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Library Diversity Committee

Professor Martin Speaks on "Preaching on Wax"

When: 4:30 PM - 1:00 PM Feb 19, 2015

Where: Ginkgo's Reading Room, Olin Library


Lerone Martin, assistatn professor of Religion and Politics at Washington University, will deliver a talk this Thursday, February 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Olin Library's Ginkgo Reading Room. His talk takes its title from his recent book, Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion.A reception and book sales follow the talk.


Race & Ethnicity: A day of discovery and dialogue

When: Feb 5 - 6, 2015 (live stream broadcast available)

Where: Medical School (Feb 5); Danforth Campus (Feb 6)


The event was a series of panel conversations and open forums led by Washington University scholars, students and thought leaders that explored the tough issues of inclusivity brought to light nationwide in the days following the Aug. 9 death of Ferguson, MO., teenager Michael Brown.

Vanessa Fabbre, “Gender Transitions in Later Life: A Queer Perspective on Successful Aging”

When: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Feb 9, 2015

Where: Danforth University Center, Room 276


As part of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Washington University in St. Louis Institute for Public Health Seminar Series, Vanessa Fabbre, Ph.D., will give a lecture entitled “Gender Transitions in Later Life: A Queer Perspective on Successful Aging”.

Lunar New Year Festival

When: January 30-31, 2015

Where: Edison Theatre


The Lunar New Year Festival (LNYF) is an annual event on the Washington University Campus celebrating the Lunar New Year and promoting awareness of the different aspects of Asian culture from China to Korea and more. This spectacular show, held for two nights in Edison Theatre, is a completely student-run production and promotes interaction and unity among the various Asian groups on campus. At the same time it enables both the Washington University and Saint Louis communities to explore the Asian heritage from a traditional as well as modern perspective.

St. Louis Up Close, “The 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness: Where are we after 10 Years?”

When: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM January 29, 2015

Where: Danforth University Center, Room 233


As part of the Washington University in St. Louis Community Service Office’s St. Louis Up Close program, there will be an interactive panel discussion and screenings of clips from the in-progress documentary, “Ten Years to Home”, entitled “The 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness: Where are we after 10 Years?”.

Xavier de Souza Briggs, “Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty”

When: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM January 22, 2015

Where: Anheuser Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (No. 310)


As part of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law’s Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series (PILPSS), Xavier de Souza Briggs will give a lecture entitled Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty.

Martin Luther King Commemorative Celebration

The Washington University Danforth Campus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee

Cordially Invites You to Attend

The 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration

Theme: The Prophetic Voice: A Time to Break the Silence:
“Social Justice and Progress are the Absolute Guarantors of Riot Prevention”

Monday, January 19, 2015
*7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Graham Chapel
Washington University Danforth Campus

Speakers include:
Co-Host Student Leaders:
Ashley G. Jeffrey (President, Association of Black Students) and Emma L. Tyler (President, Student Union)
Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton
Provost Holden Thorp
Keynote Speaker: Professor Kimberly J. Norwood (Washington University School of Law)

Special Presentations:
Reading by Washington University Student Jonathan R. Williford
Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Winner: Julien S. Reiman
The Rosa L. Parks Award Presentation to Mr. Norman R. Seay
Presentation of the Youth Award

Musical Performances:
Black Anthology
Orchestrating Diversity, urban youth orchestra directed by Mark Sarich
Demetrious Johnson Foundation Singers
Harry V. Moppins Jr. and Patrick R. Grant

Reception to follow in the Danforth University Center (DUC), Tisch Commons
Free Parking in the DUC Underground Garage

For more information, contact Rudolph Clay, Committee Chair, at (314) 935-5059

Email:, or visit

*Pre-program entertainment, by Orchestrating Diversity and the Demetrious Johnson Foundation Singers, 6:40 pm-7:00 pm

Jazz at Holmes - October 9

Jazz at Holmes, in collaboration with the Washington University Libraries, present an evening of live music in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer which will feature music from John Coltrane’s album “A Love Supreme,” recorded 50 years ago. Additional jazz music of the 1960s which reflect the authenticity and deep human values of these events of the period will round out the evening. Event details.

