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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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