September 21 - 27, 2015

Each week Crossroads provides a list of upcoming
opportunities to engage diversity at UA.
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Hispanic/Latino Street Art Project

Monday, September 21 - 25 
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ferguson Center Art Gallery

In celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, please join the Ferguson Center Student Union and UA Crossroads to paint outlined images of Hispanic/Latino street art! The finished project will be on display in the Ferguson Center Art Gallery through October 15, along with photographs of Cuba by UA Professor Chip Cooper and Cuban photographer  Julio Larramendi.

International Day of Peace

Monday, September 21
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Ferguson Student Center

Join University Programs for the 34th annual International Day of Peace holiday, or World Peace Day. Come take the "I am a Pathway to Peace" Pledge, paint Peace Rocks, and chalk peaceful messages and images for the Chalk4Peace activity. Register for free at!

Contact Info: LaToya Scott,, 205-348-7525

International Spouse Group

Tuesday, September 22
9:30 - 11:30 am
Center for Community-Based Partnerships, Global Cafe
The International Spouse Group is specifically designed to bring together the spouses of international students, faculty, staff, and scholars for activities and interaction.

This group is open to the wives or husbands of international students, faculty, and staff, as well as American spouses who are interested in making international friendships. We provide support in adjustment and acculturation while living and learning in the U.S.

Babysitting services are available for those spouses who wish to bring their children, and parking is readily available at the Center for Community-Based Partnerships, Global Cafe.

For any questions or general interest, please visit the ISG page at 
International Spouse Group or contact Ozgur Ozlem Dogru at

Contact Info: Capstone International Services,,

Photographic Presentation of Lotus
in Indian Culture & Literature

Tuesday, September 22
4:00 - 5:00 pm
205 Gorgas Library

Photographic Presentation of Lotus in Indian Culture and Literature, from 2nd century AD to 16th century written in Sanskrit and other Indian Languages. 

Contact Info:

My American Girls: A Dominican Story

Tuesday, September 22
Time: 5:00 pm
Lloyd Hall Room 222

See the bittersweet contradictions of contemporary immigrant life as revealed in My American Girls: A Dominican Story , the dramatic portrait of one year in the life of a family as it struggles to sort out the rewards - and costs - of pursuing the American dream.

Contact Info: Women & Gender Resource Center, 348-5040

Latin American, Caribbean,
and Latino Studies  Film Series,
Las Marthas

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 pm
125 ten Hoor Hall

The first film screening for the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Film Series. 

Contact Info: Teresa Cribelli,


Bailes del Mundo Latin Dance

Thursday, September 24
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Location: Presidential 1, 7th floor Commons

Join SGA's Diversity & Inclusion Initiative to experience the Hispanic and Latino culture found every day on campus. The evening will include a dance showcase by the Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers, an opportunity to learn common Latino-American dances, and snacks for all!

The Day Lecture:  The Buddhist Virtues
of Raging Lust and  Crass Materialism in Contemporary Japan

Thursday, September 24
7:00 - 9:00 pm
205 Smith Hall
The idea that Japanese Buddhism is in a state of inevitable decline is widely accepted by scholars, clerics, and journalists as both demographic fact and doctrinal truth. However, there is a complicated dynamic between the narrative of decline and the reality of Buddhist survival. Using animated music videos, plastic figurines, and illustrated merchandise as examples, this lecture shows that the very things that are taken as evidence of Buddhist decline - crass materialism, raging lust, and declining formal membership - are the things that allow Buddhism to thrive in contemporary Japan.

Contact Info: Eleanor Finnegan,, 348-1653

International Coffee Hour

Friday, September 25
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
121 B.B. Comer
Throughout the academic year (August through May), Capstone International Services and Capstone International Center will host a weekly event: Capstone International Coffee Hour.
All international and American students, scholars, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome to join.
Capstone International Coffee Hour is held on Fridays during the fall and spring semesters from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Room 121 B.B. Comer Hall. Come and enjoy free coffee, tea, snacks, and conversation with our friends from around the world. 

Inside the Soul of Cuba

Inside the Soul of Cuba Exhibit - now through October 15
and Reception on  Tuesday, September 29
5:00 pm
Ferguson Center Art Gallery

Join the Ferguson Center Student Union, UA Crossroads, The Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarships, and the Honors College for a  reception  with artists Julio Larramendi and Chip Cooper as they share their photography that captures the heart and soul of Cuba and a way of life that has slowly changed during the past century.

Polk Photos of
George Washingon Carver

August 27 - September 25, 2015
The University of Alabama's Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art

The  Paul R. Jones Gallery is located at 2308 6th Street in Downtown Tuscaloosa. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and the first Friday of every month until 8:00 pm.

Renowned Alabama photographer P.H. Polk's images of famed botanist George Washington Carver during his days at Tuskegee Institute will be on display August 27 - September 25 at The University of Alabama's Paul R. Jones  Gallery of Art in downtown Tuscaloosa.

