Portfolio Eligible Events

PRIDE Identity Panel, Friday, April 26, 2019


PKP Room, MU

Individuals with different identities are open to questions

Sponsored by PRIDE

World of Poetry Fair and Open Mic Night, Monday, April 22, 2019


WAW Library

Explore different cultures through their poetic traditions, learn how to get involved in the writerly community in Emporia, and share your own poems.

Take Back the Night, Thursday, April 18, 2019


Fredrickson Theatre 

Guest Speaker, Russell Wilson, a survivor of sex trafficking, will be presenting; there will be a time for survivors of sexual assault to speak out, and a march around campus. 

EGS Talk, Dr. Jasmine Linabary, Thursday, April 18, 2019


PKP Room, MU

Dr. Linabary presents "Creating Space for Inclusive Participation in Peacebuilding".

Understanding Immigration Through a Geographic Perspective, Thursday, April 18, 2019


Skyline, MU

A presenter from Kansas State University in their Geography department will be coming to Emporia State to talk about immigration from the perspective of geography. He will present on why immigration is a continued issue, why the Mexican/Latin culture has migrated to the US, when did illegal immigration start, and much more! There will also be a 30 minutes small group discussion after the presentation from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm. 

Where do YOU Stand?, Monday, April 15, 2019


Preston Family Room, MU

Be a part of small group discussions and understand how to be more comfortable about uncomfortable topics -  sex, consent, and relationships.


"Hippie Family Values" Screening, Thursday, April 11, 2019


Greek Room, MU

Beverly Seckinger leads a discussion over the film "Hippie Family Values"

Diverstiy in STEM: Career Paths and Challenges, Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Preston Family Room, MU

Join regional leaders in science for lunch while discussing their STEM career paths and challenges. Lunch will be provided, register here.

Hosted by BioKansas 

Pflaum Talk, Monday, April 1, 2019


Visser Hall 119

Sponsored by the Communication and Theatre Department.

Dr. Tiara R. Na'puti presents "Oceanic Communication: Pathways of Indigenous Environmental Justice & Resistance in the Mariana Islands.

International Food Festival, Saturday, March 30, 2019


Webb Hall, MU

Student organizations will be selling a variety of tasty foods from different cultures and have cultural performances. 

Women's History Month Reception and Award Ceremony, Thursday, March 28, 2019


PKP Room, MU

This event is not a portfolio eligible event, but we strongly encourage you to attend anyways.

"Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt" Screening, Thursday, March 28, 2019


Plumb Hall 316

Sponsored by the Philosophy Club

Women's History Month Speaker: Ashley Gaddy, Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Webb Hall, MU

Join us for a critical and intersectional analysis of powerful women in history and the legacy women are leaving today!

Hosted by Diversity Student Programs

EGS Talk, Dr. Rachelle Smith, Monday, March 25, 2019


Blue Key Room, MU

Dr. Rachelle Smith presents "Octavia's Daughters: Today's Powerful Black Women Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy"

"Agora" Screening, Thursday, March 21, 2019


Plumb Hall 316

Sponsored by the Philosophy Club

Poet, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Thursday, March 21, 2019


Webb Hall, MU

Sponsored by ESU Creative Writing Program, ESU Performing Arts Board, and ESU Special Events Board

Women Veterans Panel, Thursday, March 21, 2019


Skyline Room, MU

Veteran Women tell their stories.

Hosted by Student Veterans Association of ESU

Women Composer Concert, Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Heath Recital Hall

Sponsored by the Music Department

Women's History Month T-Shirt Design, Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Kanza Room, MU

Invent your own hashtag for Women's History Month

Speaker, Ms. Karith Foster, March 20, 2019


Preston Family Room, MU

As a part of the Governance, Law, and Economics Lecture Series, Ms. Karith Foster will present Stereotyped101. Come listen to Karith as she shares her own stories and creates a space for dialogue about modern day diversity and how we can practice compassion to inspire change. 

Art Forum: Letitia Huckaby, March 20, 2019


Science Hall 072

Carita Letitia Huckaby is an American photographer who creates multimedia artwork combining photography and textiles to depict both family narratives and African American history. Join us as we discuss her work and the narratives of women she explores. 

Hosted by Diversity Student Programs

Women's Heritage Panel, Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Blue Key Room, MU

Join Diversity Student Programs as we discuss issues that women face navigating their profession in today's world! Delve into fruitful conversations around various intersections of identity that further develop the conversation as well!

Women's History Month Trivia Night, Monday, March 18, 2019


Blue Key Room, MU

International Women's Day Empowerment Luncheon, Friday, March 8, 2019


Greek Room, MU

Come enjoy a lunch on us as we celebrate the continued accomplishments of women and femmes throughout her-story as well as discuss the current causes women are championing in today society!

Hosted by Diversity Student Programs

Stringtown Bus Tours, Thursday, March 7, 2019

4:15pm and 5:15pm

Meet at the WAW Library Learning Commons

The book "Black Emporia" is the story of African-American experiences in Stringtown, one of Emporia's historically Black neighborhoods, from 1890-1950. This 45 minute tour will let you experience the story of this neighborhood. 

Hosted by ESU Libraries & Archives

EGS Talk, Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez Carey, Tuesday March 5, 2019


PKP Room, MU

Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez Carey presents "Pregnant in Prison: Preparing for Baby".

"Strangers in Town", Thursday, February 21, 2019


Visser Hall 118

"Strangers in Town" tells the story of how global migration unexpectedly transformed Garden City, KS. For the current students at Garden City High School, the town's remarkable diversity is all they've ever known.

Speaker, Nancy Geise, Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Webb Hall, MU

Author Nancy Geise shares Joe Rubenstein's harrowing story of human survival in Auschwitz.

Hosted by UAC

Diversi-Tea and Coffee, Saturday, February 16, 2019


Lyon County Historical Center, 3rd Floor - 711 Commercial St.

Sponsored by the Office of International Education and the Lyon County Historical Center

Experience drinks from different cultures while learning about the diverse cultures on our campus.

