April Awareness Month Events

For those of you who don’t know, April is the Asian/Asian American, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, and Queer Awareness Month at Wesleyan. That is a whole lot to be aware about and the April Planning Committee wants to make sure you know that there are still many events this month centered around or celebrating these identities.

Here are the events coming up. Since there are so many, I had to put a bunch after the jump. Check em out!

Queer Prom
April 17 at 10:30 pm
Psi U
The theme this year is “Wet”

WesFestival of Colors
April 18th at 2:30 pm CANCELLED
Foss Hill
In a belated celebration of Holi, come out to Foss Hill for a WesFestival of Colors! Revelers celebrate Holi in India by throwing brightly colored paint at each other all day for good luck, in honor of the arrival of spring.  Shakti will bring colored powder (all natural, non-toxic) and blast the music – you bring friends, wearing white and prepared to get messy.

Asian Iron Chef sponsored by UCAB
April 18 at 3 pm
Usdan Cafe
Don’t miss the intense cooking action!  Participants will have to create an Asian inspired appetizer, entree, and dessert!  Judges will determine the winner and the audience will be able to taste test.

Stephen Walt
Lecture: Wednesday, April 21, 8:00 p.m.
Continuity You Can Believe In: The Obama Administration¹s Foreign Policy after One Year
Location: ESC 150  Tishler Hall

Asian American Activism on Campus: A student discussion

April 22nd at 7pm
200 Church Lounge
Wondering where the Asian Americans are at Wesleyan? Curious of the history of Asian American activism on campus?  Come and join other students in discussing the identity politics of AAs on campus!  Dinner will be provided.

Screening of “Paris is Burning”
April 22 at 9 pm
Usdan Cafe
An unblinking behind-the-scenes story of queer and trans people of color who created “voguing” and drag balls…turning these raucous celebrations into a powerful expression of fierce personal pride.

Lunch Discussion “What does it mean to be a queer student of color?”

April 23 at 12 pm
Usdan chairs
Join us for an informal discussion on the ways in which race and ethnicity shape queer identities

April Open Mic
April 23 at 9 pm
Westco Cafe

Showcase your verbal self at this open mic in honor of April.  This open mic is open to any kind of performance, whether comedy, poetry, or music.  To top it off, poets Kay Barrett and Fly Etaghene will be performing and putting you in a lyrical haze!
Poet Yvonne Fly Etaghene
April 24th at 8
Location TBA
Come see this explosive performer full of dyanmite and sugarcane.  Her work is a vibrant, vulnerable call to action to live out the lives we dreamed up when we were kids.  A fiercely passionate Nigerian dyke, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright, actress, and cook, she uses her poetry to chisel a verbal sculpture of her sould while addresssing political issues.

April 24th at 10:30 pm
Psi U 200 Church
Get your dancing moves on with the sounds of Club Seoul.

Intersecting Identities Potluck
April 26 at 6pm
Albritton 311 (on top of the 3rd floor)
Folks who identify with more than one of the identities of April are invited to a potluck to discuss these intersections.

Conversation with Ms. Lata Chawla

April 26 at 6 pm
PAC 001
Ms. Chawla is the founder and Principal of Performance Edge, LLC, a consulting, training and multi-media solutions company which serves the Broadcast, Cable and Telecommunications industry.  Come hear her speak abuot her professional experiences and how it interacts with her community and philanthropic efforts.

“The person you think you know:  sings and solutions of campus violence”
April 27 at 6 pm
Beckham Hall
This forum will look at relationship violence on campus.

Radical Accessibility
April 28 at 7 pm
Usdan B25
This hands-on, discussion-based session will engage participants in conversation about accessibility and ableism. We will explore the relationship between disability and other categories of identity while working to envision a fully accessible model of social justice organizing.

April Past, Present, and Future

April 29 at 6:30 pm
University Organizing Center
Interested in how April was started?  Current students involved in both past and current April organizers will discuss their most memorable April events, organizing challenges, and the sharing of experiences in order to shape the future of April.  Underclassfolks are encouraged to attend in order to learn about April’s past and how they can build its future.  Dinner will be provided.

The Sister Spit Roadshow
May 1st at 9 pm
Memorial Chapel
The legendary, raucous, rowdy performance gang, Sister Spit, launches their 2010 tour out of San Francisco with a vanload of queertastic brilliance! Don’t miss this multimedia explosion of influential zinesters, fashion plates, slam poets, novelists, performance artists, poets and fancy scribblers. Featuring queer luminary Michelle Tea, legendary trans film director and screenwriter and former tribe 8 guitarist Silas Howard, queer graphic novelist and anti-racist activist Elisha Lim, spoken word pioneer and slam poet Regie Cabico, trans psychic memoirist Len Plass, queer zinester/portraitist/graphic novelist Nicole J. Georges, and Power Point loving shape-shifter translady Annie Danger!

Sponsored by the Queer Social Committee and Unlocked Magazine.
To find this list of events once it goes off the main page, you can search for April Awareness Month in the search bar or click on April Awareness Month Events (it shows up every day through May 1) on the events calendar.
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3 thoughts on “April Awareness Month Events

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  2. Ankit

    The WesFestival of Colors is unfortunately canceled due to the weather. We’re trying to reschedule for a later date.

  3. Ankit

    The WesFestival of Colors is unfortunately canceled due to the weather. We’re trying to reschedule for a later date.

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