UMEC Spring 2015 Events:



Annual GU Iron Chef: Cultural Cooking Battle
GU Iron Chef is an annual event for students to share with the GU community their respective culture through the experience of cultural cuisine. The goal of this event is to build a more inclusive GU community by providing a
platform for all to interact, learn and experience the culinary delights of other cultures.
Sunday, January 25, 3pm-4:30pm
Cataldo Globe Room
Brought to you by: UMEC, Center for Global Engagement, and Sodexo/Zag Dining



Cultural Awareness Night: Slavery By Another Name

Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon. By 1865, despite the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth Amendment, and the Confederate defeat in the Civil War, many former slaves did not in reality experience “a new birth of freedom.”  It is a shocking reality that often goes unacknowledged that a huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men became the new work force until World War II.  In effect, the laws of Jim Crow “black codes” served to re-enslave African Americans which persist with our criminal justice system today. Friday, February 6, 7pm Jundt 110 Auditorium Brought to you by: UMEC and Black Student Union


Crafting Unity: Brazilian Carnival mask
Carnival is Brazil’s biggest and most popular holiday. It takes place 6 weeks before Easter (right before the beginning of Lent) and is celebrated for six days with large scale parades. Participants dress in ornate costumes and masks and the crowds sing and dance along.
Wednesday, February 11,12pm-2pm
Crosby Main Floor
Brought to you by: UMEC amd Center for Global Engagement


Lesson of the Color of Fear
The Color of Fear is one of the most powerful and influential race relations documentaries of the 21st Century U.S.A. Two of the film’s cast members and who are considered race relations experts, Hugh Vasquez and Victor Lewis will visit Gonzaga University on February 24, 2015. Their visit will include a classroom visit, staff/faculty workshop, student meet and greet, and culminate with a public lecture titled,   Lessons of the Color of Fear: 20 Years Later.
Tuesday, February 24, 7pm
Jepson Wolff Auditorium
Brought to you by: UMEC, Division of Student Development, and Office of GU's Chief Diversity Officer




Annual Diversity Monologues
Come celebrate the fifth annual Diversity Monologues. The Diversity Monologues is a unique program on the Gonzaga University campus. During the program, Gonzaga students who are passionate and willing to share their diverse experiences will take the stage. Students perform live and share poetic stories of depth through their cultural lens that stirs the audience to reflect upon the human experience.
Thursday, March 26, 7pm-9pm
Jepson Wolff Auditorium
Brought to you by: UMEC



Real Talk: If these GU halls could talk
If these halls could talk, what would they say about the alarming rates of students of color leaving colleges? If These Halls Could Talk is a documentary about eleven college students who discuss what it is like on campuses across the country today. It provides a glimpse into what is needed if we are ever going to come together in our classrooms, on our campuses and within our communities. Fellow Gonzaga students will serve on a panel to talk about their experiences on campus during this interactive program.
Thursday, April 23, 7pm
Law School Courtroom
Brought to you by: UMEC and GU Law School



Mocktail Movie Night: Linsanity
In February 2012, an entire nation of basketball fans unexpectedly went 'Linsane.' Stuck in the mire of a disappointing season, the New York Knicks did what no other NBA team had thought about doing. They gave backup point guard Jeremy Lin an opportunity to prove   himself. He took full advantage, scoring more points in his first five NBA starts than any other player in the modern era, and created a   legitimate public frenzy in the process.” Linsanity” is a moving and inspirational portrait of Jeremy Lin. It chronicles his path to international stardom, the adversities he faced along the way, his struggles to overcome stereotypes and how he drew strength from his faith, family and culture.
Friday, May 1, 7pm
Jundt 110 Auditorium
Brought to you by: UMEC and Sociology Department: Prof. Nicole Willms


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