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Third Annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

On Thursday, April 9, MCTC will host its 3rd annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series. The mission of the lecture series is to promote the intellectual traditions of African-American, African and Islamic authors and activists as they relate to contemporary issues of justice and peace. Over 500 students, staff and faculty participated last year, and we hope for even more this year!

This year’s keynote speaker this year is Prof. Sohail Daulatzai. Events will be offered throughout the day (please see the agenda below) to allow for attendees to meet Prof. Daulatzai.

Most of the events are open to the public. The preliminary agenda is listed below; a more comprehensive agenda will be published closer to the day of the event.

The event’s planning committee and sponsoring clubs and organizations include the MCTC Muslim Student Association, Philosophy Club, Xicanos Latinos Unidos, Phi Theta Kappa, Student African American Sisterhood, Student African American Brotherhood, African Student Continental Club, Office of Diversity, Student Life, Philosophy department and Global Studies department.

Agenda:

  • Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. on violence, 10–11 a.m.
    • Location: H.1002
    • Introduction: Dr. Matthew Palombo (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies)
    • Keynote: Dr. Charles Watson (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies, see bio below)
    • Respondents: Dr. Nadia Mohamed (faculty, Global Studies, see bio below) and Modou Jaw (MCTC student)
    • Q/A from audience
  • Student Leadership Luncheon: A Conversation with Sohail Daulatzai, noon–1:30 p.m.
  • Black Star, Crescent Moon: A Book Discussion with Sohail Daulatzai, 2– 3 p.m.
    • Location: H.1002
  • Film screening: Battle of Algiers (1966), 3:30–5:30 p.m.
    • Location: H.1002
  • Evening Public Lecture
    • T Plaza
    • Arrival and food, 6– 6:30 p.m.
    • Welcome: Dr. Matthew Palombo, 6:30–6:35 p.m.
    • Music/spoken word, 6:35–6:45 p.m.
    • Keynote: Sohail Daulatzai, 6:45–7:30 p.m.
    • Audience Q&A, 7:30–8 p.m.

Dr. DaulatzaiDr. Sohail Daulatzai is Film and Media Studies Professor of African-American Studies at the University of California, Irving.  He was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, at the Af-Pak border. Because of his parents’ involvement against British colonialism and the politics of the Afghan-Pakistan border, they decided to move to the United States. Sohail grew up in Los Angeles, in the Pico Union district, which has since become a heavily Latino area after the U.S. involvement in Central America. He went to high school in San Gabriel Valley and graduated from UCLA, majoring in Psychology. As an undergrad, he took a broad range of classes that led him to pursue a PhD at USC in Critical Studies. Professor Daulatzai has published extensively in the fields of African-American and Islamic Studies (in print and film), including topics such as hip-hop, U.S. Imperialism and Black/Muslim encounters and Malcolm X. He is the author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America (2012) and co-editor of Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic (with Michael Eric Dyson) (2009).

Dr. Charles H. Watson is an instructor of Philosophy and Global Studies at MCTC. Dr. Watson has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Humanities from Stanford University. He is the author of The Existential Imperative: On the Material Production of Authenticity and his research interests include 19th century Philosophy and Black Social Thought. Dr. Watson teaches courses at MCTC including African-American Philosophy, Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy as well as the Global Studies course Race and Culture.

Dr. Nadia Mohamed is an instructor of Global Studies and Arab Studies at MCTC. She is Egyptian by birth, Arab by ethnicity, American by residency and Muslim by choice. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business and Islamic Law, a master’s degree in Shariah Law and a Ph.D in Education. Dr. Mohamed has founded two Islamic schools, taught at the Islamic University of Minnesota and served in leadership positions in a variety of educational contexts. She is the faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association. Professor Mohamed has published in both English and Arabic on various topics including Shariah Law, Secularism and Dialogue. She teaches courses at MCTC including World Religions, Arab History and Cultures and Strategies for College Success.

See details about the first and second lecture series.

Hilary Klein to Discuss Her Book “Compañeras: A Zapatista Woman’s Story”

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

YuDIdwZ2In recognition of coursework and topics relevant to many of MCTC’s departments, including Global Studies, Hispanic/Chicano Studies, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies and others, MCTC would like to welcome Hilary Klein to campus on Monday, March 30 at 3 p.m. in T.1400 to discuss her book Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories.

Compañeras is the untold story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerrilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Compañeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame engrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within.

About Hilary Klein
HILARY KLEIN spent six years in Chiapas, Mexico, working with women’s projects in Zapatista communities. After she compiled a book of Zapatista women’s testimony to be circulated in their own villages, women in the Zapatista leadership suggested that Klein compile a similar book for an outside audience. Klein has been engaged in social justice and community organizing for twenty years. She currently works at Make the Road New York, a membership organization that builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities. She is originally from Washington, DC, and received her BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Follow Hilary on Twitter.

