The Isom Weekly - World AIDS Day 2013 Events
Events and News for the coming week from The Sarah Isom Center
October 12 ~ 18, 2013
Calendar of Events:
A Light in the Dark: A Candle Light Vigil for Human Rights
15 years ago, Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence, and later died in Laramie, Wyoming. His death brought attention to the hate crimes and the lack of acceptance for all those who are deemed “different.” Today, we still struggle with accepting all people based on their race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, gender, etc. Hate crimes are not a thing of the past, and we need to change this. This vigil is designed to honor Matthew and celebrate his contribution to equality, and honor all those who have also fallen victim to hate crimes. We still have progress to make.
In light of Tuesday night’s Laramie Project performance, we as a campus and community need to come together and support all human beings and their differences. We need to learn from the past and move forward toward equality for all. Let’s stand together united in hope for the future and love for one another. We as one body can truly make a difference. Let Matthew’s voice and message continue to be heard.
We will gather on the steps of the Lyceum where James Meredith made history 50 years ago. Wear white and bring a candle. Come listen to various speakers and sing alongside our community so together, we can be the light in the dark.
8:30 PM, Lyceum
Alta Gracia Workers Come to UM
For a bit of background, Alta Gracia is an option for college t-shirt and hoodies - spirit gear - that is sewn in a factory where workers’ human rights are respected. Workers are paid a living-wage of more than three times the local minimum wage in standard Free Trade Zones - a family wage that allows them to live in dignity, and buy the shelter, nutrition, clean water, health-care, and education that they need. They have a democratic voice on the job - a union led mostly by women. The factory is constantly monitored for health and safety by independent non-profit watchdog Worker Rights Consortium, which publishes reports online. It’s a project that has been inspired by more than a decade of students and workers coming together!
This short video covers the history well as does this article in The Nation.
Hosted by the International Justice Mission
7:30 PM, Union 404
Surviving Ph.D. Comprehensive Examinations: Exhortations and Experiences from Graduate Student Women
Does your program require comps? Have you gotten confused about this? Perhaps you are nervous? Hear war stories and advice from those who have made it through.
This event is organized by the Graduate Women’s Professional Development Committee
6:00 PM, Turner Lecture Hall
Angry Asian Man: Blogging Out Racism
Blogger Phil Yu will discuss how he uses social media to combat racism and stereotypes of Asian-Americans in media.
Hosted by the William Winter Institute and others.
6:30 PM, Bryant 209
GLAAD’s Spirit Day
Millions wear purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy: Wear purple or go purple online on October 17th and help create a world in which LGBT youth are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more.
Annual Gathering of All the Oxford/University LGBTQ and Allies Organizations
Interact and meet people from Oxford and the University’s LGBTQ and allies organizations.
6:30 PM, Farrington Gallery, Bryant Hall
- Our fall 2013 newsletter can be accessed at http://issuu.com/sarahisomcenter/docs/fall2013newsletter
- If you are interested in becoming an Ally, there will be Allies Orientations on Oct. 23 or Oct. 24 from 3-5 PM. To register, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/umallies-oct13
- UPD is again offering Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Basic Physical Defense for women this fall semester. Open classes are scheduled for Nov 5-6 and Nov 19-20. There may be some seats available for Oct 29-30. Each of these classes will be taught in the Yerby Conference Center from 5-9 PM. Class size is limited to 20. To register, contact Jeff Kellum by phone at 915-5747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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