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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.


  • 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 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!

Future Teacher Conference to Recruit Workforce Representative of Student Body

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Early Childhood Education student at MCTCMinneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), in collaboration with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), is pleased to host the Future Teacher Conference on the MCTC campus on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The conference is free and open to MPS students, employees and parents who are interested in becoming teachers.

This partnership is part of a larger project bringing together Augsburg College, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), Saint Paul Public Schools and MCTC to recruit future teachers—particularly teachers of color—to teacher education programs like MCTC’s, in order to facilitate a gateway into the teaching profession and ensure the future workforce is diverse and representative of the student body. Recently, MCTC and these partners received a Bush Foundation scholarship to build educational infrastructure to intentionally recruit teacher candidates of color, improve their clinical experiences while training and support their smooth transition into a teaching career.

The conference provides an opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing teaching to explore their degree options. The event will feature information sessions, lunch and a keynote speaker. Sessions will cover topics including daily classroom experiences of an MPS teacher, how to select an institution of higher education to pursue teaching, educational philosophies, resume building, funding schooling and how to select a licensure area.

Interested in attending the Future Teacher Conference? Register by Feb. 20 by clicking here. Lunch is included.

Photo: An MCTC student in the Early Childhood Education program.

MCTC to Host ”Race in America” Photo Exhibit With Civil Rights Leader as Guest of Honor

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Race in America photoFormer students from MCTC’s Race in America: Then and Now course collaborated to host an exhibit of photography from the summer civil rights course over years past. The exhibit, a prominent feature in this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the College, runs until Saturday, Jan. 31. A closing ceremony will take place this day from 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. in the T Skyway, featuring a guest of honor who helped shape the civil rights movement.

The course, offered through the Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs (HECUA) and taught by MCTC Political Science Faculty Lena Jones, gives students the opportunity to travel to the southern United States to meet civil rights Movement leaders, visit historical civil rights sights and make connections between past and present struggles for justice and equality. MCTC is a member of the HECUA consortium and the MCTC Foundation generously awards scholarships to MCTC students taking part in the course.

The reception will feature singing, storytelling, discussions, reflections and an esteemed guest of honor: civil rights leader Hollis Watkins. Watkins has been immersed in the struggle for racial and economic justice for over 50 years. He was the first Mississippi student to become involved in 1961 in the Mississippi Voting Rights Project of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and since then, has co-founded several organizations including the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Southern Echo, an organization dedicated to providing leadership development, technical assistance, and training to grassroots organizations across the south and southwestern US.

The day’s events will take place as follows:

  • 10:30–11:00 a.m.—Reception Opens (T Skyway)
  • 11 a.m.–noon—The Civil Rights Movement Through Song: Singing and storytelling with Mr. Hollis Watkins (T Skyway)
  • 12:30–2 p.m.—Organizing and Movement Building: Past and Present: A Discussion with Mr. Hollis Watkins [Location To Be Determined]
  • 2:15–3 p.m.—Closing reflections and song with Mr. Hollis Watkins and contributors to the Race in America, Then and Now photo exhibit (T Skyway)