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Past events: 2015-16 Academic year

EVENTS FROM THE 2015-16 ACADEMIC YEAR

JULY 2016 EVENTS

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
All-IN Block Party
1:00-4:00pm

~ Join artisans, dancers, musicians, food vendors and more at this festival to celebrate Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial. The event takes place on the grounds of The History Museum, IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, Kizer House, and St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church—all within an easy two-block walk of each other. Try your hand (and head!) at a series of challenges to learn and experience Indiana’s 200-year history. Free admission.




JUNE 2016 EVENTS

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Justice for Jodie: Hate Crime Legislation in Indiana
7:00-8:30pm

~ Jodie Henderson was a loving, black, gay, veteran who was brutally murdered in a hate crime this January in South Bend. Indiana is one of five states without hate crime legislation. Come engage with the committee of local activists who are determined to change this.  This important cause concludes LGBTQ Pride month. Though we must take time to celebrate how far we’ve come, there’s still much work to be done.  This free event is co-sponsored by Civil Rights Heritage Center and The LGBTQ Center. Public attendance is encouraged.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Making Informed Choices
7:00-8:30pm

~ The Community Forum for Economic Justice sponsors a discussion on issues related to the 2016 Presidential Election. Join to hear CRHC's Dr. Darryl Heller pose and answer questions relating to Racial Justice and where the two Presidential candidates stand: Are we living in a post-racial society? Why is Harlem not black anymore? Why does "Black Lives Matter" matter? This non-partisan, informative event is free and public participation by all ages is encouraged. Come enjoy an informative look designed to encourage participation in the political process. This event is sponsored by the Community Forum for Economic Justice in partnership with the CRHC, La Casa de Amistad, Indiana Black Expo, 100 Black Men, Latino Chamber of Commerce, the LGBTQ Center, TREES (Transgender Resource, Education, and Enrichment Services), and the Feminist Foundation of South Bend.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
The Poetry Den
6:00-8:00pm

~ Join us as we listen to the Spoken Word that makes you think, words that inspire, words that make you laugh, words that make you snap! Our Featured Artist comes to us all the way from California!! The Open Mic session will be first on the agenda.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

CANCELLED
We regret that due to travel conditions both here and elsewhere, the Rev. Flournoy is unable to join us this evening. We will post here if and when the event is rescheduled, and offer our sincerest regrets for any inconvenience.

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Discussion, "A Moral Imperative for the LGBTQ Movement," wsg Rev. MacArthur Flournoy

~ CANCELLED  An important discussion in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month. The Reverend MacArthur H. Flournoy, Director for Faith Partnerships and Mobilization for the U.S. Human Rights Campaign, brings a discussion on African American churches and the LGBTQ movement to South Bend.  Brought to you in partnership with The LGBTQ Center.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Film, "Brother Outsider: The Life Of Bayard Rustin"
6:00-7:30pm

~ In 1956, Bayard Rustin met another young civil rights leader – the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. Rustin set Dr. King on his journey towards non-violence, and became a trusted friend and advisor. Yet, as a gay, Black man in an era of rampant homophoibia, he was marginalized, silenced, imprisoned, and physically attacked – all while orchestrating and influencing some of the most transformative events, and people, in American history. "Brother Outsider" tells his story, from the 1940s as an organizer in his native West Chester, Pennsylvania, through to his shaping King's introduction and adoption of non-violence, into his organizing of (and speaking at) the 1963 March on Washington. Join us for this film screening.  It is free, and public attendance is encouraged.  Brought to you in partnership with The LGBTQ Center.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Event, "Honoring Ali"
3:00-5:00pm

~ Muhammed Ali died on Sunday, June 3, 2016. Considered by most to be the greatest athlete of the 20th century, Ali was an uncompromising fighter both in and out of the ring. He stood up for all oppressed people and gained the respect of the whole world.  Join the Civil Rights Heritage Center for a program celebrating the life and legacy of a great warrior and human being.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Event, "That's Not Love"
7:30-9:30pm

~ Join the Civil Rights Heritage Center for an evening of poetry, spoken word, and musical art, put together by LaQuan Lunford. "That's Not Love" challenges and encourages the audience to examine everyday notions and perceptions of love and the relationships that provide it. Please come experience the poetic and musical talents of LaQuan Lunford, Jasmine Morris, Antonius Northern, and the neo soul and jazz band that will accompany them. This event is free and open to the public with an open mic portion starting at 7:30pm.



