Black Issues Conference

Issues Conferences highlights Black History Month at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS With the start of February, Bowling Green State University’s Beyond ‘The Dream’ series focuses on Black History Month. From movies at the Gish Film Theater to guest speakers and musicians and an academic conference, the month provides a variety of opportunities to share in the African American experience. Highlighting the month is the 18th annual Black Issues Conference on Feb. 17 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. To begin the day, the University will welcome area high school students to a 10 a.m.workshop that consists of a panel discussion of first-year experiences and personal development workshops. PJ Jones, a 2010 BGSU alumna and assistant director of multicultural and diversity affairs at the University of Florida, will give the keynote address, “Art Is Power,” during the conference luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in 228 Union. Jones is also the co-founder of Fearlessly Fierce LLC and the co-creator and personality behind the “Educated and Melanted” podcast. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy Alumni Society. Concurrent research sessions throughout the day will cover topics such as Black Popular Music and Its Cultural Influences, The Importance of Social Justice to African Americans, Black Art and the Black Art Movement, Dealing with Aggression toward Black Females, LGBT Identity and Representation, African American College Experiences, Black Elementary Education, and Food Struggles in American and African American Culture. The conference is free for BGSU students, $15 for BGSU faculty and high school students, and $20 for others. The deadline to register is midnight Feb. 8. Click to register. Tuesdays at the Gish presents “Creed,” a sequel in the “Rocky” franchise, on Feb. 6; the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” on Feb. 13; “The Fits,” a coming-of-age story focused on dancing, on Feb. 20; and “Short Term 12,” about a group home for kids, starring Brie Larson, on Feb. 27. Screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. in Hanna Hall and each film in the series will be introduced by a BGSU doctoral student or faculty member. Admission is free. Other events during February include “The Black Art Experience,” focusing first on fine art, from 7-11 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Community Room side (202B) of the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Union. Performing arts will be featured from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 24 in 101 Olscamp Hall. The two-day event is sponsored by the Council of Multicultural Organizations and the BGSU Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Activist Rosa Clemente to give keynote address at BGSU Black Issues Conference

Rosa Clemente, the 2008 Green party vice presidential candidate, will be the keynote speaker for the 17th annual Black Issues Conference at BGSU. The conference, which features a wide range of research and creative presentations by students, faculty and staff, will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Presentations will include visual and performing arts and critical analyses of contemporary black society and culture from across the academic spectrum. Special emphasis is placed on current social and political movements, such as #BlackLivesMatter, and the issues of importance to black communities as we look ahead to the 2016 election cycle. Clemente’s keynote presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. In addition to her political run in 2008, Clemente has spoken widely on issues of Afro-Puerto Rican identity, feminism and hip-hop activism. She is a graduate of SUNY-Albany and Cornell University and has studied and lectured across the country on nationalist movements, particularly those involving young people of color. She frequently speaks on youth participation in politics. Over the last 20 years, she has written for Clamor Magazine, The Final Call, The Black World Today and The Ave. Clemente’s intersectional approach to black identity and politics is especially timely. Registration is free for BGSU students and $15 for all others. Deadline was Feb. 12. For information contact Stephanie Rader at srader@bgsu.edu.