Kent State University’s Lavender Graduation will take place on April 8 to celebrate the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students.

Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to announce its third biennial Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place at Kent State University, on April 8, 2016. This years conference is themed "Cultures, Identities, and Racial Violence in the Pan-African World" and aims to explore new ways of studying the complex experiences of African people worldwide. Registration is now open!

The conference kicks-off on April 7, with a Department of Pan African Studies open house at noon followed by a reception for Show off your African Wear starting at 4 p.m. in the Uumbaji Gallery Foyer of Ritchie Hall.
The keynote address will be given April 8, 2016 at 1 p.m. by Dr. Wendy Wilson-Fall.
To close out the conference, the African Community Theatre will run a special engagement of Carolyn Gage's "Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist", directed by Eileen Larson.
This play only lasts for twenty minutes and consists of a powerful cast of Kent State University students.

Dr. Wendy Wilson-Fall, an associate professor of Africana Studies at Lafayette College, will deliver the keynote speech titled Locating Violence; Origins and Geographies, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on April 8,in Ritchie Hall, Room 250. Dr. Wilson-Fall recently assumed the Directorship of the Africana Studies program at Lafayette College. Previously, she served as Chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University and as Director of the West African Research Center (in Dakar), where she served for five years. Wilson-Fall works on themes of identity, culture, local histories and social space. Her research and publishing include both African diaspora and continent-based projects. Her new book, Memories of Madagascar and Slavery in the Atlantic, demonstrates through analysis of contemporary oral histories as well as historical records that the descendants of Malagasy slaves maintain African cultural traditions as their lineage.

The conference registration fee is $50 for non-KSU participants and includes a reception April 7, 2016. On April 8, 2016, there is a continental breakfast, lunch and dinner. Conference only registration (does not include meals) is free for KSU staff, faculty and students. For more information on the conference and to register, please visit the Pan-African Studies webpage.


Bad Girl Ventures EXPLORE series

BGV will introduce its newest program, called EXPLORE, in Kent. EXPLORE guides first-time entrepreneurs and early-stage business owners through the exploratory and ideation stage in order to validate a business idea.
EXPLORE classes are taught by successful local business owners and professionals.
Classes meet on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Kent State University library. Free parking is available. View registration and class schedule.
The deadline to register is March 4.
Bad Girl Ventures (BGV) helps women build and sustain well-managed, profitable businesses by providing them with guidance, education and access to capital. Since 2011, BGV has educated more than 300 entrepreneurs, awarded more than $190,000 in loans and facilitated more than $800,000 in additional follow- on funding in Northeast Ohio.
LaunchNET Kent State is a co-curricular, cross-campus program that serves students, alumni, staff and faculty to promote entrepreneurial thinking, innovative mindset, creative collaboration, and venture creation through advising, events, and connections to the greater Northeast Ohio community.]]>

The Hospitality Management program at Kent State University is pleased to announce its 2016 Schwebel Lecture Series speaker, Rick Doody, chairman and founder of the Bravo | Brio Restaurant Group. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 14, from 4-5 p.m. in Ritchie Hall, Room 214. Ritchie Hall is located at 225 Terrace Drive in Kent, Ohio. A reception will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

Senior applied communication studies student Megan Carrasco will be presenting her thesis work, “The Ideal Millennial Working Woman: A Thematic Analysis of How Professional Identity, Image and Career are Constructed Online,” at the upcoming National Honors Conference. The conference is scheduled for April 1-3 in in Richmond, Indiana at Indiana University East.

The conference is an opportunity for Honors students from the Mid-East Honors region to share their research. For Carrasco, the presentation will be a result of work from the past two years.