Upcoming Events

February 2018 Events

Ask A Muslim Table
Feb 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Center Stage table

Emerson’s Muslim Student Association is here to answer your questions and clear up misconceptions about Islam. Come by, chat, grab some candy, and meet members of the MSA.

Transformative Justice Coalition Info Sessions
Feb 5 and 8, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cultural Center

Choose your own adventure. The TJC is a semester to one year-long journey with multiple unique stops along the way. It begins with an exploration of one’s own identity. It continues with your choosing a specific social justice movement and exploring the ways that movement impacts individual communities and society as a whole. Finally it culminates with your reflecting on your experience and sharing your learning forward. It’s an opportunity for deep social justice learning and engagement with mentors to guide you through.

Hierarchy and Unreality
Feb 6, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Beard Room, Piano Row

Yale professor Jason Stanley will deliver a talk as part of this year’s Adventures in Ethics series, “Truth in Politics.” Stanley will explain classic fascist techniques for creating a sense of unreality, as described in his book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.

Piñata Decorating with Amigos
Feb 7
Cultural Center

Join Amigos for some fun and festive piñata-decorating!

Second Annual Gayla
Feb 10, 9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Boston University Colloquium Room (PHO 906)
$5 entry, black tie optional

Boston University’s Queer Activist Collective and Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism present a fun and formal event to celebrate the strength of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Multiracial Student Meet-up
Feb 12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Walker 10

If you’re looking to connect with other multiracial-identifying students on campus, come find some community at Emerson’s first discussion group for mixed race students.

EBONI Black Rainbow Ball
Feb 17
Time and Location TBA

EBONI’s annual Black History Month charity banquet will feature transgender activist and YouTube personality Kat Blaque as a guest speaker.

EBONI Blackout Fashion Show
Feb 23
Time and Location TBA

Celebrate Black History Month with EBONI’s crowd-pleasing annual runway show, featuring vibrant fashion and Emerson models.

Fifty Years Since MLK
Feb 26, 6:30 p.m.
Cambridge Public Library

Acclaimed educators Brandon M. Terry, Tommie Shelby, Elizabeth Hinton, and Cornel West will speak on a panel discussion of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.

Steve Biko’s Black Consciousness as Philosophy and Social Movement
Feb 27, 4:00 p.m.
Ansin 503

Lecture with Tendayi Sithole from the University of South Africa, hosted by the Institute for Liberal Arts.

ASIA Bubble Tea Discussion
Feb 27, 8:00 p.m.
Cultural Center

Join ASIA for bubble tea and thoughtful discussion on a topic relevant to the AAPI community.




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.

February Events

King Liz 

Feb. 16-19, 8:00-10:30 p.m.

Semel Theater, Tufte Performance and Production Center

Tickets: www.aestages.org

Sponsored by Emerson Stage with Performing Arts and directed by Fernanda Coppel, this play explores themes of race and socioeconomic status as it follows the career paths of a black female sports agent and a young Afro-Latin teenage athlete.


Black Rainbow Ball 

Feb.17, 8:00 p.m.

Courtyard Mariott Downtown

A night of dinner and dancing to benefit The Theater Offensive while celebrating Black History Month. Tickets will be $5.


A Lecture and Screening with Pablo Martinez Zarate 

Feb. 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Bright Family Screening Room, Paramount Center

Pablo Martinez Zarate, a filmmaker, artist, professor, and writer from Mexico City, will give lecture titled “War Machines as a Principle of Media Design: A Critical Pedagogy for Times of Crisis.” The lecture will be followed by a screening of three short films on territory, memory, and imagination.


Tracy K. Smith Conversation and Reading 

Feb. 23, 4:00 p.m.

Beard Room, Little Building

Tracy K. Smith, critically acclaimed poet and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University, will engage in conversation with Richard Hoffman, followed by a reading at 6 p.m. Part of the WLP Reading Series.


Kizomba Dance Workshop 

Feb. 24, 8:00 p.m.

Paramount Studio 2

Learn Afro-Caribbean dance with an instructor from Masacote Dance School.


Rewriting Race 

Feb. 27, 8:00 p.m.

