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2015-16 Common Read/Common World Events

Spring 2016 Semester 

Family Matters: LGBTQ Youth Perspectives (Photographs by Carolyn Sherer)

On display all Spring 2016 at the USA Archaeology Museum

Family Matters: LGBTQ Youth Perspectives is a photography exhibition by Birmingham artist, Carolyn Sherer. The exhibition features 12 portraits of self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth with accompanying narratives about their perceptions of family acceptance. Family Matters is aimed at initiating a conversation about social change and family acceptance for LGBTQ youth



January 18: MLK Day of Service

Presented by the Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.

Martin Luther King Day of Service is Monday, January 18, 2016, and the Center for Academic Service-Learning and Civic Engagement team will be helping students and organizations find service opportunities for the day. Register with their office at After registration, you may pick up a MLK Day of Service t-shirt at our office Student Center Suite 240 (look for the sign "Academic Services"). E-mail us with any questions at 

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January 28: Exhibit Opening. “Family Matters: LGBTQ Youth Perspectives”

USA Archaeology Museum: 4pm – 6pm

Join us for the grand opening of the Spring Art Exhibit at the USA Archeology Museum. This event is free and open to everyone. USA’s Writer-In-Residence and author of USA’s Common Read Book “Cradle of Freedom”, Frye Gailliard, will introduce the exhibit. We’ll have a live performance by The Mouths Of Babes for your entertainment.



February 1:  Courageous Conversation: African American Student Athletes – What’s Your Play?

Location: Student Center Room 203: 7:00pm

Presented by: Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

February 2: Jessica Lynn

USA Archaeology Museum: 6:00pm

Presented by: USA Archaeology Museum

February 3:  Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement 

Student Center Ballroom: 7:00pm

Join us for this interactive presentation and concert “Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement”. This presentation will illustrate how jazz became an advocacy for the Civil Rights Movement, with proceeds from jazz concerts performed by artists such as Nina Simone, Al Hibbler, Harry Belafonte, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and others being used to finance major events such as The Freedom Rides and the March on Washington in 1963. It also highlights the struggles each had to face and overcome as activities during some of the most difficult times in America. 

This event is presented by Galen Abdur –Razzaq, a talented and extraordinary flutist who has performed both domestically and internationally for over thirty years. He has performed and recorded with some of the world’s greatest recording artists such as Billy Taylor, Sonny Phillips, and Gwen Guthrie. Galen’s keen ability to transform an audience with the smooth, rich sound of his flute which makes him one of the most popular artists on university’s around the country.

February 18:  Black History Month Poetry Night featuring Powerlines Poetry 

Student Center Terrace:  7:00pm

Presented by: Jaguar Productions

Showcase your poetry and spoken word skills at this soulful Open Mic Night. Hosted by your very own South Alumni, Powerlines Poetry. If you like to express yourself, want to just freestyle your feelings or you just want to hear some spoken word, this is the event for you! Come on out and enjoy a good night with your fellow poetic Jags!

February 23:  An Evening of Negro Spirituals

Location: Student Center Ballroom: 7:00pm

Presented by: Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

February 25: “Our Bodies, Ourselves” presented by Becky McLaughlin

USA Archaeology Museum:   Time: TBA

Presented by: USA Archaeology Museum




March 9:  Peggy Wallace Kennedy – A Walk to Redemption

Location: Student Center Ballroom: 7:00pm

Presented by: Common Read Common World Committee & Jaguar Productions

Born into one of the most powerful and controversial families in the history of the State of Alabama and the South, Peggy Wallace Kennedy now stands apart from her past as one of America’s most important voices for peace and reconciliation. From her childhood years of living behind the gates of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion as her father Governor Gorge C. Wallace became an international figure for his “stand in the schoolhouse door” Peggy Wallace Kennedy’s personal journey to redemption captures the hears of those that hear her voice. Peggy’s heartfelt story and her journey to higher ground strikes a chord in those that hear her speak. IN the tradition of southern storytelling, Peggy weaves her braided themes through sharing moments from her own personal life and the challenges she faced in her journey to create a new and different legacy.       

March 10: LGBT Online Identities and Queer Fan Creativity

A presentation by Dr. Kristina Busse, Gender Studies & Philosophy Instructor, Independent Scholar

USA Archaeology Museum:  Time: TBA

Presented by: USA Archaeology Museum



April 21: “Why Are There Macho Men and Submissive Women in the Ancient Past” presented by Phil Carr

USA Archaeology Museum:  Time: TBA

Presented by: USA Archaeology Museum


“This project is supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”