Category: Of Interest

Chi-Raq showing and film discussion

By , February 9, 2016 8:31 am

Chi-RaqTwo showings of the Spike Lee film, Chi-Raq, will take place 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Student Union Theatre. Filmed in Chicago, this satire centers on the ongoing black-on-black crime in the city.

Kevin Wilmott, KU associate professor of media studies and co-writer and co-executive of the picture, will participate in a panel discussion following the 7 p.m. showing.

Additional panelists are Theresa Torres, associate professor, Latina/Latino Studies Program; Caitlin Horsmon, associate professor, Communications Studies; Cynthia Jones, lecturer, English Language & Literature; and Jacqueline Wood, associate professor, Black Studies Program.

Adrienne Hoard, Ph.D., UMKC professor and director of Black Studies, will moderate.

Free drinks and popcorn provided at the 7 p.m. show.

Sponsors of the events are: The Black Studies Program, Communication Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, The African American Student Union, Multicultural Student Affairs, and The Nu Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts

By , February 8, 2016 2:09 pm


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  • Presenter: Leslie C. Aguilar
  • Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location for both sessions: UMKC Student Union Theater

What is Ouch! About?

In a unique and powerful way, experience the impact of stereotypical comments, explore why people don’t speak up against stereotypes and other biased behaviors, and learn six techniques for speaking up without blame or guilt

For more information, please contact Gloria Tibbs, or call 816-235-1540

Sessions were made possible through funding from the Chancellor’s Diversity Council and partnerships with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion; LGBTQIA Programs and Services: FaCET, and the University Libraries.

Register now:


Health Careers Fair – Feb 9, 2016

By , February 8, 2016 1:51 pm

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2016 African American Read-In

By , February 2, 2016 12:21 pm

African American Read-InThe 2016 African American Read-In will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016  in the iX theatre at the Miller Nichols Library.

Come listen to or share works by African American authors at this event which is free and open to the public.

UMKC University Libraries is proud to take part in the seventh consecutive offering of the African American Read-In, which was created by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English in 1989.

Registration for listeners and sharers is now open online. Register here

Complimentary snack packs will be available again this year, sponsored by the UMKC Friends of the Library.

For more information, email or call 816-235-2064.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

By , January 25, 2016 1:50 pm

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February 4, 2016 5:30-8:00p

UMKC Miller Nichols Learning Center: Jeannette Nichols Forum

800 E 51st Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

John Valadez, producer of the Latino Americans film series, will be the guest speaker and will talk about the making of the series after the showing of the episode Prejudice and Pride. Miguel Carranza, Ph. D., Director of Latina/Latino studies will be the discussion leader.

This event is FREE and open to the public; however, RSVP is required here.

For more information about this event, contact the Libraries Administrative Office at 816-235-1531

Share your photos of UMKC’s Volker Campus as Urban Oasis

By , January 25, 2016 12:48 pm

Scofield HallUMKC is known for having a lush green campus, beautiful trees and an urban location in the middle of a vibrant city.

Yet, there’s always opportunities for improvement. What do we need to take it to the next level – to make the campus more walkable, and bikeable? How do we make it easier to cross over to the Country Club Plaza and the the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art? How do we improve our campus edges and physical relationships with our neighbors?

These questions will be asked and the answers will be studied by UMKC Urban Planning + Design students during the Studio II class this semester. And they are giving the entire campus community an opportunity to have input.

AUPD students will analyze existing conditions through social media and site visits, as well as the review of existing campus plans, and environmental data. Throughout the semester, students will identify opportunities for change and development. Students will present the best ideas at a public forum in May. This project is also part of the JC Nichols Student Prize jury review on May 5 with a reception from 5 – 7 p.m. on May 6.

To make a complete analysis and plan, the students need a strong base of visuals to evaluate. To help them out, AUPD students are inviting people to share photos of UMKC outdoor spaces on social media.

From Jan. 19 through the end of February, people are encouraged to share pictures on social media, such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, using the #UMKCspaces hashtag. In the posts, individuals should share what they like about the spaces and if they see opportunities for improvement.

“The Volker Campus is an urban oasis. These pictures will help the students document the best of UMKC’s outdoor spaces,” said Michael Frisch, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design.

Each semester, students in the Urban Planning + Design (UPD) Studio class take on a real-world local community project. This year, the UPD Studio II class will work on ideas to improve the urban design of the Volker campus that later will be shared with the UMKC Trustees Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Environment. The goal is to examine ways to improve the physical campus experience for students and for visitors to campus.

“I want the students to analyze everything, including the neighborhood, landscape, campus entrances, signage, parking, and architecture,” Frisch said. “So, share your favorite outside space on the Volker campus. It could be where you just took a selfie. And tell us why you like that space.”

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