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"ON THE JOY OF STRUGGLE" SYMPOSIUM TO FOCUS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE

An evening with Nikki Giovanni set for November 7


Poet, essayist, and and activist Nikki Giovanni will be the featured speaker in Reed College's third annual "On the Joy of Struggle" symposium, appearing on Saturday, November 7, at 8 p.m. in the Kaul Auditorium (see below). The student-run symposium, which will take place November 2 to 7 on the Reed campus, is dedicated to discussion on finding purpose, self, community, power, and hope through commitment to social justice and human liberation. "On the Joy of Struggle," presented by the Reed multicultural resource center, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reed multicultural resource center at 503/771-1112, extension 7891. The full schedule follows.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Andree Pinnell
7 p.m., psychology auditorium

Andree Pinnell of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council will address the ecology of Johnson Creek, Portland's effect on the ecosystem, and restoration of the ecosystem. Co-sponsored by Reed's student-run Green Board.

Renny Christopher
8 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Renny Christopher, associate professor of English and director of the women's center at California State University Stanislaus, will speak on "Horatio Alger was a Liar: Narratives of Unhappy Upward Mobility." Christopher is a widely respected poet and author whose book The Viet Nam War, The American War: Images and Representations in Euro-American and Vietnamese Exile Narratives was named an outstanding book on human rights in North America by the Gustavas Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Dan Handleman
5 p.m., psychology auditorium

Dan Handleman of Peace and Justice Works will address the crisis in Iraq. Co-sponsored by Reed's student action office.

Steve Greene
8 p.m., psychology auditorium

Steve Greene, executive director of the Fowler Center, will speak about his extensive experience working with children and adults with disabilities and about the issues facing those with special needs.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Transgender panel
5 p.m., psychology auditorium

A panel of Oregon residents will conduct a discussion about transgender issues. The panel will be led by Derrick Travers, a transgendered resident of Corvallis, Oregon. Co-sponsored by Reed's student-run Queer Alliance.

Ecofeminism discussion
9 p.m., Gray Center B and C

The Reed College feminist student union will lead a discussion on "Ecofeminism: What's the Connection Between Environmentalism and Feminism?"

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Theresa K. El-Amin
8 p.m., Vollum lounge

Theresa K. El-Amin of the Black Radical Congress (BRC) will lecture on the Black Radical Congress and its place in the black liberation movement. El-Amin is a union and community organizer who coordinates an online workshop called Challenging White Supremacy. She will describe the role of radical black feminists in building the BRC and the significance and participation of youth in building this organization. Sponsored by Reed's student action office and the student-run group Solidarity.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Annie Koshi
5 p.m., Vollum lounge

Annie Koshi, professor of linguistics at the City College of New York, will speak on feminism and racism within the Indian community.

Kim Cook
7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Kim Cook will present excerpts from her one-woman show Pulling Back the Curtain: Pieces of Me, Reflections of You. Cook is a survivor of a physically violent, sexually abusive childhood who brings a triumphant spirit and meteoric energy to her show. She currently serves as executive director of the Oakland Youth Chorus. A discussion will follow Cook's presentation.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Reed alumni panel
1 p.m., Vollum lounge

A panel of Reed alumni who are members of minority groups will lead a discussion of life at and after Reed. Co-sponsored by Reed's career services office.

An evening with Nikki Giovanni
8 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Distinguished poet, activist, and essayist Nikki Giovanni will host an evening of readings and discussion. Active in the black arts movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Giovanni now teaches at Virginia Tech and is the author of over 20 books of poetry and children's stories. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Jeanine Rae Award for the Advancement of Women's Culture, the 1995 African American Heritage Arts Festival Inspiration Award, and the Nashville Banner's Tennessee Writers Award. Co-sponsored by Reed's student services office, president's office, and English department.