The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host a variety of events to celebrate Black History Month, beginning with a Feb. 1 kickoff that explores the meaning of the annual recognition.
J. Vincent Lowery, assistant professor of Humanistic Studies (history) at UW-Green Bay, will deliver an address titled “What Should Black History Month Mean to Us?” from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 in Phoenix Room B of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Lowery’s talk will set the stage for more than a dozen events and activities being held for or in conjunction with Black History Month at UW-Green Bay:
— International Education Department Presents: Historically Black Universities through the National Student Exchange Program: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, American Intercultural Center, University Union. This program enables UW-Green Bay students to span state, regional, provincial and cultural borders through study at partner institutions.
— Men’s basketball versus UW-Milwaukee: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, Resch Center
— Documentary: The Murder of Emmett Till: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, Christie Theatre, University Union. Facilitated by James Coates, associate professor of education. Documentary explores the brutal 1955 murder of Chicago-born African-American teenager Emmett Till, who was killed by two white men because he whistled at a white woman in Money, Miss. The caserepulsed the nation, while inspiring the emerging Civil Rights movement.
— Game night: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, American Intercultural Center, University Union
— Lecture: “Crossing Bok Chitto: A Story of Love and Freedom Across Cultures:” 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Alumni Room, University Union. Lisa Poupart, associate professor of Humanistic Studies and chair of First Nations Studies, speaks about a time when Native Americans and African Americans worked together to achieve freedom and independence.
— Documentary: “Freedom Riders:” 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, Phoenix Rooms, University Union. Screening will be accompanied by discussion with guest speaker and original Freedom Rider Hank Thomas.
— Panel Discussion: African Americans and Sports 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Christie Theatre, University Union. Current and former athletes, sports administrators and managers, along with writers, historians and members of the public will discuss views on playing, leaving and watching sports.
— Soul Food Dinner: 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Mauthe Center. Catered by Art and Soul Café and featuring guest speaker and UW-Green Bay men’s basketball Coach Brian Wardle, this event will feature traditional soul food selections. Tickets are $5 for UW-Green Bay students and $10 for faculty, staff and community members.
— Documentary: “Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, 1968:” 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Christie Theatre, University Union. African-American young men and women challenged persistent forms of discrimination in the South. In Orangeburg, S. C., their challenges resulted in the murder of three African-American students by police during protests on the campus of South Carolina State College. Discussion facilitated by Jeffrey Willems, area coordinator for Residence Life; and Anton Lewis, instructor in Business Administration.
— Harlem Renaissance Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Common Grounds Coffeehouse, University Union. Faculty, staff and students are invited to join in a day of readings of works from the Harlem Renaissance. Enjoy a musical performance at 7:30 p.m.
— Documentary: “Paris is Burning:” 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Christie Theatre, University Union. Jennie Livingston’s “Paris is Burning” chronicles the lives of gay African-American and Latino men who cross dress as women in New York City in the early 1980s. Livingston provides a rare look into the history of Madonna’s ‘voguing,’ the American AIDS epidemic of the ‘80s and what gay youth of color did to stay together and alive in the communities that shunned them. Discussion facilitated by Christine Smith, assistant professor of Human Development; and student Miranda Seitz.
— Phi Alpha Theta book discussion: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, American Intercultural Center, University Union. Discussion of “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance,” by Danielle McGuire.
— Closing panel discussion: Wednesday, Feb. 29. Time and place to be announced.