Donate: Advancing the Mission of the Black Cultural Center

2021 Black Grad Ceremony

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Black Grads!

The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center, the Black Student Union, and the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence celebrate and recognize our Black graduates in a virtual ceremony.

Announcing the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center Scholarships

Individual awards will range between $750–$5,000. Apply now through May 14, 2021.

Virtual Engagement

We are committed to maintaining high levels of support and resources for our students. During this time, the BCC and Dean of Students staff will continue to check and respond to voicemails and emails. In addition, the BCC will continue to offer resource navigation and support remotely, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. To reach the coordinator of the BCC, call 541-346-6321 or email arish@uoregon.edu if you need assistance. To reach the Dean of Students crisis team, call 541-346-3216.

Refer to the site below for official updates regarding the University of Oregon’s response to COVID-19, including frequently asked questions.

During the 2020–21 academic year, the university will be offering learning primarily online and remotely. While we may not be able to engage with one another within the BCC, we do welcome students to connect with the Black Cultural Center staff virtually. Please join us on social media and Zoom for events such as Virtual Super Soul Tuesdays and other virtual interactions and programming.

Umoja Black Scholars Academic Residential Community

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The Umoja Black Scholars ARC is a space in the residence halls where Black students can come together, grow in their own identities, engage with peer mentors, and connect with academic advising and resources.

Applications for the 2021–22 Umoja Black Scholars cohort are open now through May 31, 2021.

Learn About Umoja Black Scholars

Lyllye Reynolds-Parker
Black Cultural Center

While the LRP Black Cultural Center is currently closed due to state and university guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still supporting students in person and remotely.

The outside porch of the BCC will be available to a limited number of students during Dr. Aris Hall's office hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:00–4:00 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.–noon.

1870 East 15th Avenue
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (offering services remotely)

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Our Mission

The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center is the engine for Black students’ academic success at the University of Oregon. The BCC is a welcoming and supportive space that helps Black students harness the resources necessary to navigate their social, cultural, and academic experience. By investing in the success of Black students, the BCC enhances the cultural and social development of the entire University of Oregon community.


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About Lyllye Reynolds-Parker

Lyllye Reynolds-ParkerLyllye Reynolds-Parker was born in Eugene in 1946 and was a member of the first graduating class of Henry D. Sheldon High School. Ms. Parker started her social justice work while in high school, being actively involved with the civil rights movement here. She was vice president of the local Student Non-violence Committee, an organization founded by Stokely Carmichael, an internationally known civil rights advocate.

Ms. Parker earned her BA in sociology from the UO in 1991. She worked at the UO as an academic advisor in the Office of Multicultural Academic Success for 17 years, until she retired.

Ms. Parker has served on multiple advisory committees. She also serves on the board of a local nonprofit, the League of United Latin American Citizens, where she is the honorary chair of their Anti-Racial Profiling Committee.

The UO’s Women’s Center hosts an annual Lyllye B. Parker Womxn of Color Speaker Series to bring female speakers of color to campus.

Contact Us

 
Aris Hall, PhD
Coordinator, Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center


Events

Oct 19
Let's (Tele)Talk - LGBTQIA Students11:00 a.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Carolyn Meiller, who specializes in working with LGBTQIA students, for Let’s Talk on Tuesdays, 11AM-1PM. Let’s Talk is a service that...
October 19–December 7

Meet with Counseling Services Carolyn Meiller, who specializes in working with LGBTQIA students, for Let’s Talk on Tuesdays, 11AM-1PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis. 

Oct 19
Super Soul Tuesdays12:30 p.m.

Super Soul Tuesday, a collaborative effort between the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) and the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center (LRP BCC), is an...
October 5–November 30
Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

Super Soul Tuesday, a collaborative effort between the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) and the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center (LRP BCC), is an opportunity to engage with Black students, faculty, and staff during our weekly cultural academic “check-in”.

Goals:



Help Black students address and navigate existing and perceived academic challenges;


Increase Black students' awareness of campus and community resources;


Empower Black students to be responsible, active, and adaptable learners; and


Establish a supportive and welcoming environment for Black students, faculty, and staff


Oct 19
Let's (Tele)Talk - LatinX/Undocumented Students3:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Eric Garcia, who specializes in working with LatinX and undocumented students, for Let’s Talk on Tuesdays, 3-5PM. Let’s Talk is a service...
October 19–December 7

Meet with Counseling Services Eric Garcia, who specializes in working with LatinX and undocumented students, for Let’s Talk on Tuesdays, 3-5PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis. 

Oct 20
Leadership Enrichment Internship Info Sessionnoon

Attention UO undergraduates! Are you interested in a 16-week paid mentored internship? The Division of Equity and Inclusion is accepting applications for the winter...
October 12–20
The Multicultural Center (MCC), EMU 109

Attention UO undergraduates! Are you interested in a 16-week paid mentored internship?

