Chinese New Year Gala

The University of Idaho Confucius Institute, with the assistance of the UI Chinese Students and Scholars Association, is hosting their Chinese New Year Gala this weekend.  The Gala will be Friday, January 31st from 6PM – 8:30PM in the University of Idaho SUB Ballroom.

Highlighted events include:

Traditional Chinese Banquet

Chinese Zither (Gu Zheng)

Martial Arts Demonstration

Chinese Folk Song Duet

Raffle – iPad Mini, iPod Touch, iPod Shuffle

Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration

Beijing Opera Singer

Advance Tickets:
$8.00 – Adult, $5.00 – Children 12 & Under

Tickets Purchased at the Door:
$10.00 – Adult, $5.00 – Children 12 & Under

Tickets will be s
old at: UI Chinese Students and Scholars Association in the SUB & at the Commons (10:30AM- 2PM), Confucius Institute Office, Admin. Bldg. 328, and Phung Mart (317 W 6th St, Moscow, ID)

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UI Women’s Center presents 12th annual Vagina Monologues

Next month the UI Women’s Center will present the 12th annual V-Day benefit production of Eve Ensler’s celebrated anti-gender-based violence play, The Vagina Monologues.

Thursday, Feb. 6 | Friday, Feb. 7 | Saturday, Feb. 8 20147:00 pm at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center (downtown Moscow)

Ticket Information: Advance tickets will be available for $12 at the Women’s Center starting January 24. Community locations for advance ticket purchase will include BookPeople of Moscow and Eclectica. Tickets will be available at the door for $18. Ticket sales directly benefit the local sexual assault and domestic violence agency, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, the international V-Day campaign, and ongoing campus initiatives to counteract rape culture through the Women’s Center.

What is V-Day? V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of several different events to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities, and for the global V-Day campaign. For more information about V-Day, please visit

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Native American Heritage Month at UI

The University of Idaho Native American Student Center is bringing events to the UI campus for Native American Heritage Month. All day on Friday, November 15th, there will be a “Rock Your Mocs and Pendleton Jacket” dress to honor Native American ancestors and Indigenous peoples worldwide. All are welcome to participate, and photos will be taken of the participants at the Native American Student Center from noon to 2:00 pm.

On Wednesday, November 20th, there will be a book presentation and signing at 6:30 pm in the Administration Building auditorium, titled Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce: Strangers in the Land of the Nimiipuu. The authors are Allen V. Pinkham and Steven Ross Evans, with a foreword by Frederick E. Hoxie. The book will be available for purchase, and the presentation and signing are free and open to the public.

On Friday, November 22nd, there will be a weaving presentation and workshop at 5:30 pm in the Idaho Commons Clearwater room. Master Weaver Jenny Williams Omaha and her granddaughter Lydia Skahan Umatilla will lead the event. Materials will be provided for the first 40 people, and those individuals will get to keep their projects. This event is also free and open to the public.

For more information on these events, please contact the Native American Student Center: 208-885-4237 or visit

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Annual El Color de Nuestra Tierra at the University of Idaho

Saturday November 9th brings the annual performance, El Color de Nuestra Tierra (Colors of our Land) to the University of Idaho SUB Ballroom. From 5-6 pm there will be cultural workshops and food, with a Latin American cultural showcase following from 6-8 pm. It is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Movimiento Activista Social, The Office of Diversity and Human Rights, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Associated Students of the University of Idaho. For more information contact Movimiento Activista Social at, or email or call 885-7716—hispanic-heritage-celebration

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Gonzaga University celebrates International Day of Tolerance

Friday, November 15th is International Tolerance Day, and Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington is gearing up for the event, to be held at the Gonzaga University Crosby Center beginning at noon. All are invited to stand for justice by linking arms and forming a line of solidarity to support equity and social justice. The event includes speakers, music and more. Presented by the Unity Multicultural Education  Center and Gonzaga University. For more information contact or go to

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NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet & Community Forum

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding the 2013 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet with Panel Discussion in Spokane at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park (303 W North River Dr, Spokane WA 99201). The theme of the Banquet is “Justice or Just Us,” taking place on Saturday November 2nd, 7-9 pm with a 6-7 pm social hour with no-host drinks. Tickets for the Banquet are $75 per person, with the proceeds benfiting the Michael P. Anderson & NAACP Scholarships Funds, available online at or calling 509-325-3722. The Panel discussion and community forum are free and open to the public.

“The Freedom Fund Banquet is the major fundraising event for the NAACP,” according to  James Wilburn, President of the Spokane Branch of the NAACP, “and proceeds will help provide scholarships for deserving youth to cover college expenses and enable them to participate in other enrichment activities that they otherwise could not afford.”

A free panel discussion and forum, featuring Judge Joe Brown and hosted by the NAACP, is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, 11/2, from 1-3:30pm, to educate the Spokane Community and explore ways to eliminate the “school to prison pipeline” for youth of color. The panel and forum are open to the public and President Wilburn is inviting Spokane residents to “come hear what people of color are struggling with in the Spokane community and find out how we can partner with the school system and law enforcement to fix it.”

Judge Joe Brown, the no-nonsense presiding judge of the long running syndicated courtroom reality show “Judge Joe Brown”, will be the special guest speaker for the 2013 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet. In addition to the banquet, the NAACP will be using Judge Brown’s high profile Spokane visit to focus attention on the racial inequalities that exist within educational and criminal justice systems.

