TAMIU Celebrates Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, Texas A&M International University will present several events throughout February. The activities range from a Library exhibit and a Black Film Series, to a live webcast on HIV/AIDS, and presentations on art, music, literature, history, criminal justice, women and gender studies, and immigration. Except for the film series, all events are open to the public. All events are free.

Dr. Ezra S. Engling, professor of Spanish, and event coordinator, said he was pleased by the enthusiasm shown by the faculty and staff of TAMIU.

"On the one hand, the rich and varied activities celebrate the attainments of the peoples of Africa and the Diaspora; on the other, they keep us grounded in the ongoing struggles," said Engling.

Below is a list of the activities scheduled:

All Month: The Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library exhibit includes a memorial display dedicated to the victims of the Columbia shuttle tragedy, featuring African-American payload commander Michael P. Anderson.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, February 4, 5, and 6: Black Film Series, 7 - 9 p.m., for University Village residents featuring Amistad, Ruby Bridges and Get On the Bus.

Friday, February 7: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Webcast, 12 p.m., Bob Bullock Hall (BH), room 104.

TAMIU's Office of Student Health Services and the Laredo Department of Health will host the nationwide webcast, part of a distinguished lecture series sponsored by the African-American HIV/AIDS Prevention Network.

HIV/AIDS Screening and Testing, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Student Center (SC) rooms 216-217.

Mr. Jaime Garza and the staff of the Laredo Department of Health will provide relevant literature at both venues.

Monday, February 10: Panel Discussion: "Immigration and Adaptation Experiences of African Professionals in the U.S.," 12 p.m., Western Hemispheric Trade Center (WHTC), room 103.

Dr. Peter Haruna (Ghana), assistant professor of public administration, will be joined by Drs. Archibald Laud-Hammond (Ghana), adjunct faculty in philosophy, Mohammed Ben Ruwin (Libya), assistant professor of political science, and Ezra S. Engling (Jamaica), professor of Spanish.

Wednesday, February 12: Women and Gender Studies Lecture: "An Introduction to Audre Lourde," 12 p.m., Bob Bullock Hall, room 101.

Dr. Phoebe Godfrey, assistant professor of sociology, will speak on this activist, with specific reference to black women.

Monday, February 17: Lecture: "The Crimogenic Impact of Incarceration on African-American Communities," 11 a.m., WHTC, room 103.

Dr. Hamid Kusha, associate professor of criminal justice, will speak.

Tuesday, February 18: Multimedia Presentation: "Bob Marley: Reggae Activist," 7 p.m., University Village.

Dr. Ezra S. Engling will present. An extract of this lecture will appear in the February issue of The Bridge, the student newspaper at TAMIU.

Wednesday, February 19: Music: "Jazz in/and Laredo." 7 p.m., WHTC, room 116.

Jazz musicians/band members, Drs. Michael Yoder, associate professor of geography, Kevin Lindberg, assistant professor of English and Richard Wright, assistant professor of art history, will pool their talents and experiences.

Thursday, February 20: Poetry Reading: "Afro Hispanic Voices: Nicolas Guillen," 12 p.m., WHTC, room 103.

Dr. José Cardona, associate professor of Spanish, will present a poetry reading and discussion.

Monday, February 24: Discussion: "Afro-Latino Relations: In the Nation and at Home," 12 p.m., WHTC, room 116.

Drs. Stanley Green, professor of history, and Christy Teranishi, assistant professor of psychology, will do a joint examination of the topic from national and Laredoan perspectives.

Tuesday, February 25: Presentation: "Affirmative Action Revisted," 7 p.m. WHTC, room 116.

Dr. James Norris, assistant professor of political science, will present some reflections on a controversial topic.

Wednesday, February 26: Lecture: "Mumia Abu Jamal: The Case for Reasonable Doubt," 12 p.m., WHTC, room 116.

The final presentation for the month features Dr. Phoebe Godfrey.

For more information about Black History Month at TAMIU, please contact Dr. Ezra Engling at 326.2648, visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 435B, or e-mail engling@tamiu.edu. More information is also available atwww.tamiu.edu/newsinfo. University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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