Events

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Free Minds College Fair

On Monday, February 25, the M Station classroom will be buzzing with local college representatives. Texas State Round Rock, Austin Community College, Western Governor’s University, Peleton U, and Concordia University, among others, will be on-site to meet prospective students and answer questions. We’ll also host a workshop on college success and will have experts from the College Hub on site to help folks fill out their financial aid applications. And pizza! We hope you’ll join us–for details, click here.

 

Spring 2019 2nd Saturday Lineup

Our 2nd Saturday events are a great way to connect with the humanities in a community setting. For each event, we meet in the M Station Classroom (2906 East MLK Jr. Blvd., above the leasing office) from 10 am—noon. We will have bagels and coffee, and attendees are always invited to bring brunch items to share. Kiddos and guests are welcome, with child care provided by M Station Learning Center staff.

 

Saturday, February 9: The Journey to RECLAIM

In this session, we’ll explore the origins of RECLAIM, an organization committed to discovering the on-going narratives of communities throughout the Black Diaspora and sharing those findings through an artistic lens. Stephanie Lang, RECLAIM’s founder, will be our guide, sharing her journey to becoming a community curator and leading a discussion on art as a tool for activism and social justice.

Stephanie L. Lang, is a writer, community curator, an advocate for social justice, and a native Austinite. In her position as Program Administrator for UT Austin’s  Warfield Center for African & African American Studies, Ms. Lang creates collaborations and programming to foster relationships between UT and Austin community organizations.

 

Saturday, March 9: Abolition Means Building New Futures

In the US there are more than two million people locked in cages and millions more under correctional supervision. In many communities, police regularly engage in violent, sometimes deadly, confrontations with civilians in the name of law enforcement. In this session, led by UT’s Dr. Marisol LeBrón, we’ll explore how the criminal justice system can worsen conditions of violence and insecurity, and how we can work towards forms of safety and justice that don’t rely on incarceration. Together, we’ll consider how we might build a world where prisons are a thing of the past.

Dr. LeBrón is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the UT Austin. Her research examines the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico.

 

Saturday, April 13: Explore Your Story: Write with Michener Fellows

Each of us have stories that matter, and sharing them can be powerful for us and those who hear them. This spring, writer and creative writing instructor Vivé Griffith is teaching a course for graduate students at UT’s Michener Center for Writers, preparing them to bring storytelling and the writing process to others. In this 2nd Saturday session, Vivé and her Michener students will lead you through exercises to stir your creativity, generate new ideas, and get your stories on paper. Bring a notebook and pen and a spirit of adventure.

The Michener Center at UT Austin offers its fellows fully funded three year
residencies, culminating in an MFA. Griffith, a Michener Center graduate, has helped everyone from kindergarteners to retirees tell their stories. She also serves as Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Clemente Course in the Humanities.