Black Inventors Exhibit, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

10am - 2pm

CSI Lounge

Hosted by Diversity Student Programs

Diversity Book Club, Tuesday, February 12, 2019


CSI Lounge

Join Diversity Book Club every Tuesday for discussion over February's book "The Hate You Give".

Sponsored by Diversity Student Programs

Governance, Law, and Economics Lecture Series, Monday, February 4, 2019


Preston Family Room, MU

As a part of the Governance, Law, and Economics lecture series, Dr. J. Robert Subrick presents over income inequality.

Movie Night:  Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”, Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Memorial Union Phi Kappa Phi Room

Come enjoy refreshments as we enjoy the fascinating and difficult tale of Ceceil Gaines. After leaving the South as a young man and finding employment at an elite hotel in Washington, D.C., Cecil Gaines (played by Forest Whitaker) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is hired as a butler at the White House. Over the course of three decades, Cecil has a front-row seat to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office.


MLK Speaker – Michael Jones, PH.D, Thursday, January 24, 2019


Memorial Union Skyline Room

Michael F. Jones, II Ph.D., a native of Ferguson, Missouri is responsible for the student engagement efforts at The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Jones is also an adjunct instructor at Missouri Baptist University in the Department of Higher Education Administration.
Dr. Jones research interest include the exploration and intersection of the historical faith and spiritual traditions among African American college students. Jones views his professional role(s) as an opportunity to engage and ignite vitality among our next generation.



Lunch on Us, Monday, November 19, 2018


Blue Key Room, MU

Hosted by Diversity Student Programs

Join Diversity Student Programs for their Lunch on Us event for Native American Heritage Month discussion! Enjoy good food as issues within the indigenous community and current challenges they are advocating against in our current political climate are discussed


Speaker, Zora Murff, Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Science Hall 072

Sponsored by the Department of Art and the Office of Diversity Student Programs

"Zora received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Combining his education in human services and art, Zora's photography focuses on how images are used to reinforce social and cultural constructs including race and criminality. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and featured online including Aperture Magazine, The New Yorker, VICE Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, and The New York Times."

A more informal talk is scheduled with Zora that Wednesday evening, November 14th from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Memorial Union, Center for Student Involvement Lounge at Emporia State University.

Governance, Law, and Economic Lecture Series, Monday, November 5, 2018


Skyline, MU

Hosted by the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics

As a part of the Governance, Law, and Economics Lecture Series, Dr. Cort Rodet will present on Social Order in a Fragile State: Rio's Favelas.

Speaker, Edwin Black, Monday, November 5, 2018


Ballroom, MU

Co-hosted by the Center for Student Involvement,, Social Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology, and Crime and Delinquency Studies, and the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program

New York Times bestselling author, Edwin Black speaks about how IBM co-planned and co-organized the Holocaust.

Visiting Writers Series: Kirsten Imani Kasai, Thursday October 25, 2018


Greek Room, MU

Sponsored by the ESU Visiting Writers Series

Kirsten Imani Kasai is the prize-winning author of three novels: The House of Erzulie, Ice Song, and Tattoo.  She's the editor of Body Parts Magazine, and with her writing she seeks to redefine prevalent cultural images of women and motherhood; to question the nature of gender roles; to establish a feminine vision of the future not rooted in technological alienation and destruction; and to write killer stories that satisfy the human lust for action, sex, love, violence and intrigue.

Visiting Writers Series: Michelle Tyrene Johnson, Monday, October 22, 2018 


Kanza Room, MU

Sponsored by the ESU Creative Writing Program and Performing Arts Board

Michelle Tyrene Johnson is an award winning playwright, author, public speaker and diversity consultant/trainer.  A former employment attorney and certified mediator, Johnson served by appointment to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as a member of its Kansas Advisory Committee. Her column in the Kansas City Star, Diversity Diva, ran for nearly a decade.

Johnson has written over 20 plays, including 5 full-length productions. Her most recent play, The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip, is the winner of the New Works Playwright Competition.

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, Monday, October 22, 2018


PKP Room, MU

Hosted by THRIVE and Office of Diversity Student Programs

Sextober Slam, Thursday, October 18, 2018


CSI Lounge, MU

Cohosted by URGE, Black Student Union, Black Artists Club, and HALO

Sextober Slam is URGE at ESU's annual poetry slam during the Sextober celebration where participants can read their own original works or the works of other authors. Any themes in poetry are welcome, with focuses on sex positivity, sexuality, social justice, and social rights.

2018 Elections Speaker Series, Thursday, October 18, 2018


Plumb Hall 316

Presented by the Department of Social Sciences

As a part of the 2018 Elections Speaker Series, Dr. Patrick Miller (University of Kansas) will be presenting "Election Aversion: Gender Differences in Dislike of Politics and Their Behavioral Effects.

Governance, Law, and Economic Lecture Series, Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Preston Family Room, MU

Hosted by the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics

As a part of the Governance, Law, and Economics Lecture Series, Dr. Jeanie Thies will present on Challenges of Implenting Evidence-Based Reforms in Criminal Justice.

"Dolores" Screening and Discussion, Thursday, September 27, 2018


Blue Key Room, MU

Sponsored by the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program

"Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized." ~The Dolores Huerta Film Project. 

Uganda Panel, Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Preston Family Room, MU

Hosted by the Sociology Honors Society and Alpha Kappa Delta

The panel of students will be discussing how they spent five weeks in the beautiful country of Uganda, the projects they participated in, and how impactful their time spent there was.

This is a great way to learn about Uganda, learn other cultures around the world, and gather information if you are interested in joining for this year.


Governance, Law, and Economic Lecture Series, Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Preston Family Room, MU

Hosted by the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics

As a part of the Governance, Law, and Economic Lecture Series, Dr. Jayme Lemke will present on Women's Economic Rights: History and Why It Matters. 

