UW-Green Bay Kwanzaa featured on Fox 11

The University of Wisconsin Green Bay hosted a Kwanzaa celebration Saturday, Dec. 9. The community and students were invited to learn about the cultural holiday while enjoying festive music and dance. Fox 11 was there. The event is sponsored by the American Intercultural Center, Black Student Union, Office of Student Life and Diversity Task Force.

UW-Green Bay hosts community Kwanzaa event, Saturday, Dec. 9

GREEN BAY — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host a Kwanzaa Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union.

Students, staff, faculty and community are invited to learn about the cultural holiday while enjoying festive music and dancing from the Nefertari Dance Company, a dynamic group involving community participants from age 3 to 18.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Ajamou Butler from Milwaukee, Wis., who will share his story of faith and Heal the Hood MKE, an organization that aims to bring peace throughout the city of Milwaukee.

Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration based on the tradition of the African harvest festival emphasizing community and cultural pride. Attendees can learn about the holiday’s origins, rites and symbols while enjoying the many other things the event has to offer. This year’s highlighted Kwanzaa principle, or theme, is Imani, which means faith.

Sponsored by the Black Student Union, American Intercultural Center, Office of Student Life, Division of Student Affairs and Campus Climate and the Diversity Taskforce, the event is free and open to the public. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided while supplies last.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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More on the Kwanzaa Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 9

Join organizers for the Kwanzaa Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration based on the tradition of the African harvest festival emphasizing community and cultural pride. Enjoy music, dancing and food and learning about the holiday’s origins, rites and symbols. This year’s celebration focuses on Imani principle, which is faith. The guest keynote speaker is Ajamou Butler from Milwaukee, Wis. who will share his story of faith and Heal the Hood MKE. In addition, music and dancing will be from Nefertari Dance Company. This dynamic group involves community participants from age 3 to 18. This is a free, public event and light lunch and refreshments will be provided while supplies last. The event is sponsored by the American Intercultural Center, Black Student Union, Office of Student Life and Diversity Task Force.

Postponed: H. Samy Alim presentation is postponed until fall of 2017

Update, due to medical reasons, this program has been postponed until fall of 2017:
Prof. H. Samy Alim of Stanford University will be speaking at UW-Green Bay on Monday, April 24, 2017. Alim is an internationally renowned scholar on race, culture and linguistics. He is an expert on the analyses of youth culture, hip hop and education as well as the ways in which speech and language are racialized. His books include Articulate While Black, Raciolinguistics and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy. He will be presenting the following talks:

  • “Understanding Linguicism” at 9:30 a.m. in the 1965 room
  • “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” at 12:30 p.m. in the 1965 room
  • “Racing Language and Languaging Race in Hyper-Racial Times” at 3:30 p.m. in the Christie Theatre.

Alim’s visit is sponsored by the Professional Program in Education, the Diversity Task Force, American Intercultural Center and the Black Student Union. For more information on Professor Alim’s visit, please contact Christin DePouw at depouwc@uwgb.edu.

Workshop offered: Racing Language and ‘Languaging’ Race in Hyper-Racial Times, April 24

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is hosting an educational workshop, “Racing Language and ‘Languaging’ Race in Hyper-Racial Times,” Monday, April 24, 2017. The sessions are free and open to the public. Parking is free in the Visitor Lot near Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. Topics (attend one or more):

All sessions will be presented by Samy Alim, a professor of Education, Anthropology and Linguistics at Stanford University, where he directs the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL), the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) and African & African American Studies (AAAS). In his most recent book, Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. (2012, with Geneva Smitherman), he addresses language and racial politics through an examination of President Obama’s language use… and America’s response to it. His other books include Street Conscious Rap (1999), You Know My Steez (2004), Roc the Mic Right (2006), Tha Global Cipha (2006), Talkin Black Talk (2007) and Global Linguistic Flows (2009). His forthcoming volume, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies, will appear in 2017 (with Django Paris, Teachers College Press).

Learn more about the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uwgbaic/ or by contacting Assistant Prof. Christin DePouw (Education) at depouwc@uwgb.edu. Sponsors are the Campus Life Diversity Task Force, Black Student Union, UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Education and the American Intercultural Center.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,030 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay presents annual Soul Food Dinner Feb. 7

The UW-Green Bay Black Student Union, along with the University’s American Intercultural Center, will host their annual Soul Food Dinner Saturday, Feb. 7 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 5:30.

The evening’s program will feature nationally renowned slam poet Dana Gilmore, along with other speakers and entertainers to help celebrate the festive event. Dinner menu items include fried chicken, catfish, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, cornbread dressing and peach cobbler. The dishes have a true southern flavor and come from the Deep South kitchen of UW-Green Bay Diversity Director Justin Mallett’s family.

“The Soul Food Dinner is a time when we can all come together and share in the festivities of great food and camaraderie from all,” Mallett said. “A joyous occasion enjoyed by everyone, the Soul Food Dinner also will serve as the kick-off event to Black History Month at UW-Green Bay.”

Tickets for the Soul Food Dinner are $3 for students and children under age 12, and $6 for non-students. They can be purchased at the University Ticketing and Information Center in the University Union, or by calling (920) 465-2400.

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Bring your appetite: Soul Food Dinner is Feb. 7

The Black Student Union, along with the American Intercultural Center, would like to invite everyone to their annual Soul Food Dinner Saturday, Feb. 7 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program will start at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and children 12 and under and $6 for non-students. The program will feature nationally renowned slam poet Dana Gilmore along with other speakers and entertainers to help celebrate this festive event. Dinner menu items include fried chicken, catfish, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, cornbread dressing and peach cobbler. These items have a true southern flavor and come from the Deep South kitchen of Diversity Director Justin Mallett’s family! Tickets will go on sale at the University Ticketing and Information Center Friday (Jan. 23), or you can contact Mallett at mallettj@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2720 and pre-order tickets. If you pre-order, Mallett will personally drop them off to you. Hope to see you there!

Kwanzaa celebration is Dec. 6 in De Pere

UW-Green Bay’s American Intercultural Center and Black Student Union are again assisting with plans for the Annual Community Kwanzaa Celebration, scheduled this year for 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Co-hosted by St. Norbert College and NWTC, the event takes place on the SNC campus in De Pere at the Michels Commons Ballroom, 409 Third St. The free event will include music, food and cultural education. All are welcome to attend. This year’s theme, Kujichagulia, or self-determination, encourages participants to “define ourselves, name ourselves, create ourselves, and speak for ourselves.” Africana Studies Prof. Maulana Karenga created the seven-day celebration to embrace African heritage and a strong sense of cultural values.

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Bus transportation available: There will be a bus leaving UW-Green Bay at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 for those desiring transportation to the Kwanzaa celebration in De Pere. Please sign up in the AIC to reserve your seat. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Justin Mallett at (920) 465-2720.