Manikin: Play written & directed by UW Student and First Wave Scholar Natalie Cook


February 1, 2015

4PM at the Play Circle Theater

“MANIKIN” is a play written and directed by UW-Madison Senior and First Wave Scholar, Natalie Cook. The play explores gender relations between black men and black women living in modern day America.

Starring Hiwot Adilow, Amani Breanna Alexander, Jahleigh Bullie, Obasi Davis, Eddie Ukoeninn, and Janetta Hill

Featuring a performance by The Bellhops

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02/01 Dear White People


There will be a Dear White People Film Screening followed by a discussion on Feb. 1st at 3PM at Union South Marquee Theater.

Dear White People is a 2014 American satirical drama film written and directed by Justin Simien. The film focuses on African American students attending an Ivy League college in America. The film climaxes with a campus culture war between blacks and whites at a predominantly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party.

 Watch the Trailer:

The event will be followed with a discussion facilitated by a UW-Madison graduate student. Althea René Miller (pictured below) is a Los Angeles native and Master’s student in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at University of Wisconsin – Madison, studying Multicultural Education under the guidance of Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings. In 2012, she earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she focused on developmental and clinical psychology with an added emphasis on the genesis, proliferation, and maintenance of stereotypes, prejudice, and stigma. She is currently employed as a GED Instructor at Omega School, Inc. on Madison’s south side, and is well known in the Madison community for her artistry.


Click here to view the event poster.

Present your work at the Undergraduate Symposium this April!

Are you engaged in research, service learning, fine art and performance? Present your work to the campus community and public-at-large! Last spring 630 students presented, displayed or performed their work for members of the University, the surrounding community, family and friends. The students were mentored by 345 faculty and staff.Interested in presenting your

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The Annual Undergraduate Symposium is a forum designed to showcase undergraduate students’ creativity, achievement and talent across all disciplines through oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibitions, film shorts (new this year), and performances. The Undergraduate Symposium is open to all University of Wisconsin – Madison students enrolled during the 2014-2015 academic year, including those who graduated in December.

This year’s Undergraduate Symposium will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Union South. The schedule includes a film shorts session, a performance workshop where students can perform and discuss their creative process, and a reception at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Undergraduate Symposium Web site is located at:  For more information, please contact Laurie Mayberry, Assistant Vice Provost, at 262-5246 or​

Queering Borders: Immigration, Race & Sexuality with Karma Chávez


On January 29, 2015 the Multicultural Student Center will kick off the spring semester event calendar with a public talk from UW Madison professor and scholar Karma Chávez.

Karma R. Chávez is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Arts and affiliate in the Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at UW-Madison. She is the author of Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities. Karma is also a member of the radical queer collective Against Equality and a coordinator for LGBT Books to Prisoners. She hosts the radio program, “A Public Affair” every Wednesday on Madison’s community radio station, 89.9 FM WORT.

Chávez will discuss her book Queer Migration Politics (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and will explain how recent debates over the US-Mexico border, Central American child refugees, and immigration reform can and should be understood from a queer person of color point of view. This talk will examine the relationships between capitalism, borders (gender, sexual, racial and national) and power.

The talk will take place in the Multicultural Student Center lounge (2nd floor of the Red Gym at 716 Langdon Street) on Thursday, January 29th at 7PM. 

For questions or accomodation requests, please contact

To read more about Karma, click here.

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