The Division of Equity and Inclusion is accepting applications for the winter – spring 2022 Leadership Enrichment Internship (LEI), a paid mentored internship experience for undergraduate students from underrepresented communities. 

We have 10 internship openings across different disciplines and industries (see full position descriptions on Handshake – search “LEI”). Apply by October 22, 11:59pm: https://tinyurl.com/LEI-Apply

Attend an info session to learn more! You are encouraged to RSVP in advance but not required. We hope to see you there! Email deicace@uoregon.edu with any questions. 

The LEI offers:


Real-life work experience
Networking with industry professionals
Direct mentorship
Professional & leadership development
Community building with other UO student interns
Individual and group discussions and reflections
Opportunities to gain clarity about your short- and long-term career goals

Oct 20
Let's (Tele)Talk - Black and African American Student Support2:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Cecile Gadson, who specializes in working with Black and African American students, for Let’s Talk on Wednesdays 2-4PM. Let’s Talk is a...
October 20–December 8

Meet with Counseling Services Cecile Gadson, who specializes in working with Black and African American students, for Let’s Talk on Wednesdays 2-4PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis. 

Oct 20
Let's (Tele)Talk - Graduate Students4:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Colleen McCarthy, who specializes in working with graduate students, for Let’s Talk on Wednesdays 4-6PM. Let’s Talk is a service that...
October 20–December 8

Meet with Counseling Services Colleen McCarthy, who specializes in working with graduate students, for Let’s Talk on Wednesdays 4-6PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis. 

Oct 21
Community Engagement: How to make an impact in Eugene (Wellness Workshop)2:00 p.m.

Many volunteer positions are not being filled as we battle against COVID-19. This makes now an opportune time to get out there and make a difference. In this workshop, we will...
October 21 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (Room 041)

Many volunteer positions are not being filled as we battle against COVID-19. This makes now an opportune time to get out there and make a difference. In this workshop, we will discuss many of the volunteer positions available to students on campus and in the community.

Oct 21
Let's (Tele)Talk - Thursday 4-6PM4:00 p.m.

Meet with a Counseling Services staff member for Let’s Talk on Thursdays 4-6PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential...
October 14–December 9

Meet with a Counseling Services staff member for Let’s Talk on Thursdays 4-6PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis.

Oct 22
Let's (Tele)Talk - Friday 1-3PM1:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Mariko Lin for Let’s Talk on Fridays 1-3PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential...
October 15–December 10

Meet with Counseling Services Mariko Lin for Let’s Talk on Fridays 1-3PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis. 

Oct 25
Let's (Tele)Talk - International Students2:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Jingqing Liu, who specializes in working with international students, for Let’s Talk on Mondays, 2-4PM. Let’s Talk is a service that...
October 18–December 6

Meet with Counseling Services Jingqing Liu, who specializes in working with international students, for Let’s Talk on Mondays, 2-4PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis. 

Oct 26
Emerson Sykes | African American Workshop and Lecture Series 2021 - 20225:30 p.m.

"The Case for Free Speech and Racial Justice Supporting Black Activism on Campus" Recently, young, Black activists have played a central role in America’s...
October 26 5:30 p.m.

"The Case for Free Speech and Racial Justice Supporting Black Activism on Campus"

Recently, young, Black activists have played a central role in America’s ongoing reckoning with white supremacy and anti-Blackness through protest, advocacy, and creative expression. But this is nothing new. Student activists have long wielded the power to shape the cultural narratives and society around them. Reflecting on his experiences working with campus activists from across the US and throughout Africa, a First Amendment attorney at the ACLU makes the case for reclaiming free speech as a progressive value and tool for social change.

About the speaker:

Emerson Sykes is a senior staff attorney at American Civil Liberties Union with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. He focuses on First Amendment free speech protections and works on civil liberties and human rights at the local, national, and international levels. Formally, Sykes was a legal advisor for Africa at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). He holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. 

Oct 28
Mental Health 101-Wellness Workshop2:00 p.m.

Life gets hard. College isn't easy. How do we know when it is time to ask for support and who can we ask for support from? This workshop focuses on learning how to identify...
October 28 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (Room 041)

Life gets hard. College isn't easy. How do we know when it is time to ask for support and who can we ask for support from? This workshop focuses on learning how to identify when our feelings, thoughts and actions don't align with our truths. Knowing this we can learn when it is time to ask for help. We will also discuss how to ask for support within our social circle, college, and community.

Nov 4
Air, Water Land: Native/Indigenous, Black, and Afro-Descendent Relationalities and Activism 9:00 a.m.

