Democracy for Cincinnati hosts a candidates' forum at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, featuring two Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2nd Ohio District. Jim Parker and Thor Jacobs have agreed to participate in the forum at Maisons Lafayette Clubhouse, 879 Rue de la Paix in Clifton. The Democratic primary is May 2; the winner will challenge U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Milford) or another Republican candidate in the Nov. 7 general election. The 2nd Congressional District includes the eastern part of Hamilton County and Adams, Brown, Clermont, Pike, Scioto, and Warren counties.
Challenge Student Aid Ban
The American Civil Liberties Union's Drug Law Reform Project will soon file a lawsuit challenging the federal law denying student aid to people with drug convictions. If you are, or next year will be, ineligible for student aid due to a drug conviction, the ACLU would like to hear from you immediately. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-4-HEA-FIX.
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. Register at http://www.investinneighborhoods.com/register.html.
Maya Angelou at UC
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.
Heart-to-Heart Racial Justice Breakfast
The YWCA presents the YWCA Racial Justice Award and keynote speaker John Payton, one of the nation's leading civil right's attorneys, on Valentine's Day. A question and answer session with attorney Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney will follow.
Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m., and the program is from 7:50-9:30 a.m. Feb. 14. Tickets are $20 for students, $40 for the general public and $400 for a table of 10. To make reservations, call 513-361-2119.
Pepper on Ethics
The Heroes of Professional Ethics program hosts retired Procter & Gamble Chairman John Pepper at 7 p.m. Feb. 1. In 2001 P&G subcontractors obtained information about a competitor through means that, while perhaps legal, were contrary to the corporate culture of P&G. Pepper says he thought, "What is the right thing to do?" He notified the competitor and worked out a plan to ensure the information was not misused. Hosted by Xavier University at the Schiff Family Conference Center at the Cintas Center, seating is limited and reservations are required. To RSVP, contact Amanda Odom at 513-745-2820 or email@example.com.
Gender and Family in Islam
Dilek Cindoglu -- a Fulbright scholar and sociologist working on gender, work, power, democracy, health and sexuality issues -- speaks on gender and family in Islam at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Schiff Family Conference Center at Xavier University. For more information, call 513-745-3922.
The Hamilton County Democratic Forum hosts Jerry Springer and Ohio Democratic Party Chair 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.
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.m. Feb. 12 at the Northern Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. For more information, call 513.931.6651 or visit www.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.
Concentration Camp Poetry
The Xavier Players present I Never Saw Another Butterfly -- poetry written by children in the Nazi concentration camp Terezin -- at 7 p.m. May 11 at the Krohn Conservatory. For more information, call 513-745-3939.
Spanish Bilingual Coffee Hours
Share some caffeine with Spanish speakers at the Bilingual Coffee Hour at the Price Hill Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and every other Monday after that. Spanish speakers practice their English, and the English speakers practice their Spanish. The head librarian speaks both, and she facilitates. Call Price Hill Will for more information at 513-251-3800.
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, 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.