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December 2017 EVENTS

December 5, 2017

 crhc:film | "Dolores"
 6pm to 8pm

 Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. 
 With unprecedented access, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. 
 From Executive Producer Carlos Santana, "Dolores" is currently in limited release around the United States, and this showing is currently the only showing in Indiana.

December 1, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series | "Broken On All Sides: Is There Another Way To Do Justice?"
6pm to 8pm

Mass incarceration is a global phenomenon, and the U.S. imprisons more of its citizens than countries our government accuses of atrocities. If mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, and if the school-to-prison pipeline is the feeder, how should resistance look?

Join Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant as she looks at the impact mass incarceration has had, and ways to resist it.

This free event is led by the IU South Bend Social Action Project (SOCACT).

November 2017 EVENTS

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Poetry Den
6pm to 8pm

Feed your soul with some of the best spoken word in the city. Host Pamela Blair opens the stage to new and seasoned poets for an audience eager to listen. Then, a featured poet takes over the mike to soothe and inspire.

If you enjoy beautiful, inspiring spoken word art, then this free event is for you.

The Poetry Den is made possible by host Pamela Blair, and is recommended for audiences aged 18 and over. For more information, email Pam at

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

crhc:film | “Almost Sunrise"
6pm to 8pm

Almost Sunrise follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and pushed to the edge of suicide. The two embark on an extraordinary journey—a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war, and to ultimately save themselves.

Will this epic pilgrimage allow them to begin the new life they so desperately seek?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series | "All the World's Beliefs: Can They Change the World?"
6pm to 8pm

All the world’s religions talk about what believers should do to make the world a better place. If all religions talk about peace, why is religion used to justify prejudice, discrimination, enslavement, and war? Can religion and spirituality create justice?

Join Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant as she leads a discussion on the religions of the world and their role in making peace.

This free event is sponsored by the Social Action Project (SOCACT). 

Tuesday, November 2, 2017

Día de los Muertos
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us and the University of Notre Dame's Center for Arts and Culture as we celebrate Mexican history and South Bend's Latinx community with a recognition of Día de los Muertos.

View ofrendas, or altars, crated by local artists and community organizations that pay tribute to those who have passed away.

Enjoy music and dance from the University of Notre Dame's Ballet Folklorico and others, family activities, pan dulce (sweet bread), and champurrado (hot drink with corn and chocolate).

This free, family friendly event is made possible by the University of Notre Dame's Center for Arts and Culture, Institute for Latino Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Snite Museum of Art. 

On view November 4 through December 22, 2017

Political Cartoons of The Reformer

The Reformer was an African American led newspaper published from 1968 through 1971. Its pages shared news from the community during an important era—the assassination of Dr. King, riots against police brutality, the loss of Studebaker and other major industrial employers, and so much more.

One artist, Donald Land, took pen to paper to draw his interpretations of issues that mattered—police treatment, false perceptions of minority neighborhoods, politics, life, and more.

On Monday, November 6, 2017, the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center will open an exhibition featuring some of these largely unknown pieces of South Bend’s history.

Biting and poignant, they strongly relate to political issues today, forty years after their original publication.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Social Action Project 20th Anniversary Poetry Slam Celebration
6pm to 9pm

Join the IU South Bend Social Action Project as they bring their Poetry Jam back for its' 20 year Anniversary Celebration! The night will include a line up of spoken word artists from the past and the present. There will also be an open mic session for those wishing to perform.

This event is open to the community and will be held at the Civil Rights Heritage Center.
Get ready to snap your fingers and feel moved on October 25th for this Poetry Jam Reunion!

For more information or if you are interested in performing, feel free to contact Evelyn Batres ( or Asia Carruthers (

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Poetry Den
6pm to 8pm

The Poetry Den brings a mix of poets to a safe stage. If you enjoy spoken word art, join and enjoy.
Maybe you have some verses of your own you want to share? Sign up for the open mike. Maybe you prefer to sit back and snap? Please do.

This free event is led by Pam Blair and recommended for guests 18 and over. Questions? Contact her at

Friday, October 13, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series | "Who Will Lead Us? Black Women in the New Revolution.

History still invokes the names of prominent men of the Civil Rights Movement, yet the women of the movement are still not well known. Why did that happen and how can we rethink what “leadership” means in a social movement of the 21st century?

Join Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant as she leads a discussion of the black women who made, and make, our social movements.

This free event is sponsored by the Social Action Project (SOCACT).

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

crhc:film | Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding Schools

From 1879 through the 1960s, an educational system attempted to destroy American Indian culture and tribal unity. The Indian Boarding School system attempted to, as one of the founders stated, “Kill the Indian and save the man.”

