The University of Cincinnati´s celebration of African-American History Month features Maya Angelou speaking at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Great Hall of Tangeman University Center. The event is free. However, priority seating will be given to students, faculty and staff. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call Student Activities and Leadership Development at 513-556-6115.
The Hamilton County Democratic Forum hosts Jerry Springer and Chris Redfern at the 21st Century Theater in Oakley at 7 p.m. Feb. 2. For more information, call 513-731-8000.
Dialogue on Iraq
Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst, believes the U.S. attack on Iraq was a war of aggression. Adeed Dawisha, a Miami University political science professor originally from Iraq, believes the U.S. occupation must continue until the country can govern itself. The two meet to discuss the war from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in Xavier University´s Kelly Auditorium in Alter Hall. No reservations are required. For more information, call Kristen Barker at 513-579-8547.
Salute Leading Women
Former Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls is the keynote speaker for the 12th Annual Celebration of Women Luncheon on March 2. Cincinnati Leading Women hosts the luncheon to honor women who have become role models and mentors to others. Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. The program is at the Grand Ballroom of the Millennium Hotel downtown.
The Color of Justice is a documentary about the history of race riots in Cincinnati. A screening of April Martin´s film will be followed by a discussion in the Great Hall of Tangeman University Center at UC at 7 p.m. Jan. 25. For more information, call 513-556-6115.
Cincinnati´s Racial Divide
How were Cincinnati race relations affected by the 2001 uprising and civil rights boycott? Donna Jones Stanley, president of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, speaks at 3 p.mwww.uunhf.org.
A Family Thing
A Family Thing, a drama starring James Duvall and James Earl Jones, explores the conflicts that arise when a man raised by white parents discovers his birth mother was black and that he has a brother. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Northern Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Admission is free; pizza and beverages are available for $5. For more information, call 513-931-6651 or visit www.uunhf.org.
Voices for Change
The changing social and political climate sets the stage for student-developed and produced performance pieces based on contemporary issues of justice and social equality. Topics include AIDS, sweatshops, abortion and peer pressure. Xavier Players perform in the Gallagher Student Center Jan. 20 21. Tickets are $5. For tickets, call 513-745-3939.
Concentration Camp Poetry
I Never Saw Another Butterfly -- poetry written by children in the Nazi concentration camp Terezin --will be presented by the Xavier Players at 7 p.m. May 11 at the Krohn Conservatory. For more information, call 513-745-3939.
Rabbi Discusses the Pope
Rabbi Michael Singer, one of the four authors of Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity presents ´John Paul II and Benedict XVI: The Papacy in the New Era of Jewish-Catholic Relations. The event is sponsored by the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Schiff Family Conference room in the Cintas Center.
For the first time, the Community Building Institute is sponsoring a Pre-Summit Kickoff Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 3, the night before the fourth annual Neighborhood Summit. The guest speaker is Jim Diers, liaison to Seattle communities for the University of Washington Office of Partnerships and first director of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Participants will receive copies of Diers´ book, Neighborhood Power: Building Community the Seattle Way. Reservations are required. The cost is $15 per person and includes. Register at http://www.investinneighborhoods.com/register.html.
The fourth annual Neighborhood Summit focuses on neighborhoods sharing their success stories -- from anti-drug efforts to community development to implementation of Clean & Safe projects. Sessions include court watch, environmental justice, securing grants and zoning. Members of city council and the city administration will present programs on the city´s top priorities and issues, including abandoned buildings, arts and culture, crime and safety, education, finance and health. Mayor Mark Mallory will speak and be available throughout the day for informal assemblies. The summit meets 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Xavier University´s Cintas Center. Register at http://www.investinneighborhoods.com/register.html.
City Council Works Nights, Sort of
Cincinnati City Council will meet at least three nights in 2006. Council has scheduled meetings at 6 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 25, May 10 and Sept. 20. Citizen forums begin at 5:30 p.m. Those wishing to address council must fill out a request card prior to the beginning of each Citizen Forum.
Ask the School Superintendent
Come ask questions of Cincinnati School Superintendent Rosa Blackwell. This is a unique way for parents and other concerned citizens to directly address the school superintendent with questions, concerns and suggestions. Forums run 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Riverview East Academy in the East End and March 28 at Roll Hill School in North Fairmount.