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PSU Smith Center

1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

Future events happening here

  • Friday
    Jul 14 2017
    White Artists Don't Have to Make Work About Racial Identity

    White Artists Don't Have to Make Work About Racial Identity | Rakeem Cunningham On display: July 5–28, 2017 Reception: Friday, July 14, 6–8 p.m.

    For Los Angeles based artist Rakeem Cunningham, texture has always functioned as a gateway to fantasy. Whether the portal is flowing fabric, animated seamless paper, or free flowing plastic wrap, the dents, crinkles, and crevices of a material’s surface is employed to unmask or cover up self-truths. In 2013, Cunningham came out as a gay man, opening up a whole new world and with it newfound levels of oppression, heartbreak, and discrimination.

    This exhibition, entitled “White Artists Don’t Have to Make Work About Racial Identity” navigates the ways in which desire, oppression, humanization, sympathy, self-hate, and emotional apathy are imposed on queer black men through the media, family, romance, and false narratives of hyper-masculinity.

    BIO:

    Rakeem Cunningham is a visual artist and videographer based out of Los Angeles, California. Born in 1992, his work explores themes of self-identity, queer politics, identity politics, self-acceptance, and the navigation of body politics under the gay landscape. Cunningham studied Design and Media Arts at UCLA, and frequently collaborates and showcases his work with queer/POC brands and figures such as the LGBT center, Dawn Richard, the FADER, the UCLA new Wight Gallery, Cakeboy Magazine, and the Tenth Zine.

    The Littman and White Galleries are student-run exhibition spaces at Portland State University. Our mission is to provide the tools for a critical experience of visual culture through direct exposure to a comprehensive program of contemporary art for students and community members. We envision the Littman and White Galleries as centers for cultural enrichment where an indispensable art experience is accessible to all perspectives and levels of education.

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Past events that happened here

  • Saturday
    Jun 10 2017
    Resisting Borders, Returning Land: Building Movements of Solidarity (African & Native Solidarity PDX)

    As border militarization and mechanisms of state security and surveillance dominate national discourse in the wake of the Trump administration, social movements are responding to rapidly organize in opposition to regimes of deportation, violent border enforcement, incarceration, and population and demographic management, and the xenophobic, racist and heterosexist ideas that they mobilize. As support for migrant and refugee justice gains more popular support, it is critical these movements do not fall victim to the state's narratives of respectability and legality. There exists a well-intentioned myth of the hardworking and tax-paying immigrant, the patriotic refugee, or the heteronormative nuclear family who are business owners, all of whom are deserving of support and sanctuary because they assimilate into US capitalism and hegemony. Movements that fall in line with that narrative and myth sacrifice the communities most vulnerable and impacted by western imperialism and European settler colonialism, only to reify the position of the state as a legitimate and neutral arbiter of immigration and border policy, instead of a source of great structural and systemic violence.

    This panel brings together scholars and activists from different movements and communities to open dialogue on building and sustaining movements for migrant justice that are rooted in anti-colonial politics. The presenters will foster discourse critical of the state and capitalism as the drivers of violence and war, forced migration, displacement, dispossession, occupation, and border militarization. This event seeks to build out strategies for movement building and coalition building, drawing upon the amazing organizing of work of the panelists, and centering the freedom to move, the freedom to stay, the freedom to return, and the returning of stolen land as political pillars moving forward.


    Maru Mora Villalpando is a community organizer, trainer, political analyst, consultant, and founder of Latino Advocacy, LLC. – a true micro entrepreneur. She is part of the core leadership team at C2C, lead organizer with NWDC Resistance, Outreach Coordinator with Surge Reproductive Justice and Communications Coordinator for Familias Unidas por la Justicia. Mora Villalpando is a bi-lingual statewide community organizer and trainer with more than ten years of experience, primarily focusing on immigrant, racial, and reproductive justice issues. She was one of the lead organizers for the 10th Annual March for Immigrant rights in Seattle, where thousands of people demonstrated their support for immigration reform. Mora Villalpando has conducted numerous bilingual and monolingual trainings in different states, ranging from basic community organizing, legal rights for undocumented workers, how the legislative process works, using local and national media outlets for community organizing, and developing long-term organizing strategies for social change. Mora Villalpando organized the successful campaign in Snohomish County to ensure that interpretation for immigrants in local hospitals be provided, lead the effort to defeat anti-immigrant bills in the 2011 State Legislative Session, has provided numerous workshops on detention, deportation defense and immigrant justice, helped pushed for farmworker rights with Sakuma Farms, and organized in the aftermath of the spring of 2014 hunger strikes at Tacoma Detention Center, which had a rippling effect to the rest of the nation.