This event is sponsored by MCTC Global Studies, World Languages and Women’s Studies.

MCTC Student Newspaper Named “Best of the Midwest” Among 2-Year Colleges

Posted on: February 20th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

City College News, MCTC's student newspaperThe Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) student newspaper, City College News (CCN), finished first among two-year college newspapers at the Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest convention this spring. Student newspapers from across the Midwest took part in the competition, and newspapers from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and South Dakota were represented.

In addition to the award, CCN photographer Chris Juhn was awarded second place for best news photo.

“I thought these awards were very deserving,” said Gabe Hewitt, CCN features editor and former CCN editor-in-chief. “The people who put together this paper work really hard and are passionate about what they do, ensuring the college news coverage is current, relevant and articulate.”

The conference, held in downtown Minneapolis, featured workshops for attendees emphasizing the importance of storytelling, as well as a keynote address by award-winning KARE 11 photojournalist Boyd Huppert.

“MCTC’s City College News is a source of pride in our community,” said MCTC Interim President Avelino Mills-Novoa. “Thank you to all who make CCN such a dynamic force on our campus.”

Photo: From left to right, Alison Bergblom-Johnson, ACP Executive Director Diana Mitsu Klos, Kassidy Curry, Chris Juhn, Gabe Hewitt and Porsha Allen.

MCTC Student Life Presents the Spring Health Fair

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Join MCTC Student Life for the spring health fair! Tuesday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. in the T Skyway. Participating MCTC clubs, departments and other local community organizations include:

  • Artifex Wellness Center (Chair Massages)
  • Boynton Dietician
  • Commuter Connection
  • Eden Prairie Power Nutrition
  • Hennepin County Child & Teen Check-up
  • Hour Car
  • LA Fitness
  • MCTC Addiction Counseling Club
  • MCTC Campus Recreation & Wellness
  • MCTC Green Dot Awareness
  • MCTC Health & Healing Club
  • MCTC Student Health Clinic
  • MCTC Physical Education
  • Health, and Wellness
  • MCTC Student Life
  • MCTC Yoga
  • Memorial Blood Center
  • NAMI
  • Northside Chiropractic
  • North Point Family Planning
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Zip Car
  • and more!

MCTC Instructors and Alum Included in Anthology on Black Minnesota Writers and Writing

Posted on: February 10th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Tish Jones, MCTC alumAlexs Pate, author of “Amistad” and “Losing Absolom,” long ago noted the absence of any compendium of black Minnesota writers and writing. His anthology, “Blues Vision: African American Writing From Minnesota” features nearly a century of poetry, fiction, playwriting and memoirs by black Minnesota writers, including MCTC Instructors Taiyon Coleman, Carolyn Holbrook and Shannon Gibney, and MCTC alum Tish Jones.

This article was originally published by MinnPost. Click here to read the full article.

Alexs Pate’s ‘Blues Vision’ anthology fills a missing place

One book on his shelf, “The Butterfly Tree: An Anthology of Black Writing from the Upper Midwest,” came out in the 1980s and captured an earlier era. In 30 years, however, Minnesota has changed, as has the literary world, which has expanded through the rise of hip-hop and spoken word poetry. An updated book needed to reflect that, Pate thought, especially since black voices haven’t been afforded a greater place in other regional collections.

“I feel comfortable saying black writers are underrepresented in anthologies of Minnesota writers,” says Pate, who says his own writing has been profoundly influenced by his surroundings in the great white north.

With the assistance of the Minnesota Humanities Center, Pate’s idea now fills that gap. “Blues Vision: African American Writing From Minnesota” (Minnesota Historical Society Press) gathers nearly a century of poetry, fiction, playwriting and memoirs by black Minnesota writers. The collection includes quintessentially Minnesotan stories like Susan J. Smith-Grier’s tales about growing up on a lake in Northern Minnesota, and equally Minnesotan memoirs like Evelyn Fairbanks’ stories about St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood, now lost to I-94.

There are poems and stories about iconic Minnesota businesses, classic downtown Minneapolis buildings and the way ice forms on the lakes in late October. The civil-rights movement, jazz and blues music, racism and inclusion, the rural Minnesota landscape, family life, loneliness, and beauty fill these pages, through the voices of some of Minnesota’s best writers, including Conrad Balfour, Philip Bryant, David Haynes, Kim Hines, Gordon Parks and many others who may have been left out of other anthologies but have been here and writing all along.

Click here to read the rest of this article from MinnPost.