“Mexican American Literature and the Environment” with Priscilla Solis Ybarra

Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm  to  7:00 pm

Priscilla Solis Ybarra, a professor of English and Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies at the University of North Texas, will discuss her recent book, Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment, with University of Texas professors John Morán González and Domino Perez.

The event is sponsored by Environmental Humanities @ UT, Department of English, Center for Mexican American Studies, and Department of Mexican American & Latina/o Studies. More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: University of Texas at Austin campus, CLA 1.302E, Julius Glickman Conference Center (first floor, CLA Building). Paid parking in the Brazos Garage, 210 E. MLK Blvd.

Ai-jen Poo Speaking on “Immigration and the Future of American Families”

Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm  to  7:00 pm

Ai-jen Poo will discuss the role of immigrant women in the American care economy, featuring the stories and solutions of immigrant women for a more caring economy and democracy.

Poo is Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of Caring Across Generations. She also was a co-founder of Domestic Workers United and led a seven-year legislative campaign that resulted in the nation’s first Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in New York City. Her 2015 book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in Changing America, outlines a road map to create a more caring nation, providing solutions for fixing our fraying safety net while also increasing opportunities for women, immigrants, and the unemployed.

The lecture, sponsored by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, will be followed by a reception. Free registration and more information online.

Location: Eidman Courtroom, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E Dean Keeton St., Austin, 78705

Beautiful Rising Book Launch: Stories of Creative Activism from the Global South

Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

In the fight for freedom and justice, people are turning to art, creativity, and humor. A follow-up to the popular Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South showcases innovative approaches from struggles against austerity and autocracy across the Global South.

More information on the Facebook event page.

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

“Free Speech on College Campuses: Where to Draw the Line?”

Date: October 20, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:30 pm

Recent incidents on college campuses involving controversial speakers have sparked a surge in disruptive and sometimes violent protests by activists. How should college campuses respond to hate speech? What are the constitutional limits on restricting speech on college campuses?

Panelists include: Brianna Davis, Educational Leadership and Policy; Robert Jensen, Journalism; Peniel Joseph, History and Public Affairs; H.W. Perry, Jr., Government and Law; Shetal Vohra-Gupta, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis; Sharon Watkins Jones, Texas ACLU; and moderator Leonard Moore, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

The event—sponsored by the University of Texas’ Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, with co-sponsorship of the Opportunity Forum—is free, with lunch provided, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

Location: Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 201 E. 24th St., University of Texas, Austin

Walls of Racism and Oppression – Texas to Palestine and Beyond

Date: October 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Matthew Hoh and other members of the Veterans For Peace Palestine/Israel Delegation will speak about their work, which includes recent visits to Ferguson, Standing Rock, Jeju Island, and Okinawa as well as an upcoming trip to the U.S./Mexico border. Filmmaker Chris Smiley will also show clips from a forthcoming documentary about the group. More info on this Facebook event page.

Meal at 6 pm, program at 7 pm

Location: Friends Meeting of Austin, 3701 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, 78721