Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Center for Diversity and Inclusion announces two events for Oct. 10

HOUGHTON -- The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Technological University announces two events happening on campus on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Poetry on Mexican and Chicano identity

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will host a Social Justice Lecture Series event at 6 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Great Lakes Research Center, Room 201.

Spoken word artist Michael Reyes will use poetry to address Mexican and Chicano identity, history and culture. His performance focuses on a variety of contemporary issues, such as immigration, globalization and community activism.

The event is free and open to the public. 

The program is also part of both Hispanic Heritage Month and GLBTQ History Month.

Roxane Gay to present "Bad Feminist"

"Bad Feminist" -- a free public presentation by Roxane Gay about women, men, writing, and popular culture -- will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Rozsa Lobby. Gay is recognized as an insightful blogger and commentator and her writing has been featured on, The Nation, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other media outlets. Gay is an associate professor at Eastern Illinois University and a graduate of the RTC (Rhetoric and Technical Communications) program at Michigan Tech. She is co-editor of Pank Magazine and her collection of stories about experiences of Haitian disapora, Ayiti, was named one of the National Book Critic Circle's "Small Press Highlights of 2011." Her talk is sponsored by the Department of Humanities and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.

For more info on Gay's talk, click here.

Roxane Gay's presentation is part of a three-day conference this week being hosted by the Humanities Department. The conference is an annual event of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG). The lineup of events address a wide range of gender-related topics, such as feminism in STEM, men and masculinities, motherhood, gender equity, violence and harassment, etc. For a full schedule of the conference events happening Thursday (10/10) through Saturday (10/12), visit

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