Visiting Writers Series: Kevin Willmott, Friday, September 14, 2018


Plumb Hall 303

Sponsored by the ESU Visiting Writers Series

Willmott is a Professor of Film at the University of Kansas and is an award winning film writer and director, known for films such as BlacKkKlansman, William Allen White: What's the Matter with Kansas, Shi-Raq, The Only Good Indian, Ninth Street, and the critically acclaimed feature film CSA: The Confederate States of America; and The Battle for Bunker Hill. Willmott received a B.A. in Drama from Marymount College (Kansas), and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.


PRIDE Identity Panel, Friday, April 27, 2018


Greek Room, MU

Speaker Sam Brinton: The Physics of Kink, Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Webb Hall, MU

American and International Student Panel, Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Flint Hills / Kanza Room, MU

Hosted by the Office of International Education 

This is a great opportunity for students to know more about each other's cultures and talk about their experiences at ESU.

Education Meeting: How to be a Good Ally, Monday, April 23, 2018


Blue Key room, MU

As a part of PRIDE week, learn how you can be an ally to the LGBTQA+ community.

Flower Pedal Release, Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Wooster Bridge

As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, ESU THRIVE is hosting a flower pedal release in honor of survivors and victims of sexual assault. There will also be sharing's of poem, short stories, and experiences.


The International Food Festival, Saturday, April 14, 2018


Webb Hall, MU

The annual International Food Festival is an event where Emporia State international students to showcase their native cuisines and cultures.  This is a great opportunity for you to try food from all over the world and experience different cultures.

The International DiversiTea & Coffee, Saturday, April 7, 2018


Lyon County Historical Center 3rd floor, 711 Commercial Street

Meet the community and share your culture.

Screening: Bio-Pic of Hypatia, Thursday, April 5, 2018


Plumb Hall 316

Hosted by the Philosophy Club

Screening of the epic-style bio-pic of the female philosopher Hypatia (born c. 370 CE; died 415 CE). She was a scientist, mathematician, and philosopher in Alexandria, Egypt, a city roiling with battles for power between different religious groups.

Special Lecture: Dr. Scott Beaulier, Thursday, March 29, 2018


Phi Kappa Phi Room, MU

"Africa's Escape from Poverty"

Special Lecture: Dr. Rives, Thursday, March 29, 2018


Sauder Alumni Center

Hosted by SLIM and The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

"From Harsh Repression to Academic Excellence": this lecture will highlight how Nang Mo Lao, who was born in Hsipaw, Shan State, Burma after the close of World War II became academically successful.  

Domestic Violence: No One Deserves to be Hurt, Thursday, March 29, 2018


Blue Key Room, MU

Hosted by THRIVE and Ethnic and Gender Studies

Join members of THRIVE for an informational presentation about domestic violence: the different forms it takes, risk factors, and the cycle of violence. Hear also about valuable resources. 

Mentoring Speed Dating, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

11:30am - 1pm

Ellen Plumb's City Bookstore

Hosted by Ethnic and Gender Studies

Conversations with Women Mentors Luncheon catered by Salsa St. Mexican Grill.

Student Panel, Monday, March 26, 2018


Veteran's Hall of Honor, MU

Hosted by Ethnic and Gender Studies

"Intersectional Thinking about Gender & Sexuality: Racism, Sexism, & Transphobia": This panel will explore how gender is impacted by race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, ability, age, and class. Students will present their intersectional experiences, leading to conversations about how the various forms of identity that shape a person are connected. Time also will be provided for audience members to ask questions.

Poet: Traci Brimhall, Thursday, March 15, 2018


Preston Family Room, Mu

Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: Saudade, Our Lady of the Ruins, and Rookery, as well as the illustrated children's book Sophia & the Boy Who Fell. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, Orion, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry 2013 & 2014. 

Honoring Women in Academia, Thursday, March 15, 2018


PKP room, MU

A women's panel will be speaking on the trials and tribulations regarding women of color in academia. Featured panelists will include Tammara Durham, as well as ESU's own Deanna Williams, Dean Hammond, and Gieselle Taylor.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marie Brown, Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Flint Hills Room, MU

Khartoum at Night: Fashion and Body Politics in Imperial Sudan

EGS Talk, Amy Sage Webb, Rosalie Krenger, and Bethanie O'Dell, Tuesday, March 13, 2018


KSN and Black and Gold rooms, MU

EcoFeminism: Unnatural and Unwanted: Ecocritical Roots of Evil Queens and Witches

EGS Talk, Dr. Deborah Hann, Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Flint Hills Room, MU

Dr. Hann will present "Girl's Spaces in Children's Literature".

Women's Composers Concert, Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Heath Recital Hall

Women's Works: An evening of Music by Women Composers

Ride Into History, Sunday, March 4, 2018


Emporia Public Library

Sarah Kirkendall, Early Emporian

Ride Into History, Saturday, March 3, 2018


Emporia Public Library

Avis Dagit, WWII Army Nurse Story

Ride Into History, Friday, March 2, 2018


Emporia Public Library

Amelia Earhart

Bonner and Bonner Diversity Lecture, Thursday, March 1, 2018


Albert Taylor Hall

Hosted by the Honors College

Come listen to the Bonner and Bonner Diversity Lecture: Civic Leadership for the Common Good, featuring Dr. Evelyn Hill's speech entitled Enabling Homeless Children to be Successful in School.  Dr. Hill currently serves as Community Engagement Director with Avenue of Life in Kansas City, and is a former member of the Kansas City Kansas Board of Education. Visit the Bonner and Bonner lecture web page for more information. 

Asian Spring Festival, Saturday, February 17, 2018

7 pm

Albert Taylor Hall

Hosted by the Office of International Education 

Join in on the celebration of over 4000 years of Asian New Year tradition and welcome the year of the dog! The celebration will be featuring traditional music, dance, and clothing of China and Korea!

American and International Student Panel, Thursday, February 15, 2018


Flint Hills / Kanza Room, MU

Hosted by the Office of International Education

This is a great opportunity for students to know more about each other's cultures and talk about their experiences at ESU.

