October 2017 Events

The Evolution of Hip Hop Festival

Oct 1, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Union Square Plaza, Somerville

The third Evolution of Hip Hop Festival will feature rapper, singers, spoken word poets, dancers, beatboxers, and visual arts from the local area. Event website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1870776289913805/


A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Class: Demo and Tasting with Oldways

Oct 3, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market

100 Hanover St, Boston

Learn about the flavors and ingredients that make up African heritage foods in this fun and informative cooking class. Event website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-taste-of-african-heritage-cooking-class-demo-tasting-with-oldways-tickets-36594869239


WLP Publishing Series Presents: The Future of LGBT Publishing

Oct 3, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

216 Tremont

This event, sponsored by the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, will feature the following speakers:

Alexander Chee, novelist/essayist and a professor at Dartmouth

Anna deVries, novelist/essayist and an editor at Picador

William Johnson, editor/essayist and the Lambda Literary Program Director

Bryan Lowder, culture writer and editor at Slate


Bright Lights: I Am Not Your Negro

Oct 3, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Paramount Center 402

Sponsored by Emerson’s VMA and WLP Departments and Wicked Queer, this screening of Raul Peck’s documentary I Am Not Your Negro will be followed by a panel discussion led by professor Kimberly McLarin. I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary on the life and work of writer James Baldwin.


2017 Speech and Hearing Foundation of Massachusetts Annual Lecture

Oct 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Bill Bordy Theater

Sophie Ambrose, PhD, Director of the Communication Development Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital, will give a presentation entitled “Young Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Learning Spoken Language: Variability in Communication Development.”


Transnationalism, Diversity, and Who We Are

Oct 5, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library

In this joint talk, Westy Egmont and Alvaro Lima will discuss transnationalism and diversity in the context of Boston’s history of immigration. Event website: http://www.leventhalmap.org/event/transnationalism/


Bright Lights: Whose Streets?

Oct 5, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Paramount Center 402

Whose Streets? is the story of the Ferguson protests as told by the activists and leaders who formed this powerful movement against police brutality following the murder of Michael Brown. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.


Youth Action March

Oct 7, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Boston Common

The Youth Action March empowers young people to work toward political change in their communities. A lineup of all under-30 speakers will inspire youth to take part in activism and change.


Bright Lights: Black Maria Film Festival shorts

Oct 12, 7:00 – 10: p.m.

Paramount Center 402

Black Maria is an international juried film competition that features the work of diverse and underrepresented filmmakers. The Department of Visual and Media Arts will screen a selection of animated, documentary, and experimental shorts, followed by a discussion with Prof. Rob Todd and a few of the directors.


Teach In On Race

Oct 13

For the second year, the Teach In On Race will bring together the Emerson community for a series of panels, talks, and workshops on topics like race, privilege, and activism.


Circle Up

Oct 13, 12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

2 Boylston Place

First Floor Lobby

Gather with the Emerson community to share what’s on your mind. The gathering will begin with the strike of a singing bowl and a short reading, then an open discussion of participants’ hopes and concerns.


Reach(OUT) LGBTQA+ Career Conference

Oct 13-14

John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University

University students in the Boston area are invited to learn from and discuss with professionals and peers about the unique perspectives and concerns of LGBTQ+ people in professional working environments. Event website: http://www.northeastern.edu/oidi/reachout/


2017 Boston Asian American Film Festival

Oct 19-22

Paramount Theatre

The Boston Asian American Film Festival showcases films on Asian American experiences and serves as a resources to filmmakers, empowering Asian Americans through film. Event website: http://www.baaff.org/


Frances Negrón-Muntaner on “Trends in Lesbian Cinema”

Oct 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Walker Building (Location TBD)

Frances Negrón-Muntaner, award-winning Puerto Rican filmmaker, writer, and scholar, will speak about her work as a comparative exploration of coloniality and its focus on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and politics.


WLP Reading Series: Lan Samantha Chang

Oct 26, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Bill Bordy Theater

The Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing welcomes Lan Samantha Chang, author of the short story collection Hunger and the novels Inheritance and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. The event will include a Q&A and a reading.

Lucie Pereira