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BSU: Black Love Week!

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Black Love Week, originally called Black Love Day, was founded by Ayo Handy Kendi, founder and director of the African American Holiday Association. Black Love Day revolves around the African American community encouraging black self-love, increasing peace, and racial healing. Celebrated on the 13th day of February, BLD demonstrates the 5 Tenets of Black Love and recommit to the Nguzo Saba that targets the principles of love and unity for the Black Diaspora. The first tenet is “akoma” a symbol of love, goodwill, patience, and endurance.

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Spring Semester Events!

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Harmony’s Café is a program series sponsored by the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement (CCCE). It started last semester (Fall 2013) and was a great success! Some of the programs we had were:

Teach for America: Discussion About Education in the United States and Abroad

Foreign Films (Volver & Kai Po Che)

Asian Culture Club: Ghost Festival

Black Student Union: Diversity? At Denison? Discussion

Middle Eastern Culture Club: Axis of Evil Comedy Film

How can I host an event for Harmony’s Café?

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Denison and Syria

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Collaborative Efforts to Facilitate Dialogue

Thursday October 10th marked the third event on campus concerning the conflict in Syria. Leaders from MECO (Middle Eastern Cultural Organization), Amnesty International, and  SD (Sustained Dialogue) came together and facilitated a dialogue concerning the current conflict in Syria. Open to all on campus, the event came into being after some of the facilitators were “talking casually when they came to the realization that history was happening before us. We thought about how easy it would was to be spectators–that it’s easy to watch these atrocities, and not go into action against it.” said Lisa Torio, class of 2015 and president of Amnesty International.

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Asian American Association hosts Eliot Chang!

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Asian American Association (AAA) is hosting Eliot Chang’s #SCANDALOUS Comedy Tour this Friday, November 8th at 8pm in the Roost. Please join us for a fun hour of laughs which will be immediately followed by a workshop on media.

Eliot Chang’s Comedy Central Half Hour was voted #2 in Comedy Central’s Stand Up Showdown. Other TV appearances include E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and Showtime’s “Minority Report.”

This comedian is also an actor and improviser. He studied improv in NY at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and then with Armando Diaz at the Magnet Theater, where he was on the house team “Jungle!

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Diwali, the Festival of Lights

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Date: November 1st, 2013

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: The Open House

What is Diwali?

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, and is one of the only festivals that is celebrated in all parts of India. Mythology states that Prince Ram, the heir to the throne of Ayodhya, and the favorite of his father, King Dashratha, was unfairly exiled from his kingdom by one of the  King’s other queens in an attempt to place her own son, Bharat, on the throne.

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Come Celebrate the Ghost Festival with Asian Culture Club and CCCE!

 Thursday, Oct.31st

3:30-5pm

 Slayter 4th floor, Shepardson College Room

What is the Ghost Festival?

 The Ghost Festival is celebrated in many Asian countries in honor of their deceased ancestors.

In China, the Ghost Festival is known as the  Zhongyuan (中原) Festival. On this day, the deceased are believed to visit the living. People will prepare ritualistic food offerings, burn incense, and burn joss paper (which is clothes), gold and other goods made out of paper. Meals would be served with empty seats for each of the deceased in the family treating the deceased as if they are still living.

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From Dream to Practice

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Please follow this link to see a trailer of Girl Rising:

http://www.girlrising.com/take-action/about-film/?id10x10=undefined

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrity writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. By using powerful storytelling, the Girl Rising film wants to deliver a simple, critical message: Educate Girls and you will Change the World.

On September 19th in Slayter Auditorium, the inspiring documentary was shown at Denison.

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DISA Day 2013

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For those of you who were not able to make it to DISA Day last week, here is a peek of what you missed!

Don’t know what DISA Day is?

This is our first event of the year and we always want to start the year of with a Bang!!

The purpose of DISA Day is to promote multiculturalism on Denison’s campus. If you look at how our world is evolving, it is becoming increasingly important to be aware of other cultures, and tradition.

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China Week Held by Global China Connection (GCC)

A message from GCC president, Janet Ji:

This week, from Oct 21st to Oct 25th 2013, Global China Connection (Denison Chapter) will be hosting their annual event, China Week.

It has three parts:

–Game Night from 6:30-8:30pm on Oct.21st, Monday at Slayter 3rd floor. There will be a lot of Chinese traditional games and food from Dragon Village.

–Lecture Night from 8:00-9:00pm on Oct 24th Thursday in Talbot 210. Dr. Barry Keenan from the history department will give a lecture on the Confucian Revival in China Today.

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Big Red Weekend: BSU & BAA Reunion

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Big Red Weekend is always full of excitement across campus and organizations. The Black Student Union (BSU) had a particular reason to be excited: the return of the Black Alumni Association (BAA). The Black Alumni Association returns to campus biannually to revisit the Black Student Union Lounge, meetup with old friends and network with the current BSU Executive Board and members. The weekend kicked off with a networking opportunity in Burton Morgan. Students came and heard about the lives and trajectories of the alumni.

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