Speaker, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Thursday, February 8, 2018


Albert Taylor Hall

Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. DeGruy will present the 2018 Social Justice and Equity Lecture: "Post Traumatic Slave Disorder".

Poet, Joshua Bennett, Thursday, February 1, 2018


Albert Taylor Hall

Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Joshua Bennett is one of the most impressive emerging voices in poetry today. His debut collection, The Sobbing School, written in 2014 against the backdrop of a national crisis over state violence and black lives, won the 2015 National Poetry Series Award and is published this fall by Penguin. Bennett is already well known as an artist of the spoken word, whose performances have gained him a huge following on college campuses.

Speaker, Kevin Powell, Friday, January 26, 2018


Skyline, MU

Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Kevin Powell will present the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture "Looking for Martin: Dr. King, Community, Civil Rights, Social Media, and the New Activism". Powell will discuss MLK as a political activist. 

Speaker, Dr. Randal Jelks, Thursday, January 25, 2018


PKP Room, MU

Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Jelks, a professor from the University of Kansas, will present "Not the Same Justice, but the New Racism", a lecture discussing, MLK, his life, and racism in the past and present.

Brown Bag Dialogue: "Civil Rights Movement", Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Greek Room, MU

Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a part of Martin Luther King, Jr. Week, the Brown Bag Dialogue is a presentation and discussion about the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's.

Viewing of the movie "Selma", Monday, January 22, 2018


Preston Family Room, MU

Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a part of Martin Luther King, Jr. Week, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is hosting a viewing of the movie "Selma". "Selma" chronicles the three month period in which MLK Jr. led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of dangerous opposition. The march from Selma to Montgomery helped persuade President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

International Country Presentations, Wednesday, November 29, 2017

6pm - 8pm

Flint Hills / Kanza Room MU

Hosted by the Office of International Education

During this event, International students will give country presentations and provide information about their countries history and their culture; they will also be able to answer your questions. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about other counties and cultures.

Indigenous History Discussion, Tuesday, November 28, 2017

6:30pm - 8pm

Preston Family Room MU

Hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Come join in on an informational discussion with Dr. Joyce Theirer about developing awareness around indigenous population.

2017 International Culture Show, Saturday, November 11, 2017

7pm - 9pm

Albert Taylor Hall

Hosted by the Office of International Education

The Office of International Education would like to invite you to the 2017 International Culture Show. The show will consist of  a variety of performances that display the great multicultural community of Emporia State University!

DOLORES the Movie, Saturday, November 11, 2017 and Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saturday , November 11, 2017 - 7pm

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 2pm

The Jayhawk Theatre, , 720 SW Jackson Street Topeka, KS

Presented by The Topeka LULAC Senior Center 

The Topeka LULAC Senior Center is presenting two showings of the PBS documentary, DOLORES. Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing ones life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.

Tickets are $12 with all proceeds going to The Topeka LULAC Senior Center. Advanced tickets are available by cash or check at the Senior Center or at the door.

The following links are for the movie trailer and the Facebook event pages.





Speaker, Jess T. Dugan, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

3-3:50 pm 

Science Hall 072

Art Forum

Photographer Jess T. Dugan will be speaking at Art Forum on November 1st from 3-3:50 pm. Over the past decade, artist Jess T. Dugan  has created intimate portraits that engage the issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. Dugan’s photographs have been exhibited at museums internationally and many colleges and universities nationwide. It has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, The Advocate, Slate, The Huffington Post and the Boston Globe.

Linked is Jess's work, so you can get a sense of the type of portraits they take (http://www.jessdugan.com/photographs). 


Speaker, Jeffrey S Bucholtz: Preventing Sexual Violence, Thursday, October 5, 2017


Albert Taylor Hall

Community Hornets and SOS

Join Community Hornets as we partner with SOS Inc. for a educational lecture from Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, director of We End Violence. Jeffrey will be speaking about coming to terms with consent and preventing sexual violence. We encourage all students to attend this informative and important lecture

Black Emporia - Stringtown Bus Tour, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

1st tour at 2pm, 2nd tour at 2:45pm

Learning Commons at the William Allen White Library, ESU

Hosted by Special Collections and Archives

Black Emporia is the story of African-American experiences in Emporia, KS, from 1890-1950. This 30 minute tour showcases some of the businesses, families, and homes integral to the history of Emporia. 

Speaker, Andi Zeisler, Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Ballroom, MU

Hosted by The Ethnic and Gender Studies program and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, along with support from URGE and Special Events

Zeisler will be speaking on From Riot Grrrl to Marketplace Feminism: Selling - and Selling Out - Feminism, which stems from her book We Were Feminists Once (2016). 

If you are unfamiliar with Andi Zeisler, she is the co-founder of Bitch Media which includes Bitch magazine as well as now the more popular Bitch website and podcasts (https://www.bitchmedia.org/). 

Post Discussion, Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Diversity Lounge, MU


Join URGE for a post discussion on the Andi Zeisler lecture. Refreshments will be provided. 

Viewing and Discussion of film “9 to 5”, Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Ellen Plumb's at the NEW location, 1127 Commercial St.

Emporia Film Studies Group

This month, we're looking at the classic comedy "9 to 5" (1980)! This film stars last month's Barbarella star Jane Fonda, country music legend Dolly Parton and the hilarious Lily Tomlin.

In addition to showing and discussing the film, this month we plan to have special guest speakers presenting on the theme of women in the workplace, reflecting on how these roles have evolved since they were portrayed on screen nearly 40 years ago.

Our discussion this month will be led by Nicolas Thomsen who suggested this film. Nick first proposed the idea of looking at "9 to 5" in the context of comedy making comment or social critique.

In addition to the above questions, you might come to the screening having considered the following:

  • How do the three stars work as an ensemble? Each come from a different performance background. Does this add to or stymie their on-screen chemistry?
  • Not long after the release of "9 to 5" (1980) saw the publication of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale." What parallels do you see between the two stories with regards to the treatment of women?
  • Though they are our protagonists, the three women at the center of "9 to 5" commit a series of unquestionably criminal acts. Is their behavior justified given the circumstances?

