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March 2021

Black History Month Read Aloud

March 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Outdoor Trautmann Square

The Center for Intercultural Advancement will host the College's annual Black History Month Read Aloud. This event has become an anchor for the Black History Month Committee because it gives members of our community an opportunity to share some of their favorite Black authors. For many at Wagner, this will be the first time that they learn of some of the people whose voices and stories are not included in the canon of good literature but whose work have shaped the soul of our country. The Black History Month Committee encourages all members of our beloved community to lend their voice to this very important event and read with us.

We highly encourage members of the community who are not able to read aloud on the day of the event to submit a 1 minute video recording of them reading aloud their favorite writing or literature by a Black author. Video recording can be submitted to Sebastian Rametta at sebastian.rametta@wagner.edu by February 26th at noon.

Click HERE to reserve your time slot for the Read Aloud.

Wagner Wednesday sponsored by BSU

March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Outdoor Trautmann Square

Stop by Trautmann Square during lunch for fun activities!

The first Wagner Wednesday of the semester will be hosted by members of Black Student Union.

Black Athletes and Activism

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

From Joe Lewis, Muhammed Ali, Althea Gibson, Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Bill Russell to Lebron James and Colin Kaepernick, Black athletes have used their platform to make a stand against racism in our culture.

Join us for a panel discussion as we interrogate the history of Black athletes who have protested against social injustices in American society.

Additional information about panelists and registration will be available closer to the event.

Black History Month Lecture

March 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Black History Month Committee is excited to announce this year’s scholar Dr. Gina Poe who is a neurobiologist at UCLA.

Dr. Gina Poe has been working since 1995 on the mechanisms through which sleep serves memory consolidation and restructuring. Following graduation from Stanford University, Dr. Poe conducted research with the VA studying Air Force Test Pilots’ brainwave signatures under high-G maneuvers. She then earned her Ph.D. in Basic Sleep in the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program at UCLA. After her time at UCLA, she started her postdoctoral studies at the University of Arizona. She started as a faculty member at Washington State University then to the University of Michigan before re-joining her alma mater UCLA in 2016. At UCLA, she continues to research and teaching while directing the COMPASS-Life Sciences and BRI-SURE programs and co-directs the MARC-U*STAR program. View her complete bio and areas of research here.

The lecture will be virtual and registration will be available closer to the event date. Time is subject to change.

The Black History Month Scholar Lecture Series is an annual event that features some of the best and brightest scholars, who also happen to be Black. Contact Dr. Rita Reynolds via email at rita.reynolds@wagner.edu for more information.

Open Mic Night with Guest Poet, L. Ash Williams

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wagner College students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the open mic-poetry reading, headlined by guest poet L. Ash Williams.

L. Ash is a native of Brooklyn, NY. She was Host Committee Chair for the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam and was a member of the 2013 louderArts National Poetry Slam team. She has most recently been featured at Bowery Poetry, SupaDupaFresh, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets (Poem-a-Day) and American Public Media (The Slowdown podcast.)

Following the poetry reading, she will answer questions from the audience.

If you would like to read your own poetry during the open-mic (or if you just want more information), email Professor Steven Thomas at steven.thomas@wagner.edu no later than March 12.

BSU Presents Paint and Sip Night

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join members of the Black Student Union for a night of artistry and fun relaxation.

Additional details will be available closer to the event.

Virtual Watch Party and Discussion of ’13th’

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Sociology Professor and Project Pericles Program Director, Dr. Bernadette Ludwig, Sidiq Soulemana Assistant Director, Center for Intercultural Advancement and Staff Advisor for the Men of Color Initiative, and members of the Men of Color Initiative Donovan Davis (Presidential Fellow), and Seong Gillespie (a sophomore Sociology major and Civic Engagement minor) for a virtual showing of 13TH followed by a discussion on the film that seeks to educate and inform about Mass Incarceration and Systemic Racism.

As part of the discussion, we will also celebrate Project Pericles' 2020 Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ Letter to an Elected Official finalists and Men of Color Initiative members, Rajiv Redd and Ahmad Lyons who wrote their letter as part of their class with Dr. Cyril Ghosh to advocate for expanding the FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682) which currently "restricts and manages mandatory minimum sentencing." In the letter, they highlighted how Black men and communities have been disproportionately affected by mandatory minimum sentencing. In the proposal that accompanied their letter, Rajiv and Ahmad stressed the need to create more awareness about this issue among their peers. To read the full letter visit Project Pericles' website.

About 13TH
According to the New York Times, "this film hinges on the 13th Amendment, as the title indicates, in ways that may be surprising, though less so for those familiar with Michelle Alexander’s 2010 bestseller, 'The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.' Ratified in 1865, the amendment states in full: 'Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.' As Ms. Alexander underscores, slavery was abolished for everyone except criminals. The film 13TH is powerful, infuriating, and at times overwhelming, and will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking. It shakes you up, but it also challenges your ideas about the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States."

6pm-8pm: Virtual Watch Party of 13TH -- Free Livestream of this Documentary available on YouTube or email Donovan Davis at donovan.davis@wagner.edu to join the watch party.
8pm-9pm: Virtual Discussion -- The discussion is open to anyone in the Wagner community but we require participants to watch the film before the discussion. Pre-registration required for discussion.

During the event, there will also be opportunities to enter a raffle and win prizes - sponsored by Project Pericles.

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