Air, Water Land: Native/Indigenous, Black, and Afro-Descendent Relationalities and Activism  Climate change, environmental racism, settler colonialism, white supremacy,...
November 4 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Air, Water Land: Native/Indigenous, Black, and Afro-Descendent Relationalities and Activism 

Climate change, environmental racism, settler colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, north/south divides, and unequal access to basic environmental resources by communities of color have inspired ongoing environmental justice activism in the Americas. This Fall 2021 symposium will center Indigenous and Black voices, leverage the campus residencies of Maya activist and teacher Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj (in residence through the Global Justice Initiative and the Department of Anthropology) and Muskogee/Creek artist and activist Amber Starks (in residence through the UO Common Reading program) and focus on environmental justice and sustainable food systems. Designed to foster critical conversations from Indigenous and Black/Afro-descendant communities across the Americas, this event is organized around themes of air, land, and water, with a committed focus to issues impacting local communities. 

This symposium will feature three remote panels that explore these connections through air, land, and water, a keynote conversation, and a final discussion and demonstration of sustainable food systems. The event is organized by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS), Native American and Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, Black Studies, the Global Justice Initiative, and the Common Reading program of the University of Oregon.  

A full program can be found here https://cllas.uoregon.edu/fall-2021-symposium/

These events are generously supported by the Office of the President, the Center for Environmental Futures, the Just Futures Institute, the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Chair in English, Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, Black Studies, the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS), Native American and Indigenous Studies, the Many Nations Longhouse, the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of U.S. Western History, the Department of Environmental Studies, and the Department of English.

Remote events will be held over Zoom. Subscribe to CLLAS emails to receive event & Zoom details by emailing cllas@uoregon.edu or at https://mailchi.mp/6cca8cf9e3c8/cllas-email-subscribers

In-person events are subject to UO COVID guidelines and may change; they are restricted to UO community and guests. Please register for in-person events by emailing cllas@uoregon.edu.

Updates to in-person events as well as additional information on symposium participants can be found at https://cllas.uoregon.edu/fall-2021-symposium/

Symposium panels will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/uocllas

The Centerpiece Conversation between Irma Alicia and Amber will be livestreamed at  https://youtu.be/Qe9ZLBj_jNA

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, Kalapuya descendants are primarily citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they continue to make important contributions to their communities, to the UO, to Oregon, and to the world.

Nov 4
Creating Healthy Habits-Wellness Workshop2:00 p.m.

Do you feel like you're stuck in a rut? Or that your typical routine is not working? Are you interested in creating healthy habits? Join us in this workshop where we will...
November 4 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (Room 041)

Do you feel like you're stuck in a rut? Or that your typical routine is not working? Are you interested in creating healthy habits? Join us in this workshop where we will discuss how to form healthy habits that will benefit you both in-and-out of school.

Nov 9
Julieanna Richardson | African American Workshop and Lecture Series 2021 - 20225:30 p.m.

“The HistoryMakers: Preserving 20th Century African American Collections with 21st Century Solutions” For African Americans, the 20th century, in many ways,...
November 9 5:30 p.m.

“The HistoryMakers: Preserving 20th Century African American Collections with 21st Century Solutions”

For African Americans, the 20th century, in many ways, represented a century of growth and expansion even under difficult circumstances. To the dismay of many, the 21st century has seen a retrenchment in this growth as evidenced by continued social unrest, the siege on our nation’s capital, COVID 19 and the digital divide and educational disparities. Mainstream America’s knowledge of African Americans is still very limited and rooted in stereotypes. Many of the nation’s libraries, museums and archives contain racially biased or insensitive material and a lack of African American collections. The need to change is urgent, since society still preferences those who have documentary evidence of their value. Lonnie Bunch, the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, underscored this point in a 2016 interview when he warned that the 20th century African American historical record would be obliterated if corrective action was not taken within the next decade. Over the past twenty-one years, 821 HistoryMakers (approximately 25% of The HistoryMakers’ existing collection) have passed away. 2020 and 2021 have seen the deaths of HistoryMakers and civil rights leaders Reverend Joseph Lowery, Reverend CT Vivian and Charles Evers, baseball icon Hank Aaron, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, Jr., country music legend Charley Pride, and art curator/historian David Driskell, among others. These deaths represent significant burnings of “libraries” of information. Yet, while building its own collection, The HistoryMakers has attempted to promote the preservation, growth and awareness of African American collections. While its efforts have resulted in permanent repositories for activist Angela Davis (Schlesinger Library), opera legend Jessye Norman (Library of Congress), actress Daphne Maxwell Reid (Northwestern University), and others, they are insufficient to stem prevention of the current wholesale loss of the 20th century African American historical record. The HistoryMakers seeks now to begin filling that void.

About the speaker:

Julieanna Richardson is the founder of The HistoryMakers, the largest national collection effort of African American video oral histories on record since the WPA Slave Narratives. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She founded her own production company, SCTN Teleproductions. Richardson was awarded the 2014 Legacy Award from Black Enterprise Magazine and was profiled in 2014’s American Masters: The Boomer List. 