As always, please try to watch the film prior to the event as talking throughout is common. We're here to dissect, not enjoy

Transgender Educational Workshop, Saturday, August 26, 2017

8:00am - 5pm

Flint Hills/ Kanza Room, MU

Hosted by the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project

Speaker Information:

The speakers attending this Workshop include Jay Pryor, a life coach who empowers those who are transitioning; Liz Hamor, a social activist who provides resources to students, parents, and educators to help trans students feel safe; Luc Benson, an Afro-American female who will share her transitioning experience as a person of color; Alyssa Bryant, an attorney who will discuss present and future laws regarding trans rights; and Stephanie Mott, founder of the Transgender Faith Tour will discuss how different language can advance the way society accepts trans people.

You can register online at www.kstep.org/register.html, or register that morning at 7:45 AM before the Workshop.

View the March Calendar for Women's History Month at http://www.emporia.edu/ethngend/Banner+Calendar.pdf?language_id=1

Islamophobia: Presented by, Dr. Moben Mirza, MD, FACS, Friday, April 7, 2017


Preston Family Room, MU

Dr. Moben Mirza

President of the Kansas Urologic Society, University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Moben Mirza, MD, FACS is a urologic oncologist who grew up in California and New Mexico. He serves as the secretary of the Board of Trustees at the Islamic Center of Johnson County. Dr. Mirza serves in many hospital leadership roles and is currently president of the Kansas Urologic Society. He is very active in community service, interfaith initiatives, and volunteering efforts.

Sponsored by

In collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of International Education and the Islamic Center of Emporia, the Muslim Students Association is pleased to invite you to join us for an evening presentation by Dr. Mirza as a distinguished speaker.

Competing Historical Narratives: Learning To Listen To One Another, Monday, April 3, 2017


Preston Family Room, MU

Dr. Anne E. Bordonaro

Anne began her career as a teacher in New York City. For the past 20 years, she has worked in education policy and research, first with Carnegie Corporation of New York and then with the Vermont Agency of Education. She is particularly interested in 1) how un- and/or under- represented historical perspectives can be brought from the sidelines into the mainstream of the curriculum, and 2) how respectful dialogue about contentious historical and political perspectives can be facilitated in history classrooms.  To investigate both problems, she conducted research in a unique instructional setting: an integrated bilingual Arab/Jewish school in Jerusalem, Israel where Zionist and Palestinian narratives of national history are taught side-by-side as part of the school’s contribution to national reconciliation. Her talk with address possible implications for contemporary civic education in the United States

Women’s History Month reception and award ceremony, Friday, March 31, 2017


Sauder Alumni Center

Presentation of the Ruth Schillinger award, the Mary Headrick award, and the Susan B. Anthony scholarship.

About the awards:

The Ruth Schillinger Award, named after a long-time Dean of Women and ESU's first Affirmative Action officer is given to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the women of Emporia State over a sustained period of time. The Dr. Mary F. Headrick Award was established to recognize those who go the extra mile, making a long-term commitment to promoting the growth of women in Emporia's schools and community. The Healthy Relationship & Interpersonal Violence Education (THRIVE) Program offers the Susan B. Anthony Scholarship annually. The scholarship is approximately $1,200 and is awarded in spring semester to the Emporia State student (male or female) who best satisfies the following requirements: has demonstrated the greatest or most beneficial input to the growth and education of women on the Emporia State University campus; who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship (based on grade point average and academic honors); and who shows financial need.

Presentation by Julie Hensley, Thursday, March 30, 2017


PKP room, Memorial Union

Presentation by Julie Hensley, writer,

Co-sponsored with EMLJ

EGS Talk, Dr. Maire Johnson, Wednesday, March 29, 2017


PKP room, Memorial Union

Dr. Johnson is the Assistant Professor of history at ESU. She spent time teaching at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and before that, she taught for three years at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She earned her graduate degrees from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and teaches courses in ancient and medieval world civilizations and in medieval Europe.

Department of Social Sciences

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Greta Rensenbrick, Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Blue Key room, Memorial Union

Dr. Greta Rensenbrick is the Associate Professor of American History at Marshall University in West Verginia. She has expertise in Modern US Social and Cultural history. Her areas of specialization include nineteenth-century US intellectual, social, and cultural, as well as social theory. She has presented her research at numerous conferences and is completing a manuscript on lesbian activists in Second Wave Feminism; her article “Parthenogenesis: Regenerating Women’s Community through Virgin Birth,” appears in  the Journal of the History of Sexuality.

“Implicit Bias: An Unspoken Hurdle for Women and Under-represented Groups,” Thursday, March 09, 2017


Greek Room, Memorial Union

Presentation by Ms. Blair Schneider, Ph.D. student in the Department of Geology, University of Kansas and president of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) Osage Chapter.

Film Screening, “Agora,” Tuesday, March 07, 2017


Plum Hall Rm 408

Sponsored by the Philosophy Club

EGS Talk, Professor Rachel Spaulding, Monday, March 06, 2017


Blue Key Room, Memorial Union

Department of English, Modern Languages and Journalism

Bonner & Bonner Diversity Lecture: Civic Leadership for the Common Good, featuring Steve Perry, Thursday, March 2, 2017


Albert Taylor Hall

Dr. Steve Perry is a strong advocate of personal and civic responsibility in all aspects of life. He emphasizes the social issues that aim at building up both the individual and the community so that the next generation can be better contributing members of society. When Perry speaks, he reaches the heart of his audience to motivate change in themselves and their community. His secrets to success and calls to action are revealed in his new book, Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking a Fight.

“Caring for a loved one: Gendered dimensions and issues,” Wednesday, March 01, 2017


Blue Key Room, Memorial Union

Panel discussion, Participants include: Carol Russell & Fletcher Russell. Moderator: Rachelle Smith.

