The Minnesota premiere of “El Abrazo de la Serpiente” (“The Embrace of the Serpent”), will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.
This Colombian film was Oscar nominated in the Best Foreign-Language Film category. Based on a diary, it is the story of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
“I have seen this brilliant beautiful film and I highly recommend it. You will be transported to a different time and place. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see a movie in Film Space yet, this is your chance,” says James Byrne, Screenwriting Program coordinator and
Film Space director.
The screening is hosted by Metropolitan State University, College of Liberal Arts, Film Space, and community partners, the Colombian Consulate (Chicago), Intergarción Cultural Colombiana en Minnesota, and Global Minnesota.
At Metropolitan State University, we believe it important to facilitate a campus climate of civic engagement and that our students become aware of what happens in their community.
The university prides itself on serving one of the most diverse student populations in the state of Minnesota, and student organizers are delighted to host this vital forum for our community. In advance of the Nov. 7 general election, Metropolitan State will host a mayoral candidates forum, 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, in the Great Hall of New Main, Saint Paul Campus, 700 E. 7th Street.
The candidates are seeking the office that will be vacated by Mayor Chris Coleman, who has announced that he will not seek a fourth mayoral term and instead will run for Minnesota governor.
Matt Filner, associate professor of political science, will moderate. While the topics for discussion will vary, the event theme will emphasize higher education. Audience participants will be able to submit questions for the candidates. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the mayoral candidates and inquire where they stand on issues that matter to you and your community.
The forum is free and open to the public. The university invites its community partners and neighbors in Dayton’s Bluff and Saint Paul’s East Side to attend. On-site ramp parking will be available at no cost. Contact the Metropolitan State University Student Senate at 651.793.1554 or email@example.com for more information.
According to Student Senate President Dhibo Hussein, “As a student government organization, we recognize that every voice matters and that collectively our voices can have a profound impact. We also value the importance of making informed decisions, which is why we would like to equip our Metropolitan State University community with direct access to candidates to help aid in their decision making.”
Metropolitan State University will host a presentation and panel to examine what Minnesotans are doing to benefit the global LGBT community, and share ways how participants can get involved.
The program will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall Auditorium, and begins with short, 5-minute presentations by Minnesota organizations who are leaders in this area.
State Sen. Scott Dibble will moderate. Representatives from the following organizations will share information about their work:
The American Refugee Committee
The Advocates for Human Rights
The Center for Victims of Torture
Building our Future
The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School
A question and answer period will follow the presentations. The event is free and open to the public.
For further information please contact Charlie Rounds, program manager, Mossier at 612-203-8358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Activities this month highlight role models, build community, and make a civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions. This is a month-long celebration specific to the United States, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it is celebrated in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11.
LGBT History Month originated in the United States, and was first celebrated in 1994. It was founded by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. Wilson originated the idea, served as founder on the first coordinating committee, and chose October as the month of celebration. Many gay and lesbian organizations supported the concept early on as did Governors William Weld of Massachusetts and Lowell Weicker of Connecticut, Mayors such as Thomas Menino of Boston and Wellington Webb of Denver. LGBT History Month is intended to encourage honesty and openness about being LGBT.
An event for Metropolitan State students to discuss the recent announcement from President Donald Trump concerning the future consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the United States.
The discussion on Thursday, Sept. 14, Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, room 101, will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and the community to show their support. The fight for dignity and respect for all immigrants is a humanitarian issue that affects us all, and this is a time of great uncertainty and angst for many. This day is dedicated to supporting those affected, creating an environment for conversation and learning, promoting campus resources and building solidarity. Refreshment will be provided.
1 p.m.: Check-in and welcome, Student Senate leaders
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Healing circles for students, facilitated by Dr. Raj Sethuraju (concurrent counseling service available nearby with Michael Peterson)
1:45 to 2:45 p.m.: “Discussion: What does DACA mean to you and our students?,” facilitator to be determined. Political analysis and resources for undocumented students available on campus; facilitator to be determined.
3 to 3:45 p.m.: “What can we do, what shall we do, what will you do?” facilitated by Karina Moreno DeSilva
3:45 to 4 p.m.: Closing and next steps
Staff must use personal time to participate and must arrange approval from their supervisor or use personal time to attend the event.
Contact the office of Craig Morris, university chief diversity officer/affirmative action director, at 651-793-1272 with questions.
Urban storm water runoff contains heavy metals including lead, organics such as pesticides, and nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus in threatening quantities that cause water quality problems in the receiving water bodies — lakes, streams and rivers.
Metropolitan State University is participating with adjoining cities and communities across the country to clean up storm water and reduce flooding in order to improve our public waters for recreational and environmental use. University efforts will be discussed at the annual Storm Water Information Meeting. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited.
Jim Tiggelaar, PE, CCS, LEED AP, a civil project manager for LHB Corporation will be present to unveil the university’s plan and answer questions.
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. When: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 Where: Metropolitan State University Science Center, Room 115
Metropolitan State’s annual homecoming celebration, Fall Fest, will be from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Saint Paul Campus.
Fall Fest is coordinated by the student-run University Activities Board. The festival is free, open to the public and family friendly, and features a variety of carnival-style activities, games, attractions, professional entertainment, free food, great music, and giveaways. The festival also includes a resource fair featuring student organizations and departments. The theme this year is “Fall Fun Since ‘71” and celebrates the university’s evolution and achievements through an exhibition of “history highlights” from 1971 to the present.
Inspector Allen Davis of the Metropolitan Police Service in London will visit Metropolitan State University to discuss the United Kingdom National Police response to honor-based violence (prosecution, protection, prevention, partnership) and advise on how Minnesotans can develop a multiagency response to the violence hidden from view in our communities.
Inspector Davis joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1996 and leads the partnership team in the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, a specialist unit of 1,300 officers responsible for child protection and rape investigation in London. He leads Project Azure, Scotland Yard’s strategic response to female genital mutilation and breast ironing, and Project Violet, the response to child abuse linked to faith or belief (e.g. witchcraft and spirit possession). Inspector Davis is also national lead for Operation Limelight, a high-profile, multi-agency safeguarding operation deployed at the UK border. Operation Limelight focuses on a range of harmful practices, including human trafficking.
The program will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22
Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus
Library and Learning Center, room 302 (Ecolab)
Light refreshments will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan State’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office. Contact James Densley at email@example.com.
The Department of History, Department of Ethnic and Religious Studies, and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) invite all students, employees and community members to an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a tragic chapter in U.S. history.
February 19, 1942: A Day the Constitution Died Race, Gender and Citizenship—Incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II and Implications for Today
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, Library and Learning Center, LIB 302, Ecolab
Guest speaker Sally Sudo will recount a first-person historical account of incarceration.
The moderator will be Dr. Kathleen Laughlin, Department of History. Light refreshments are provided.
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