    She is a regular political analyst guest on Radio and TV in local and national media outlets. She is a speaker on behalf of immigrant rights, serves in the Blue Ribbon Commission of the Undocumented and Former Undocumented and joined the national delegation of the Not1More deportation to Fergusson MO.

    Alex Soto is a O’odham activist and musician. Francisco Habre is a Chicano activist and musician. Through their vintage beat production and empowering rhyme delivery, Shining Soul has made and name for themselves and has carve out their own unique lane in the AZ Hip Hop community and beyond with their distinctive blend of socially conscious, yet soulful brand of Hip Hop. Emcee Liaizon, Bronze Candidate and DJ Reflekshin have proven time and time again that their music is universally accessible and has the power to start the healing process regarding the social ills we all face through the medium of Hip Hop. Whether opening for major acts such as Phife Dawg, Ana Tijoux and Pharoahe Monch or “spreading their medicine” throughout the U.S., Canada and Germany with their rigorous tour schedule, Shining Soul reaffirms Hip Hop can be a conduit for positive change, internally and externally.

    Dean Spade teaches classes about poverty, racism, gender and social movements at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex and/or gender non-conforming and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law (Duke University Press, 2015). His 2015 documentary, Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back tells the story of Seattle activists getting Israeli Consulate-sponsored LGBT-themed propaganda events cancelled and facing a backlash (online free at pinkwashingexposed.net).

    African & Native Solidarity PDX is a community organization. "We are a collective of organizers of African and Indigenous descent who understand that the liberation of our peoples is inextricably connected."

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  • Friday
    Jun 2 2017
    The Sankofa Project Presents: Ramadan - free
    free

    PSU Smith Center

    Join us in observance of Ramadan as we strengthen ties with community! Learn about Ramadan and interact with our various featured stations including, henna, hijab, and opportunities to give your voice in future heritage programming. This event is part of The Sankofa Project with the Pan-African Commons.

    Questions? fadumo@pdx.edu

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  • Friday
    May 26 2017
    PSU MEChA: Crossing Over Screening: Undocumented Trans Latina Experiences - Chicanx Week
    free

    PSU Smith Center

    Join us at PSU's Queer Resource Center for a screening of the documentary film Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity. The film speaks on the experiences of three undocumented transgender women and their experiences coming to the United States, navigating the health care system as trans women, and confronting transphobic and xenophobic violence and prejudice.

    This event is a collaborative event between the PSU MEChA and the Queer Resource Center for their respective 2017 Chicanx Week and Pride Month. Free drinks and snacks will be provided.

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  • Thursday
    May 25 2017
    PSU MEChA: Salt of the Earth Screening: Chicana Activism in New Mexico - Chicanx Week
    free

    Join us at PSU's La Casa Latina for a screening of the 1954 film Salt of the Earth, based on 1951 strike against Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico. This film was blacklisted by the Hollywood establishment at the time because of its portrayal of Chicana and Mexican women--who led the strike--as community leaders and saw the film as a threat to the social order.

    This event is a part of PSU MEChA's 2017 Chicanx Week. Free drinks and snacks will be provided.

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  • Monday
    May 22 2017
    PSU MEChA: Teachers as Activists - Chicanx Week
    free

    PSU Smith Center

    Join us at PSU's La Casa Latina to learn how educators can serve as activists within the classroom. "Teachers as Activist" will be facilitated by PSU MEChA alumni, Liberty High School Graduation Coach and grad student: Alexander Díaz Rios This event is a part of PSU MEChA's 2017 Chicanx Week. Free snacks and beverages will be provided.

