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Much to do in Hatter Country

Barefoot wine speakersIn addition to the second home football game this Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., against Birmingham-Southern, there are many cultural offerings happening in the next few weeks at Stetson’s DeLand campus. Check out the full School of Music concert schedule at www.stetson.edu/music. This weekend’s theatre production of The Day They Stole All the Colors is listed, along with Stetson’s full theatre schedule, on the Cultural Calendar on the university online calendar. Stetson Today is your source for Stetson news and events. The following events are just some of the calendar offerings Stetson has in store for you: 

Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Barefoot Wine Founders to speak in LBC

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey (pictured), the founders of Barefoot Wine, will be speaking at noon, Sept. 24, about how they started their company with no capital and no knowledge of the industry, and built it into a leading brand before selling it to the largest wine company in the world. This event is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by Stetson University’s Prince Entrepreneurship Program and the Family Business Center. Rinker Auditorium, LBC.

Saturday, Sept. 28 – Smithsonian Museum Day

Stetson University, along with 11 participating museums and galleries located in West Volusia County, will celebrate the annual Smithsonian Museum Day. Each of these participating museums will be open, free of charge, offering free tours, refreshments, as well as artistic, hands-on activities for children. A shuttle will be available for free transportation to eight out of the 11 participating museums, including: African American Museum of the Arts, Florida Museum for Women Artists, Museum of Art, Stetson University’s Gillespie Museum, Hand Art Center, Natural History Museum located in the Sage Hall Science Center, the Henry A. DeLand House Museum & The Robert M. Conrad Educational & Research Center, and the DeLand Memorial Hospital Museum. This event gives the opportunity to promote cultural education in an interactive way. Visit the Smithsonian Magazine website for more information.

Saturday, Sept. 28 – 6th Annual Instrument Petting Zoo

Hosted by Stetson University’s School of Music, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Presser Hall, 419 N. Woodland Blvd. Children of all ages are welcome, free of charge. Kids will be able to see and play musical instruments up close and enjoy complimentary snacks. DeLand Discount Music will be providing instruments for the event. Sponsors include Volusia County Alumnae and Eta Pi Chapters, Sigma Alpha Iota, Stetson University School of Music, Stetson Community School of Music, and DeLand Discount Music. For more information, contact Stetson’s School of Music at (386) 822-8950 or visit http://www.stetson.edu/music.

Monday, Sept. 30 – BLACKFISH screening for the Stetson community 7 p.m., Athens Theatre, downtown DeLand

A mesmerizing psychological thriller with a killer whale at its center… This award-winning documentary was directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, and features Stetson’s own John Jett, visiting research professor of biology, who worked as a whale trainer years before teaching. Jett will introduce the film to the Stetson audience, and will be on hand for a Q&A immediately following the film. For more information about the movie, visit: http://blackfishmovie.com/. For more information about the screening, contact Stetson University Marketing at (386) 822-8920.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Social Justice Lecture by Peter Edelman: “So Rich So Poor: Why it’s so hard to end poverty in America”

This is the inaugural lecture in Stetson’s new Social Justice Lecture Series. Edelman is director of the Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy, Georgetown University. 8 p.m., Stetson Room, CUB. Open to the public, free of charge.

Thursday, Oct. 24 – Author, activist Janisse Ray will guest lecture on “A Growing Revolution to Save Food” as part of her week on campus as the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Program. More information to follow.

Stetson University’s Fall 2013 Intercultural Programs presents six lectures/presentations:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Staceyann Chin – Spoken-Word Artist – Staceyann Chin is not just a spoken-word poet, she is a performing artist and LGBT rights political activist. In addition to performing in and co-writing the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Staceyann Chin’s work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily, and she has been featured on 60 Minutes and The Oprah Winfrey Show. 7 p.m., Stetson Room, CUB. Open to the public. Sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center and the Multicultural Student Council. More information contact Tri-C, 386-822-7402, tri-c@stetson.edu.
  • Monday, Sept. 30 – rita zhang – Asian American Counternarratives: What does it mean to be Asian American in the 21st Century?  –  Her counternarrative will touch upon broad themes affecting the broader Asian Pacific Islander American community, including the model minority myth, intergenerational-conflict, racial marginalization/invisibility, and gender. Come and learn more about current APIA issues and gain insight on how to better serve/ally with the APIA community. 7 p.m., Stetson Room, CUB. Open to the public. Sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center and the Asian Pacific American Coalition. More information contact Tri-C, 386-822-7402, tri-c@stetson.edu. 
  • Thursday, Oct. 3 – Stacey Waite – Workshop  – Stacey Waite is a poet from Long Island, New York.  She received a Master of Fine Arts in poetry in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh. Waite has published four collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O’Hara Prize in Poetry), Love Poem to Androgyny (winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition), the lake has no saint (winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize in Poetry) and Butch Geography (Tupelo Press, 2013). 2:30-4:00 p.m., Tri-C. Sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center and the Multicultural Student Council. Open to the public. More information contact Tri-C, 386-822-7402, tri-c@stetson.edu.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington and Rev. Sam Offer – The Journey To Wholeness: Black, Christian, and Gay – LGBT History Month Keynote speakers. Jamie and Sam are two Black, Gay, Ordained Preachers in the Christian Church. They each have had a remarkable journey navigating and reconciling what it means to be all of who they are. They will inspire, encourage and challenge you. Come on the Journey to Wholeness: Black, Christian and Gay. 7 p.m., Stetson Room, CUB. Open to the public. Sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center and the Asian Pacific American Coalition. More information contact Tri-C, 386-822-7402, tri-c@stetson.edu.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Amer Ahmed – Addressing Islamophobia: Proactive Efforts to Address Hate and Bias On and Off Campus The post-9/11 era in the U.S. has exposed a significant degree of prejudice and bigotry towards Muslim people and those who may be perceived as Muslim. Racial profiling, surveillance, bias incidences and bullying continue to be widespread not only in society at large, but on college campuses as well. In light of this reality, questions remain regarding what campuses can do to proactively address these issues. Participants will learn the current realities related to Islamophobia and practical steps that can be made to address the issue. 7 p.m., Allen Hall. Open to the public. Sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center and the Multicultural Student Council. More information contact Tri-C, 386-822-7402, tri-c@stetson.edu.
  • Monday, Nov. 18 – Debra Freemont, Umonhon “Omaha” Tribe of Nebraska – Debra Freemont is the Interim Program Director American Indian Student Services at the University of Colorado- Denver. In this capacity she provides support to Native American students, coordinates programs around social justice issues that impact Native American communities and develops awareness programs around identity, culture, heritage, and traditions. 7 p.m., Stetson Room, CUB. Sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center. More information contact Tri-C, 386-822-7402, tri-c@stetson.edu.

Contributions by Maurie Murray, Courtney Allbee