The Whole Story, a Decolonial Day Institute and BIPOC Scholarship Fundraiser
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The Whole Story, a Decolonial Day Institute and BIPOC Scholarship Fundraiser

Date: Nov 14, 2019

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Missouri Southern State University Presents…

The Whole Story: A Decolonial Cross-Cultural Day Institute & Scholarship Fundraiser

Join us at Missouri Southern State University’s campus in Joplin, MO to engage in workshops and conversations about decolonization. Local high school students, university and college students, faculty and staff at local schools, and the public are welcome to attend. All we ask is that you bring your best compassionate and thinking self to campus.

Tina Curiel-Allen, a Xicana/Boricua poet, writer, and activist talks about what decolonization is, in Teen Vogue:

To talk about decolonization, people need an understanding of what we are decolonizing from. Colonization is when a dominant group or system takes over and exploits and extracts from the land and its native peoples. Colonization has taken place all over the globe, through the stealing of lands; the raping of women; the taking of slaves; the breaking of bodies through fighting, labor, imprisonment, and genocide; the stealing of children; the enforcement of religion; the destruction—or attempts to destroy—spiritual ways of life. All of these things have left a psychological, spiritual, and physical imprint on indigenous peoples, and a governmental ruling system that we did not create, that was not made for us. These are the things we need to heal from, where we need to start reclaiming. This is where organizing and decolonizing comes in.

Our event asks you to think about what decolonization means in your life and how you can enact it. As this is a space for working through tough stuff, we expect questions and for things to get a little uncomfortable. That’s learning! We will, however, not tolerate hate speech in any form.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

12:00 p.m.: Registration begins, coffee & snacks available

12:30 p.m.: Plenary Welcome, “The Black Collegian in the Popular Imagination,” by Assistant Professor, J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, University of Arkansas—Dr. Constance R. Bailey

1:15 p.m-4:05 p.m.: Breakout Sessions




“Primary Perceptions:” re-examining the past through primary documents with historian Dr. Megan Bever

“What’s in a Bead:” Indigenous Bead-weaving Workshop with artist and philosopher Sydne Gray (Mvskoke Nation) Capped at 25 participants.

“Decolonizing Fashion:” with fashion blogger Sarah Robbins

“Writing the Margins,” a Creative Writing Workshop with Award-Winning Young Adult Author Adib Khorram

“Decolonizing Science:” with the Women in Science Student Group and chemists Dr. Shayna Burchett and Dr. Bornface Gunsaru.

“Decolonizing Language:” a workshop with linguist and anthropologist Dr. Jill Greer

“How You Can Eat Your Turkey and Decolonize Thanksgiving Too,” with Tehya Deardorff (Quapaw Nation) and Kristen Fidler (Cherokee Nation)

“Decolonize Your Eye:” Changing The Way We See Culture Through Art with art history minor Lainie Nicolas

“Janelle Monae and the Afrofuturist Aesthetic:” with Dr. Constance Bailey

4:05 p.m.: Coffee Break

4:30 p.m.: Roundtable: Decolonizing the Syllabus moderated by Dr. Rebecca Mouser

5:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet & Book Signing with young adult author Adib Khorram

6:30 p.m.: Fundraising Gala at Bookhouse Cinema to support the creation of new scholarships in the English Department for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Parents and friends who did not attend the day institute are welcome to join you here! The evening’s events will include delicious food (meat eaters and vegetarians/vegans will be equally pleased) and a full drink menu available for purchase; a silent auction to benefit the scholarship; live music; a reading by Adib Khorram, the award-winning young adult author of Darius the Great is Not Okay (2018), the forthcoming sequel, Darius the Great Deserves Better (Fall 2020), and the picture book Seven Special Somethings (2021); a talk by Mvskoke Nation philosopher and artist Sydne Gray; and more!

It doesn’t matter if today is the first day you’re learning the term or if you’re actively practicing decolonization in your life, if you’re a high school student, undergrad or a grad student, if you’re new to our community, or you’ve lived here your entire life, you’re invited to join us.

Registration costs $10—which includes coffee, tea and snacks as well as all panels/workshops and readings)—payable in advance; see the attached registration sheet for details. Budget 7-20$ for dinner and drinks at Bookhouse Cinema. Out-of-town guests can find hotel deals and should contact us for more information, if needed. The Google Form for registration is linked here. Registration fee waivers are available, if needed. Paper registration is available as well. Everyone who registers by November 1st will be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of Adib Khorram’s Darius the Great is Not Okay.

Please direct any questions to event founder and organizer Dr. Rebecca Mouser ( or to the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy Facebook page.

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