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  • Wednesday
    May 17 2017
    Pan-African Film Series - Africa's Black Star: Kwame Nkrumah

    Africa's Black Star documents the life, the struggles and political influence of one of the ideological teachers of the All-African People's Revolutionary Party, Kwame Nkrumah. To this day, he is regarded as one of the highest inspirations in the fight against European imperialism and (neo) colonialism.

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  • Thursday
    May 11 2017
    Feminist Queer Crip: Imagining Accessible Futures
    free

    PSU Smith Center

    Join us at Portland State University for Alison Kafer's keynote at the fifth annual Walk of the Heroines Lecture. Kafer is a cutting-edge critical disability studies scholar and author of Feminist, Queer, Crip. (Indiana UP, 2012). By challenging the (dis)ability system and compulsory heterosexuality, Kafer asks us to imagine what a future based on justice might look like. She expands on how alliances and coalitions can cross disability rights, trans-activism, and feminist activist spaces and time. Kafer’s work is a crucial contribution to feminist, queer, and crip thought. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in SMSU 327/8/9.

    PSU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students and guests attending our events. Requests can be made with the Disability Resource Center at 503-725-4150 or via email at drc@pdx.edu. Please make requests as soon as possible.

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  • Indigenous Resurgence and Radical Anti-Colonial Struggle

    Presentaion and Discussion with Kanahus Freedom, Amanda Lickers, and Klee Benally

    From the Idle No More movement to the events at Standing Rock, the idea of native resistance has been receiving increasing mainstream visibility. There is an endless onslaught of extractive and destructive industries involved in land theft, indigenous dispossession, and the desecration of sacred places. This event will bring a variety of indigenous voices from across Turtle Island to discuss what is needed to build an effective, mass movement to resist the ongoing manifestations of settler colonization across this land. In spite of different localities, all are tied to a logic and history of settler colonialism. The growing momentum behind indigenous resurgence, decolonization, and land defense on this continent requires critical movement building, strategizing, and solidarity. This presentation will address different forms of indigenous resurgence across Turtle Island and the critical analyses needed to build a radical anti-colonial movement to defend land and sacred spaces, while attending to the central question of prefiguring the return of indigenous land and life and the dismantling of the settler state.

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  • Thursday
    May 4 2017
    No Human Being Is Illegal: Community Panel
    free

    Panelists will include presenters from: Milenio.org, Carpenter's Local 1503, Voz Workers' Rights Education Project & International Socialist Organization

    From the Muslim ban to the relentless ICE raids that have been terrorizing communities, it's vital that we come together and discuss how we stop these attacks and build a bigger movement to defend Immigrant rights overall. Join us for an evening of panelists on this important issue!

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  • Friday
    Apr 28 2017
    Queer Students of Color Conference: Decolonizing Queerness
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    PSU Smith Center

    Join us for the seventh Queer Students of Color Conference, organized by students at Portland State University to convene students and community members together and create intentional communities around the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, culture, and nationality.

    Keynotes Confirmed: Caleb Luna, Karolina Lopez, Kay Barrett, Taylor Amari Little

    The theme of QSOCC this year, Decolonizing Queerness, looks to the process of decolonization as an interwoven, communal, and consistent push to actively resist the pervasive politics of colonization. It is a push to resist the cruel and oppressive structures we have created, existed within and to which we have been indoctrinated. To queer is to decolonize. Queerness at its true form has always been active resistance to a privileged narrative; a critique of the constructs that rule our current social location. We feel a responsibility to continue this tradition. Our intention for this year’s conference is to go beyond spotlighting our people that came before us. Our intention is to learn from their strength and resilience of active resistance and to invite ourselves and our QTPOC communities to come together to continue their legacy and co-create our future.

