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Cascade events

Science Fiction for Social Change with Walidah Imarisha
  • Wednesday, February 17
  • 11am - 12:30pm
  • Student Union, Room 204
  • Sponsored by: Multicultural Awareness Council

Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without injustice, we are engaging in speculative fiction. Radicals and activists devote their lives to envisioning such worlds, and then go about trying to create them. What better vehicle for them to explore their work and its possibilities than through writing original science fiction stories? Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown’s new book Octavia’s Brood does just that. This lecture, facilitated by co-author Walidah Imarisha will cover the history of sci-fi and social change, as well as share tools for using science fiction as a practice ground for social justice strategizing and vision. http://octaviasbrood.com/

Black Founding Fathers of the United States w/ Brandon Lee
  • February 18, 2016
  • 12 noon - 2pm
  • Student Union, Room 203
  • Sponsored by: Cascade Multicultural Center

Black Founding Fathers of the United States of America is a story too often overlooked. Take this historical journey through the life and work of our illustrious founder Prince Hall, who worked in Boston, Massachusetts as a free man, abolitionist, property and business owner, tax payer, voter and American patriot during the Revolutionary War. In this discussion, Mr. Lee will provide an overview of contributions Prince Hall Freemasons made to nearly every field of human endeavor, American history, civil rights and community building.

Intergalactic Soul: Afrofuturism meets Social Justice w/ Marcus Kiser, Jason Woodberry, & Quentin Talley
  • Wednesday, February 24​
  • 11am - 12:30pm ​
  • Student Union, Room 203​
  • Sponsored by: Cascade Multicultural Center

Intergalactic soul is an art exhibition that brings science fiction and social awareness together as one. The artwork will explore a cosmic sci-fi theme that’s driven by social, political and cultural undertones. Through a shared interest in cosmic science fiction, Afro-Futurism, Hip-Hop lyrics and spoken- word poetry, artist Marcus Kiser, Jason Woodberry, & Quentin Talley seek to facilitate a multidisciplinary dialogue driven by social, political and cultural messages.

Intergalactic Soul Performance & Narration by Quentin Talley
  • Thursday, February 25
  • 6 - 7:30pm
  • Student Union, Room 203
  • Sponsored by: Cascade Multicultural Center

Intergalactic soul is an art exhibition that brings science fiction and social awareness together as one. Artist Quentin Talley’s performance and narration will explore the exhibit’s cosmic sci-fi/social justice theme.

Quentin Talley, acclaimed for multiple talents, is an accomplished poet, actor, director, and producer. He is the inaugural recipient of the 2012 Leadership U Fellowship for emerging theater professionals, administered by Theater Communications Group and funded by The Andrew Mellon Foundation. Quentin is also the Founder and Artistic Director of OnQ Performing Arts in Charlotte, NC.

Faculty & Staff of Color Luncheon
  • Thursday, February 25
  • 11am - 12:30pm
  • Student Union, Room 203 & 204
  • Sponsored by: Cascade Diversity Council

Rock Creek events

Experience Music: Shirley Nanette & Vince Frates
  • Wednesday, February 10
  • 12:30 - 2:30pm
  • ASPCC Conf. Room (Bldg. 5/Rm 122)

Jazz vocalist presents the music of Black composers and musicians in the right context of the Civil Right Era.

What is Reproductive Justice?
  • Thursday, February 11
  • 3:30 - 5:30pm
  • ASPCC Conf. Room (Bldg. 5/Rm 122)

A workshop by Andrea Lowgren (PCC History Instructor) and Emily Liu (Momentum Alliance) on a timeline of reproductive justice work and the involvement of African-American/Black Communities in the United States.

Subversive Cinema: COINTELPRO 101
  • Tuesday, February 23
  • 1 - 3pm
  • RC Multicultural Center (Bldg 7/Rm 118)

Movie and discussion on the documentary COINTELPRO 101 which exposes illegal surveillance, disruption, and outright murder committed by the US government in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Cointelpro refers to the official FBI Counter Intelligence Program carried out to surveil, imprison, and eliminate leaders of social justice movements and to disrupt, divide, and destroy the movements as well.

