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Empowerment: Black History Month Events

Gospel Concert: “From Rags To Righteous featuring Leah Smith”

Friday, February 5, 2010 @ 6:00pm

Rangos Ballroom, University Center

Hosted by Impact Movement and the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs

For more information, email Chris Streeter at

University Center Late Night Event:  Haiti Relief Benefit Concert

Friday, February 5, 2010 @ 9:00pm

Hosted by FORGE

CAUSE Lecture: "Making Better Babies and Perfecting the Race: Mothering and Nation-Building in Brazil"

Friday, February 12, 2010

Refreshments 4:30, Lecture & Discussion 5 - 6:30pm

TBD, Baker Hall

Dr. Okezi Otovo, Assistant Professor of History, University of Vermont

The Renaissance: A Night of Expression through the Arts

February 12, 2010

8:00pm in the Underground, Morewood Gardens

Hosted by BGSO (Black Graduate Student Organization)

If you are interested in performing in this open mic night, please contact Courtney Williamson at

Speak Your Mind - Multicultural Book Reading & Dinner & Discussion

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @ 5:00pm

University Center, Pake Room

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted by E. Lynn Harris

(All members of the campus community are welcome to attend—book reading is not a requirement for participation in dialogue.)

Hosted by Student Life and Office of Dean of Student Affairs

To pick up a copy of the book please stop by Warner 301 or email

Workshop with Raymar Hampshire &

Monday, February 22, 2010

6:00pm, Breed Hall, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall 103 is a new social venture based in Pittsburgh to aid young professionals in being civically engaged while rewarding student loan stipends.

Come meet current student fellows and how they are using community service to pay off student loans. Visit for more information on the organization.

Speak Your Mind Diversity Dinner & Discussion

The Inequalities of Health Care

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 5:00pm

Pake Room, University Center

Hosted by MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Health Students) and the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs

Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steve Perry

Wednesday, February 24 @ 7:00pm

McConomy Auditorium, University Center

An author, educator, and principal, Dr. Perry is hoping and working hard to bridge the education gap in the United States. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the University Center Info Desk for campus community. For Pittsburgh community please contact M. Shernell Smith at or 412.268.2075 to reserve your ticket.

Author Rebecca Skloot will discuss her exciting new book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Friday, February 26 @ 3:30pm

Erwin Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53

Skloot's book, which took Skloot 10 years to write, is already at #5 on the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers List.

Skloot's work tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells---taken without her permission in the 1950s at Johns Hopkins---have become a central tool of biomedical research. These "HeLa" cells, the first "immortal" human cells to be predictably cultured and reproduced in the lab, were central to the development of the polio vaccine in the 1950s. HeLa clones---trillions by some counts---continue to be a made, bought, and sold, and to fuel research around the world, including recent advances in radiation therapy, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping. But Skloots work goes beyond the HeLa story. It's also the story of the Lacks family and deeply connected to the history of African Americans, current debates on informed consent, donor protocols, and the "business" of medicine.

Rebecca Skloot is an Assistant Professor at University of Memphis and an award-winning writer. She's a contributing editor at Popular Science and has been a correspondent for NPR's RadioLab and PBS's Nova Science NOW.  Her work appears in The New York Times, O, Discover, Columbia Journalism Review, and Prevention. Skloot has degrees in biological sciences and nonfiction writing and has taught at Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and NYU's graduate program of Science, Health and Environmental Reporting.

Sponsored by the English Department

New School-Old School Conversation:  “The State of the Black Community”

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

University Center, Rangos 1 @ 6:30 pm

Hosted by Black Graduate Student Organization