Walker 522

An evening with award-winning poet Clint Smith, sponsored by Emerson Poetry Project. Part of EBONI’s Black History Month celebration.

December Events

Immigrant Rights in Trump’s America

Dec. 1, 5:00-6:00 p.m.


Prof. John Tirman, executive director of the MIT Center for International Studies, will speak on “Immigrant Rights in Trump’s America.”


Flawless Stage Presents: Internalized Monologues

Dec. 1-Dec. 2, 8:00-10:00 p.m.

The Cabaret (Little Building)

Flawless Brown Stage is a theatre troupe for women of color dedicated to sharing marginalized stories through a theatrical medium.


Bright Lights Screening: Do Not Resist

Dec. 6, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Bright Family Screening Room

Do Not Resist is an urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Opening on startling on-the-scene footage in Ferguson, Missouri, the film then broadens its scope to present scenes from across the country—a conference presentation where the value of high-end weapons technologies is presented to potential police buyers, a community that has just received its very own military-grade tank, and a SWAT team arriving at a home to execute a warrant. The cumulative effect of these vignettes paints a startling picture of the direction our local law enforcement is headed. Discussion with director and alum Craig Atkinson (MA ’08) to follow.


Identi-TEA Discussion Series: Exploring Identities

Dec. 8, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Campus Center L151 (Piano Row)

Enjoy tea and cookies while discussing identity with peers. Topics will include exploring the benefits and challenges of discussing new identities with family during winter break.


Coffee and Conversation

Dec. 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Walker 10th Floor

Chat with members of the Emerson community at this event sponsored by International Student Affairs.


Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Cost: $8)

Dec. 8-11, 8:00-10:30 p.m.

Semel Theater 

Set in Victorian Britain, Mrs. Warren’s Profession tells the story of Kitty Warren, a former prostitute and current brothel owner, and her daughter Vivie, an intelligent and pragmatic young woman who has recently graduated from university. As the two women become acquainted with each other for the first time, their stark differences force their relationship apart. Extremely socially advanced for the time, Shaw addresses issues of gender roles and the complexity of being female in Victorian times, still resonant today.


Navidad Latina

Dec. 10, 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Veronica Robles Cultural Center (East Boston)

Celebrate with us the Nativity at a Latino Style Program.


Yoga for People of Color and Friends in the Post-Election Climate

Dec. 11, 1:15-4:15 p.m.

Down Under School of Yoga (Brookline)

Many of us have experienced a change in climate in this post-election period. In this workshop we use Iyengar asana practice, small-group contemplative activities, and large circle sharing to cultivate stability, compassion, and clarity of mind, and to kindle the fires of justice and hope. We practice as a community so “the light of wisdom may radiate” (Yoga Sutra 2.28) in obscure times. Activities will be co-led by Kris Manjapra along with Manju Vachher and Annie Hoffman. All are welcome to this workshop.
This event is free with a requested cash or check donations to the Iyengar Yoga Association of New England Community Service Fund.


Diversity in Design

Dec. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

General Assembly Downtown

Advancements and innovations in design continue to transform everyday life. Unlike almost any other discipline, design has the power to permeate every product, moment, and solution in our lives. However, there is one area in which design as a profession is lagging: diversity. The truth is, approximately 86% of professional designers are Caucasian. Yet race is only part of the picture. Diversity in design means diversity of experience, perspective, and creativity—otherwise known as diversity of thought—and these can be shaped by multiple factors including race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual identity, ability/disability and location, among others.
On Dec 14th, General Assembly and CreativeMornings will join forces to tackle this future of diversity in design head-on. So join us for some mingling, drinking, and a thoughtful, but light-hearted, discussion featuring some of Boston’s best designers.


Cultural Survival Bazaar

Dec. 16, 10:00 a.m.- Dec. 18, 8:00 p.m.

Prudential Center

This free admission festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists from around the world. Enjoy demonstrations by artists and live music from around the world. Chat with Indigenous artists about their crafts and cultures and celebrate the holidays with a beautiful memento of your local trip around the world. Cultural Survival is a non-profit organization that advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures and political resilience. For more, visit cs.org.



