SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga University once again will celebrate Black History Month in February with a series of events scheduled. The following events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted:
- Tim Wise, among the nation’s most prominent and articulate social-justice writers and educators, will speak at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room; free and open to the public. Wise was recently named by Utne Reader as one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” He has spoken at more than 600 college campuses and in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.
- The movie “Mooz-Lum” (2001) will be shown at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10 in the Foley Center Teleconference Room. In the movie, Tariq (Evan Ross) – raised in a strict Muslim household – enters college confused. New peers, family and mentors help him find his place, but the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks upon the United States force him to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life. After the film, Vik Gumbhir, Gonzaga associate professor of sociology, will lead an open discussion. Snacks and beverages will be provided. The event – sponsored by Gonzaga’s Unity Multicultural Education Center, the Student Wellness Resource Center and Professor Gumbhir – is free and open to the public.
- UMEC, and Gonzaga student clubs the Black Student Union and the Young Democrats will sponsor “The Melding of Spiritual Activism and Social Justice” at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. The event features Ericka Huggins, an activist, poet, professor and former Black Panther leader and political activist. The event is free and open to the public.
- Gonzaga’s Black Student Union will present its Annual Dinner – titled “Back to the Roots” – at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for all others. For more information, contact the Black Student Union via e-mail [BSU@zagmail.gonzaga.edu].
- UMEC will present a regular Crafting Unity event, “African Art Showcase,” noon-2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, main floor of Crosby Student Center. This event is free and open to the public.
- UMEC also will sponsor a Cultural Awareness Night featuring a Sironka African Art Workshop at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24 in the Jundt Art Center and Museum’s Art Studio. This event also is free and open to the public.
For more information about these and other events at UMEC, please contact Rudy Mondragon, international relations specialist, at (509) 313-4105 or via e-mail.