January 2015


Migrant Politics: Reflections and Conversations, with Gayatri Spivak

Date: February 1, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm  to  2:00 pm

How do migrant politics in the United States shape lives at home? How do politics in the Third World shape migrant lives in the United States? Columbia University professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, will be joined by Austin activist Carlos Perez de Alejo, co-editor of Presente!: Latin@ Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice / Voces Inmigranted Latin@s en la Lucha por la Justicia Racial, in a dialogue about the ways collective actions ‘here’ and ‘there’ trouble and complicate life ‘here’ and ‘there.’

More information online.

Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751

“The Panza Monologues” Reading and Book Signing with Virginia Grise

Date: February 8, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm  to  7:00 pm

“The Panza Monologues” is an original solo performance piece by Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga based on women’s stories about their panzas, that roll of belly we try to hide. The piece explores the panza as a symbol that reveals the lurking truths about women’s thoughts, lives, loves, abuses, and lived conditions.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Location: Resistencia Bookstore, 4926 E. César Chávez Street, 78702

Hip-Hop Activist Harry Allen, “Media Assassin” for Public Enemy

Date: February 11, 2015
Time: 3:30 pm  to  5:30 pm

Wednesday, February 11, 3:30-5 pm


Harry Allen became known as the “Media Assassin” for Public Enemy, one of the most important rap groups in history. In his position as “Director of Enemy Relations,” Allen spoke to the media to correct misconceptions about the group’s confrontational politics, occasionally adding commentary to Public Enemy tracks, such as the closing refrain from “Don’t Believe the Hype.”

In this talk, Allen will discuss early photos of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, and others members of the group as they were experimenting with the possibilities of a revolutionary art form that would speak to racial injustice more meaningfully than mainstream media and culture.

Allen writes about race, politics, and culture in his Media Assassin blog and a variety of publications, and is the host and producer of the weekly radio show “Nonfiction” on WBAI in New York. He also serves as an advisor to the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University.

The event is sponsored by the Senior Fellows Honors Program of the UT College of Communication, and co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies and the African American Culture Committee of Campus Events + Entertainment. For more information, contact Dave Junker,

Location: Belo Center for New Media Auditorium (BMC 2.106), 300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin

“We Always Resist: Trust Black Women” Film Screening and Fundraiser

Date: February 14, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

Mamas of Color Rising and the Women’s Community Center are hosting a screening of the documentary “We Always Resist: Trust Black Women” and a discussion on reproductive justice issues.

The 24-minute film provides a history of the struggle for reproductive justice, showing how black women have always considered reproductive rights and justice a fundamental part of how they defined liberation for themselves and their communities.

The suggested donation is $5. Free childcare is available, and there will be a potluck before the screening. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Donations will help young women of color on the Center’s staff and in the community attend “Color of Violence 4/Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities,” a conference focusing on ending violence without relying on policing, mass incarceration, and restrictive legislation.

Location: Women’s Community Center of Central Texas, 1704 San Antonio St. Austin, 78701

Screening of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X”

Date: February 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

Spike Lee’s film dramatizes Malcolm X’s journey from street criminal to intellectual and political activist, including his time in prison, conversion to Islam, ministry with the Nation of Islam and falling out with the organization, pilgrimage to Mecca, reevaluation of his views concerning whites, and his assassination on February 21, 1965.

Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for his starring role in the 1992 film, which was based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X, a collaboration between Alex Haley and Malcolm X.

The film will be shown in two parts, Saturday and Sunday nights, starting at 6 pm both nights.

Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751