November Events

Ta-Nehisi Coates Live Stream – “When Will France Have Its Barack Obama?”
Nov. 2, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline)
Best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates will lead a discussion on Obama’s presidency,French politics, race and identity with guests Pap Ndiaye, Benjamin Stora, Iris Deroeux & Jelani Cob. Free tickets available at www.coolidge.org.

Being American: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez
Nov. 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Old South Meeting House
Co-Presented by Boston Asian American Film Festival, Chinese Historical Society of New England, Groundwork Lawrence, the National Park Service, Old South MeetingHouse, and Roxbury International Film Festival  This evening will feature a screening of the film “14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez ,” followed by a panel discussion on immigrant communities and what it means to be an American citizen. Register at http://osmhnov3-16.bpt.me to attend. 

Lecture on Human Rights at Faneuil Hall: Harry Belafonte
Nov. 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Faneuil Hall
Harry Belafonte, musician and activist who has been dedicated to changing the world since his work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1950’s, will give a lecture on Justice & Equality: Inspiring Activism. 

Día De los Muertos Celebration
Nov. 4, 6:00 p.m.
Cultural Center (Piano Row)
Join Amigos in celebration of Día de los Muertos with hot chocolate and pan de muerto.

Nov. 5, Time TBD
Museum of Fine Arts
This series of 80 one-minute plays presented by Company One in collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the One-Minute Play Festival was created in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and takes its title from the statistic that a black man, woman, or child is murdered at the hands of a vigilante, security guard,or police officer every 28 hours in the United States.

Poetry Reading by Kavi Ade
Nov. 7th, 6:30-8pm
MPR (Piano Row)
Come listen to the Brooklyn-born, Afro-Caribbean poet give his thoughts on gender, race, and intersectional identities.

Real Boy Screening and Q&A
Nov. 8th, 8pm
Bright Lights Family Screening Room (Paramount Building)
A Bright Lights screening of Real Boy, followed by a Q&A with the director, Shaleece Haas, and the subject of the film, Bennett Wallace. The film is the coming of age story of Bennett himself and his journey to find his voice.

Lunch and Learn with P. Carl
Nov. 9th, 12-1:30pm
MPR (Piano Row)
Come to the MPR to join the discussion of what it means to be transgender, and what you can do to support the trans people around you.

Theater Workshop with True Colors
Nov. 10th, 6-8pm
MPR (Piano Row)
This local youth theater troupe will be teaching their approach to training young LGBTQ+ and ally leaders.

Hip Hop’s Critical Gender Politics
Nov. 10, 10:00-11:45 a.m.
Room 210 (Walker Building)
During this lecture, Dr. Dawn-Elissa Fischer of Harvard University will discuss gender politics and hip hop, in particular how hip hop and womanism are becoming part of the solution for inequalities and issues associated with gendered identities.

Social Justice, Neutrality, and Balance with Special Guest: Jacey Fortin
Nov. 14, 5:45-8:00 p.m.
Bordy Theater (216 Tremont)
Freelance journalist Jacey Fortin will give a guest lecture on social justice, with opening remarks from Professor Claire Andrade-Watkins and a post-lecture discussion moderated by Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence Professor Carole Simpson. A reception hosted by the School of Communication will follow. 

Coffee and Conversation
Nov. 17, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Walker 10th Floor
Chat with members of the Emerson community at this event sponsored by International Student Affairs.

Film Screening: Out of Africa
Nov. 19, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Scandinavian Cultural Center (Waltham)
Initially set on being a dairy farmer, the aristocratic Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) travels to Africa to join her husband, Bror (Klaus Maria Brandauer), who instead spends their money on a coffee plantation. After discovering Bror is unfaithful, Karen develops feelings for hunter Denys (Robert Redford), but realizes he prefers a simplistic lifestyle compared to her upper class background. The two continue on until a series of events force Karen to choose between her love and personal growth.

Dream, Girl Documentary Screening
Nov. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
General Assembly Downtown
Dream, Girl is the documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring & ambitious female entrepreneurs. Join us for an exclusive screening at General Assembly – popcorn included!

