- Social Action Through the Art of Hip Hop': Wednesday September 24 and Thursday September 25-is the theme of the 2014 Sankofa Lecture Series, the only conference in the Colorado region that situates the study of Hip Hop culture as a site of cultural literacy, identity formation, and tool for innovative and effective teaching practices. This year’s keynote address will be provided by members of the group Dead Prez, “revolutionary Hip Hop artists with a ‘gangsta’ lean.”
The event theme is derived from the idea that a redeeming quality of rap music is that it provides the most vulnerable with a blueprint for how to engage socio-political ideas, debate and action. To that end, the next installment of the Sankofa Lecture Series will emphasize the various contexts in which Hip Hop culture is used to address, impact, and create social change in our society. To further demonstrate this point several organizations and businesses from the Denver community have graciously agreed to participate in the Sankofa Community Resource Fair. This forum will provide attendees with access to a myriad of resources that foster holistic health, community engagement, and political agency. Other activities during the two-day initiative include a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed documentary, Black and Cuba, and the official ‘After Set’ featuring Phife Dawg, co-founder of the legendary Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Quest.
All events on Wednesday (9/24) and during the day on Thursday (9/25) are FREE, open to the public, and will take place on the Auraria campus in the St. Cajetan’s Center. Participants are encouraged to RSVP via Facebook. Event highlights include:
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Film Screening & Discussion: Black and Cuba
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
The film follows street-smart students, who are outcasts at an elite Ivy League university, as they band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. While filming their poignant encounters with AfroCuban youth, breathtaking sites and moving Hip Hop performances, the Travelers confront realities behind myths of color-blindness and social mobility. This edgy and artful documentary of their journey uncovers renewed hope for equality and human rights. The film is the feature directorial debut of Dr. Robin J. Hayes, international human rights advocate and scholar.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Panel Session: Music, Politics & Hip Hop: A Soundtrack for Social Change
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Moderator: Dr. Robert Hazan, Political Science Department
Panelists: Dr. Winston Grady-Willis, Department of Africana Studies, Dr. Jessica Parker, English Department, Dr. Ann Williams, Modern Languages, Dr. Norman Provizer, Political Science Department
Sankofa Community Resource Fair
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Keynote Address: Dead Prez
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
This initiative is facilitated by the Department of Africana Studies and brought to fruition through the support of collaborative partners and sponsors. These entities include: MSU Denver’s Office of Institutional Diversity, School of Letters, Arts & Sciences, Political Science Department, Institute for Women's Studies and Services, Office of International Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Office of Alumni Relations, the Student Government Association, and Office of Student Media. Cross-institutional, community sponsors, and corporate donors include: the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Denver, the Association of Sisters in Higher Education at the University of Denver, the Denver Foundation Community Leadership Program, Colorado Creative Industries, Biscuit and Berries Catering, the Denver Nuggets, KS 1075, and Starbucks. Extracurricular points TBD by amount of participation. Contact Jennifer with questions
- A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the forum: September 25-27 at 7:30 at the Performing Arts Center in the King Center. All MSU Denver students are free with valid ID. Presented by MSU Denver's Theatre department. 2 extracurricular points will be granted when brief discription is submitted.
- A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the forum: October 2-4 & 5 at 7:30 at the Performing Arts Center in the King Center. All MSU Denver students are free with valid ID. Presented by MSU Denver's Theatre department. 2 extracurricular points will be granted when brief discription is submitted...The Honors program will be attending the play as a group on October 2 at 7:30.
- The Buried Life: Wednesday, October 8 from 11:00 am-12:00 pm in the Tivoli Turnahalle. The Buried Life (TBL) originated in 2006 when four now twenty-somethings-- Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn, and Jonnie Penn -- set out in an old RV to complete a list of "100 Things We Want To Do Before We Die," and help out strangers along the way to accomplish something on their own lists. On their journey, TBL approached peopel to ask the question, "What do you want to do before you die?" For everything they accomplished on their list, they helped a stranger to something on their list. Since then, they've produced a 2009 MTV show (marking of #53 on their list) and a 2012 New York Times best-selling book, What do You Want To Do Before You Die? 2 extracurricular points will be granted when a bried discription is submitted.
- Zach Whals: Thursday, October 9 from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Tivoli Multicultural Lounge. Zach Wahls made headlines in 2011 when, at the age of 19, he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the subject of gay marriage. The son of two lesbian mothers, the 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student had no idea that his heartfelt testimony that day would spread like wildfire, and even have him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Zach shares a story that has never before been told, and offers a fresh, bold perspective on a recently rekindled- and always contentious-issue: gay marriage. 2 extracurricular points will be granted when a brief discription is submitted.
- NCHC: Wednesday, November 5-Sunday, November 9. The National Collegiate Honors Conference will be in Denver! If you are interested in being a volunteer at a table during NCHC, please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will be directing out of state conference attendies to restaurnats and advising them of activites or events in Denver. Extracurricular points will be determined on the amount of time you volunteer at the table.
- 1Book/1 Project/ 2 Transform: Wednesday November 12, from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Carissa Phelps, author of "Runaway Girl" will be on campus for an author talk, and book signing. The event is be in the Tivoli Turnhall. 2 points will be granted for reading the book, 2 points for participating in the project, and 2 points for attending the author talk. Extracurricular points will be granted when a brief discription is submitted.
- Project Homeless Connect: Monday, November 17 from 11:00am- 3:00 pm at the Colorado Convention Center. Project Homeless Connect 14 is a one-day, one-stop shop event that connects homeless individuals and families to services. The clients will have access to more than 60 free services that span health care to haircuts. Through Project Homeless Connect, clients have the privilege to receive these services in one place during one day, as opposed to visiting multiple servies throughout the Denver metropolitan area. These are critical support services being offered by organizations that work closely with our homeless population every day. Project Homeless connect has provided assistance to over 15,000 individuals and families since 2005. for more information visit: msudenver.edu/volunteerday/ A 1.5 hours training is madatory to participate in this event. 4 extracurricular points will be granted for participation
- End of Year Celebration: Thursday November 19 from 5:30-7:30 in Tivoli 640 Zenith Room. We are having a end of semester dinner celebration! And we will be giving away $4,500 in book awards to the top GPA's.
- No Events currently listed for December
- This years Think Tank Officers are:
- President: Hal Bewley
- VP: Aaron Itner
- Secretary: Tracy Nguyen
- Treasurer: Vacant
- The 2014-2015 PHABS Representatives are:
- Tyler Anderson
- Naomi Bolts
- Jennifer Mueller
- David Spittler
- Morgan Stimpson
- Micha Richie