    For more information on the conference, how to submit a workshop, and how to be a vendor, visit pdx.edu/queer/qsocc

    To register, visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/pdxQSOCC

    With questions, contact Brianna at qsoc@pdx.edu For accessibility requests, contact Craig at cleets@pdx.edu

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  • Thursday
    Apr 27 2017
    Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber screening

    As part of the Rising Up for Human Dignity 2017 Film Festival, join us for a screening of Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber.

    Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day was this past Sunday, April 23rd. Before the film starts, Rabbi Ariel Stone will lead us as we will take a moment to remember all of those lost during the Holocaust and join together to pledge to work towards "Never Again!" We are honored to have April Slabosheski, Holocaust Educator at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Julia Reihs, local photographer, videographer, writer and storyteller with us for an engaging talk-back after the film. Attendees will also have a chance to share a reflection for a Together We Remember (TWR) project. TWR is a global month of remembrance and activism for all victims of genocide and mass atrocities.

    At age 24, Ruth Gruber became a New York Herald Tribune reporter and photographer and the same year was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic. A trusted member of the Roosevelt Administration during WWII, she was given a dangerous secret mission. A feminist before feminism, Ruth was never just an observer, she was a participant in the making of history. Run time: 1 hour 13 min

    Doors at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7pm. PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296-8

    Rising Up for Human Dignity 2017 Film Festival is a collaboration of The Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at Portland State University and the Never Again Coalition. www.neveragaincoalition.org/rising-up

    Questions? Contact Amanda Byron at abyron@pdx.edu or Lauren Fortgang at neveragaincoalition@gmail.com

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  • Saturday
    Apr 22 2017
    Earth Day of Service 2017

    PSU Smith Center

    Registration is now open for Earth Day of Service! Earth Day of Service is annual event put on by the Student Community Engagement Center that celebrates and brings attention to sustainability and the environment through community service projects! Come out and serve in your community with various community partners and amazing like minded individuals!

    Register at this link: https://docs.google.com/a/pdx.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBvv6iNogZqfnTrSm3liuik8jMv4vX_ZFGufUKozVqV1knoQ/viewform

    Contact us at volunteer@pdx.edu with any questions

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  • Thursday
    Apr 20 2017
    Children of Beqaa screening
    free

    As part of the Rising Up for Human Dignity 2017 Film Festival, join us for a screening of Children of Beqaa.

    Children of Beqaa documents director Elias Matar and his daughter Lyla, traveling to the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon in June of 2016 to work with Salam LADC, a local NGO. Here in the Beqaa, there are over 500,000 Syrian refugees who have been living in a state of limbo for the past 5 years. These refugees are left in the dark; they have no country, nearly no rights, very little education and not enough food. Children of Beqaa gives a voice to the refugees, who just want their stories to be heard. Run time: 1 hour 16 minutes

    We are having a collection drive for laundry and dish detergent for newly arrived refugees in Portland. Please bring some detergent with you!

    The number of Syrian refugees is staggering. In addition to Syrian refugees overseas, we also have some in Portland. Learn how you can help Syrians both here in Portland and abroad. Learn about the online tutoring program Paper Airplanes. We will have a collection drive for refugees. Information and volunteers from Portland Refugee Support Group, Islamic Social Servies of Oregon State (ISOS), IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization), Rain (Refugee Assistance and Information Network International), Catholic Charities of Oregon and Lutheran Family Services will also be on hand. And don't forget, you can meet with Children of Beqaa director Elias Matar who will be preparing for his next trip to the Syrian refugees camps in Lebanon.

    Doors at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7pm. PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238 (Browsing Lounge)

    Rising Up for Human Dignity 2017 Film Festival is a collaboration of The Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at Portland State University and the Never Again Coalition. www.neveragaincoalition.org/rising-up

    Questions? Contact Amanda Byron at abyron@pdx.edu or Lauren Fortgang at neveragaincoalition@gmail.com

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  • Wednesday
    Apr 19 2017
    Organizing Meeting: Build for Anti-Trump Student Walkouts on May 1!
    free

    Organizing Meeting for Anti-Trump Student Walkouts

    Come to this meeting to get plugged in to organizing for a May 1 student walkout against the Trump agenda! Escalating the resistance with a wave of national student walkouts on May 1, International Workers Day, will send a clear message to Trump, the billionaire class, and the Republican Party that we reject their agenda of bigotry, hate, and division; that we reject their corporate policies of gutting social services and education.