MAY 2016 EVENTS

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Film, "Gerrymandering: The Movie"
6:00-8:00pm

~ The lines used to draw voting districts have been used and, occasionally, abused throughout American History. "Gerrymandering: The Movie" shares that history, and the current efforts to make this process more equitable. If you've ever wondered how this important, yet complex system works, this event is the way to learn how! This event is free, and public participation is encouraged.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

~ On May 1 at 2pm, the CRHC's Darryl Heller joins a screening and panel discussion of The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution at the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Reserve your free ticket at http://performingarts.nd.edu/



APRIL 2016 EVENTS

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Film, "This Changes Everything"
6:30pm

~ Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and seven continents, “This Changes Everything” is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.  Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestseller, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.  Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, “This Changes Everything” will leave you refreshed and inspired.  This event is free, and public participation is encouraged.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
The Poetry Den
6:00-8:00pm

Back by Popular Demand...The Poetry Den invites the Poets and those who love them to join us in the sharing of the poetic flow. Ages 16 and Up. *Note: Please no alcohol beverages.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Africans in Michiana: Malawi
3:00-5:00pm

~ Join the Civil Rights Heritage Center for an afternoon of education and culture on the Republic of Malawi presented by members of the Malawian Community in Michiana. Enjoy Malawian food, music, and culture. This event is free, and public and family participation is encouraged.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Equity and Social Justice Community Breakfast
8:00am-10:00am

~ Join a group of local academic institutions and community agencies to build relationships and grow networks who work for equity and social justice. Connect with organizations or academics working on a wide range of topics, such as Wages and Income, Race, Place, and Justice, Disproportionality in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System, School to Prison Pipeline, Access to Healthy Food, Barriers to Employment, and more.  Faculty and students of colleges and universities, along with community organizations are invited and encouraged to attend, share, and grow our networks. Though the event is free, the courtesy of an RSVP is appreciated by following this link: https://docs.google.com/a/nd.edu/forms/d/16_BlzkS0Bx1uYjypZTolC4eR48oUSts2E0aZ_P-XiRk/viewform


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Book Reading, "Come This Way, There is an Exit" featuring Nimbilasha Cushing
6:00-7:30pm

~ Nimbilasha Cushing tells her remarkable story as someone who would not let herself be trapped by poverty, racism, or the odds. Join us as Ms. Cushing, or “Nimbi” as she is known, shares her words and her life in celebration of Women’s History Month. This event is free and public participation is encouraged.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Rebuilding Together, Helping the Elderly and Disabled in our Community
8:00am - mid-afternoon

~ Join the Honors Program and The Civil Rights Heritage Center for a day of giving back to the community, everyone is invited!  Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit, communitybased partnership of volunteers that rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners and improve neighborhoods. To register and for more information, please contact Darryl Heller (daheller@iusb.edu), Leah Klopfenstein (lklopfen@umail.iu.edu), or Neovi Karakatsanis (nkarakat@iusb.edu).



MARCH 2016 EVENTS

Thursday, February 25, 2016

RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER, NEW DATE:

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Michiana Monologues
7:00-8:30pm

~ New, original stories written and shared by South Bend area women.



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Kathy Jonas public talk: "A Band of Sisters: Fighting for Employment Equality from the Assembly Line"
6:30-8:30pm

~ In celebration of Women's History Month, join freelance writer Kathy Jonas for her public talk, “A Band of Sisters: Fighting for Employment Equality from the Assembly Line.” She tells the story of a small group of blue-collar women who took on their employer – Uniroyal/Ball Band – in a class action lawsuit that uncovered endemic gender discrimination within Mishawaka's largest workplace. Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program at IU South Bend, and the Civil Rights Heritage Center.



