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Upcoming Diversity Events at Keene State

January 20, 2012

Dr. Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Film and Discussion: Trudell
Date: Monday, 1/23/12

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Young Student Center, Mountain View Room

Contact: Dottie Morris, 358-2206 or dmorris@keene.edu

Trudell follows the extraordinary life of Native American poet and activist John Trudell, from his impoverished childhood in Omaha to his leadership in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and his reincarnation as an acclaimed musician and spoken word poet. Using decades-old 16 mm and Super 8 film and video footage as a backdrop, filmmaker Heather Rae paints an intimate portrait of a man whose spirit and words have awakened the Native consciousness.

The story begins in the late 1960s, when Trudell and a community group, Indians of All Tribes, occupied Alcatraz Island for 21 months in a symbolic effort to claim the island for the Indian people. The event brought international attention to the American Indian cause and helped to ignite the contemporary Indian People's Movement.

"What Alcatraz meant was that for the first time we saw young Native people standing up and saying, 'We have rights,'" said Cherokee leader and Alcatraz activist, Wilma Mankiller.

After the Alcatraz occupation, Trudell went on to become national spokesman of the American Indian Movement. The FBI dossier on Trudell exceeded 17,000 pages, one of the longest in the bureau's history.

Dr. Martin King Luther King/Civil Rights Discussion: Graffiti and Symbols that Hurt: A KSC Response
Date: Wednesday, 1/25/12

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Young Student Center, Mabel Brown Room

Contact: Linda Baker, Judy Brody, Karen Coteleso, Lucy Webb, Jane Thickstun, or Dottie Morris

Moderator: James Waller

Panelists: Karen Cangialosi, Darrell Hucks, Rabbi Sarah Rubin, Amanda Warman, Larry Welkowitz

Please join a campus-wide discussion about bias-related graffiti found on campus recently. A panel will discuss the meaning of symbols represented by the graffiti and its impact on community. After the panel discussion, audience participants will be encouraged to engage in a dialogue about their thoughts, feelings, reactions, and strategies for addressing this issue.

Trans Talk with Tony Ferraiolo: Being Trans: Perspective of a Trans Youth Advocate and Community Activist
Date: Monday, 2/6/12

Time: noon

Location: Young Student Center, Mountain View Room

Contact: Dottie Morris, 358-2206 or dmorris@keene.edu

Tony Ferraiolo, CPC, will speak about his personal journey related to being transgender and his work as a transgender youth advocate and Certified Life Coach. He will also tell the story behind the Jim Collins Foundation, an organization he cofounded, that raises money to fund gender-confirming surgeries for the transgender community. In 2006 he founded several groups to support transgender youth and their families: Translation, a support group for transgender teenagers; Create Yourself, an art group for gender-nonconforming children under the age of 12; TransPACT, a support group for parents of transgender and gender-nonconforming children; and, most recently, a support group for siblings of transgender and gender-nonconforming children. Tony's coaching practice specializes in transgender youth and families.

Tony is the co-founder and president of the Jim Collins Foundation, an organization that raises money to fund gender-confirming surgeries for the transgender community. Tony has dedicated himself to promoting competent and respectful health care for the transgender community, educating providers, and advocating on behalf of patients.

Beyond this list of inspiring accomplishments, Tony is known for infusing his stories of the struggles of transition with insight, humor, and compassion.

Dr. Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Talk/Discussion: Building a Martin Luther King vision of "beloved community" in today's society: Key elements - Pastor Bryon Broussard
Date: Tuesday, 2/7/12

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Redfern Arts Center, Alumni Recital Hall

Contact: Dottie Morris, 358-2206 or dmorris@keene.edu

Pastor Bryon Broussard, of the Love Center in Atlanta, will discuss the work his church is doing in the service of creating Martin Luther King's vision of "beloved community." We will discuss how we can apply some of his strategies to Keene State College.

Chris Jennings - New Perspectives on HIV/AIDS: Redefining the HIV/AIDS Epidemic by Forensic Review of the Medical Literature
Date: Wednesday, 2/15/12

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Young Student Center, Mabel Brown Room

Contact: Dottie Morris, 358-2206 or dmorris@keene.edu

Medical writer Chris Jennings will summarize the contents of his forthcoming books, HIV/AIDS: The Facts & the Fiction, HIV/AIDS in South Africa: The Facts & the Fiction, and HIV/AIDS - The Jennings Report: Redefining the Size, Scope, and Scale of the AIDS Epidemic by Forensic Review of the Medical Literature, which explores the prevalence and distribution of HIV infection based on a review of over 3,000 scientific and medical journal articles. The scientific literature is clear: New York City is the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic, the theory that AIDS originated with African monkeys arose from an incident of laboratory contamination, and the African AIDS epidemic-as-holocaust never manifested.