The Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES) contributes to the University’s mission by enriching the solid liberal arts foundation of the University, by enhancing the curriculum through experiential learning opportunities and, by promoting an awareness of the diversity of cultures and perspectives that exist in the global community.
Have you ever been misunderstood due to cultural differences? Have you ever longed for everyday, logical, concrete steps for communicating and forming strong, lasting friendships with people from different cultures (i.e. difference genders, ethnicities, abilities, sexualities, etc.)? Former MTV Real World star and diversity consultant, Mohammed Bilal, has helped thousands of people move beyond the sheer tolerance of difference. His 12 Steps Towards Accepting Diversity is a fun, interactive presentation sprinkled with scholarship, hip-hop, and self-reflective narratives that equip the participant with easy, valuable, and powerful tools for appreciating the wondrous diversity around us.
The HARLEM QUARTET, praised for its “panache” by The New York Times, is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.
Join Angus Pollock, a transgender man who lives right here in Storm Lake, for his talk on being a female to male transgender person in rural Iowa. This intimate conversation will offer you a glimpse into what it is to be a transman in a community such as ours, as well as a little Transgender 101. Walk in his shoes as he describes daily life, struggles, triumphs, family, and his own self-discovery. This will not be a stale power point lecture, but it will be an intimate conversation with an open question and answer session. Bring your eager minds and your open hearts and join Angus for Walk In My Shoes.
Michelle Rothfus, Project Coordinator, will be sharing the story of Abod Shelters, how they got started, the challenges along the way, what they've learned and how you can get involved.
"Into the Woods" is a fresh look at familiar fairytales, unraveling "…and they lived happily ever after" to discover the true challenges of facing life’s unknowns.
For speaker or performance suggestions, booking inquiries or general information, contact:
Buena Vista University
610 W Fourth St. Box 2011
Storm Lake, IA 50588