“Race on Trial”: A Symposium on Constructing Identity in the Black Community to be Held Sept. 26
Race, gender and social justice will be the topic of a symposium at Kent State University on Sept. 26 that will bring together Northeast Ohio academics and social justice leaders. The event will be held from 5-9 p.m. at the second floor lecture hall in Ritchie Hall, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Rhonda Williams, Ph.D., associate professor of history and director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University, will give the keynote address titled “Evidence of Things Done: Race in the 21st Century.” There also will be a panel discussion and action workshop.
The symposium is co-hosted by Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies and the Way of Mind and Body (WOMB) Community Center.
Invited panelists include:
- Ishmail Al-Amin, community organizer and instructor at Kent State
- Denise Harrison, instructor, Department of English and Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State
- Richard Serpe, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Sociology, Kent State
Action workshop organizers include:
- DaMareo Cooper, lead organizer, Stand Up for Ohio
- Amaha Salassie, community organizer
Ritchie Hall is located at 225 Terrace Drive on the Kent Campus. Visitor parking is available at the Kent Student Center visitor lot on Summit Street.
For more information about the event, contact Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies at 330-672-2300.
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Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings to be Topic of Co-Lecture at Kent State on Sept. 27
Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business Administration will host a co-lecture, “The Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings,” to be given by two of Northeast Ohio’s experts in Middle East politics and political economy on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in Room 483 of the College of Business Administration Building, home of Kent State's College of Business Administration.
Joshua Stacher, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of political science at Kent State and author of “Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria,” published by Stanford University Press. Pete Moore, Ph.D., is an associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University and co-author of “Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World,” which examines root causes of the Arab uprisings.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (OAEPS) and is co-sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Consortium of Middle East Studies (NOCMES). A reception will follow the lecture.
For more information about this event and the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists, please visit www.oaeps.org. To learn more about the Northeast Ohio Consortium on Middle East Studies, visit www.nocmes.org.
The Business Administration Building is located at 475 Terrace Drive on the Kent Campus. Visitor parking is available in the Kent Student Center visitor lot on Summit Street.
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Last Chance to Register for the Fall 2013 Bowman Breakfast
The fall 2013 Bowman Breakfast will take place at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program will follow at 8 a.m. The featured speaker is Marcello Fantoni, Ph.D., associate provost for global education at Kent State. Fantoni will speak on the topic “The International City of Kent.”
The cost to attend is $10 per person at the door, payable by cash or check. No invoicing is available for this event, and payment at the door is required.
Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, Sept. 26. No shows will be billed. If you find you cannot attend, please contact Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or email@example.com to cancel your reservation by Sept. 26.
Kent State is committed to making its programs and activities accessible to those individuals with disabilities. If you or a member of your family will need an interpreter or any other accessibility accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the university’s accessibility liaison Jacqueline Gee by phone at 330-672-8667, by video phone at 330-931-4441 or via email at accessKSU@kent.edu.
The Bowman Breakfast, a tradition since 1963, is sponsored by Kent State and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.
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National Depression Screening Day is Thursday, Oct. 10
Come to National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is being held on the second floor mezzanine of the Kent Student Center, and is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the larger Kent community.
As part of the free screening, participants have the opportunity to complete a questionnaire, which screens for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, and to speak with a clinician in the mental health field to review their results. If necessary, appropriate referrals can be made, and participants may also find information on depression and other mental health issues for themselves or for someone about whom they may be concerned.
Students can also attend the event on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kent State University at Stark at the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Counseling Center located on the lower level of the Campus Center. For students who attend the Kent State Salem or East Liverpool campuses, please visit www.col.kent.edu/counseling for more information.
A confidential online screening module is also available 24-hours per day throughout the year, and provides individuals with feedback, referrals and resources upon completion. Kent State’s online screening can be found at www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/kent.
National Depression Screening Day is co-sponsored by Kent State’s Psychological Services, Office of Health Promotion, University Health Services and Active Minds @ KSU. In order to promote this important outreach effort and to encourage student participation, food and other giveaways will be available. All are invited to participate.
For more information, contact Psychological Services at 330-672-2487 or either one of the co-coordinators, John Schell, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carrie Berta, Psy.D., at email@example.com.