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at ESU, Tuesday, February 21, 2017


KSTC Ballroom of ESU’s Memorial Union

Holocaust survivor Dr. Inge Auerbacher, in a visit organized by the Union Activities Council, will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 21 about her experiences in the concentration camps and life following her move to the United States.

Auerbacher was imprisoned in a Czechoslovakian concentration camp for three years during World War II. Of the 15,000 children in the camp, she was among the 1 percent who survived. Following the camp’s liberation, she moved to the United States in 1946. Auerbacher earned a degree in chemistry while in the United States and went on to work as a chemist for 38 years.

She began lecturing in 1981, teaching tolerance and human rights. Since starting, she has spoken about the Holocaust to thousands of people in the United States, Canada and Germany. Auerbacher has also received awards for her humanitarian work, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University. She has written six books, which have been published in nine languages.

Social Justice Equity Lecture featuring writer Tim Wise, Monday, February 9, 2017


Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall, ESU

Wise is the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on social commentary websites such as Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, Black Commentator, BK Nation, Z Magazine and The Root, which recently named Wise one of the “8 Wokest White People We Know.”

Sponsored by the ESU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Honors College.

13th Documentary Viewing, Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Preston Family Room, Memorial Union

A documentary that provides an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaker Series, Former Ohio Senator Nina Turner, Friday, January 20, 2017


Skyline Room, Memorial Union

Offering a powerful narrative of overcoming adversity, Nina Turner is a captivating orator who puts political and social trends into an unparalleled perspective. She has worked in leadership at the Ohio Democratic Party and as an elected member of the Cleveland City Council—both opportunities that demonstrated her ability to unify opposing ideologies in critical circumstances. Turner has traveled across North America to inspire action and instill hope in crowds of more than 20,000 for bold causes such as labor, women’s reproductive health, voting rights, and income inequality.

Sponsored by the ESU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Honors College.

Art Forum, Visiting Artist Lecture Presents: Priya Kambli, Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Science Hall Rm 72

Priya Kambli will be speaking about her photographic work. She explores her Indian identity and family history, and how they have shifted since she moved to the US at the age of 18.

Admission is Free

Student Forum, Ask Me Why Don’t Be Shy, Wednesday, November 16, 2016



MU Mainstreet

International and American student representatives will be answering questions about culture and anything related to their country.

Admission is Free

If you have questions, please contact James F. & Dorine D. Harter, Office of International Education, MU 040, 620-341-5374 – norajiat@emporia.edu

Uganda Learning Exchange, Thursday, November 17, 2016


MU Greek Room

Visitors from M-LISADA (Music, Life Skills, and Destitution Alleviation), a children's home in the Katwe slum in Kampala, Uganda, will share stories about their culture and the orphanage. 

Featured speakers: Lucy Khan Namale and Segawa Bosco.

Light refreshments served.

Sponsored by the Honors College. 

International Culture Show, October 26, 2016

Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall, ESU


ESU students displaying the multicultural community of Emporia State University through music, dance and fashion.

Navigating Race and Sexualities: Exploring Identity and Intersectionality, October 24, 2016

Preston Family Room, Memorial Union


Featured Speaker – Dr. Jamie Washington

Stringtown Tour, September 30, 2016

Learning Commons, WAW Library (by the display)


Black Emporia is the story of African-American experiences in Emporia, Kansas from 1890 to 1950. The Stringtown Tour will be a 30 minute bus tour (we are handicap accessible) that will take patrons around Emporia to experience the story of different Emporians from this era.

Cost: FREE! Must be ESU student/faculty/staff

About the Badge: We are offering a Credly badge which students can view by going to https://esu.credly.com . To earn the badge, they must attend the tour and take a selfie (and write a 1 paragraph reflection) about their experience.

Discussion and Lunch, September 22, 2016

 Skyline Dining Room, Memorial Union (2nd floor)


 The forum will be presented by Mr. Steve Boyce, sharing information based on his experiences and background in Human Resources and Labor Relations. A complimentary lunch will also be provided.


Fun on the Field, September 22, 2016

 OG Practice Fields (Behind Rec Center)


 Students will have a chance to participate in games played all over the world. Teams can be built with International and U.S. students for a chance to win prizes. Admission is free and food will be provided.

Oppression, Social Media, and Misconceptions, September 21, 2016

Veteran’s Hall of Honor, Memorial Union (2nd floor)


 The education chair will speak about how the LGBTQ+ community has been persecuted and miscomprehended over the years. Social media in this aspect will also be discussed.

Fred Gray presentation, September 15, 2016

Albert Taylor Hall, ESU


 Prior to the inauguration ceremonies on Friday, a pre-inaugural event will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, in Albert Taylor Hall. U.S. civil rights attorney Fred Gray Sr., who stood alongside Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will give a special presentation.

 Gray began a dynamic civil rights career in 1954, less than a year after completing law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His first civil rights case was representation of Claudette Colvin, a 15-year old African American high school student who refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in March 1955.

 In December 1955 he represented Rosa Parks who was arrested because she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, igniting the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

 He also was the first civil rights attorney for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and took several civil rights cases. Gray was portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr., in the 2014 movie “Selma.”

Diversity and Inclusion Alliance Plan Invitation, September 14, & 22, 2016

 Kanza Room, Memorial Union


 The session will be held by the University Diversity & Inclusion Alliance, working to develop a plan to share with the university community. Feedback on the Action Plan will be welcome.

 View the Action Plan here, Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan to familiarize yourself before attending the session. For more information, contact Jason Brooks, Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity at jbrooks5@emporia.edu or Gary Wyatt, Associate Provost at gwyatt@emporia.edu


Dr. David Westfall Uganda talk, September 14, 2016 

Butcher Hall 127. ESU


Dr. David Westfall will talk about his summer trip to Uganda with students.