    Join with Socialist Students in demanding: Come to this meeting to get plugged in to organizing for a May 1 student walkout against the Trump agenda! Escalating the resistance with a wave of national student walkouts on May 1, International Workers Day, will send a clear message to Trump, the billionaire class, and the Republican Party that we reject their agenda of bigotry, hate, and division; that we reject their corporate policies of gutting social services and education.

    Join with Socialist Students in demanding:

    • No Deportations, No Ban, No Wall! Defend Immigrants on Campus!

    • No Tuition Hikes - Free College for All!

    • Black Lives Matter - End Police Brutality & Mass Incarceration!

    • For Living-Wage Union Jobs - $15/hr for All Campus Workers!

    •Stop the GOP Assault on Healthcare - Free Comprehensive Coverage for All!

    • Defend Planned Parenthood - For Universal Access to Abortions & Reproductive Care!

    • No New Pipelines, No EPA Cuts - Fight Climate Change with Green Jobs and Renewable Energy! • No Deportations, No Ban, No Wall! Defend Immigrants on Campus!

    • No Tuition Hikes - Free College for All!

    • Black Lives Matter - End Police Brutality & Mass Incarceration!

    • For Living-Wage Union Jobs - $15/hr for All Campus Workers!

    •Stop the GOP Assault on Healthcare - Free Comprehensive Coverage for All!

    • Defend Planned Parenthood - For Universal Access to Abortions & Reproductive Care!

    • No New Pipelines, No EPA Cuts - Fight Climate Change with Green Jobs and Renewable Energy!

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  • Pan-African Film Series - Kwame Ture: Converting the Unconscious
    free

    Join All African People's Revolutionary Party - Oregon for a screening of a talk by pan-African revolutionary Kwame Ture (formerly Stokely Carmichael) where he discusses how to convert the masses of unconscious, disorganized people to a mass of organized, conscious people.

    We'll view the film and gather after it's over for a facilitated group discussion. Admission to this screening is free and snacks will be provided. Children are welcome!

    See you Wednesday, April 19th at 6:00 PM in Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 26 (in the basement).

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  • Friday
    Apr 14 2017
    Black Resistance
    free

    PSU Smith Center

    Assalamo Alaikom ( Peace be upon you )

    Join us for a educational and insightful discussion with Brotha B (aka: Blake Simons) an educator, writer and instructor with UC Berkley and the nephew of Jalil Muntaqim ( former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army ).

    Black Student Union and Muslim Student Association recognize the intersections of being Black and Muslim and being a student in higher ed and trying to navigate a white supremacist, capitalistic, patriarchal system.

    The purpose fo this event is to learn of black resistance in the past and present and listen to stories of strong black leaders, including strong black muslim leaders who fought and made change in their communities.

    Please join us. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome. ( Those without children: Please be mindful that some community members may not be able to find childcare, please respect their time and resilience in being child care providers while also being learners. Those with children: please make sure that we respect time and learning space of those attending, if you need to step out to take care of yourself or child please do so).

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  • Women of Color Speak Out: Climate Change and Systems of Oppressi
    free

    PSU Smith Center

    Join us for a very special event hosted by the PSU Environmental Club and Women of Color Speak Out! The four Seattle grassroots community activists-Patricia Allen, Zarna Joshi, Afrin Sopariwala, and Yin Yu-will be presenting on the intersections between climate change, capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, and the prison industrial complex. Free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided.

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  • Thursday
    Apr 13 2017
    The Case for Socialism

    The Case for Socialism: the fight against Trump and for a new society

    It’s time for an alternative for the exploited and oppressed. It’s time to fight back against those who pit us against each other and would destroy our planet for profit. It’s time to stand together, shoulder-to-shoulder, because that’s the only way we’ll win. Join us for a presentation and discussion on the tools we need to fight back and how we’ll build them.

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