FEBRUARY 2016 EVENTS

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

 
Civil Rights Heritage Center
West Washington Open House
3:00-7:00pm

~ Residents of W. Washington neighborhoods invited to tour, converse


Friday, February 5, 2016

 
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Exhibition opening, "Joseph Sylvester Casey: At Home Along"
6:00-8:00pm

~ For the first time, through a partnership with renowned South Bend and Elkhart sculptor Jake Webster, guests of the Civil Rights Heritage Center will have an opportunity to view, purchase, and ask questions about Joe Casey’s work.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

 
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Discussion of the book, "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
6:00-7:30pm

~ Join Dr. Darryl Heller, Indiana University South Bend Director of School and Community Engagement, as he leads a discussion of the book at the Civil Rights Heritage Center. Guests will be encouraged to share their thoughts and have an open and frank discussion about the issues the book presents.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
#BLACKHISTORYMATTERS: SCAN-A-THON
4:30-6:30pm

~ The physical artifacts of black history are too important to lose. The Civil Rights Heritage Center is hosting a scanning event to preserve and share your photographs and documents that tell that history. With partners at the St. Joseph County Public Library and the Indiana University South Bend Archives, guests are encouraged to bring artifacts to the Civil Rights Heritage for scanning and inclusion in Michiana Memory, the free, online archive (http://michianamemory.sjcpl.org/). Contributors can even take a digital copy home with them for an additional layer of preservation. Can't make it to this event? No problem! Let us know and St. Joseph County Public Library staff can schedule another time that works for you.

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Presentation, "The Reformer: Digitization, Open-Access, and Social Justice in the Digital Age" with Dr. Kim Gallon
6:30-7:30pm

~ This talk explores the significance of open-access, digital resources using The Reformer as a case study.  Dr. Gallon is the founder and director of the Black Press Research Collective (http://blackpressresearchcollective.org/).  Presented through a partnership with the Indiana University South Bend Arhives and the St. Joseph County Public Library: Local & Family History Services  This event is free, and immediately follows the #BlackHistoryMatters Scan-A-Thon event beginning at 4:30pm.


Saturday, February 13, 2016


Civil Rights Heritage Center
OUTwords: Black LGBT Storytelling
7:00-8:30pm

~ As we celebrate the history and experience of African Americans in South Bend, join us to hear stories of our Black LGBT experience. This event is free, and public attendance by all communities is highly encouraged.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Civil Rights Heritage Center
Filmscreening, Malcolm X
6:00-8:30pm

~ Join us for the presentation of Spike Lee's celebrated biopic, Malcom X.


Thursday, February 18, 2016


Civil Rights Heritage Center
#BLACKHISTORYMATTERS Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
6:00-8:00pm

~ Through partnerships with the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame, enFocus, and the St. Joseph County Public Library, guests will be guided through the steps it takes to become a Wikipedia editor and the guidelines they require for writing articles. Trained Wikipedia editors will be on hand to work directly with guests and get them up and running. Additionally, CRHC staff, and librarians from the St. Joseph County Public Library and the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Libraries will be on hand to help guests learn about and find the resources they need to research and write about South Bend’s history. The event is completely free and requires only that the guest bring a laptop.


Friday, February 19, 2016


Civil Rights Heritage Center
Galen Abdur-Razzaq
6:00-8:00pm

Join an evening of jazz music and learn of its influence on the civil rights movement from a world renowned flautist and educator. Galen Abdur-Razzaq performs and lectures on the history of jazz at venues across the United States. On February 19, you have a chance to see and hear his amazing performance as we celebrate Black History Month in South Bend. This event is free and public attendace is encouraged.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Admissions Open House
10:00am-12:00pm

~ Meet with IU South Bend deans, faculty members, staff, advisors and admissions counselors  at IU South Bend's Civil Rights Heritage Center to answer questions about academic programs, courses offered, financial aid, scholarships, and other resources offered on campus.

  
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Say it Loud, Say it Often
7:30-9:30pm

~ Join the Civil Rights Heritage Center for an evening of poetry, spoken word, and musical art, put together by LaQuan Lunford. This event is free and open to the public.


Sunday, February 21, 2016


Civil Rights Heritage Center
Celebrating Malcolm X
5:00-6:30pm

~ An event honoring the life and legacy of a leading voice in 1960s civil rights.




JANUARY 2016 EVENTS

Friday, January 8, 2016
South Bend Chocolate Cafe
"The Meaning of Civil Rights in the 21st Century"
122 S. Michigan Street, South Bend, IN
12:00pm Noon

~ Dr. Darryl Heller will speak about the history of the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, its future, and his vision to make the Center a vibrant community asset. This event is free and open to the public.  Speaker begins at noon.  Come as early as 11:30 to purchase lunch.  Presented by the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area.


