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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Events and Conferences

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/cultdiv/departments/americanindian/eventsandconference.html

American Indian Affairs Events 

January
16 – MCC Welcome Back

Poster advertising the Spring Semester Welcome Back Party hosted by the Multicultural Center. It occurs Tuesday, January 16th at 7pm in the Lower Level of the Centennial Student Union.

22– Indigenous Film Showing: “More Than a Word”: 6-9pm, Ostrander Auditorium
·         Film Showing: “More than mascots. More than stereotypes. More Than A Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation. In partnership with Media Education Foundation, this documentary will be released in September 2017. Popcorn and candy will be provided until gone! Get there early to enjoy some snacks during the film. Short discussion to follow film showing. Hosted by American Indian Affairs and American Indigenous Studies
 
24 – Open Kitchen: 11am-1pm in Multicultural Center, CSU 269
·         Come and enjoy some lunch in our Multicultural Center to make some new friends and learn about cultural foods. Food is available until gone, so get here early! Hosted by Asian American Affairs.
 
February
3 – AAA Lunar New Year: 5-8p in CSU Ballroom
·         Semi-formal attire for event. For tickets and to reserve your space with American Indian Affairs, please contact Megan Heutmaker at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230. Hosted by Asian American Affairs.
 
7-9 - Pan African Conference: TBD in CSU locations
·         Conference Website: http://www.mnsu.edu/panafricanconference/. Stay up to date about information about the annual Pan African Conference or stop by the Multicultural Center, CSU 269, to get information! Hosted by African American Affairs.
 
22 – Open Kitchen: 11am-1pm in Multicultural Center, CSU 269
·         Come and enjoy some lunch in our Multicultural Center to make some new friends and learn about cultural foods. Food is available until gone, so get here early! Hosted by African American Affairs.
 
March
5-9 - Spring Break!
 
15 – Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture: Melissa Harris-Perry: 7pm, CSU Ballroom
·         Tickets are free and available in the Women's Center, CSU218. Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the Faculty Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center. Melissa hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC and was Editor-at-Large for Elle.com 2016-2017.  She remains a sought after public speaker, lecturing widely throughout the United States and abroad. She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University. Professor Harris-Perry has been awarded honorary degrees from many universities including Meadville Lombard Theological School, Winston-Salem State University, Eckerd College, and New York University. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, James, their two fulfilling daughters, and a delightful flock of chickens and ducks. The Carol Ortman Perkins lecture is named after retired Gender and Women's Studies faculty and chair, Dr. Perkins.  The aim is to invite a distinguished feminist scholar/activist to campus each year to deliver an address to our community. We select lecturers based on their contributions to feminist scholarship and their ability to forge connections between theory and practice. Lecturers have included Gloria Steinem, Wilma Mankiller, Dorothy Allison, Jessica Valenti, Susan Faludi, Jewel Woods, Kathy Najimy, Laverne Cox, and Anita Sarkeesian. The lecture is sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Programs, the Women's Center, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Institutional Diversity, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Don't miss this inspired and important event! Please share widely with students, colleagues, and community. Contact the Women's Center for a classroom visit or ticket delivery, 389-6146.
22-24 – Native Literature Symposium at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel
·         For more information please visit the conference website at: http://www.mnsu.edu/nativelit/.
29 – Impact of Boarding Schools: 6-8pm, CSU 245
·         More information coming soon! Presentation will provide information regarding boarding schools for American Indian people and their continued impact on identity and education. Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Megan at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230 with any questions!
 
31 – AAA Event: 5-8p in CSU Ballroom
·         Semi-formal attire for event. For tickets and to reserve your space with American Indian Affairs, please contact Megan Heutmaker at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230. Hosted by Asian American Affairs.
 
April
3 – Supaman Concert: 7pm, CSU Ballroom
·         Presented by American Indian Affairs and the Student Events Team. Supaman Bio: “As a member of the “Apsaalooke Nation”, Supaman makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. The name “Supaman” hardly describes the person who Is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a humble Native American dancer and hip hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering youth and educating listeners with a message of hope through culture and music. He is a young energetic entrepreneur with tremendous leadership abilities. His presentation style and delivery are nothing short of captivating. Known for his tremendously powerful inspirational lyrics, he is in demand nationally with the purpose of spreading a positive message throughout Indian country and abroad. In 2005 he won a (Nammy) The Native American Music Award for his group “Rezawrecktion” and has since released three self-produced projects which have all received national recognition and awards including the 2011 North American Indigenous Image Award for outstanding hip hop album! 
Christian’s presentation combines Native American culture, humor, and urban hip hop culture which dazzles audiences, captivates listeners and breaks down stereotypes. For this he has gained the respect of his culture and generation. He is a champion fancy dancer traveling extensively on the powwow circuit throughout the U.S and Canada and lives a drug and alcohol free life. He also is a champion clown dancer and a Native American Flute player which adds to his uniqueness as a role model, not to mention a loving husband and father of three. The communicative talent along with the compassion that exudes from his life allows him to connect with people from all walks of life. His uncanny ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire through dance, humor and music keeps him at the forefront among his contemporaries. 

Supaman has worked with numerous programs and tribes to help promote self-worth, build moral character, build a positive sense of native identity. He has implemented his presentations to address the issues that he has experienced and is very passionate about.
·         Tickets can be reserved and purchased online at: https://secure2.mnsu.edu/eventsconferences/?department=activities
·         For questions, please contact Megan at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230.
 
 
12 – Dakota Perspective Panel: 2-4pm, CSU 253 – reception to follow at 4pm for invited guests only
·         More information to come soon. If you have questions, please contact Megan Heutmaker at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230.
17 – Student Leadership Awards Ceremony: 4-6p in CSU Ballroom
·         Invited guests only. A celebration of student leaders in our Institutional Diversity offices and end-of-the-year gathering for guests. If you have any questions about this ceremony, please contact Megan Heutmaker at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230. Hosted by Institutional Diversity.
 
18 – Open Kitchen: 11am-1pm in Multicultural Center, CSU 269
·         Come and enjoy some lunch in our Multicultural Center to make some new friends and learn about cultural foods. Food is available until gone, so get here early! Hosted by the LGBT Center.
 
May
Apr 30-4 – Finals Week!
 
5 – Spring Graduation Ceremony: All Day in Taylor Center
·         Don’t forget to apply for graduation! For more information about the ceremony and what to expect, visit: http://www.mnsu.edu/graduation/
 
5 – AIA Graduation Ceremony: 9:30-10:30a in CSU 238
·         More information to come! Invited guests only. If you have any questions about this ceremony, please contact Megan Heutmaker at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230. Hosted by American Indian Affairs.