FYI: This Week is Pride Week (Performance & Film Showing TONIGHT)

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So I'm compiling a whole bunch of resources for a follow-up post on diversity/inclusive excellence, but I wanted to get the word out ASAP in case some of you might like to attend some of this week's Pride events at Penn State. They are free and open to all! 

Events page for Penn State Pride Week 2011

Penn State LGBTA Student Resource Center

The Miscegenations Project

Tonight (Wed March 23, 7-9, Heritage Hall), is a Miscegenations Project performance dealing with the intersection of race, gender identity, and sexuality.

Miscegenations.JPGDrawing from lived experiences as a queer, interracial couple, Lea Robinson and Elizabeth Whitney present an original, multimedia performance, The Miscegenations Project.  Robinson, who is black, and Whitney, who is white, have created this ethnographic performance based on actual dialogues about similar real life situations--but from very different perspectives.  The performance includes a series of dialogues about these situations (growing up in socially segregated southern neighborhoods, interracial dating, and their legal marriage in Massachusetts) as well as digital stories both from their individual perspectives and about negotiating life together.  The performance is followed by a talkback with the audience that encourages open dialogue about cultural border crossings in our everyday lives.

Out in the Silence

Also, in a separate event (also tonight, Wed Mar 23), The College of Health and Human Development Diversity Committee is organizing a free showing of the acclaimed documentary, Out in the Silence, by directors Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer.

Time:   6:00 p.m. (light supper)
           6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (film and discussion)
Place:  104 Keller Building

OutintheSilence_333.jpgThe film, based in Oil City, Pennsylvania, and as described on the film web site, "Follows the story of a small American town confronting a firestorm of controversy ignited by a same-sex wedding announcement and the brutal bullying of a gay teen. This gripping documentary will challenge you to rethink your values and help close the gaps that divide our communities". You are invited to attend the showing, enjoy a light supper and be a part of the discussion generated by this important film. Please share this information with students, friends and colleagues and we hope you join us for this activity.

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