Thursday, January 21, 2016
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Teach-in discussing Dr. King's speech: "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence"
6:00-7:30pm

~ Join Indiana University South Bend Director of the Civil Rights Heritage Center Darryl Heller for a teach-in as part of events surrounding the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Heller, Associate Professor of Labor Studies Paul Mishler, and others will discuss one of Dr. King’s most radical and profound speeches “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence”. Participants will hear Dr. King in his own words and discuss the significance of the speech in his time and its meaning for today’s struggle for peace and justice. The event is sponsored by the South Bend Anti-War History Committee, the Community for Peace and Nonviolence, and the Civil Rights Heritage Center at IU South Bend. The forum is free and open to the public.



NOVEMBER 2015 EVENTS

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture
1045 Washington Street, South Bend, IN  46601
5:30pm - 7:30pm

~ Native American Heritage Month Celebrations: "Indians Walk in Two Different Worlds" featuring Dylan Miner.  Dylan Miner is the American Indian Studies Program Director, the Adjunct Curator of Indigenous Art at MSU Museum, and a mixed media artist. A Wiisaakodewinini (Métis), he will be visiting the NDCAC to showcase some of his work and give a community talk on Native American art and heritage.


Thursday, November 5, 2015
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Fire Speakers, Community Poetry and Music
6:00pm - 8:30pm

~ Join the Civil Rights Heritage Center, The Anchor, and The New IUSB Black Student Union in an evening of community poetry and music.  A free event where local poets will let it flow, local music will put you in a groove, and local organizations will get you connected.



OCTOBER 2015 EVENTS


Sunday, October 18, 2015
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Michiana's African Connection Series: The Republic of Kenya
3:30pm - 6:00pm

~ Join us for an afternoon of education and culture on the Republic of Kenya presented by members of the Kenyan community in Michiana.  A free family and community event!  Enjoy authentic Kenyan food and music.  Sponsored by the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and the Notre Dame Center for the Arts & Culture.


Thursday, October 22, 2015
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Community Forum of District 2 Common Council Candidates:
Regina Willams Preston and Henry Davis, Jr.
6:00pm - 7:30pm

~ Join us for a forum with candidates presenting their position on issues of particular concern to District 2 residents.  Hosted by the Civil Rights Heritage Center and co-sponsored by the MLK Senior Mens Club and the IU South Bnd American Democracy Project.


Thursday, October 29, 2015
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Celebrating Los Dia de los Muertos

~ The Civil Rights Heritage Center will display an ofrenda for the Day of the Dead that acknowledges those who have been killed by police and gun violence.  In conjunction with the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, which will have an ofrenda acknowledging those who have died because of narco violence.



SEPTEMBER 2015 EVENTS

Friday, September 11, 2015
Civil Rights Heritage Center
6:00-7:30pm
David Stovall  Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago

~ Join us for an engaging forum and discussion on the historic social and economic inequalities in our nation's schools.  This is a free event in partnership with the IUSB School of Education.



Saturday, September 12, 2015

IUSB Campus, Wiekamp Hall
Community Forum on Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline
9:00am - 4:00pm

~ Join a day of learning, discussing, and mobilizing to address an important community concern.  Sponsored by the Community Forum for Economic Justice, with the active involvement of numerous organizations and individuals concerned with the achievement of social and economic justice.


Thursday, September 17, 2015
Constitution Day Celebration


IUSB Campus (Tent at center of campus, by the campus fountain.)
Pick up a free pocket constitution.
11:00am-2:00pm

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Lecture: Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Kim Davis, and the Debate Over Religious Freedom
6:00-7:30pm

The New Interactive Constitution: http://tinyurl.com/oejakj7

~ The date marks the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.  Students, community and engaged citizens are invited to participate.  Sponsored by the IU South Bend American Democracy Project and the IU South Bend Political Science Club, this free event celebrates Constitution Day.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Civil Rights Heritage Center
Dr. Oliver Williams  Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.
6:00-7:30pm

~ Community conversation on domestic and intimate partner violence in the African American Community presented by IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and the Department of Psychology.


Saturday, September 26, 2015
IU South Bend Campus, Wiekamp Hall, Rm# 1001
Book Launch and Reception: Better Homes of South Bend
3:00-5:00pm

~ Join South Bend author Gabrielle Robinson as she launches her new book commemorating a very special neighborhood.  The event, sponsored by the Civil Rights Heritage Center and the Center for a Sustainable Future, is part of South Bend 150.


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