Women of Color Initiative Lecture: Ana Castillo @ MSU Library - The Green Room 4 West
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm

In novels, short stories, poems, and essays, Ana Castillo explores what Ibis Gomez-Vega has called “those segments of the American population often separated by class, economics, gender, and sexual orientation.” Castillo’s works transcend these boundaries of politics, class, and gender, making her one of the best-known Mexican American writers working today. Xpat Nation named her as one of the “10 Mexican-American Women You Need to Know About.” Castillo’s prose blends elements of oral history and established literary tradition with innovation and experimentation: Ilan Stavans has called her “the most daring and experimental of Latino novelists.” Castillo’s latest work, Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me looks at what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality.



Transformative Justice Workshop: Mia Mingus @ Snyder Hall C202
Mar 29 @ 12:40 pm – 2:00 pm
Transformative Justice Workshop: Mia Mingus @ Snyder Hall C202 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Mia Mingus, Community Organizer and Educator

Transformative Justice 101

This workshop will offer a basic introduction to and overview of the core concepts of transformative justice. It will be a space for participants to learn about what TJ is and how to begin thinking about community-based responses to violence.

Mia Mingus is a writer, public speaker, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. She is a queer physically disabled transracial and transnational adoptee, born in Korea, raised in the Caribbean, nurtured in the U.S. South, and now living in Northern California. She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us, not just some of us, and longs for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love.

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For Accessibility Information Contact: The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
(517) 884-7273

Transformative Justice Talks: Mia Mingus @ CIP 115 International Center
Mar 30 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Transformative Justice Talks: Mia Mingus @ CIP 115 International Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Mia Mingus, Community Organizer and Educator

Building Transformative Justice for the Long Haul

Transformative justice and community accountability (TJ/CA) offer compelling responses to violence in our communities and helps us better envision the world we want to build, but how do we build it? The Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC) is a local community collective working to build and support TJ/CA responses to child sexual abuse. This talk will present some of the strategies, tools, values, and structures that the BATJC have developed in an effort to make transformative justice a viable community-based alternative.

event flyer (with time & location details)

For Accessibility Information Contact: The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
(517) 884-7273

Korean Film Festival: The Bacchus Lady @ Internation Center, Room 115
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Korean Program presents: The Bacchus Lady

A Special Screening and Q&A with Director E J-­‐yong

Friday, April 7, 2017
Reception: 6:00-­7:00 P.M.
Screening: 7:00-­9:30 P.M.
International Center 115
Free and Open to the Public

Synopsis: So-­‐young makes a meager living by selling
herself to old men. She is a “Bacchus lady”, an elderly
prostitute who approaches potential clients with a
bottle of the popular Korean energy drink Bacchus and
the phrase “Care for a drink?” As a young woman, she
used to sell herself to American soldiers. Perhaps driven
by the painful memory of giving up her half-­‐black infant
son for adoption, she is unable to ignore the
motherless Korean-­‐Filipino child she meets while
visiting the hospital. Despite help from her social
outcast neighbors like Madame Tina, her transgender
landlady, or Do-­‐hoon, a poor young man with a
prosthetic leg, she struggles to care for the child. One
day, Jae-­‐woo, a former client, informs her that Song,
another regular, has been hospitalized following a
stroke. She visits the hospital to discover the man
completely paralyzed. Song begs her to end his life, a
request that causes her both bewilderment and dismay.

This film contains adult content and themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

A five-­stop tour with events at:
Penn State University (April 1)
Ohio State University (April 3)
University of Wisconsin-­Madison (April 5)
University of Minnesota (April 6)
Michigan State University (April 7)

In collaboration with OSU’s Institute of Korean Studies, the film screening at Michigan State University is made
possible by the Korea Foundation, the Korea International Trade Association, the Asian Studies Center and
Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at MSU.

Islam, Muslims, and Contemporary American Politics @ Inernational Center
Apr 13 – Apr 14 all-day



Wed. April 12

7pm: Performance by Amir Sulaiman (MSU Main Library, Green Room)
Thu. April 13
12:45pm: Opening remarks (MSU International Center, room 303)
1pm-2:45pm: Panel 1 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Rethinking Muslim Politics

Junaid Rana (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign)
A Possible History of the Muslim Left
Sylvia Chan-Malik (Rutgers University)
A Third Language: Women of Color Feminism and American Islam
Donna Auston (Rutgers University)
By Wisdom a House Is Built: Securitized Subjectivity, the Limits of Morality, and the Development of American Muslim Political Platforms
3:30pm-5:15pm: Panel 2 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Muslims and Trump

