Cultural Awareness Series

The 27th Annual
2020-2021 Cultural Awareness Series

Over the past 27 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 Awareness Series 2020-2021 [Brochure Available Soon]

Cultural Program  Date
Cross Cultural Exchange Thursday, August 27  |  4 p.m.
Latino Identities Month   September 15 – October 15, 2020
Disability Awareness Month October 2020
GSMA Celebration October 19 – October 24, 2020
Asian Cultural Celebration October 26 – October 31, 2020
Jewish Cultural Celebration November 2 – November 6, 2020
Native American Cultural Celebration November 9 – November 13, 2020
Kwanzaa Tuesday, December 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration January 25 – January 30, 2021
Black History Month Celebration February 2021
Women’s History Month Celebration March 2021
Passover Seder Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Islamic Cultural Celebration April 5—April 8, 2021
Multicultural Fair Saturday, April 10, 2021
10 am – 5 pm (Rain or Shine)

Suggested Readings

Benjamin Chavis, Jr.*
Psalms from Prison, 1983.
FUSION: Bridging the Gap between Civil Rights and Hip-Hop with MC Lyte, 2014.

Beth Macy
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, 2018.

Etan Thomas*
We Matter: Athletes and Activism, 2018.

Edgar Villanueva
Decolonizing Wealth:  Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, 2018.

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

John Okada
No-No Boy, 2014

Matthew Reimer & Leighton Brown
We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, 2019.

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan*
blue talk & love, 2015.

Moriel Rothman-Zecher
Sadness is a White Bird:  A Novel, 2018

Tara Westover
Educated:  A Memoir, 2018.


* Cultural Awareness Speaker or Performer

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


Special Thanks

African Student Union, Alter Egos, Arab Culture Club, Asian Student Association, Black Student Association, Black History Month Committee, Brothers of a New Direction, College of Arts and Sciences, Comb as You Are, Department of Athletics, Design Services, Diversity and Unity Coordinating Committee of the SGA, Eagle Bhangra, Facility Services, Feminists United, Framar Intercultural 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 Diversability,  UMW NAACP College Chapter, 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.