Nov 18
Thanks But No Thanks-giving: Decolonizing an American Holiday2:00 p.m.

Millions of families gather together every year to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Many Americans do not grow up thinking much of the history behind the holiday. The...
November 18 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (Room 041)

Millions of families gather together every year to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Many Americans do not grow up thinking much of the history behind the holiday. The main messages are that of gratitude, food, and family; however, Thanksgiving is, foundationally speaking, a celebration of the ongoing genocide against native peoples and cultures across the globe. In collaboration with NASU (Native American Student Union), we will focus on ways in which we can continue to show gratitude while raising our critical consciousness and identifying ways to decolonize the holiday. This workshop is free and open to UO students, faculty, and staff.

Dec 2
Mindfulness-Wellness Workshop2:00 p.m.

How do we stay in the present moment when the future is always looming and the past is catching up to us? This workshop will center around what it means to be present by diving...
December 2 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Duck Nest (Room 041)

How do we stay in the present moment when the future is always looming and the past is catching up to us? This workshop will center around what it means to be present by diving into the research and application of mindfulness techniques for the busy college student.

Jan 21
Personal History by Dominic Taylor7:30 p.m.

Personal History follows an African-American couple as they navigate three moments in American life, stretched out over a century in the city of Chicago. The highly educated...
January 21–February 5
Miller Theatre Complex, Hope Theatre

Personal History follows an African-American couple as they navigate three moments in American life, stretched out over a century in the city of Chicago. The highly educated pharmacist Eugene enters the world of the play in 1903, outraged that he is overqualified and underemployed. At an elegant parlor party hosted by his white business associate, Eugene scandalizes the other guests by challenging their comfortable liberalism. He also meets his future bride, Bethany, herself an accomplished business owner. As the action shifts from 1903 to the 1950s and eventually, to the 1990s, their relationship changes. The play is a snapshot of the history of African Americans and their struggles in this country.

Directed by Stanley Coleman

Dates: Jan. 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 (matinee), Feb. 4, 5

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

 

$10 GA | $8 non-UO student/ UO faculty & staff/ senior | FREE for UO students with ID

https://tickets.uoregon.edu/personal-history

 

 

Feb 9
A’Lelia Bundles, UO Law School Derrick Bell Lecture | African American Workshop and Lecture Series 2021 - 20225:30 p.m.

About the speaker: A’Lelia Bundles is an author and journalist. She is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker –...
February 9 5:30 p.m.

About the speaker:

A’Lelia Bundles is an author and journalist. She is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker – a New York Times Notable Book about her great-great-grandmother. Her book is the inspiration for Self Made, the fictional four-part Netflix series. Bundled is a vice-chair of Columbia University’s Board of Trustees and chair emerita of the board of the National Archives Foundation. She also is a member of the advisory boards of the March on Washington Film Festival and founded the Madam Walker Family Archives. She is currently working on a biography about her great-grandmother A’Lelia Walker. 

Mar 8
William Darity & Kirsten Mullen | African American Workshop and Lecture Series 2021 - 20225:30 p.m.

“Reconstruction, Redress and Redistributive Justice” William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen will build a case for reparations that includes, but goes beyond,...
March 8 5:30 p.m.

“Reconstruction, Redress and Redistributive Justice”

William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen will build a case for reparations that includes, but goes beyond, ‘slavery reparations.’ They will provide a strategy for a reparations plan. They also will talk about their award-winning publication, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century (UNC Press, 2020).

About the speakers:

Dr. William Darity Jr. and Ms. A. Kristen Mullen co-authored From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century. Their book confronts injustices head-on and makes the most comprehensive case to date for economic reparations for U.S. descendants of slavery. William Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the founding director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. A. Kirsten Mullen is a writer, folklorist, and museum consultant. She is the founder of Artefactual, an arts-consulting practice, and Carolina Circuit Writers, a literary consortium that brings expressive writers of color to the Carolinas. 

May 16
Imagining Futures lecture: Charles Chavis, Jr.5:30 p.m.

Charles Chavis, Jr. is the Founding Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter...
May 16 5:30 p.m.

Charles Chavis, Jr. is the Founding Director of the John Mitchell, Jr. Program for History, Justice, and Race at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, where he is also an Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and History.

Dr. Chavis is a historian and museum educator whose work focuses on the history of racial violence and civil rights activism and Black and Jewish relations in the American South, and the ways in which the historical understandings of racial violence and civil rights activism can inform current and future approaches to peacebuilding and conflict resolution throughout the world.

He is editor of For the Sake of Peace: Africana Perspectives on Racism, Justice, and Peace in America (2020). His upcoming book, The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State (forthcoming 2022).