Saginaw Valley State University is hosting a number of public events throughout Black History Month in 2017. The public is invited to SVSU throughout the month of February to join the university at its multiple Black History Month events. All events are free of charge and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. The events include:
• The documentary “Land Grab” will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the SVSU Student Life Center. The film captures the story of an eccentric finance mogul's dream to create the world's largest urban farm in his hometown of Detroit. The movie's director, Sean King O'Grady, will be on hand to discuss this intriguing film.
• Author Lawrence Ross will speak Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in SVSU’s Curtiss Hall banquet rooms. He is the author of “Blackballed,” which explores the present and historical issues of racism on hundreds of American college campuses, and how that ties into today's Black Lives Matter campaign.
• Ken Jolly, SVSU professor of history, will host an open discussion on higher education today through a lens of ethnic- and gender-centric viewpoints. His talk will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Roberta Allen Reading Room, on the fourth floor of Zanhow Library.
• SVSU will host its annual “Taste of Soul” luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Marketplace at Doan cafeteria. The event provides an opportunity for the community to sample various “soul food” recipes prepared by SVSU faculty and staff. The cost per person is $8.75.
• SVSU students and others can hear from past Cardinals during “Life After SVSU: an African-American Alumni Panel” Monday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in Curtiss Hall Seminar Room D. The event is an opportunity for current SVSU students to network and engage with notable SVSU alumni about their careers and life after college.
A full calendar of SVSU Black History Month activities is available online. For additional information, please contact SVSU’s Office of Multicultural Services at (989) 964-7090.