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January 30 - April 20, 2021   |   Regional Arts Center, Downtown 

TRAHC African American Committee (TAAC) 19th Annual Regional Celebration of African American Artists Exhibit: Quilts, Fabrics, and Fibers 

February 1st - 28th    |  "Any Other Name"

"Any Other Name" an Audio Drama dealing with the removal of Confederate Monuments, presented by the Drama Program at TAMUT & PLACE. 

Sponsors: Drama Program at TAMUT and PLACE

Please contact PLACE via Dr. Doug Julien (djulien@tamut.edu) or Dr. Brian Billings (bbillings@tamut.edu) to obtain the link. 

February 4th   |   10:00am-2pm  | Zoom

5th annual National Council for the Teachers of English African American Read-In

Students, Faculty, and Staff are Welcome

10:00 Dr. Brian Matthews – Kickoff 

10:30 Dr. Jaime Cantrell – Poetry 

11:00 Dr. Brian Billings – Drama 

11:30 Dr. Kevin Ells – Media Journalism 

12:00 Dr. Joe Burzynski – Nonfiction 

12:30 Dr. Craig Nakashian – History 

1:00 Dr Corrine Hinton – Young Adult Literature 

1:30 Dr Del Doughty – Music

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sponsors: Program in Literature, Composition, Media, and Mass Communications

February 8th   |   8:00am-5pm  | University Center, Room 420

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Rapid Results STI, Hep C, and HIV/AIDS testing will be offered by Texarkana's Special Health Resources & Texarkana Care Clinic.

Sponsors: A&M-Texarkana Student Life, Spectrum, Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Counseling Center

February 9th   |   6:00-7:00 pm  |   Zoom

Topic:  “The Black Family:  Myth, Reality, or Both?”

Dr. Cherry Gooden, Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) Higher Ed and Research Commission Chair.  Retired from Texas Southern University. 

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Sponsors:  Texas A&M University-Texarkana Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee,  Texarkana College, Northeast Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (NETABSE), CROWNed Jewels and PATH.

February 11th   |   5:30-6:30 pm   |   Zoom

Topic: "I Just Happen To Be Black"

Listeners will be provoked to look beyond stereotypical and ethnical depictions of colored people to develop a belief based on the content of their character. Listeners will be challenged to discard misguided assumptions that have been influenced by societal and classiest indoctrination to see the true and integrous nature of a race of people whose color triggers disregard and contempt. This speech will explore an optimistic shift in the narrative that focuses on the character beneath the skin color instead of requiring that skin color be a precursor to the judge color of character. 

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Dr. Brian L. Matthews
Assistant Professor of Management
College of Business, Engineering, & Technology
Texas A&M University-Texarkana

February 12th   |   12:00 - 1:00 pm   |   Zoom

Topic:   Uncontrollable Blackness: Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York 

In recognition of Black History Month, the Department of History and Political Science, the Academic Honors Program, and the Pres­ident's Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are pleased to sponsor a public lec­ture by Dr. Douglas Flowe, author of Uncon­trollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York.

Douglas Flowe is an assistant professor in the history department at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on crime, race, and manhood, and he teaches classes on urban history, race and drugs, criminality, and American masculinity. At Washington University he has won teaching awards including the 2018 Trailblazer Faculty Award. Con­nect on Twitter @douglasflowe.

Co-sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science

RESCHEDULED - February 24th    |    6:00-7:00pm    |    Zoom

Candid Conversations - "From College Dropout to Doctor: A Mother's Journey" by Dr. Alexandria White

Speaker: Dr. Alexandria White, adjunct faculty in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi and corporate consultant in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Dr. Alexandria White has 15 years of experience delivering training around diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a co-founder of M.A.N.E. Consulting, she assists clients with personal and business branding. Dr. White consults with organizations on ways to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces. She founded S.A.M.S.(Student Affairs MomS), the largest online community for mothers who work in the student affairs profession. Dr. White's professional career has involved retail banking, leadership, community activism, diversity planning and higher education. She holds a BA from Indiana University, MA from Ball State University and a EdD from University of Mississippi. Dr. White is adjunct faculty in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi. As a corporate consultant, she leads Inclusive Leadership Sessions for Portfolio Companies.

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Sponsored by PLACE, CROWNed Jewels, and the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

February 17th   |   5:00-6:00 pm   |   Eagle Hall           

Topic: “Let’s Kick-it with Coach Koontz” 

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PATH & TAMUT Students--Men

RESCHEDULED - February 25th   |   7:00-8:00 pm   |   Zoom

"Dorothea Towles Church: Le Mannequin"

In celebration of Black History Month, Dr. Joe Burzynski will be giving a virtual lecture on Dorothea Towles Church, a Texarkana native who was the first African American woman to earn wide commercial and critical success modeling for Parisienne couture fashion houses.

Speaker - Dr. Joe Burzynski
Assistant Professor of English
Texas A&M University-Texarkana

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Sponsored by PLACE

RESCHEDULED - February 26th   |   7:00 - 8:00 pm   |   Zoom

Comedy Night with Derrick Keener

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February 23rd   |   5:00pm-6pm   |   Zoom

Topic Description: Understanding How to Move Beyond Transactional Connections to Cultivate/Build Transformational Relationships

Speaker - Ms. Jolie Bernard, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker 

During this 45-minute conversation, Jolie Bernard will discuss how relationships and interactions are cornerstones to our everyday existence and having a basic understanding of what transactional relationships and transformational relationships are will help guide the listener in knowing how and when to transition from one to the other to create more intentional and meaningful engagements.

“Understanding How to Move Beyond Transactional Connections to Cultivate/Build Transformational Relationships” will navigate the listener through a series of thought-provoking ideas to determine how to transform and be transformed in professional and personal relationships.

Throughout the discussion, listeners will be asked to consider a) how many of his/her relationships are transactional?; b) why is he/she engaged in this type of relationship?; c) can these relationships be transformed?; d) how can he/she benefit from this new transformational relationship?

The objective of this conversation is to create the conditions for the audience to move beyond the culture of “transactions” and begin to act and execute on the cultivation of more transformational relationships that will build more appreciation, trust, connectivity, and conformability within professional and personal interactions and engagements.

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February 25th   |   5:00pm-6pm   |   Zoom

Topic: AFRO-BRAZILIAN CULTURE - It is an activity that seeks to show the influences of African culture on Brazilian roots, bringing in a dynamic way cultural, musical, dance and food elements. This activity can also have a social purpose, focusing on community issues in Rio de Janeiro, where the project comes from, and also work as a "virtual mini tour", where the speaker can show videos of the way she does in face-to-face tours in Little Africa (Rio de Janeiro). 

Speaker - Thais Rosa, from the project Connecting Territories, will share with you her life and knowledge as a black woman in Brazil.

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February 25  |   12:00pm-1pm   |   Zoom

The Jamison Building: Texarkana's African-American Past and Future 

Cylestine Thornton, Ina McDowell, and Representatives from Main Street Texas to talk about the Jamison Building Downtown.  

Sponsored by the Red River Center for Regional History and Culture.


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