Power of One Week at Montana State University Billings - January 19-22, 2015

We would like to formally invite you to join Montana State University Billings in celebrating the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please help us to celebrate the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Power of One Week, on January 19-24, 2015. The Power of One Week has been a tradition on our campus for many years. It is a week dedicated to increasing awareness of diversity, social justice, and inclusivity. This year MSUB will once again be the host of many events and activities. Attached to this email is a full calendar of events. Below you will find descriptions of a few of the highlights for the week. 

Monday, January 19

Bell Ringing  Ceremony

9:50am; Peaks to Plains Park with reception to follow in SUB Atrium

Tuesday, January 20

Freedom Writers Movie Screening

6pm; Petro Theatre

Freedom Writers (2007) stars Hilary Swank as Erin Gruwell, a young teacher, who inspires her high school class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school (IMDb.com).

View the trailer for the movie here.

Erin Gruwell Lecture & Book Signing

8pm; Petro Theatre with book signing to follow the lecture

Following the screening of Freedom Writers, join us in welcoming Erin Gruwell, the woman who inspired the movie. During her lecture, she will share her story and hold a question and answer session. Ms. Gruwell will also be signing books in the lobby of Petro Theatre following her speaking engagement. Books will be available to purchase at Jackets & Company.

View her TED Talks “Being a Catalyst for Change” or “The Freedom Writers.”

Wednesday, January 21

Martin Luther King 101 Workshop

2pm; MCD 163

Vanessa German Performance

Discussion of German’s artwork in relation to tradition of African-American literature at 11:40 in EDU 330

Reception for German at Women’s and Gender Studies Center at 12:45pm in LA 201

Exhibition Dates: January 14-February 19

Vanessa German is a Pittsburgh-based sculptor, poet, and community activist. She is the 2010 AAP Mendelson Exhibition Award Winner, was included in the 2012 and 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach fairs and recently had a solo exhibition at Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City. German hosts an Art House in her community, creating a safe and creative outlet and haven for her neighborhood’s children. Recently, Vanessa was featured on the Meredith Viera Show for her work with the LoveFrontPorch Project.

SEE ALSO: Northcutt Steele Gallery Exhibition

Thursday, January 22

Tunnel of Oppression

Thursday, January 22 at 7pm in Petro Hall Lobby

Tunnel of Oppression strives to give people a way to experience oppression in a hands-on way. By engaging emotions of the participants, it allows for the accounts expressed in the program to be truly effective.

Saturday, January 24

Service Saturday

9:30am; Meet in SUB Atrium to receive your project



photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. imposed on a photo of the MSUB campus and campus bell.

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Questions? Call the MSU Billings Diversity Center: 896-5902 or send e-mail to: trea@msubillings.edu