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Ongoing During 2013-2014: MLK Community Week

MLK Community Week takes place on a monthly basis, and consists of an academic/professional development workshop on Fresh Start Mondays, a media accompanied discussion on Media Matters Wednesdays, and a dialogue circle for MLK students on Freestyle Fridays.

MLK Community Week - April

Fresh Start Tuesday: PAWS - Pet Away Worry and Stress
Tuesday, April 15, 1:30-4:30 pm, 41 Appleby
Stressed out? Come de-stress and forget about your worries at Appleby Hall! The PAWS session will feature registered therapy animal teams–including dogs, Woodstock the chicken, and other animals–that you’re welcome to interact with and pet. Research indicates animal interaction can have a range of positive effects on people like decreased heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormone levels.

Media Matters Wednesday: 
Imagining Paradise: Construction of a Polynesian Other 
Wednesday, April 16, 11:30 am—1:00 pm, 324 Coffman 
Beyond the images of swaying palm trees and pristine beaches are indigenous Polynesian communities that can’t cash in on the fantasy of a tropical paradise. Colonized media representations of Polynesian communities portray docile island girls and warriors with rippling muscles, enticing tourists from around the world. What’s the real story?

Trace the historical commodification of Polynesian communities through multimedia clips, activities, and conversation facilitated by Patricia Poyer, a Samoan American community organizer.

Lunch will be provided—join us to share some food at 11:30; discussion will begin at 11:45.  Please RSVP at z.umn.edu/MMWapril

Co-sponsored by African American & African Studies; GLBTA Programs Office; Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence; Orientation & First-Year Programs, Women’s Center, and Women’s Student Activist Collective

Freestyle Friday
Friday, April 18, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 41 Appleby 
This is a space for MLK students to share the experiences, questions, and concerns about personal and social justice issues on campus and in the community. Join us every other Friday for lunch and conversation. Facilitated by MLK adviser Danny Khotsombath.

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