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

Cultural Program  Date
Cross Cultural BBQ Thursday, August 30  |  4 p.m.
Latino Identities Month    September 15 – October 15, 2018
GSMA Celebration  October 22 – October 26, 2018
Asian Cultural Celebration  October 28 – November  3, 2018
Jewish Cultural Celebration  November 5 – November 9, 2018
Native American Cultural Celebration  November 12 – November 16, 2018
Kwanzaa  Thursday, November 29  |  6 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration  January 22 – January 29, 2019
Black History Month Celebration  February 2019
Women’s History Month Celebration  March 2019
Islamic Cultural Celebration  April 1—April 5, 2019
Multicultural Fair  Saturday, April 13, 2019
Passover Seder Tuesday, April 23  |  6 p.m.


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.