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Spoken Word for Understanding - Sept 28, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

To the students, faculty, and staff of UMass Medical School,

QMass will be hosting a Spoken Word for Understanding Open Mic Night on Thursday, September 28th from 7-9 PM. We will be providing a safe space for reflection and self-expression for our students of color, LGBT students, and all other members of the UMass Community. Our goal as a community is to better understand the everyday narratives of those most affected by bigotry and violence. This event will take place in the Albert Sherman Center Multipurpose Room, where students, employees, and faculty are encouraged to perform poetry, prose, music, and storytelling.

In the light the recent displays of hatred in Charlottesville and the resurgence of white supremacist and anti-LGBT rhetoric in the mainstream media, we along with other student groups feel that UMass is in need of a safe space to acknowledge the violence, share experiences and most importantly, inspire hope and activism. And new this year, we are inviting students to submit writings to be read by Dean Chimienti and Dean Flotte, if they prefer to have their piece be read by someone else.

We hope you will join us for an evening of pizza, poetry, and most importantly, potluck dessert.

Sign up sheet can be found here:

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