Weekly Feminist Happenings January 19th-25th


Tuesday, January 19th

Black Girl Dangerous Q & A: Mia McKenzie is a writer, activist, and founder of the website Black Girl Dangerous (BGD). She is a black feminist and identifies as queer, facts that are often reflected in her stories, which have won awards and grants. She has numerous publications, and her first novel, The Summer We Got Free, is the winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for debut fiction. She will be having a moderated Q&A with students on her book and social media activism. Details: Starts at 12 p.m. in the University of Utah Union, Saltair Room.

Screening of Black Social Change in Utah: Preserving the Story: The documentary Black Social Change in Utah: Preserving the Story, which looks at how social change agents, particularly black activists living in Utah, maintain hope in the face of adversity. Stories and histories from members of Utah’s Black community were filmed, recorded and combined into a compelling documentary format by SLCC TV and Marian Howe-Taylor, SLCC manager of Community Outreach and Strategic Initiatives. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake Community College Grand Theatre (1575 S. State, Salt Lake City).

JumpStart: A Morning Meetup for Changemakers: Cliff Hurst is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster College in Salt Lake City (westminstercollege.edu). His graduate course in Social Entrepreneurship inspires and guides a new generation of leaders in the MBA (Business) and MACL (Community Leadership) programs. Cliff brings to the teaching profession more than 24 years of experience as an independent organizational development consultant. He is an affiliate of the Center for Innovative Cultures at Westminster College and a regular facilitator of Tools and Best Practices Workshops for the Center. Cliff’s is researching entrepreneurs’ cognitive and metacognitive thought patterns, and how these affect their judgment and decision-making as entrepreneurs.  Cliff is a board member of the Robert S. Hartman Institute and co-editor of the Journal of Formal Axiology: Theory and Practice. Details: From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Impact Hub (150 S State St, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111)

Wednesday, January 20th

Spoken Word with Truth Cypher: Local group “Truth Cypher” (a community of writers, storytellers, and spoken word poets) and students from the U will perform spoken word about their struggles. Details: Starts at 12 p.m. in the University of Utah Union, Saltair Room. 

Thursday, January 21st

Elect Her: Weber State University’s Women’s Center will host Elect Her, practice campaign skills and hear from speakers including Utah State senator Luz Robles-Escamilla, Jan. 21, 2016, at Shepherd Union Ballroom C, free, advanced registration required at bit.do/wsuelecther before Jan. 12. Call 801-626-6090 for information. Details: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Weber State University – Shepherd Union Ballroom (3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden).

Talib Kweli: The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. Talib Kweli is known for his strong political views and activism, including on the topics of racial stereotypes and police brutality. He will perform a 10 minute spoken word with an hour keynote address. Details: Starts at 12 p.m. in the University of Utah Union, Union Ballroom.

Friday, January 22nd

Standing in Solidarity:Hinckley Pizza & Politics Discussion – a conversation on what it means to stand in solidarity in terms of support and how that may (or may not) translate across various groups, activist movements, nationally and globally.
PANELISTS: Irene Ota (moderator), Kilo Zamora, Jem Locquiao, Gabby Huggins. Details: Starts at noon at the University of Utah in the Hinckley Caucus Room.

Roe v. Wade Celebration: Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah presents an evening of storytelling hosted by Giuliana Serena of The Bee; a curated line up of community members from all walks of life will share compelling, vulnerable, first-person narratives about abortion. These stories will illuminate a range of experiences, and make space for all present to explore the complexities of this issue. Support Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose, as we commemorate this important decision, remind people how far we have come, and address how far we have to go in protecting women’s basic rights.
Details: Doors and bar open at 7pm for reception, stories begin at 8pm. Space is LIMITED and Pre-Registration is REQUIRED!

Saturday, January 23rd

MLK Jr. Day of Service: One of the best ways to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to dedicate a morning of service to various community oriented services through the U’s Bennion Center. Details: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE! Day of registration will be in the Union from 8:15 AM – 8:45 AM.

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