Screening of the film “Selena," Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Memorial Union Preston Family Room


In preparation for Civil Rights icon Fred Gray speaking on campus Sept. 15, the Leadership Studies Program and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are co-hosting a viewing of the film Selma in which Mr. Gray is portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. 

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. to view this together in the Memorial Union's Preston Family Room. Feel free to bring friends.

Trailer for Selma

Sundays At the Site! September 11, 2016          

 William Allen White house


 Lyon County’s Latino Heritage” on the porch at Red Rocks State Historic Site

Ride into History on Sidesaddle, September 11, 2016

 Ride into History, 4 miles south of Admire, KS


 “Once Upon a Sidesaddle” will be presented to show the life of a one-room school teacher in the late 1800s medical establishment. Amazing horse hugs will follow the show.

Guest Day at Emporia First United Methodist Church, June 15, 2016

Fellowship Hall, 825 Merchant Street


At 9AM First United Methodist will be hosting a brunch followed by devotions and a program.

The program portion will be presented by Risa Rehmert, Director of Program Development for Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking.

Please RSVP by May 31st, to Betty Skillet at 620-342-0270, betty_skillet@yahoo.com or to Linda Hyde at 620-412-4832, ljhyde10@hotmail.com

Take Back the Night!, April 20, 2016

Webb Hall, 7PM to 9PM

Take Back the Night events focus on ending sexual violence in all of its forms, including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence.

Sponsored by SOS as part of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, and Sexual Assault Prevention Month.

Women’s History Month Reception and Awards Ceremony, March 25, 2016 

Join the women and men of the Emporia community in celebration of Women’s History Month at the 2016 Women’s History Month Reception and Awards Ceremony, on Friday, March 25th from 3:30-5 PM in the Sauder Alumni Center.

We will also honor the recipients of this year’s Ruth Schillinger Award and Susan B. Anthony Scholarship.  Dr. Marcia Schulmeister, professor of Physical Sciences, is this year’s recipient of the Ruth Schillinger Award.  Receiving the Susan B. Anthony scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year will be Holly Davis.

Friends and family of award recipients, students and community members are welcome to join ESU as they honor hard working and amazing women.

The Black Student Union Presents: Crooklyn, March 24, 2016

The end of Women's Heritage Month is soon upon us, but the fun is just beginning! Please come and join us as we watch three different films throughout the remainder of the month that speak to the struggles of various aspects of being a woman and of color in this society in the most expressive and invigorating ways. We kick things off with Crooklyn, a classic and iconic Spike Lee film, known for its heart wrenching plot and distinctive soundtrack composed of music solely from the 1970's.

Thursday, March 24th, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm in the Preston Family Room

Come watch the tale of a young girl named Tory, who lives in the infamous neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant which is a borough in the heart of Brooklyn.  As her teacher mother, Carolyn, and her jazz musician father, Woody, worry over monthly bills, grade-school student Troy Carmichael banters and bonds with her four brothers. Against her will, Troy is sent to her aunt's southern home for a summer visit, but when she returns to her bustling Brooklyn neighborhood, she learns that a family member is gravely ill. Already mature, Troy is forced to face to some very grown-up facts about life and loss.

RE-Screening of the 'Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines' Documentary, March 24, 2016

 Thursday, March 24 at 7 PM - 9:00 PM Plumb Hall Room 316

 Join the ESU Philosophy Club as we participate in Women's History Month by providing a second screening of this high-energy film about images of female heroes in American culture. If you missed it the first time, here's your second chance to see it! To be followed by a discussion, activity, and book giveaway.

A trailer for the film can be seen at < http://wonderwomendoc.com/ >.

Kappa Delta Chi presents, Mujeres, March 21st, 2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016 - 7 PM-9 PM

Memorial Union, Preston Family Room

The women of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. will be hosting a Women's History Month event with the special guest speaker, Crystal Macedo, a Wichita firefighter. 

Lessons from the Front Lines of School Violence: Educators and the Community Make a Difference, March 21st, 2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016 - 7 PM

Memorial Union, Webb Hall

This event will consist of a lecture given by Dr. Scott Poland on school violence. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Screening of Iranian Documentary 'Our Times', March 11th, 2016

Friday, March 11th, 2016 - 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Plumb Hall, Room 316

In order to support and further the university's diversity events, the ESU Philosophy Club will be screening the Iranian documentary, 'Our Times' by director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. This is a film from Iran about women struggling to carve our a space in Iranian politics.

Questions: Dr. Ed Emmer, cemmer@emporia.edu

Women's History Month, March 1st - 29th, 2016

March 1st: WHM Film Festival, "Miss Representation" @ 7pm, Visser 330

March 5th: Enhancing Your Future with Mathematics and Science (STEM Outreach Event for Middle School Girls)

March 8th: WHM Film Festival, "Wonder Women! The untold stories of American Superheroines" @ 7pm, Visser 330

March 10th: Dr. Karrin Vasby Anderson, from "Bitch" to "Badass" & Beyond: Gender and Personal Identity @ 7pm, Kanza Room

March 22nd: WHM Film Festival, "Brand New You" @ 7pm, Visser 330

March 23rd: EGS Talk, Dr. David Westfall, Girls' Education in Uganda @ 3pm, Veteran's Hall of Honor

March 25th: WHM Reception & Awards Ceremony @ 3:30 - 5pm, Sauder Alumni Center

March 29th: EGS Talk, Karen Manners Smith, The Legacy of Women's Liberation @ 6:30pm, Blue Key Room, Memorial Union 

*All events are free and open to the public*

Black Leadership Initiative Conference, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2015 - 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Memorial Union, Webb Hall

A free one day conference for African American high school, undergraduate and graduate students. 

For more information visit: http://www.emporia.edu/getinvolved/odi/programs/bli.html

Critical Analysis: 'A Different World', February 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2015 

There will be a critical analysis of the sitcom, A Different World. A spin off of the iconic Cosby Show. This analysis will focus on the topic of colorism and prejudice/discrimination.