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Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center Presents Celebrating Our Own on Oct. 1
Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center invites faculty, staff, students and other members of the community to Celebrating Our Own, the annual undergraduate and high school scholarship reading, on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will honor Ian Bennett, winner of the Wick Poetry Center’s first annual National Teen Writing Contest. Bennett is a student at South Carolina Governor’s School of Arts and Humanities.
Winners of the undergraduate scholarship reading competitions include Kent State students Thomas Freeman, Leanna Lostoki, Mark Zurlo and Joshua Jones. High school student winners who will be recognized at the event are Ashley Spangler, Taylor Jacob and Kaley Utz.
Poet Carolyn Creedon, winner of the 2011 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, judged the contest.
“Celebrating Our Own is really at the heart of the Wick Poetry Center’s mission, which is to encourage and support new voices,” says Jessica Jewell, program manager for the Wick Poetry Center. “Each year, Wick awards more than $30,000 in tuition scholarships to Kent State. The Celebrating Our Own reading is our way of congratulating these extraordinary students and also giving the community a chance to hear Kent State’s emerging young poets.”
For more information about Celebrating Our Own and other Wick Poetry Center events, visit www.kent.edu/wick/readingseries.
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Enjoy a Free Afternoon Coffee Break at the Williamson Alumni Center
Kick-off the Homecoming weekend with Nuts about Coffee on Friday, Oct. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Faculty and staff are invited to the Williamson Alumni Center’s Hospitality Tent at 1200 East Main Street to sample signature coffees from local Kent coffeehouses. Other pastries and baked goods will be available to taste. After sampling the signature coffees, attendees can vote to determine which Kent business can claim to have the best coffee in town!
Learn more at www.ksualumni.org/nutsaboutcoffee. For additional information about Homecoming activities, visit www.ksualumni.org/homecoming.
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Kent State Planetarium Presents Introduction to the Autumn Sky
The Kent State University Planetarium will present Introduction to the Autumn Sky, the first in its series of free public shows for the 2013-2014 academic year. The program, which will take place Friday, Sept. 27, Saturday, Sept. 28, and Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. nightly, will be presented by Brett Ellman, Ph.D., director for Kent State’s Planetarium.
During his presentation, Ellman will showcase the prominent autumn constellations, point out celestial objects that are visible to the naked eye and tour our neighbors in the solar system.
The show is free and open to members of the public, but is not appropriate for children under age six. Reservations are recommended as seating capacity is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 330-672-2246. Persons needing special accommodations are requested to call at least one week in advance of the show.
For more information about Kent State’s Planetarium, visit http://planetarium.kent.edu.
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Kent State’s Office of Global Education Offers New Language Series Program
Kent State University’s Office of Global Education is sponsoring a new event open to all students, faculty and staff at no cost. The Survival Language Series will offer a crash course on basic language skills every other week during the semester.
Each week’s session will be taught by a native language speaker, and each event will offer a different language. The next event of the semester will teach Mandarin Chinese and will take place Oct. 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 206 of the Multicultural Center in the Kent Student Center.
If you are interested in leading a class, have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Alana Baudo in the Office of Global Education at firstname.lastname@example.org. For future Survival Language Series events, please refer to the International Student and Scholar Services calendar at www.kent.edu/isss/index.cfm.
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Career Exploration for Information and Library Professions - Oct. 1 and 3
Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science will host its annual careers night in Kent on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and in Columbus on Thursday, Oct. 3.
"Career Exploration: Information and Library Professions" in Kent will take place in the Kent Student Center Ballroom from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 1. The Columbus event will be held at the Kent State School of Library and Information Science location in the State Library of Ohio from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 3.
Registration is requested, as light refreshments will be served. Register at http://bit.ly/CareerExploration2013.
The program is free and open to anyone interested in a career in libraries or other information agencies, including museums and other cultural institutions, government offices, corporations and several other organizations. Students interested in the fields of user experience design, health informatics and knowledge management also are encouraged to attend.
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., participants can attend one of two panel presentations – one panel features current students and alumni of the school’s two degree programs, the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM); the second panel features information professionals who will offer advice and tips on how to get into the field and find a job.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m., participants can enjoy light refreshments as they browse the exhibits to explore the job market, internships and practicum opportunities, and professional organizations. More than 45 institutions and companies have committed to the event in Kent, and nearly 20 will be available in Columbus. Current students in the M.L.I.S. or M.S. programs can also take advantage of this opportunity to meet face-to-face with faculty and advisors.
For more information, contact Rhonda Filipan at email@example.com.
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