            Sally Howell (University of Michigan-Dearborn)
“Getting Trumped”: Muslim Respectability Politics in Detroit’s Northern Suburbs
            Mohsen Mobasher (University of Houston-Downtown)
American Politics and Iranophobia: Immigration Restrictions and Political Mobilization among Iranian Immigrants in the United State since the Iranian Revolution
            Nazita Lajevardi (Uppsala University; Michigan State University)
Muslim American Fear, Anxiety, and Discrimination: Behavioral and Attitudinal Shifts and their Impact on Political Behavior in the Age of Trump
Fri. April 14
10:00am-11:45am: Panel 3 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Muslims and the American State

Moderator: Andrew Shryock, University of Michigan
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri (Reed College)
Religion and the State in Contemporary Muslim America
Mucahit Bilici (John Jay College)
Muslims and the American Constitution: The Rise of the Muslim Sovereign Citizen?
Edward E. Curtis IV (Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis)
Blood Sacrifice and the Myth of the Fallen Muslim Soldier in U.S. Presidential Elections after 9/11
1:30pm-3:15pm: Panel 4 (MSU International Center, room 303)

Violence, Islamophobia, and U.S. Politics

            Salah Hassan (Michigan State University)
Landscapes of Anti-Muslim Politics in the U.S.: Organizations, Experts, and
            Evelyn Alsultany (University of Michigan)
How Political Liberals Adopt Conservative Tactics in Promoting Islamophobia: Real Time with Bill Maher’s Liberal Principles and Illiberal Muslims
            Juliane Hammer (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
                        Still Center Stage: American Muslim Women in the Age of Terror
            Alisa Perkins (Western Michigan University)
                        Muslim Sexual Publics and Queer Politics in America
The Queer Traditions Summit @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Aug 10 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm
The Queer Traditions Summit @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Queer Traditions Summit leads up the Great Lakes Folk Festival and takes place on August 10-11, 2017. It will be in East Lansing, Michigan at (SCENE) Metrospace on Thursday, August 10 from 1-4PM and the Snyder Hall on the MSU Campus. The Queer Traditions Summit (QTS) is an event exploring queer folklife: the everyday culture, aesthetic expressions, and traditional arts of LGBTQIA+ people in Michigan, nationally, and internationally. The Summit is comprised of paper presentations, arts workshops, roundtable discussions, a film screening, a gender-neutral square dance, performances, and a keynote lecture.

“Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, and Biblical Studies”
Oct 11 @ 4:30 pm

Come join the Department of Religious Studies and guest speaker Dr. Nyasha Junior on “Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, and Biblical Studies” on Wednesday, October 11th at 4:30pm.  Event will be in B342 Wells Hall. for more info!


Gender, Class and the Socialist Cinema of Soja Jovanović @ Wells Hall, B342
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Gender, Class and the Socialist Cinema of Soja Jovanović @ Wells Hall, B342 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dijana Jelača, Fordham University
“Gender, Class and the Socialist Minor Cinema of Soja Jovanović”

This lecture will discuss the “minor cinema” of a pioneering Yugoslav woman director, Sofija “Soja” Jovanović (1922-2002). Even though she was the first woman director in socialist Yugoslavia, and her 1950s and 1960s comedies were extremely popular, Jovanović has largely been ignored by Yugoslav film historians, or relegated to a secondary. This is due, in part, to her work being predominantly situated within the genre of comedy, and perceived as light entertainment. The lecture will urge a rethinking of Jovanović’s oeuvre through the lens of socialist minor cinema that possesses “low” cultural capital yet frequently articulates what might be deemed a socialist woman’s intimate public sphere. In focusing on the class components of her later work in particular, the gender politics of socialist women’s cinema will be explored vis-à-vis their distinction from the famed Yugoslav New Film, or the Black Wave. With this, the presentation seeks to reestablish Jovanović’s rightful place in the history of Yugoslav socialist film, but also in the project of mapping new transnational constellations of women’s cinema more broadly.

DIJANA JELAČA is the first speaker in the “Rethinking State Socialism” speaker series — organized by Dr. Nikolay Karkov

SPONSORED BY:  Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and James Madison College

Women of Color Initiatives Lecture Series: Rae Paris Book Launch @ 4 West Main Library - The Green Room
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm

Rae Paris is the fourth speaker in the Women of Color Initiatives Lecture Series. Come to the Green Room of the Main Library on December 1st to see her launch her book, The Forgetting Tree: a Rememory. After the reading, enjoy sweet potato pie and peach cobbler provided by Duncan Events & Services.

See the attached flyer for more details about the event.