Federal Writers' Project'

October 30, 2017, 5:00pm
Engleman Hall - Room D253

A talk by Jennie O'Reilly, doctoral researcher, Liverpool John Moores University; SCSU International Exchange
 
jennie o'reilly talk

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The Art of Trio - Intimate Jazz

November 1, 2017, 7:30pm
Engleman Hall - Room C112

A musical performance sponsored by the Music Department

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Opening Reception for Annual Expressions of Social Justice Talent Show

November 1, 2017, 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Adanti Student Center - Ballroom Reception Area

A reception for performers and guests of the Annual Expressions of Social Justice Talent Show, which begins at 8 p.m. in the ASC Ballroom.

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Annual Expressions of Social Justice Talent Show

November 1, 2017, 8:00pm
Adanti Student Center - Ballroom

Join us as SCSU students perform poetry, songs, dances and take the opportunity to address some of the critical topics of diversity and social justice impacting our community that they're most passionate about.

Opening reception at 7:30 p.m. in the ASC Ballroom Lobby.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Center.social justice month signature event

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Noche De Gala: Costa Rica: Festival de La Luz!

November 2, 2017, 8:00pm - 1:00am
Adanti Student Center - Ballroom

Join OLAS at their annual semi-formal! Each year Noche De Gala celebrates a different Latin country. This year, SCSU celebrates Costa Rica: Festival de la Luz! (Festival of lights). Come enjoy a night of Hispanic foods and dancing to a variety of music (not just Spanish), as we pay tribute to Costa Rica and honor the Costa Rican culture! 

Funds raised from this event will benefit scholarships for incoming Latino students. Tickets are $10 for SCSU students, $15 faculty/staff and outside guests.  All tickets may be purchased online at www.southernct.edu/olas   

Sponsored by the SCSU Multicultural Center and the Organization of Latin American Students.  

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Prayer Vigil for Nonviolence & Peace

November 6, 2017, 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Buley Library Patio

Members of our student faith groups are coming together in solidarity to pray for an end to violence and for peace in our communities and throughout our world. Please join us for a few moments of prayer for nonviolence and peace. Sponsored Interfaith Office and the Multicultural Center.

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'Art for Justice: Remembering the Victims of the Srebrenica Genocide'

November 6, 2017, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Engleman Hall - Room C008

The Southern Connecticut State University Judaic Studies Program,
in cooperation with the
Art Department, Philosophy Department and Muslim Students Association

Presents

"Art for Justice: Remembering the Victims of the Srebrenica Genocide"

a lecture by

Ms. Aida Šehović

Ms. Šehović will discuss ŠTO TE NEMA nomadic monument, her participatory community art project commemorating the 8,372 victims of the July 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. Her recurring monument, consisting of small porcelain coffee cups (fildžani) filled with coffee, has been assembled and disassembled by people--on July 11 each year--in twelve cities around the world thus far, including Chicago, Geneva, Istanbul and Stockholm. Her presentation will focus on raising awareness about the Srebrenica genocide and ŠTO TE NEMA nomadic monument as a medium for community building, education, and genocide prevention. Aida Šehović is a Bosnian-born artist whose work examines loss, trauma and displacement caused by war through a combination of ritual and politics. Born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Aida Šehović arrived in the United States as a refugee in 1997. A 2007 Jacob K. Javits Fellow, Šehović received a B.A. (2002) from the University of Vermont and an M.F.A. (2010) from Hunter College.

For more information: 
David Pettigrew 203-392-6778: pettigrewd1@southernct.edu
David Levine, 203-392-6642, levined1@southernct.edu
Deborah Weiss, 203-392-5954, weissd1@southernct.edu

Supported by the Judaic Studies Program and a Faculty Development Grant

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Michael Brown Sr. and Dr. David Ragland: Chosen for Change -- 'A Father's Perspective'

November 7, 2017, 7:30pm
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

Michael Brown Sr. and Dr. David Ragland
Chosen for Change "A Father's Perspective"

Dr. David Ragland leads a presentation and audience question-and-answer session with Michael Brown Sr., whose son, unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown Jr., was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., on August 9, 2014.

Michael Brown Sr. decided to turn the pain and challenges of losing his son into an opportunity of change. Thus, "Chosen for Change Foundation" was born in loving memory of Michael Brown Jr.

It's an organization whose purpose is to empower youth by helping them realize their potential for greatness. Michael Brown Sr. is bringing his son's story and his foundation, Chosen for Change, to colleges and universities across the nation. "Because of my son's death and the justice we're still seeking, hurting people, grieving people who've lost their children to gun violence or police brutality reach out to me. They invite me to speak at gatherings. There is a small level of comfort in being in the company of the wounded, the lost, the other parents who understand that we can't possibly 'move on.' " – Mike Brown, Sr.
 