The evening will include remarks by Washington University music faculty and performance by Freddie Washington, Kara Baldus, William Lenihan, Maurice Carnes, Steve Davis, Paul De Marinis and other well-known players.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 ~ 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. ~ Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall ~ Admission FREE


My 52 Weeks of Worship

Join us for a brown-bag on religious diversity to be conducted by Pamay Bassey, Chief Experience Officer of “My 52 Weeks of Worship Project.” She started this project when  she,  “made a commitment to visit a different place of worship each week in 2010 – whether that place of worship reflected her personal religious tradition or not.”  She visited 61 churches, temples, mosques, shuls, synagogues, covens, living rooms, and other places of worship in the USA, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and South Africa. The experiences are covered in her book, “My 52 Weeks of Worship: Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey,”  BalboaPress (March 1, 2012). See her website at :

Documenting Ferguson

Documenting Ferguson is a digital repository that seeks to preserve and make accessible community- and media-generated, original content that was captured and created following the killing of 18-year-old, Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. A freely available resource for students, scholars, teachers, and the greater community, Documenting Ferguson has the ultimate goal of providing diverse perspectives of the events surrounding the conflicts in Ferguson.

Community participants and media representatives are invited to contribute digital content of which they have clear ownership, such as images, video, audio, and stories related to memorials, community meetings, rallies, and protests occurring in Ferguson and the surrounding St. Louis County and City.

A partnership between Washington University and St. Louis-area universities and organizations, contributed content is publicly available and is subject to an evaluation process. Materials containing unrelated or incriminating content will not be accepted.

Freedom Summer '64

Freedom Summer (also known as the Mississippi Summer Project) was a campaign in the United States launched in June 1964 to attempt to register as many African-American voters as possible in Mississippi, which had historically excluded most blacks from voting. The project also set up dozens of Freedom Schools, Freedom Houses, and community centers in small towns throughout Mississippi to aid the local black population.


Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1964's Freedom Summer, this exhibit highlights primary source materials from the Washington University Libraries’ newly acquired Richard Beymer Collection and its inaugural Henry Hampton Collection.
A Freedom Summer traveling exhibit, from the Wisconsin Historical Society, featuring materials selected from over 1,100 boxes of unpublished papers created by individual activists, community groups, and national organizations.
A free screening of the short documentary film A Regular Bouquet  (1964), recently donated to the Film & Media Archive, and Q&A with filmmaker and actor Richard Beymer. Best known for his roles as Tony in the film adaption of West Side Story (1961) and in David Lynch’s series Twin Peaks (1990-1991), Beymer’s film, offers a rare portrait of segregated Mississippi during this historically significant time in American History.

Summer Staff Book Discussions

The First Year Reading Program isn’t just for freshmen anymore!  Come join other Washington University staff this summer for a lively and enlightening facilitated group discussion of the 2014 First Year Reading Program book, Covering, by Kenji Yoshino.

It's a great way to connect with other staff members from across campus, challenge your ideas, and expand your mind. 

In Yoshino’s book, he discusses the ways in which individuals cover aspects of their identities in their daily lives, often in response to societal pressure.  In making his case, Yoshino confronts many ideas and challenges us to lift civil rights to a heightened level of understanding.

You will receive a free copy of the book along with a free meal during the discussion.

Yoshino will be a guest  speaker at the  Assembly Series speaker on Monday, September 8th.

To sign up, please click here.


Black Anthropology

When: February 6th and 7th, 2015

Where: Edison Theatre


Black Anthology was founded in 1989 by Marcia Hayes-Harris to provide a means of commemorating the history and progress of African Americans. Since its creation, the program was totally student run, from the script to set and costume design. However in the beginning skits were compilations centered on pertinent literature. Over the years, the productions have become a scripted play. Even with the changes in the format of the show, Black Anthology’s aims remain the same and we, the executive board, hope to see the program continue to thrive.

Religious Responses to Ferguson

When: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Feb 5, 2015

Where: Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium


Religious Responses to Ferguson will bring together local leaders from different religious traditions to discuss how religion has impacted and continues to impact the movement for racial justice in Ferguson, MO, and the nation at large. The roundtable discussion will be moderated by Stephanie Wolfe, Dissertation Fellow with the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, and Lerone Martin, Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion: Reel Talk Discussion Series

When: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Feb 4, 2015

Where: Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Olin Library, 2nd Floor, Room 202


The “Reel Talk” Discussion Series is designed to engage students in facilitated conversations around social issues, concepts, and identities by using various media outlets as a catalyst for discussion. Using film, documentaries, or broadcast news clips, the goal of “Reel Talk” is to support students’ knowledge and awareness by providing an environment for critical thinking and open discussion that will empower them to take interest and action in areas of social change.