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Exhibit on Native Nations in Minnesota and the History of Treaty Making Open at MSUM Library

Posted on September 23, 2014

September 22-October 10 |Livingston Lord Library | Second Floor
Library Hours

“Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” is a new traveling exhibition that will explore the Native nations in Minnesota and their history of treaty making with the United States. The exhibit will open Sept. 22 in the Livingston Lord Library, second floor, where it will be on view through Oct. 10. Read the rest of this entry →

18th Annual Unity Conference, April 16-17

Posted on April 16, 2014

The 18th Annual Unity Conference “Our Historia: Latina/os Making History” will take place April 16-17 at the CMU.

The conference begins Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. with a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame, titled, “Americans in the Treasure House: What the History of Travel to Mexico Can Teach Us About Our Historia.” Read the rest of this entry →

Join Organizacion Latina Americana

Posted on October 01, 2013

Hola Fellow Dragons,
Looking for a way to get involved in student activities?

Join Organizacion Latina Americana!

Throughout the year we strive to enrich our campus with knowledge of our culture and we present our biggest event in the Spring, the Annual Unity Conference. Read the rest of this entry →

Kim Park Nelson organizer of Third International Symposium of Korean Adoption Studies

Posted on August 27, 2013

Kim Park Nelson, faculty in the AMCS department, organized, attended, and presented at the Third International Symposium of Korean Adoption Studies in Seoul, South Korea on July 29. This is her third time as lead organizer of the Symposium and lead editor of the Symposium proceedings. The Symposium is a one day academic conference that is part of the week long conference, the International Korean Adoptee Associations Gathering of Adult Korean Adoptees, which takes place every three years.

Yolanda Arauza will speak at the Latino Oral History Project Reception

Posted on September 14, 2012

Dr. Yolanda Lara Arauza, Department of American Multicultural Studies, will be making introductory remarks at the Latino Oral History Project Reception, celebrating the completion of two multi-year oral history projects in the Red River Valley: Latino Leaders of the Red River Valley and Building the Migrant Infrastructure in the Red River Valley. Arauza and her husband, Abner, conducted over 20 oral history interviews for the two projects. A reception will be held on Sunday, September 16, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Avenue North, in Moorhead. The event is free and open to the public.

Helen Klassen, former faculty member at MSUM, passed away July 31, 2012

Posted on August 02, 2012

Dr. Helen Klassen began her career at MSUM in the counseling center in 1989 and transferred to the American Multicultural Studies department in the late 1990s. Klassen was a leader in teaching and mentoring Native students. She was innovative and creative in her use of Anishinaabe cultural traditions in her teaching to engage students and enhance their understanding of course content. Klassen once stated that a great passion of hers was to examine the intersection between Native values, teaching and learning styles with those of the dominant culture to find a safe place within which learning can take place for my students. Read the rest of this entry →

Holding Eagle encourages community to grow

Posted on July 06, 2012

Jamie Holding Eagle poses for a picture in front of one of the gardens on the Lutheran Social Services plot, East of Rasumssen college in Fargo. Holding Eagle volunteers at many gardens in the Fargo-Moorhead area, she enjoys being outdoors in a low tech environment, June 26, 2012 Jesse Trelstad / The Forum

MSUM alum encourages community to plant gardens.

By: Janelle Brandon, SheSays Contributor, INFORUM

FARGO – Dil Maya Khadka stands over a collection of 5-gallon buckets with a hose, filling them with water to nourish the newly planted Growing Together Lutheran Social Services Garden in south Fargo.

Maya Khadka, 23, of Fargo, is just one of the 40 New American families receiving food she helped plant and is now tending.

“My baby,” says Maya Khadka pointing to her swollen middle. “July 27.” Born in Bhutan, Maya Khadka speaks very little English. When asked what her favorite vegetable is to grow and eat, she answers simply, “Tomatoes.” Read the rest of this entry →

Attend the 16th Unity Conference “Charting New Directions”

Posted on April 09, 2012

Organización Latina Americana invites you to attend the 16th Unity Conference, Thursday and Friday, April 19-20 at MSU Moorhead. The theme is “Charting New Directions: Nuevos Horizontes.” The Conference schedule and session descriptions are available online or in the CMU lower level during the Conference. Find out more online or contact Dr. Yolanda Arauza at 218.477.2027 or

Main speaker Dr. Refugio Rochin is the former director of the Society for Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in Science. Dr. Rochin was a professor of Sociology and Agricultural Economics and the founding director of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives. Read the rest of this entry →

Join us for Identities, Issues, and Intersections day

Posted on March 30, 2012

Monday, April 2 is the kickoff for Diversity Week, presented by the MSUM Student Senate Diversity Committee. Monday’s theme is Identities, Issues and Intersections and there will be two events held in the CMU. From 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in CMU 205, there will be organizations tabling introducing students to different identities and issues. There will be tables from Women’s and Gender Studies, Hendrix Health Center, Gay Straight Alliance, Planned Parenthood, Women’s Center/CFO/Triota and Students Against Human Trafficking. Read the rest of this entry →

Visiting professors will present lectures at MSUM

Posted on March 26, 2012

Two professors will visit MSUM this week and present lectures. The lectures are free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Comstock Fund.

Tuesday, March 27 Bridges 162 at 4:30 p.m. Professor Tom Sibley will present: Wasps and Wolves, Math and Models
What can mathematics tell us about biology? Dr. Sibley will illustrate a range of answers using models made by his students. Whether the biology concerns how wasps construct nests, how the DNR manages wolves or how the HIV virus builds resistance to drugs, a mathematical model can provide insight to biologists. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Julie Sze presents “Defining Environmental Justice and Crossing Borders”

Posted on March 20, 2012

Please join us for an evening with Dr. Julie Sze for her lecture, “Defining Environmental Justice and Crossing Borders” Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the MSUM Center for Business, Room 111, 721 11th St. S, Moorhead, 56563.