David Ragland, Ph.D., is co-founder and co-director for the Truth Telling Project and a visiting professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. David studied critical race issues, peace education, philosophy and philosophy of education at University of Toledo, Teachers College Columbia University, The New School for Social Research, and Washington University of St. Louis.  In the early days of the Ferguson Uprising, David helped to found the Truth Telling Project so that marginalized voices could be heard and part of moving society toward recognition of this experience to lay the groundwork for healing, reconciliation and social transformation.

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Courageous Conversations: Diversity and Social Justice in Our Community

November 8, 2017, 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Adanti Student Center

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to conversations where we will explore our unique experiences of current events as they relate to social justice and inclusion on our campus and beyond.

ASC 312

courageous conversations

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University Band Concert

November 9, 2017, 7:30pm
Engleman Hall - Room C112

A musical performance sponsored by the Music Department

 

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'This Land Is Your Land -- Songs of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger'

November 15, 2017, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

Internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter Phil Rosenthal performs songs by legendary American folk musicians Guthrie and Seeger, whose music often addressed civil rights, peace and justice.

Rosenthal's compositions have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Nick Cave and others. He was lead singer and guitarist in the seminal bluegrass band the Seldom Scene, and is renowned for his skills on mandolin, guitar and banjo. He has performed with Jerry Douglas, Bill Monroe, Emmylou Harris, Jonathan Edwards and many others in his career in folk and bluegrass music. Rosenthal was the 1994 Connecticut State Troubadour.

"A roots master musician"
~ Billboard Magazine

"One of the most expressive singers in traditional country music"
~ The Washington Post

Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) was a legendary American folk musician who inspired a generation of songwriters, including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. His compositions, many now classics, tell of his early years in the Oklahoma dust bowl, his travels across the country, his concern for the poor and downtrodden, his love of children and for his homeland. Woody settled in New York City in the 1940s, though he continued to tour the country, performing as a soloist and with Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston and the Almanac Singers.

Pete Seeger (1919-2014) was a major figure in America's folk music revival. A prolific songwriter, song collector, and multi-instrumentalist, Pete helped bring the five-string banjo into the mainstream of the folk movement. Known primarily as a solo performer, Pete was also a founding member of several influential groups, including the Almanac Singers and the Weavers. His political activism – from the Civil Rights movement and anti-McCarthyism to resistance to fascism and the wars in Vietnam and the Middle East – became the template for subsequent generations of musicians and ordinary citizens with something to say about the world.

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Mark Kuss and Cristina Harris

November 15, 2017, 7:30pm
Engleman Hall - Room C112

A musical performance sponsored by the Music Department

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Gerald Albright with Special Guest Alex Bugnon and Marc Antione

November 18, 2017, 8:00pm
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

Two concerts in one with this double bill of talented artists!

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Roya Hakakian: 'Understanding Racism in America: Lessons from my Iranian Jewish Father'

November 29, 2017, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Buley Library - Room 204

The Judaic Studies Program is honored to host Iranian memoirist and journalist Roya Hakakian, who will give a talk entitled, "Understanding Racism in America: Lessons from my Iranian Jewish Father."

When the Neo-Nazi mob in Charlottesville recently shouted "Jews Will Not Replace Us," Roya Hakakian heard the echoes of a life she was sure she had left behind for good in her birth country of Iran. But as she watched African-American activists confront the white supremacists, the tales of anti-Semitic discrimination her father had told her began to take on a whole new meaning. Her talk is an exploration of the deeper and more lasting effects of that experience for African Americans and Jews.

Roya Hakakian is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood in Revolutionary Iran, as well as the author of numerous other works and journalism.  She was fortunate to receive political asylum as a Jew to this country along with her mother before Iran had become a banned "Muslim" country.

Sponsored by the Judaic Studies Steering Committee, with co-sponsors, including Black Students Union, and the departments of History, Sociology, Political Science, and Philosophy.

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Small Ensembles Concert

November 30, 2017, 7:30pm
Engleman Hall - Room C112

A musical performance sponsored by the Music Department

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Euge Groove and Keiko Matsui, Featuring Lindsey Webster and Adam Hawley

December 2, 2017, 8:00pm
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

This special cast of amazing performers has been combined in the perfect jazz recipe to create a warm holiday treat that is sure to get you ready for the season!

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Prayer Vigil for Nonviolence & Peace

December 4, 2017, 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Buley Library Patio

Members of our student faith groups are coming together in solidarity to pray for an end to violence and for peace in our communities and throughout our world. Please join us for a few moments of prayer for nonviolence and peace. Sponsored by Interfaith Office and the Multicultural Center.


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