Panelists include: Judge Joe Brown; Frank Straub-Chief of Police; Ozzie Knezovich-Spokane County Sheriff; Wendy Bleecker – Director, Student Support Services, Spokane Public Schools; Tommy Williams – Founder/Exec Director, Operation Healthy Family; Gloria Ochoa – Attorney, Judge & Chair, Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs; Kahlil Wilson-Moore – Student, Lewis and Clark High School; and James Wilburn, NAACP President, Spokane Branch. The panel will be moderated by Angela Brown, Director, Employment and Conciliation Services, Spokane Public Schools.

Major co-sponsors for the Freedom Fund Banquet and Community Panel and Forum include Avista, Red Lion, Delta Airlines, Gonzaga University, the City of Spokane, and Spokane Public Schools.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), founded on February 12, 1909, is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic process. The Spokane branch of the NAACP has been serving the needs of people of color in this region for more than 94 years.

For additional information, contact 509-325-3772 or go to

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Human Solidarity and Security Speaker Series at Gonzaga

The Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies and The Journal of Hate Studies are presenting the Human Solidarity and Security Speaker series on Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 pm. The event will be held in the Barbieri Courtroom of the Gonzaga School of Law and is free and open to the public.

Hardly a day passes without hearing a newscast or seeing an article about the influence of social media on politics. Some stories highlight connections between social media and violent political unrest, others highlight how people are using social media to overthrow dictators, track disease outbreaks, and effect nonviolent social change.

  • How can we harness these newer technologies to prevent violence, hatred, and associated humanitarian disasters?
  • How can we promote nonviolent social change through social media?

Dr. Joseph Bock will discuss technologies and methodologies currently in use, such as crowdsourcing and digital mapping, for their human rights efficacy and ethical implications.

Joseph G. Bok, Ph.D. is the author of The Technology of Nonviolence: Social Media and Violence Prevention (MIT Press, 2012), and the director of Global Health Training and Teaching Professor for the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. He has addressed gatherings at the World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a UN Assembly in Cairo, Catholic University of
Leuven, and the Drew University Institute on Religion and Conflict Resolution. He has consulted for the Asia Foundation, served as Director of External Relations for the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, led on-the-ground operations for Catholic Relief Services and American Refugee Committee in many parts of Asia, Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East, and served three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Joining the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies and the Journal of Hate Studies to co-sponsor this event are the Gonzaga Law School of Law and the Gonzaga Center for Global Engagement. For information contact or call (509) 313-3665

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You are invited to join the Moscow community in an interactive art experience:

myenemySan Francisco artist Yisrael K. Feldsott and a team of creative spirits will be bringing MY ENEMY (ME) to Moscow for a one-day interactive art installation on October 2, 2013.  ME asks its guests to consider:  “What if your enemy is as human as you?”   The exhibit will be open for viewing, meditation, and participation, from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m., with a Vigil for Peace and Healing at 6:30 p.m.  The location for the exhibit is Tank 41, the steel silo at the corner of 6th and Jackson in downtown Moscow.

The core of this “traveling medicine road show” consists of painted 5-foot tall silhouettes, kneeling and handcuffed. Alongside them stand monks aflame, recalling the protesters who self-immolated in Saigon and Tibet. The backdrop will be a series of 5×6 metal plates bearing words in many languages such as: Father, Lover, Sister, Brother, Mother, Friend, Daughter, Son.  A documentary film crew will capture the reactions of onlookers and participants, and will update the ME community through and other social media.

Visitors to the exhibit will be offered wooden birds for drawing and painting.  With additions of color, prayers, and blessings, they will be included with the exhibit as it travels across the United States.

Upon the conclusion of the 10,000-mile trip, the filmmakers will create a feature-length documentary that will act as an educational tool seeking to find new paths of human connection and healing in this age-old story of division and pain.

The ME Project is a call to move through the world with more heart, in places of peace and places of conflict.  Stops on the tour include:

St. Gregory’s of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco, CA
Tank 41, Silos Theatre in the Round, Moscow, ID
Intencions Gallery, Jackson, WY
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, Longmont, CO
Site of Wounded Knee Massacre, Pine Ridge, SD
Equality House, Topeka, KS
Tibet House, New York, NY
Studio Vendome, New York, NY

Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.  Please spread the word to people you know.


To learn more about My Enemy, visit the website and watch the 3.5 minute video: (donations to the project are welcome and appreciated)

Yisrael K. Feldsott’s website:

A link to an insightful article on Feldsott’s return to the art world from San Francisco Weekly:

Bios of My Enemy’s spirited team members:

With special thanks to the following Moscow individuals and organizations for their support and help bringing this event to our place:  John and Miranda Anderson, Tom Lamar, Jesica DeHart, Andriette Pieron, Jamie Nekich, Tara Hoger, Maree McHugh, Nara Woodland, Dayna Willbanks, Jay Feldman, Three Tall Women, Radio Free Moscow, Moscow Art Theatre (Too), Bookpeople, Andriette’s Bed, Book and Bicycle, Prichard Art Gallery, Elements of Wellness, and Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute.

Jeanne Clothiaux, My Enemy Moscow Organizer:


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UMEC Cultural Awareness Night: Deaf Jam

UMEC and the DREAM office of Gonzaga University bring Cultural Awareness Night: Deaf Jam to Spokane on Friday, October 4th at 7pm in the Foley Teleconference Center. The event is free and popcorn will be provided.

Deaf Jam is the story of a deaf teenager who boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. A post-film discussion will follow.

For more information, contact (509) 313-5836 or

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