Cultural Awareness Series

The 28th Annual
2021-2022 Cultural Awareness Series

Over the past 28 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 2021-2022 Brochure

Coming soon.

Cultural Program  Date
Cross Cultural Barbecue Thursday, August 26  |  4 p.m.
Latino Identities Month   September 15 – October 15, 2021
Disability Awareness Month October 2021
GSMA Celebration October 18 – October 23, 2021
Asian Cultural Celebration October 24 – October 30, 2021
Native American Cultural Celebration November 8 – November 12, 2021
Jewish Cultural Celebration November 15 – November 19, 2021
Kwanzaa Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration January 17 – January 22, 2022
Black History Month Celebration February 2022
Women’s History Month Celebration March 2022
Islamic Cultural Celebration April 4—April 8, 2022
Multicultural Fair Saturday, April 9, 2022
10 am – 5 pm (Rain or Shine)
Passover Seder Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Suggested Readings

Carol Anderson
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, 2017.

Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2015.

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

Ibram X. Kendi*
How to Be an Antiracist, 2019.

Jewish Voice for Peace
On Antisemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice, 2017.

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
March: Book One, 2013
March: Book Two, 2015
March: Book Three, 2016

John Lewis
Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, 2017.

John Okada
No-No Boy, 2014

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

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan*
blue talk & love, 2015.

Hida Viloria
Born Both: An Intersex Life, 2017

Sarah Wainwright and Abigail Neff
In Defense of Justice: The Greatest Dissents of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Edited and Annotated for the Non-Lawyer, 2019.

* 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.