Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Mirror, Mirror... what's really going on?

We all remember the fairytale where the mirror was asked "who is the fairest of them all..." or Michael Jackson's, "Man in the Mirror," which nudged many into questioning exactly who or what was seen in that reflection and ultimately our own personal mirror's that allow us to see ourselves for who we really are. Eachand every day I believe that all of us are faced with the dilemma of gazing into life's mirror while trying to assess the visage that's being reflected. Unlike Alice whom fell into the mirror or a carnival house of mirrors, I try to make sure that the image that I'm seeing stays grounded in reality and as ususal, onpoint. With that said, we've asked,"Mirror, Mirror, what's really going on?" so let's get's cracking...

Pride in the City: If you recall, I posted info concerning the cancellation of Little Rock's 08 Capital Pride events usually slated for June. However, an intrepid reader brought another interesting bit of info to the table, concerning the fall 07 fundraising event that was held at Sidetracks. That event which featured spliting the "fund pot" with the Arkansas AIDS Foundation and Capitol Pride netted less than 2 Clevelands. ( FYI- yes, there use to be $1000.00 bills circulated among banks in the U.S., but they've been retired. President Cleveland was the face that on that note.) Anyway, the reader wondered out loud, if the activities have been "canceled" then what happens to the collected funds? Ummmm, I don't know, but it's a good question. Anybody got any answers?

Gender Politics: This year's political cycle has taken twist and turns that have opened up avenues for all types of discussions and debates. From my E-blast stack came this interesting invite to the Clinton School of Service lecture series featuring Erika Falk, a Johns Hopkins Communcation scholar discussing her new tome: Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns. Her new book, is a timely analysis of gender bias in press coverage of presidential campaigns. Tracing the campaigns of eight women who ran for president through 2004 – Victoria Woodhull, Belva Lockwood, Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm, Patricia Schroeder, Lenora Fulani, Elizabeth Dole, and Carol Moseley Braun – Falk finds little progress in the fair treatment of women candidates. I'm sure that many people are debating that assertion and how gender has played signifcantly in 2008. Sound like an engaging lecture and If you have time, it will be worth the time to attend. Falk is the associate program chair for the Master’s degree in Communication at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she served as a research director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
When: Thursday, February 21, 2008 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Lecture *Book signing to follow Where: Clinton School of Public Service Sturgis Hall
*Reserve your seats by emailing
publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or calling 501.683.5239.

Campus Conferencing: From the old E-blast stack also comes this invite and information updated to a previous post about the upcoming AQCC being held at UCA sponsored by Prism, CAR and SONG. I remember this event from last year, but to be honest, I'm not clear on what exactly was achieved or projected outcomes that can be substantiated. Was there a final report, position paper, white paper or assessment done? I don't recall, but perhaps so. However, this community can always use a infusion of information and skill building platforms. If you are interested, get involved and registered today. Here's your invite...

You are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Arkansas Queer CoalitionConference at the University of Central Arkansas Student Center inConway on April 4-5, 2008. The Arkansas QCC is an annual inclusive,educational conference for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queerand Allied Arkansans. The conference is hosted by UCA Gay-StraightAlliance PRISM and cosponsored by the Center for Artistic Revolution. *******Registration forms are REQUIRED for this event. ******* Registration fee is $10 to be paid upon arrival at the conference. Sliding scale is available for low-income individuals. Read below forinstructions on registering.This conference is packed with two days full of workshops, skillsbuilding, networking, and community building. Workshop topics include organizing in schools and communities, diversity, transgender issues, identity, and more. (A complete workshop/conference schedule will be posted closer to time). Southerners On New Ground (SONG) (www.southernersonn ewground. org), a fantastic organization based out of Durham, North Carolina will be at the conference to host our general sessions. SONG was founded inorder to advance Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queermulti-racial, multi-issued education and organizing capable of combating the Right's strategies of fragmentation and division. We ask that everyone please REGISTER by March 18, 2008 by joining our yahoo group, downloading the form, and emailing it electronically. Ouryahoo group can be found at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/queercoalition/The necessary forms will be found under the "Files" link to the leftin the "2008 Conference Materials" folder.Email completed forms to http://us.f578.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=QueerCoalitionConference%40gmail.com. Pleasesave your form as FirstName.LastName, i.e. Jane.DoeYour registration fee will be $10, which you may pay upon arrival atthe conference. Your fee will pay for your breakfast and lunch onSaturday. We also ask that you bring a potluck dish on Friday evening. If you have any trouble accessing the yahoo group, please do not hesitate to email the above email address or call Amanda at 501-412-3212. If you know anyone who cannot email their form, please have them call that number and RSVP via phone.We are looking for people who are willing to flyer across the state. We can mail you a packet with handouts and registration forms if you are interested.

1 comment:

Joe L said...

The decision not to produce a Pride event this year had not been finalized when the fundraiser was held. Capital Pride is donating their portion of the proceeds from the event back to the Arkansas AIDS Foundation (earmarked for HIV testing).