As one of Tuskegee Normal and Technical School's first photography students, P.H. Polk became the official photographer for The Tuskegee Institute, a position he held for 45 years.

George Washington Carver, a faculty member at the time, became one of Polk's most photographed subjects. These intimate scenes show Carver at work in his laboratories and greenhouses, as well as in the fields, teaching eager students, receiving accolades, and lecturing about his many discoveries.

Photographs of famed botanist George Washington Carter, taken by Alabama photographer P.H. Polk, will be on display Aug. 27-Sept. 25 at the Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Joyce J. Scott:  Truths and Visions

September through October 16, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 103 Garland Hall

Contemporary sculptural works by Joyce J. Scott, featuring meticulous beadwork combined with blown glass, molded glass components and found African wooden artifacts, on display at The University of Alabama Sarah Moody Gallery of Art.
Scott's art practice spans more than forty years, reflecting her African American, feminine and urban identity. She combines beauty and sophisticated craftsmanship with current cultural issues of race, gender and class.

The exhibit will be on display in Sarah Moody Gallery of Art,  103 Garland Hall through October 16.

"Look Mom, A Doctor!", 2008 by Joyce J. Scott (American, b. 1948), seedbeads, thread, wooden African sculpture, coins, glass. 17 3/4 x 10 x 10 inches. Image courtesy of MOCA, Cleveland.


From September 15 - October 15, 2015, The University of Alabama is celebrating Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month (HLHM). The HLHM Calendar can be accessed online at   UA Crossroads  and is on display throughout the UA Campus. 

For more information, contact: UA Crossroads at 348-6930

Guerrilla Advocacy in the South: Challenges and Triumphs

Monday, September 28
12:00 pm
Little Hall, Room 104

Join the School of Social Work with speakers:

Josh Medina, program coordinator,
Immigration and Access to Justice Program,
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA)

Vanessa Stevens, program coordinator
Community Engagement and Education Program, HICA.

Reception will follow.

For more information, contact: Liz Dykes
email: or tel: 348-5384

Opportunities for Study and Service Abroad in Hispanic Countries

Thursday, September 28
12:00 pm
Capstone College of Nursing, Room 1008

It has been projected that the Hispanic population is expected to reach over 100 million in the United States in the next 20-30 years. Many in this population do not get health care due to poor health care access, lack of insurance, lack of health care providers, and poor health literacy due to communication barriers.

The Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) has become a leader in helping students learn the importance of providing culturally congruent health care by increasing the number of study abroad programs over the last 5 years. The purpose of this presentation is to provide students with Hispanic study abroad programs that have been taught at the CCN and those that are in development.

Contact info: Norma G. Cuellar,

"Purchasing Whiteness"
Inaugural Talk  of the New UA Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program and Minor

Thursday, October 1
7:00 pm
205 Gorgas
Reception to follow

Author Ann Twinam will explore the colonial Spanish American system of "gracias al sacar" whereby mixed-race "castas" could obtain a grant of whiteness that absolved them of tax and tribute requirements. The mutability of racial constructs in the Spanish Americas (as demonstrated by the "gracias al sacar") is a provacative marker of the historic differences between Anglo and Latin American treatments of race. 

Contact info: Teresa Cribelli,

Résumés Without Borders:
Hispanic/Latino and American Influences in Career Development

Thursday, October 8
2:00 - 3:30 pm
3400 Ferguson Center

Did you know that résumés are heavily influenced by culture? This session will discuss both Hispanic/Latino and American influences in career development. Participants will leave this workshop with knowledge of how culture impacts the job search process, and will develop résumés that cater to both American and Hispanic/Latino cultures.

Contact info: Amy Bramlett,, 348-5848

Heritage  Month Concert

Thursday, October 8
7:30 pm
Moody Music Building Concert Hall

Enjoy a concert featuring music from Hispanic and Latino Composers. This event is free and open to the public.

Contact info: Dr. Osiris Molina,

Breaking Barriers with Bilingual TV:
The AlabamaTV Story

Monday, October 12
4:00 pm
205 Gorgas Library

Meet the staff of Alabama's first television program broadcast in both Spanish and English. Launched in 2014,  AlabamaTV provides critical information to and about members of the central Alabama Latino communities while acquainting English-speaking viewers with the experiences of those who have recently emigrated to the United States. The show's creator tells the story behind this innovative broadcast on WVUA-TV and invites UA students to get involved.

Contact info: Dr. George Daniels,

Discover Diversity at UA Crossroads

The Crossroads Community Center is an initiative of the Division of Community Affairs. Crossroads provides leadership in cultural programming and intercultural education by:

  • building relationships across campus cultures through innovative programs and dialogue initiatives
  • engaging students, faculty, and staff in collaborative cultural programming
  • serving as a resource for organizations addressing intercultural issues on campus and in the broader community
  • conducting engaged scholarship through creative activity designed to increase knowledge for today's global society

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