Join us as we present “Our Spirits Don’t Speak English.” The film combines personal interviews with historical narration and features powerful interviews with people such as Andrew Windy Boy and Grace Thorpe (daughter of noted Sauk and Fox athlete Jim Thorpe), this film reflects the harrowing and often untold experience suffered by many Native Americans.

After the film, a panel and audience discussion continues the exploration into a system that sought to destroy indigenous cultures.

This free film is the second in our fall 2017 “crhc:film” series.


Tuesday, September 24, 2017

The Poetry Den

Words roll and fingers snap at The Poetry Den. Join hostess Pamela Blair as she welcomes a range of spoken word artists to the stage to share their verses. From seasoned poets to fresh new voices, the wealth and breadth of talent will leave you fulfilled. Have some words to share yourself? Sign up for the open mike! Wish to just sit back and enjoy? Please do! This free event is recommended for guests 18 and over. Questions? Contact Pam Blair at

Friday, September 22, 2017

Community Forum: Fighting Racism in South Bend

Join the IU South Bend Black Student Union as they respond to the recent White Nationalist March in Charlottesville, VA. A panel of five guests will lead an open discussion between the panelists and the audience on how to fight racism here in South Bend.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

crhc:film | "I Am Not Your Negro"

Oscar-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. Based on an un nished manuscript Baldwin began in 1979, “Remember This House,” which was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.— lmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book that Baldwin never nished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America using Baldwin’s original words and a ood of rich archival material. “I Am Not Your Negro” is a journey into Black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Public Intellectuals Series | "Ideology: A Vocabulary for Resistance in the 21st Century"

Citizen participation is on the rise in these turbulent times. Protests, rallies, petitions, Facebook groups—all have been used to organize around social justice issues. There have also been calls for a new social movement. What would such a movement look like?

Join Indiana University South Bend's Dr. Dé Bryant as she leads a discussion on new social movements already in motion. We will sort what language best describes it using current history. We will examine the structural injustices inherent to questions like:

– Who decides what "social justice" means (Standing Rock, Permanent Supportive Housing)?
– The internet allows so many voices to be heard, which ones would (or should) we believe ("alternative facts")?
– How may the definitions of “privacy” and “civil rights” change as a result of new technologies of surveillance (Finger-print screen locks, GPS, and Google)?
– What kind of change do we want to see in the world (Say Her Name, Justice for Jodie)?


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Vote By Mail Information Session

The Michiana Alliance for Democracy hosts an information session encouraging vote by mail. Learn more about what this could mean for voter participation. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Reflections on the Maasai

Learn about traditional Maasai culture from a representative here in Michiana.

Maasai are an ethnic group in Kenya who have become a cultural icon throughout the world. Tourists come to Kenya every year
to see one of the remaining indigenous African peoples, a
proud people who have resisted and withstood the onslaught of westernization for centuries.

On Monday, August 28, 2017, join us to meet a representative of Maasai culture. Though he does not speak English, through an interpreter he will share stories of his people, their traditions, and their dances, as well as re ect on the place of cultures like his in our modern world. Joseph Karanja, a Kenyan and long-time member of the South Bend community, will lead the re ections and the discussion.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Poetry Den

Let the words roll. 

Every month, Pam Blair hosts an evening of enchanting spoken word art. 

Have some of your own works to share? Bring them and sign up for the open mike!

Prefer to sit back and enjoy? No problem! 

Each month brings a different group of poets, but each brings a unique wit and wisdom to this special, historic place. 

Questions? Contact our hostess at

This event is free and participation by those over the age of 16 is encouraged.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 6pm-8pm

On view: Monday, August 28 through September 29, 2017

Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders, 2017

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day with stories from twelve women who made their mark on Michiana.

Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders aims to build the historical record of local women who have shaped our community. Some of the women honored have a track record of leadership that is widely recognized; some prefer to lead quietly from behind the scenes. Each has changed the course of their community.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

LaSalle Park Summer Fest: People Coming Together

LaSalle Park, South Bend

Enjoy an afternoon of community connections in South Bend's LaSalle Park, with food vendors, a bouncy house, rock climbing wall, music, and dance. 

This event and exhibition is a partnership between numerous community oranizations, including the Civil Rights Heritage Center; La Casa de Amistad; City of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts; City of South Bend; Latin American Chamber of Commerce; South Bend Community School Corporation; Let's Turn It Around!; South Bend Fire/EMS; South Bend Police Athletic League; University of Notre Dame Community Relations; 100 Black Men; LaSalle Park Neighborhood Alliance. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Exploring to Create

Join us as we activate the many languages of early childhood! This interactive experience will dive into meaning making through many forms such as sight, sound and movement!

There will be areas for light and water play, art-making and documentations.

This is an opportunity to engage in dialogue about the rights of young children and the possibilities that lie ahead when we participate and exchange knowledge!

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