September 8, 2013—Women’s Resources Center Newsletter Addition!!
Tonight’s Hot Topics @ the Women’s Resources Center entitled, The Hijab, the Tichel, and the Chapel Veil: Veiling and Modesty for Women of Faith, has been postponed due to the cancellation of one of the speakers. Sorry for this inconvenience. We will let you know when it is rescheduled!
In the meantime we have our Dish It Up lunch today @ NOON: “Keeping a Vigil on Conditions of Women Who are Jailed: Taking their Pain Seriously by Taking Action”!
We also have the first session of “Belly Fit” our belly dance lessons today @ 5pm (women-identified students/others only) @ the Women’s Resources Center.
AND DON’T MISS: damali ayo will be a Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence 9/8-9/12
7:00pm Opening Program: Meet damali (in the South Rec Room)
damali ayo is an artist, author, performer, and speaker. Her books, art, lectures, and workshops offer humor, insight, and creativity and make our culture’s toughest topics manageable and fun.
7:00pm Becoming Multiracial (in the South Rec Room)
damali used to think she was black, well mostly black, but a few years ago all of that changed. Her mother, diagnosed with dementia, revealed the truth of her racial identity before her memory was lost. All of a sudden, damali was someone she wasn’t before- half white. damali shares her personal journey of uncovering lies and discovering her true self.
7:00pm The Art of Journal Writing: Your Story, Your Voice (in the South Rec Room)
The more she has grown as an artist and person, the more damali feels compelled by the power of a personal story. damali will read sections from her forthcoming memoir, and the journal book she is currently writing. She will show several styles of journal writing. She will talk about how she chooses what to share, why she feels so compelled to be public about private matters, and why she wants to revive journal writing as the next frontier in really good books.
Noon Compulsive Dieting (at the Women’s Resources Center)
A conversation over lunch about this less-talked about eating disorder, that disguises itself as healthy living and is supported by our onslaught of technology. damali shares her journey- what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now.
7:00-8:30pm Yoga: Unite Your Life (in the Main Lounge)
Yoga is not just a physical exercise, it is a way to unite with the universal energy that brings your goals and life into fruition. Learn a wonderful centering practice, as well as the spiritual side of yoga. Great for beginners or those with an experienced yoga practice. Yoga will help you stay fit and sane in college and throughout your life. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, wear comfortable clothes. damali is a certified instructor of yoga, yoga sculpt, yin yoga, and is also a Reiki Master.
7:00-7:50pm Level 1 (Beginner) Standing and Floor poses. Yoga basics and philosophy.
8:00-8:50pm Level 2 (intermediate) One-leg Balance poses, Arm balance, and Tripod Headstand. Yoga as a way of life.
7:00-8:30pm You Have to Mess with People! (in the South Rec Room)
damali shares her life-long work of finding creative ways through art, writing, performance, and thought-provoking gestures to engage discussions about social issues, without burning out, killing anyone, or losing your sense of humor.
damali ayo is an artist, author, performer, and speaker. Her books, art, lectures, and workshops offer humor, insight, and creativity and make our culture’s toughest topics manageable and fun. Her first book, How to Rent a Negro, was acclaimed as “one of the most trenchant and amusing commentaries on contemporary race relations.” It was granted a 2005 Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Book Awards from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. Her second book, Obamistan! Land without Racism: Your Guide to the New America, debunks the myth of a post-race world. Her monthly letter to her readers, The Blessings, shares personal stories about creativity, healing, and faith. damali ayo and her work have been featured in over 100 publications world-wide including Harpers, the Village Voice, Salon.com, the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Redbook Magazine and Book TV. She has been a frequent guest commentator and essayist on public radio.