Poetry Slam!
  • Thursday, February 25
  • 4 - 6pm
  • ASPCC Conf. Room (Bldg. 5/Rm 122)

A night of spoken word poetry focusing on the struggles and resiliency of marginalized communities. The first hour will entail a workshop led by Verbal Escape, a non-profit working to empower incarcerated youth through spoken word poetry and hip-hop. The second half will invite students to present their spoken word pieces and compete for several prizes. To register as a contestant please sign up by February 18 at this link: Poetry Slam Registration.

For more information or accommodations please contact the Rock Creek Multicultural Center at thrive@pcc.edu

Sylvania events

The Black Portlanders Gallery and Special Lecture
  • Monday, February 1
  • 12 noon - 1pm
  • Sylvania Library 204, Exhibit up through the end until March 1st.

The Black Portlanders is a photographic journey across Portland, highlighting the Black Residents of the Portland Metro Area. Each photo tells a unique story of the subject and illuminates how Black residents navigate Portland, Oregon.

Come meet Intisar Abioto, the creator of the Black Portlanders Project, and hear the impetus behind this photographic journey. Light refreshments provided.

Emmett Till Film Screening
  • Wednesday, February 10
  • 3 - 5 pm
  • CC 267B Multicultural Center

Come to the Multicultural Center for a student led film screening and discussion about Emmett Till. A critical moment in the Civil Rights movement was the murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy who was brutally murdered while visiting his family in Money, Mississippi. The case electrified the nation in 1955. Till's mother, Mamie, fought to gain possession of the boy's body, which authorities in Money wanted to bury as quickly and quietly as possible.

Turiya Autry: Reclaiming Our Voices and the Air Waves through Poetic License
  • Tuesday, February 16
  • Workshop 1 - 3 pm, Special performance 12 noon - 12:30pm
  • CC building Oak Room

Artist, author, educator, performer and radio show host, Turiya Autry will discuss the power of the word, identity, affirmation, voice and creative self-expression. In this world where a handful of corporations own the vast majority of media outlets, it is important to participate in alternative media. During the workshop, participants will create group and individual poetic pieces that empower, inspire and confront issues and topics that matter to them. Through conversation, writing, sharing and recording, we will create material that will be featured on the April episode of Turiya's monthly KBOO radio show, "Poetic License."

Walidah Imarisha and the Radical Imagination
  • Thursday, February 18
  • Workshop 2 - 4 pm
  • SS 204

Historian, educator, organizer and spoken word artist, Walidah Imarisha will examine the ways in which vision science and fantasy fiction can inspire the radical imagination to envision of the futures of a socially just world. It has been 50 years since the historic Civil Rights/Liberation Movements of the 1960s and 1970s. In this workshop, participants will imagine themselves 55 years in the future, and engage in writing entries for the 2070 People’s Encyclopedia about current issues/events now, as a way of imagining how the world today can lead to the world we want. At the end, each participant will have a zine made during the workshop to take with them.

Violence as a Public Health Issue: A lecture by Abdul'Haffedh Bin Abdullah
  • Thursday, February 25
  • Workshop 1 - 3 pm
  • Library 204

Abdul'Haffedh Bin Abdullah is a health promoter and faith community leader whose work focuses on building healthy, thriving communities and addresses the intersections of violence prevention, social justice and the holistic cultivation of self-efficacy.

At the Hands of Medicine, In the Name of Science: A legacy of Medical and Scientific Racism Exhibit
  • February 22 - February 25
  • Upper CC Mall

A creative and educational-student led multimedia project illustrating the legacy of medical and scientific racism in the United States.

For more information on any of these events, please contact Miguel Arellano Sanchez, Multicultural Center Coordinator.