Smile Politely

Speakers in C-U: Mar. 15—21

WHAT: “African American Women and Feminist Activism,” Beverly Guy-Sheftall

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 17 @ 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Murphy Lounge, University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign

From the event announcement: “Guy-Sheftall is a founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (since 1981) and an Anna Julia Cooper Professor of women’s studies at Spelman College. She is also an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses in their doctoral program. She has been involved with the national women’s studies movement since its inception and provided leadership for the establishment of the first women’s studies major at a historically black college. In her role as director of Spelman’s Women’s Center, she has also been involved with the development of student activism around misogynist images of Black women in hip hop as well as a broad range of social justice issues, including reproductive rights and violence against women. She teaches women’s studies courses, including feminist theory and global Black feminisms.”


WHAT: “Portents and Politics in Late-Tokugawa Japan: Kurosawa Tokiko and the Comet of 1858,” Laura Nenzi (University of Tennessee Knoxville)

WHEN: Friday, Mar. 18 @ 1 p.m.

WHERE: Foreign Languages Building, Lucy Ellis Lounge

Still around on Friday? Comets, man!


You live near a major university and a community college. There are smart people that come here every week to talk to the general public about interesting topics. Perhaps you were not aware of this fact, or were overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities for possible enlightenment. If that’s the case, Smile Politely understands and is here to help. Here are several events going on in town this week. Check out one or more of them if you have time. Get your learn on, as they say, and join the cognoscenti. It’s free, you know. Plus, sometimes there’s free food, too!

If you have a community event, speaker, or film event that you’d like to see featured on Listen Up!, send the event information to joelgillespie [at] smilepolitely [dot] com by Friday the week prior to the event. Listen Up! runs on Tuesdays.

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