Cultural Awareness Series

The 25th Annual
2018-2019 Cultural Awareness Series

Over the past 25 years, the Cultural Awareness Series has grown more successful and has become highly anticipated thanks to your continued support.  We invite you to join us for a new and exciting year.  The speakers and performances scheduled for this year’s Cultural Awareness Series aim to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of diversity in race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age, and culture.

The James Farmer Multicultural Center strives to honor the late Dr. James L. Farmer and to keep his legacy alive.  Dr. Farmer was a dynamic civil rights leader and advocate for social change, and we hope that the Cultural Awareness Series helps members of the Mary Washington family and surrounding community to appreciate all aspects of diversity.

The James Farmer Multicultural Center believes that one way of educating about culture is through the arts.  Arts allow individuals to see culture through a fresh lens.  Artist Abby Willowroot said it best; “Art speaks the soul of its culture.”  By highlighting the distinctiveness of culture through such media as poetry, theater, music, food, literature, and dance, the James Farmer Multicultural Center hopes to help students grasp new and meaningful concepts about culture.

As the world becomes increasingly globalized, we hope that the programs in the Cultural Awareness Series open minds among all individuals to appreciate our differences and commonalities.  We also hope that our programs will encourage dialogue about these topics.  The programs in our series are collaborative partnerships.  Thanks to the offices acknowledged in this brochure, we are able to sponsor this inspiring line-up of authors, performers, pioneers, and activists.  We thank you in advance for considering this invitation to join us in celebrating diversity.

With best wishes and kind regards,

The James Farmer Multicultural Center Staff


The 25th Annual
2018-2019 Cultural Awareness Series

Latino Identities Month Keynote Performer:  Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble
Monday, September 24  |  5 p.m.  |  Pollard Hall, Room 304

Gender and Sexual Minorities and Allies (GSMA) Cultural Celebration Keynote Performer: Namoli Brennet
Tuesday, October 23 | 6:30 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Asian Cultural Celebration Keynote Performer: Prem Raja Mahat
Sunday, October 28  | 4 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Taste of Asia
Saturday, October 3  |  4 p.m.  |  Chandler Ballroom, University Center
For cost, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center.  Co-sponsored by the Asian Student Association

Taste of Asia is an annual celebration of Asian culture.  This event educates the community about different aspects of Asian cultures and lifestyles through a fashion show, dance performances, and a variety of ethnic foods.

Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Performer: Dr. Mark Naison
Thursday, Nov 8  |  7 p.m.  |  Lee Hall, Room 411

Native American Cultural Keynote Performer: Uptown Boyz
Thursday, November 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Thursday, November 29 | 6 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center
Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association

The University of Mary Washington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.
Sponsored by the Office of the President
Wednesday, January 23  |  7 p.m.  |  Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Black History Month Keynote Speaker:  Karen Hunter
Wednesday, February 13  |  7 p.m.  |  Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Step Show Competition
Saturday, February 23 | 7 p.m. | Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall
For cost information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center.

Stepping began in the early 1900s.  Today, the dance form uses the entire body to resonate complex rhythmic beats and sounds.  Join area collegiate teams for this high-energy, entertaining competition.

Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker: Major (Ret.) Kimberly Morris
Monday, March 19 | 7 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 411

Islamic Cultural Celebration Banquet Keynote Speaker:  Salaam Bhatti
Thursday, April 4 | 7 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center
Co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association

 29th Annual Multicultural Fair
Saturday, April 13 – rain or shine | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | UMW Fredericksburg campus

Each year, the Multicultural Fair attracts thousands and exemplifies UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness.  The fair provides an entire day packed with entertainment, children’s activities, international and American food, and ethnic arts and crafts.

Tuesday, April 23 | 6 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Student Association


Suggested Readings

Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.* & Kathryn Lee Johnson

In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma.  University Press of Kentucky, 2013.

Bernard LaFayette, Jr. (Editor, Contributor) *

The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North. University Press of Kentucky, 2016.

Mark D. Naison*

White Boy: A Memoir. Temple University Press, 2002.

James Farmer **

Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement. Penguin, 2013.

Canek Sánchez Guevara

33 Revolutions. Europa Editions, 2016.

Jesmyn Ward
Sing, Unburied, Sing. Charles Scribner’s Sons Publishers, 2017.

Hyeonseo Lee
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story, HarperCollins Publisher, 2015

* Cultural Awareness Speaker or Performer

**Late or current faculty member at the University of Mary Washington

Special Thanks

African Student Union, Alter Egos, Asian Student Association, Black Student Association, Black History Month Committee, Brothers of a New Direction, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Athletics, Design Services, Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee of the SGA, Eagle Bhangra, Facility Services, Feminists United, Framar International Living Community, Inter-Club Association, Jewish Student Association, Latino Student Association, Multimedia Services, Muslim Student Association, Native American Student Association, Office of the President, Office of Public Safety, People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual Minorities, Simpson Library, Office of Student Activities and Engagement, Student Affairs, Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity, Office of Student Involvement, Student Life, UMW Praise Dance Team, University Bookstore, University Police Department, University Relations and Communications, Vice President for Equity and Access, Voices of Praise, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Women’s History Month Committee, Women of Color.