JCSU’s 7th Annual Women’s International Month Lecture and Film Series
During the 2019 spring semester, Dr. Terza Lima-Neves worked with the staff of the James B. Duke Memorial Library to plan and host events for the JCSU campus and wider Charlotte communities. These events included an immigrant community forum and the University’s 7th Annual Women’s International Month Lecture and Film Series.
The immigrant community forum was a collaboration with the City of Charlotte to address the concerns of the local immigrant communities and their allies. The forum was attended by members of Latino, African, and Indian immigrant communities as well as allies of those communities. Since JCSU has an established commitment to diversity and inclusion, the City of Charlotte selected the University as one of the locations for several meetings it was hosting during February and March. The forum drew roughly 30-40 Mecklenburg County residents to the James B. Duke Memorial Library. Consequently, additional meetings have taken place between Latino students at JCSU and leaders of local Latino organizations, who are interested in creating networks to further support the students.
The screening of “Confirmation: The Anita Hill Story” was the first event of the Women’s Month Film Series followed by a keynote lecture by JCSU alumna, Dr. Msia Clark, who is currently a professor at Howard University. The lecture focused on Pan Africanism, Feminism and Hip Hop. Dr. Clark has written and published books, book chapters, and articles on these topics. Dr. Clark’s publications can be found in the James B. Duke Memorial Library’s collection. Each event of the Series saw 25-30 people in attendance, including students, faculty, staff and former classmates of Dr. Clark who enjoyed a reception immediately following the events.
The James B. Duke Memorial Library has become the “go to” spot on campus for holding community events. With the recent renovation and additions, the space is bright and inviting allowing for intentional engagement. The changes that are taking place are exciting and promising! I’m thankful to Mrs. Monika Rhue and Dr. Chantell McDowell for their continued support and I look forward to future collaborations with the Library’s team! -Dr. Terza Lima-Neves