Black History Month Film, February 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:00 PM 

Plumb Hall, Room 316

Screening of the film, 'Dear White People'

Hosted by ESU Philosophy Club

Black History Month Lecture, February 11, 2016

"Colorism: A critical analysis of politics, ethics, and social issues within the African American Culture when it deals with the construct of skin tone."

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:00 PM

ESU Memorial Union, Preston Family Room

Veterans Roundtable 1940-2015, November 5, 2015

Annual Meeting 

Thursday, November 5, 2015-7:30 PM

ESU Memorial Union, Preston Family Room

The Program-A Final Goodbye: Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages 1929-1933

Introduction: John O. Sanderson, Colonel, USA, Retired

The Speaker: Stacie Petersen, Registrar, National World War I Museum & Memorial

Admission to the Roundtable Meeting is FREE and the public is invited to attend.

Roundtable Sponsors:

ESU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

ESU Department of Social Sciences

Lyon County Historical Society Archives & Museum

Don't miss Visiting Writer Andrés Rodríguez, October 9, 2015

Come listen to Kansas City poet and author Andrés Rodríguez read his work next week as part of the ESU Visiting Writers Series!

Rodríguez is the author of multiple books including 'Night Song:Poems,' and winner of the Maureen Egan Writers Exchange Award in Poetry. Rodríguez’s poems, essays, and translations have appeared in journals across the country such as the New York Quarterly, Harvard Review, Valparaiso Review, and Palabra, in addition to multiple anthologies.

Visiting Writer Andrés Rodríguez

Friday, October 9, 2015

7:00 - 8:00 PM

ESU Memorial Union

Blue Key Leadership Room

This event is free and open to the public

Posted by the ESU Creative Writing Program, Performing Arts Board, and Special Events Board

Diversity Authors Read Series: Choking on Silence, presented by Paul Tripp. October 1, 2015

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion would like to personally invite you to our LGBTQA Authors Read on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 6:30 P.M. in White Library Commons Area. This Authors Read is being sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Department of Modern Language, White Library and TradPlus & Veterans Services.

This event is an extension of our Pages for Change Diversity Book Club that meets every Thursday evening at 5:00 P.M. Paul Tripp's book, "Choking on Silence" describes his childhood in Montana as a kind of war zone: "Growing up in an alcoholic home, Paul was never sure where the beginning was or where on the path he would hit a landmine and have the evening explode in from of him." Paul eventually seeks refuge in the structure and discipline of the armed forces but incurs the psychological burden of having to hide his true nature. Tripp's inclusion of excerpts from his personnel file adds another layer to the narrative, underscoring his criticism of the massive amount of resources expended by the military in an effort to weed out homosexual service members.

Amid the subterfuge, Paul finds tender moments of human connection as a lonely teenager working in a nursing home, a sexually repressed young man living on a submarine and a decorate officer approaching retirement. In fact, a submarine is the ideal metaphor for Tripp's odyssey: He attempts to move undetected through largely hostile waters while facing potentially disastrous consequences if discovered. Paul has a knack for explaining decisions that lead him to pursue "reparative therapy," heterosexual marriage and fatherhood.The only drawback is Tripp's fondness for well-worn or clunky similes, which will strike some reader as folksy or distracting. Regardless, this memoir full of sharp insights will appeal to a wide audience--not only gay men, but anyone who wants to better understand a loved one struggling with sexual orientation and identity. This will be a powerful testament to the importance of self-acceptance.

Please join us Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 6:30 pm as Paul shares his life, his journey and his words of wisdom on perseverance. 

Refreshments will be served and Paul Tripp will be signing books after the read. There are FREE copies of "Choking on Silence" in the Center for Student Involvement. Books are limited. First come, first serve! 

This event is FREE & open to the whole ESU community & public!

For more information about this event, please feel free to contact me here in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at 620-341-5481 or jbrooks@emporia.edu

 Visiting Writer Jimmy Santiago Baca Monday, September 21, 2015

You don't want to miss esteemed poet Jimmy Santiago Baca read his work as part of the Fall 2015 ESU Visiting Writers Series!

In a career that spans nearly four decades, Baca has written over a dozen books of poetry, published memoirs, essay, stories and screenplays. Winner of the American Book Award, Pushcart Prize, International Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature, the International Prize and the Cornelius P. Turner Award for outstanding contributions in areas such as education, justice and social welfare, Baca writes about oppression, love and migration.

The author's books are in stock in the MU bookstore, for check-out at WAW Library, and will be available to purchase at the event, where he will hold a book signing after the performance. E-mail bluestem@emporia.edu for more info.

Visiting Writer-Jimmy Santiago Baca

Monday, September 21

7:00 PM

Memorial Union-Preston Family Room

This even is free and open to the public.

Posted by the ESU Creative Writing Program, Performing Arts Board, Special Events Board, Ethnic and Gender Studies Program, University Libraries and Archives and the Honors College.

TONIGHT Only - Join Us For A Free Screening Of The Critically Acclaimed Documentary "A Place To Stand!" September 18, 2015

Based on the award winning memoir of one of America's greatest poets, "A Place to Stand" explores Jimmy Santiago Baca's story of trial and redemption by painting a raw, honest picture of life inside a maximum security prison, and a tale of the spirit overcoming brutality and adversity through poetry.

"A Place to Stand" Screening

Friday, September 18

7:00-9:00 PM

Visser Hall 330

This event is free and open to the public.

Email bluestem@emporia.edu for more info.

Dr. Andrew M. Schocket. September 16, 2015

Hosted By: The Social Sciences Zimmerman Lecture Fund

When: Wednesday, September 16

Where: Memorial Union: Preston Family Room

Time: 6 PM
About: Dr. Schocket is the director of American Culture Studies and Professor of History and American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. He is also the author of Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution. He will presenting his lecture on "The Constitution, Opportunity, and the End of the American Revolution."
Contact: Michael Smith, msmith3@emporia.edu, Ext. 5566

For events hosted by the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program, Please go to Hornet Life.