For its 35th anniversary, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) will expand its footprint and broaden its scope. Keeping its home base at St. Anthony Main Theatre, the festival will take over the Uptown Theatre for a full week and touch down often at Metro State University in St. Paul, which has a newly refurbished auditorium.
Metropolitan State University President Devinder Malhotra appeared on the Sept. 11 MPR News Friday Roundtable alongside Hamline University President Fayneese Miller and Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg to speak with show host Kerri Miller about the larger role that universities play in the community.
Metropolitan State student and human trafficking survivor Bukola Oriola experienced a great deal of hardship after arriving in the United States 10 years ago. The Nigerian-born journalist came to Minnesota in 2005 to meet her husband for the first time and ended up a hostage in his Ramsey home, suffering mental and physical abuse for the next two years.
Oriola eventually escaped these abusive circumstances and went on to tell her story in “Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim.” She has also raised awareness through public speaking and is now taking her story back to her native Nigeria in hopes of preventing other immigrant women from becoming victims. Her tour, called “Bringing the Story Back Home,” will take her to several Nigerian colleges, as well as speaking engagements at the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria.
“People need to know that being abroad does not necessarily mean greener pastures,” Oriola said in a recent interview with MinnPost. “It could be a potential trap to human trafficking or domestic abuse.”
Oriola is in her second year at Metropolitan State, where she is pursuing a personalized degree through the College of Individualized Studies. You can follow her travels on her Twitter page, which features live stream videos of her speaking engagements. For more information visit http://bukolaoriola.com.
Monte Bute, social science associate professor, published an opinion piece in the Star Tribune on Aug. 30 regarding independent thought and politics.
Groupthink, especially apparent during a presidential election, leaves no party untouched, according to Monte.
“The irony is that while both factions astutely call out their antagonists’ faulty generalizations, each remains oblivious to its own.”
Are multiracial millennials leading the way towards an inclusive society?
“Demographically, multiracial Americans are younger—and strikingly so—than the country as a whole. According to Pew Research Center analysis of the 2013 American Community Survey, the median age of all multiracial Americans is 19, compared with 38 for single-race Americans,” says Pew Research.
While the nation’s multiracial population is growing, does that make our culture more understanding of issues of diversity? Jose Santos, social science faculty, discusses the question with MPR News host Kerri Miller during an Aug. 25 segment. You can listen to the discussion online at mprnews.org.