Chris Edwards Author Event
Nov. 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cambridge Public Library
At a time when the word “transgender” didn’t really exist, and with some support from family, friends, and a great therapist, Chris Edwards began his transition to become the man he always knew he was meant to be. Join us in the Lecture Hall to hear him speak and read from his new book, Balls.

October Events

Building the Bridge: A Discussion on America’s Racial Divide
Oct. 5, 8:00 p.m.
Cultural Center (Max Mutchnick Campus Center)
Join EBONI and guest speaker Haywood Fennell of the Oscar Micheaux Family Theater Project for a discussion of the current racial climate in America and where the country can go from here.

Speak Up! Art is Action – MassLEAP Youth Spoken Word Exhibition 
Oct. 6, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Edward M. Kennedy Institute  
Listen to young Boston area poets share perspectives on important contemporary issues. Featuring original spoken word poetry followed by a panel discussion. Register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speak-up-art-is-actionmassleap-youth-spoken-word-exhibition-tickets-27199761218?_ga=1.73228499.1384508211.1470234297

Maximizing the Odds
Oct. 6, 10:00-11:45 a.m.
Bill Bordy Theater (216 Tremont)
Featuring guest speakers from Emerson’s faculty and administration and a performance by Flawless Brown, Maximizing the Odds is a special conversation for multicultural and LGBTQ students on increasing your likelihood of success.

Creating 1000 Cranes
Oct. 6, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Cultural Center (Max Mutchnick Campus Center)
If you are a fan of origami, snacks, or solidarity, join ASIA for an evening of viewing videos made by NBC Asian America and folding paper cranes to show support for Black Lives Matter.

Oct. 7, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Cabaret (Little Building)
Emerson’s Alliance for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone kicks off Queer History month with their annual drag show in the Cabaret.

2016 LGBT Youth Empowerment Conference 
Oct. 8-9
MIT Tang Center 
The annual Youth Empowerment Conference is a space for LGBTQ youth of color and allies to connect and learn together. Register and find out more at http://www.hbgc-ourtimenow.org/about-us

T. Howard Foundation Meet and Greet
Oct. 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room (Max Mutchnick Campus Center)
The T. Howard Foundation Internship Program aims to connect minority students with internships in the multimedia and entertainment industry. Learn about the internship application process at this information session, or visit www.t-howard.org for more information.

WLP Faculty and Alumni Reading Series: Jerald Walker and Caitlin McGill
Oct. 12, 4;00-7:00
Charles Beard Room (Little Building)
Distinguished authors Jerald Walker and Caitlin McGill will read from their work, followed by a Q&A.

Teach-In on Race
Oct. 14, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Cutler Majestic Theater
An all-day event featuring panels of experts and active engagement in discussion of race and racism, the college-wide diversity teach-in will open with a lecture from keynote speaker Eddie Glaude of Princeton University entitled “A Revolution of Value: A Politics for Our Time.”

Bright Lights: Good Luck Soup with director/alumnus Matthew Hashiguchi
Oct. 18, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Bright Family Screening Room (Paramount Center)
In this documentary, Matthew Hashiguchi delves into his and his family’s identities as Japanese Americans. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

Between Racism and Islamophobia: Resistance and Solidarity in a Changing Europe
Oct. 20, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Cabaret (Little Building)
Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, this talk by Miriyam Aouragh from the University of Westminster will explore modern day activism, racism, and Islamophobia.

WLP Publishing Series: Diversity in Children’s and Young Adult Publishing
Oct. 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cabaret (Little Building)
This panel of editors and authors of children’s and young adult books, moderated by WLP Associate Professor Jabari Asim, will discuss the state of multicultural representation in children’s and young adult literature.

Gay and Middle Eastern in Post-Orlando America
Oct. 24, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room (Max Mutchnick Campus Center)
Dr. Sa’ed Adel Atshan of Swarthmore College, who has worked as an LGBTQ rights activist in the Middle East, will discuss the tragedy of the Orlando massacre and the larger implications of homophobia that arose in its wake.

Coffee and Conversation
Oct. 27, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Walker 10
Come by the Common Ground space on Walker 10 for coffee and company.