Martin Luther King, Jr. Days Of Dialogue Schedule Of Events – Day Five
Here is the day five schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Days of Dialogue.
- EQUAL GROUNDS: COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Wyoming Union Fireplace Lounge
Continue the conversation on "Equity in the Equality State" with peers and a cup of coffee every morning, Tuesday through Friday. Follow-up dialogue on programs from previous day’s events as well as special topics on equity and social justice will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Wyoming Union Fireplace Lounge (Lower Level).
- FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER FILM: DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
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6:30 p.m. (includes discussion)
9:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. (film only)
Wyoming Union Family Room
A satirical portrait of race relations in early 21st-century America, writer/director Justin Simien's playfully perceptive feature debut tells the story of a biracial Winchester University student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy of epic proportions. When Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) begins her radio program by declaring that white people will now be required to have two black friends in order to avoid appearing racist (and that drug dealers don't count), she immediately catches the attention of the all-black residential hall that is being forced out of existence due to diversification. Subsequently elected president of the hall, Samantha becomes the subject of a reality show that deals with racial issues. Meanwhile, the Winchester University's all-white student newspaper staff mistakenly assumes that young black outcast Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) is an expert on black culture, and recruits him to report on the brewing controversy. For more information about this and other Friday Night Fever events, visit http://www.uwyo.edu/fnf.
- FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER PRESENTS:
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMEDIAN NEGIN FARSAD
Wyoming Union Ballroom
Negin Farsad is at the forefront of social justice comedy—a field that she insists totally exists (or should). As one of few Iranian-American Muslim female comedian/filmmakers, this TED Senior Fellow uses humor—full-scale ridiculousity—to bridge the racial, religious, social, and immigrant gap. The Wall Street Journal calls her work “smart, funny, and fascinating.”
Negin Farsad was recently named one of 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post. In her feature film, "The Muslims Are Coming!" (September 2013), she took a group of Muslim-American comedians on the road in Middle America to do shows, meet the locals, and counter Islamophobia through jokes. It features Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Rachel Maddow and others, and has already won a humanitarian award from the Arab-American Institute.
For Negin Farsad, the social justice thing didn’t come out of the blue. She has a dual Masters in African American Studies and Public Policy from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, and used to work as a policy advisor for the city of New York but left that for a strange life in the arts. Farsad has written and developed series for MTV, PBS, and Nickelodeon. She also wrote, directed, and produced "Nerdcore Rising", a comedy about nerdcore hip-hop that Wired called “honest and heartfelt,” and which has been an official selection of festivals worldwide, earning Best Film, Best Director, and Audience Favorite awards.
As a standup comedian, Farsad has performed far and wide, from the Laugh Factory in New York to the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Her other shows include "The Dirty Immigrant Collective", "Bootleg Islam", and "The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy". Queen Rania of Jordan commissioned Farsad to make a video as part of a series to combat Middle Eastern stereotypes—a series that won the first ever YouTube Visionary Award.
- FRAMES OF REFERENCE: A GALLERY OF WORDS
Every day, Feb 2-7, 2015
Wyoming Union Skylight Lounge
We all see the world through different frames of reference. Visit the gallery of words in the Skylight Lounge to experience others’ and share your own. This exhibit is open for public viewing and interaction Feb 2-7 during Wyoming Union hours.