In her lecture, Dr. Sze will discuss the field of environmental justice studies as a border-crossing enterprise. These borders include research and outreach/engagement activities, and traditional divides between academia and community, race and environment, and the social sciences, humanities and sciences. Whether your interests lie in environmental, racial or social justice, this will be an evening you will not want to miss. Read the rest of this entry →

Kandace Creel Falcón’s chapter is published in “Feminist Cyberspaces: Pedagogies in Transition”

Posted on March 20, 2012

Kandace Creel Falcón’s, women’s and gender studies and American multicultural studies, chapter entitled, “Teaching with Blogs and Blogging While Teaching: Using Blogs to Expand Access to Feminist (Cyber)Spaces” has been published, March 2012. The chapter co-authored with her colleague from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Sara L. Puotinen, is part of the edited anthology, “Feminist Cyberspaces: Pedagogies in Transition.” Edited by Sharon Collingwood, Alvina E. Quintana, and Caroline J. Smith, the volume comes out of Cambridge Scholars Publishing and is now available.

Kandace Creel Falcón presented at the 2012 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Scholars conference

Posted on March 20, 2012

Kandace Creel Falcón, women’s and gender studies and American multicultural studies, delivered a paper and digital story presentation entitled, “Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, and Sisters: Chicana Feminist Reflections on Midwestern Women’s Oral Histories” at the 2012 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Scholars (NACCS) March 14-17, 2012 in Chicago, IL.

The conference brings together scholars from across the country working on Chicana/o Studies. This year’s conference theme NACCS@40: Celebrating Scholarship and Activism – highlighted scholarship and activism in Chicana/o studies over the last 40 years. The conference had over 600 attendees and the most papers submitted for presentation in its 40-year history.


Come celebrate International Women’s Day

Posted on March 08, 2012

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures,” and to celebrate, students in Women’s and Gender Studies will be hosting a panel in CMU 101 on Thursday, March 8 at 12 p.m.

The panel will discuss issues of women and education, locally and globally. Panelists include Dr. Andrew Conteh, Political Science, Dr. Kandace Creel Falcón, American Multicultural Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, and Deepa Trivedi, Biosciences and Women’s and Gender Studies student.

Please come with any questions you have about women and education. Rice and beans, and beverages will be served!

Join UC Davis American Studies professor for faculty dialogue

Posted on March 02, 2012

MSUM faculty are invited to join UC Davis American Studies professor Julie Sze for an on-campus lunchtime faculty dialogue on Wednesday, March 28 from noon-1:30 p.m. The topic of this dialogue will be academic/community connections related to her environmental justice work with the 25 Stories from the Central Valley project.

From the project website, 25 STORIES FROM THE CENTRAL VALLEY uses photos, stories and theater to paint a vivid picture of the environmental toxins that “the other California” lives with every day. Women leaders give us a window into the little-known lives of people who are making this region safer for everyone. Their stories are shocking, sad, and inspiring. Above all, they will broaden your understanding of the Central Valley, community change, and the necessity for civic engagement.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM celebrates American Indian Heritage Month

Posted on November 07, 2011

Most events are free and open to the public

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 7

9:00 AM: Opening Pipe Ceremony (Library Mall) – Delvin Rogers, Jr. Spiritual Helper and member of Three Affiliated Tribes

9:30 AM: American Indian Spirituality (CMU 203) – Delvin Rogers, Jr. Read the rest of this entry →

Honors lecture April 27

Posted on April 26, 2011

Phyllis May-Machunda, AMCS, presents on “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Veiled Tradition of African American Cheerleading” Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. in the Center for Business 109.

March is Women’s History Month

Posted on March 02, 2011

Saturday, March 5 – 3 p.m. – Fargo Theater: MSUM Film Studies Professor Raymond
Rea’s screening of Northern Pains, the Story of the Fargo-Moorhead Derby Girls. Northern Pains is a short (30 min) documentary that follows Fargo-Moorhead’s own roller derby team, the FM Derby Girls. Read the rest of this entry →

Filmmaker comes to MSUM for screening and discussion

Posted on February 22, 2011

Filmmaker Teresa Konechne presents her film, Woven from the Land: Women. Prairie. Culture, in Weld Hall’s Glasrud Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9th.

A panel discussion on land use, women’s experiences in rural culture, and life on the prairie follows the screening. Panelists include Anthony Adah, a faculty member in MSUM’s Film Studies Department, Kandace Creel Falcon, a faculty members in MSUM’s Women’s Studies and American Multicultural Studies Departments, and Rinita Dalan, a faculty member in MSUM’s Anthropology and Earth Sciences Department. Read the rest of this entry →

Off and Running screens at MSUM Feb. 17

Posted on February 16, 2011

More about Off and Running

Off and Running is the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery, a track star with a bright future. She is the adopted African-American child of white Jewish lesbians. Her older brother is black and Puerto Rican, and her younger brother is Korean. Though it may not look typical, Avery’s household is like most American homes

— until Avery writes to her birth mother. The response throws her into crisis. She struggles over her “true” identity, the circumstances of her adoption and her estrangement from black culture. When it seems as if her life is unraveling, Avery decides to pick up the pieces and make sense of her identity, with inspiring results.

Film preview and details.

Kim Park Nelson, who teaches in the MSUM American Multicultural Studies Department, organized the screening and will be Avery’s official host. We’re excited for this unique opportunity to engage with Avery and her story and spend time thinking and talking about race and American identity in the 21st century, and would love to have you—and any friends, students, or colleagues you’d like to invite—in the room.

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