Black Heritage Month at MHC

Posted: February 11, 2010

Each February, MHC celebrates Black Heritage Month with a fusion of historical, cultural, spiritual, and artistic events. Below are this year’s events, which are free and open to all.

Monday, February 1
Life Support
Blanchard Campus Center, Room 227
6-8 pm
This film, which is about a family’s struggle with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, will be followed by a discussion with MHC’s Global AIDS Campaign.

Thursday, February 4
Taboo: The Politics of Giving: What Is Haiti Teaching Us? (Continuing the Dialogue)
Blanchard Campus Center Lounge
5-6:30 pm
Since Haiti’s devastating earthquake, we have witnessed an unprecedented global relief response and it has raised many questions. What has motivated different responses? When and how should aid be proffered? By whom? Is it “help”? How do we make individual decisions about responding? How are decisions “political”? What can we learn from Haiti? Join us in this powerful conversation. There are so many perspectives to discuss about aspects of disaster relief that we are hosting this conversation again.

Wednesday, February 10
Lani Guinier: “Race Literacy or Postracial Blindness: Where Should the Law Go from Here?”
Art Building, Gamble Auditorium
7:30 pm
Professor Guinier will discuss the subtle and complex ways that race actually works in the twenty-first century and how the highly publicized incident this summer between a black Harvard professor and a white police officer offers a potent learning opportunity to explore race, gender, class, and legal authority.

Thursday, February 18
Faculty and Staff of Color Meet-and-Greet with Passages Students
Kendade Atrium
4:30-6 pm
First-year students of color and multiracial students are invited to a reception with faculty and staff of color hosted by the Passages Board.

Tuesday, February 23
Race, Class, and Family Life: Black Families with Riché Barnes
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center
7 pm
Smith professor Riché Barnes will speak about race, the middle class, and the effects of race and class on family life. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

Thursday, February 25
Women of Color in Environmental Leadership, Law, and Public Policy
Kendade Hall, Room 305
4:30 pm
Mentoring event for students. This panel will bring to campus women working in the fields of environmental studies/science and public policy to connect with students about career and graduate school opportunities, life and social choices, personal passions, concerns, and more.

Thursday, February 25
Taboo: What Is Black Masculinity?
Blanchard Campus Center, Room 227
6:30-9 pm
The Association of Pan African Unity (APAU) invites men and women from the Five College area, along with faculty and staff, to discuss African American masculinity and how it is represented in the media and in culture.

Black Heritage Month is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Association of Pan American Unity, the Center for the Environment, the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Dean of Students.

For more information, contact Tanya O. Williams, associate dean of students for diversity and inclusion, at 413-538-2550.

Related Links:

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Dean of Students

Center for the Environment

Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts