November 2021 Events

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Native American Heritage Month Presentation

Monday, Nov. 1| Noon-1 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center (2100 Student Center)
(Educational Engagement) 

The Intercultural Diversity Center will be providing a PowerPoint presentation in observance of Native American Heritage Month. This presentation will celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories, acknowledge the important contributions of Native people, and raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.


Millennia of Movement Exhibit

Nov. 1–17 | Exhibit opens Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center (2100 Student Center) 
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement)

Native American Heritage Month Exhibit 2021The Millennia of Movement Exhibit explores the idea of movement in and on cultural landscapes, using ancient and contemporary Native American examples from the Southeast. Guests will learn about the dynamic and enduring Native connection to vast natural landscapes. The exhibit will engage visitors by answering broad questions such as what types of things move and moved on these landscapes (objects, ideas, people), how do/did they move on landscapes (water travel, roads/paths, oral communication), and why do/did they move in these ways (subsistence, power, religion, wealth, and most importantly, identity). It will highlight archaeologically identified examples of movement such as trade, exchange and the movement of ideas through symbols called iconography. It also will highlight contemporary Southeastern cultures, many displaced involuntarily during the Indian Removal period. In addition, focus on the persistence of identity and culture between tribes removed to Oklahoma and elsewhere, and those that remained in traditional regions. These include the Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek among others. The exhibit is presented by the Moundville Archaeological Park and Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.


Education Abroad Pop-Up Advising

Education Abroad pop-up advising opportunitiesTuesday, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 | 1-3 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center (2100 Student Center)
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement)

The Capstone International Center will host weekly information sessions on studying abroad. These information sessions will provide advising on the overall process and timeline for studying abroad, dispelling myths about Education Abroad, and program searching. For more information, contact the Capstone International Center at cic@ua.edu.


Multi-Cultural Coffee Hour

Friday, Nov. 5, 12 | 11:30-1 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center (2100 Student Center)
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)

International Student and Scholar Services and the Intercultural Diversity Center will host a weekly coffee hour for students, faculty and staff to enjoy free coffee, tea, snacks and conversation with others from around the world. For more information, contact International Student and Scholar Services at bethanyli@ua.edu.


Rainbow Connection

Friday, Nov. 5, 12, 19 | 2-3 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center (2100 Student Center)
(Cultural Exploration/Social Enrichment)

The Safe Zone Resource Center hosts this weekly support and dialogue group for LGBTQIA+ identified students and their allies. The group provides an opportunity to form supportive friendships with other group members, learn resilience skills and strategies for self-care, and set personal goals. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu.


Social Justice Movie Series: ‘More Than a Word’

More Than a Word movie informationFriday, Nov. 5 | 7 p.m. | Virtual
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment) 

The Intercultural Diversity Center will continue its Fall 2021 Social Justice Movie Series by featuring “More Than a Word” in observance of Native American Heritage Month. Participants will explore Native American-based mascots and their impact on real-life attitudes, issues and policies, the history of the slanderous term “redskin,” and cultural stereotypes of Native Americans and their relationship to history. Registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/deiidcevents. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.


TEDTalk Tuesdays: ‘Native American Culture – Language: The Key to Everything’

Tuesday, Nov. 9 | 3-4 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center (2100 Student Center)  
(Educational Engagement) 

TEDTalk: American Culture and LanguageThe Intercultural Diversity Center will observe Native American Heritage Month with its TEDTalk Tuesday Series by featuring, “Native American Culture – Language: The Key to Everything.” One of the most significant losses to Native American culture is the loss of the indigenous language. Presenter Ron (Muqsahkwat) Corn, Jr. will address the need to revitalize the Menominee Native American language. The opening and closing moments of this talk are spoken in the endangered Menominee language, currently understood by only a few dozen people worldwide. For more information, contact the IDC at ua_idc@ua.edu.


Food for Thought: NAHM Basket Weaving Demonstration

Wednesday, Nov. 10 | Noon-1 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center (2100 Student Center)
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement) 

two people sitting on the ground with basket weaving materialsThe Intercultural Diversity Center presents its final Food for Thought: Cultural Learning, Sharing and Teaching installment in observance of Native American Heritage Month. This program will address the rich and diverse traditions and histories of Native American people and includes a special demonstration by Mary Smith focused on the meaning and role of basket weaving. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to engage in making their own baskets, while supplies last. Smith, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) nation of Oklahoma, is a contemporary artist who is best known for the revival of the double false braid rim technique in basketry. Her expertise in pottery and basketry is bridging the gap of the past and future native artists. Her legacy is to ensure her culture is not forgotten. Smith has received numerous accolades along her journey including Best of Show at Give Tribes Museum, Best of Class at the Hard Rock, and several first place awards. Registration is required. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.


Veterans Day Presentation

Thursday, Nov. 11 | Noon-1 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center (2100 Student Center)
(Engagement) 

American flagThe Intercultural Diversity Center will be providing a PowerPoint presentation in observation of Veterans Day. Focusing on this year’s theme Honoring All Who Served, the presentation will highlight the invaluable contribution veterans have made, physically and emotionally. The presentation will also offer educational resources and ways that they can support veterans. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.


Social Justice Movie Series: ‘Hunting Wartime’ Virtual Screening

Hunting in Wartime movie flyerFriday, Nov. 12 | 7 p.m. | Zoom
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment) 

The Intercultural Diversity Center will continue its Fall 2021 Social Justice Movie Series by featuring “Hunting in Wartime” in observance of Native American Heritage Month and Veterans Day. Participants will learn about Tlingit Native Americans from the village of Hoonah, Alaska, who served in the Vietnam War, the complexity of serving a country that systematically oppressed them; a government that forbade the Tlingit language, over-logged their forests, and established laws that robbed returning vets of their ancestral trade as fishermen. Registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/deiidcevents. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.


TEDTalk Tuesdays: ‘Running for Missing and Indigenous Women’

Tuesday, Nov. 16 | Noon-1 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center (2100 Student Center)
(Educational Engagement) 

TEDTalk on Missing and Indingenous WomenThe second TEDTalk Tuesday for November will feature “Running for Missing and Indigenous Women” in observance of Native American Heritage Month. Participants will learn from Rosalie Fish, an 18-year-old member of the Cowlitz Tribe and a competitive runner from the Muckleshoot Reservation in Auburn, Washington. She will discuss her career as a runner, representing her school in the Washington State Track Meet, how she earned three gold medals and the reason she used that platform to raise awareness for missing and murdered indigenous women. For more information, contact the IDC at ua_idc@ua.edu.


On a Knife Edge movie informationSocial Justice Movie Series: ‘On a Knife Edge’ Virtual Screening

Friday, Nov. 19 | 7 p.m. | Zoom
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment) 

The Intercultural Diversity Center will continue its Fall 2021 Social Justice Movie Series by featuring “On a Knife Edge” in observance of Native American Heritage Month. Participants will explore a privileged view into the interior world of George Dull Knife as he becomes politically active with the American Indian Movement, confronts the challenges of growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and wrestles with accepting leadership of his storied family from his aging father. Registration is required. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.