February 8, 2013 Students CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Black History Month: Professor Reiland Rabaka discusses its relevance


The roots for African American History Month reach back to 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson designated the second week of February to be "Negro History Week." In 1976 it was officially expanded to a month by the federal government. Rabaka says Woodson created the holiday with the hope that as black history became fundamental to American history, eventually there were be no need for it.

Learning about climate change through film

Integrating video production with climate change might seem like an unlikely pairing for a college science course.

By combining the two disciplines, students are asked to digest facts and views about climate change and make three independent short films based on their assessment of the topic in a class taught by Rebecca Safran, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Conference on World Affairs Announces Keynote and Annual Jazz Concert

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith will deliver the keynote address for the 65th Annual Conference on World Affairs (CWA), set for April 8-12 on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.

Federico Peña interdisciplinary event at CU-Boulder rescheduled for April 2

Federico Peña will give a talk about “Achieving U.S. Energy Independence in our Lifetime” at the University of Colorado Boulder on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. in room 180 of the Benson Earth Sciences Building.

Community Notes

Living Off-Campus: Everything First Timers Need to Know

Learn the basics of finding the perfect rental in Boulder, Colorado. Gather information about leases, neighborhoods, roommate agreements, dividing utility payments, budgeting and much more. Join CU-Boulder's Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations Office and CU Money Sense for the information session, "Living Off-Campus: Everything First Timers Need to Know," on Feb. 13, 2-3 p.m. in the UMC room 245.

CUSG survey seeks student input on off-campus lighting

The University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG) is exploring ways to make the areas surrounding campus safer for students. Improving lighting on University Hill may be one step toward that goal. In order to better understand students' concerns about safety on the hill, CUSG is asking students to complete a short survey (5-10 minutes) about their perceptions and opinions of safety on University Hill.

Josh Garrett-Denver

Ghost Dances reading and book signing Feb. 21

The Center of the American West is proud to present Josh Garrett-Davis, author of Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains, for a reading and book signing.

A native of South Dakota, the gifted young writer Josh Garrett-Davis takes a singular journey back to his origins on the Midwestern Plains and gives us a striking portrait of a distinctive American place. Politics and prairie, art and religion, all combine into a new picture of the region—one that departs from the long-standing images of the area as either a wasteland or a heroic frontier.

Find your community, become a leader, travel

INVST Community Studies is looking for students who are interested in environmental sustainability, social justice, and leadership development for our Community Leadership Program. Students begin by looking at themselves and their roles as community members, and progress to local, national and international levels of engagement. The program combines practical skills training, meaningful community service and theory in a unique, participatory model. Applications are due Feb. 18.