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VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood)

The UNCG chapter of VOX—Voices for Planned Parenthood is a student organization that works to educate about and advocate for reproductive rights and health. In Fall 2010, the organization focused its eff orts on a few key initiatives. In the Greensboro area, VOX members raised awareness about places that provide medically inaccurate information to women seeking a full range of choices for unplanned pregnancies. Midway through the semester, VOX served dinner to Leslie’s House, a homeless shelter for women. The group hopes to repeat this event in coming semesters. VOX held an event called Judged by Gender on

November 10, 2010, that promoted gender equality. During the day participants wrote down instances in which they had been judged by their gender or sexuality. A fi lm screening and discussion followed in the evening. Hoping to assure that Spartan apparel is produced under favorable conditions, VOX members are advocating that UNCG affi liate with the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an independent labor monitoring organization. In Spring 2011, VOX members hope to host a speaker who will help develop conversations regarding reproductive rights on campus, att end the Feminist Majority Leadership conference, and continue with the anti-sweatshop campaign.

CACE Conference

African American Studies held the 21st Annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE) October 14-16, 2010. This year’s theme was Exploring Black Masculinities Across Multiple Landscapes: A Global Perspective.

Dr. Tara

T. Green, Director of UNCG’s African-American Studies Program, stated that the conference includes, ”… presenters who represent perspectives from the United States, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa. Our intent is to address global themes as related to heterosexual, homosexual, and transgendered men and how they are portrayed in fi lm, music, novels, dance, and poetry. As multiple voices converge, the potential for change in academic and social communities presses forward.” Among the paper presentations were “ Sex with White Women: Amiri Baraka, Tiger Woods, and the Cult of True Womanhood,” presented by Edward A. Moore and “Homoeroticism and the Slave Narrative,” presented by Ebone McFarland.

African American Studies

The conference kicked off with a literary café on the night of October 14 at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, featuring guest speaker Aubrey Lynch II, former Alvin Ailey dancer and Disney associate producer. The keynote speaker for the conference was Dr. Michael E. Dantley, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Aff airs, and Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education, Health, and Society at Miami University. Conference presenters were given the opportunity to submit their papers for possible publication in the Journal of Black Masculinity. WGS was a co-sponsor of the conference.

C.P. Gause, Aubrey Lynch II, and Duane Cyrus


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