MVHS: Bites & Bits of History: April 1865

Traci Manning of The Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center in Youngstown is showing a historical presentation, April 1865: A Month That Changed America, on Thursday, April 16th, at noon. The event is free and open. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch. More information can be found at lrich@mahoninghistory.org.

MVHS: Bites & Bits of History: Hollywood's Golden Age

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society presents Rick Shale, author and retired YSU English Professor, in a Bites & Bits of History talk: Hollywood's Golden Age, on Thursday, March 19, at noon, in the DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown.  Information available at 330-743-2589.


Screening of Writer-director Chris Rutushin's Movie Fine-Tune

The YSU Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures present Emmy Award winner and Youngstown native Chris Rutushin, hosting a screening of his movie Fine-Tune, followed by a question and answer session, in room 132 DeBartolo Hall on the YSU Campus on Thursday, March 26, at 7:00 pm .  Originally released in 2008,  the film was inspired by Rutushin's memories and images of Italian American family life in the 1970s.  The screening is free and open to the public.  

Throwing Stones at the Glass Ceiling: An Evening with Jen Ralston


YSU Women’s and Gender Studies Program is sponsoring Throwing Stones at the Glass Ceiling: An Evening with Jen Ralston. Ralston, who has worked on feature films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Primary Colors and television shows like The Wirewill speak at YSU’s McKay Auditorium in Beeghly Hall on March 19th, at 7:00 pm for a YSU Women’s History Month event. She will discuss the challenges she has faced with writing, directing, producing, and gaining recognition in the entertainment industry.


Frackfree Mahoning Valley Town Hall meeting

Nationally renowned leader, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, environmental justice advocate, and author, Lois Gibbs will be the keynote speaker at a Frackfree Mahoning Valley town hall-style meeting  on Friday, March 13, at 7:00 pm, at the The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, at 1105 Elm Street, in Youngstown. Gibbs is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, a national nonprofit that empowers people to build healthy communities.

YSU Lecture: Chris Herren

YSU’s Campus Recreation and Athletics Departments, and the Mahoning Valley Hospitals Foundation, are sponsoring a talk by former Boston Celtic’s guard, author, motivational speaker, and sobriety advocate Chis Herren, Monday, March 30, at 7:00 pm, in YSU'sBeeghly Center.  The event is free and open to the public.  Herren will  discuss his personal struggle with substance abuse during his career, the effects addiction can have on a person and their loved ones, and how he began his road to recovery. 

Shipka Speakers Series: "The Culture of Distraction: Why the Young Need to Fight It"

The Shipka Speakers Series of the YSU Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies is presenting a lecture by Susan Jacoby: “The Culture of Distraction: Why the Young Need to Fight It,” based on her best-selling book The Age of American Unreason.  The lecture will be presented on Tuesday, March 24th, 12:30 p.m., in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus. This event is free and open to the public.

YSU Lecture by Dr. Okakaopio Dokotum

As part of YSU's African American History Month program, Dr. OkakaOpio Dokotum, poet, playwright, filmmaker, and associate professor of Literature and Film at Kyambogo University in Uganda, is presenting a lecture on Debunking the Myth of Africa, the Dark Continent, on Tuesday, February 17, at 7:00 pm, in the Ohio Room in the Kilcawley Center on YSU's campus.

YSU Lecture: Black Women and Their Hair

As part of YSU's African American history Month program, Monica-Beasley Martin, a Youngstown resident and author of Bald is Beautiful, is presenting a lecture on her book and the importance of hair care for African American women, on Friday, February 6, at 6:30 pm in the Kilcawley Center Gallery on YSU's campus. A book signing will follow the lecture.

The McDonough Museum of Art Reception and Lecture for Visiting Artists

Kelly Phelps, associate professor and chair of Art at Xavier University, and Kyle Phelps, an associate professor at University of Dayton, are presenting a joint lecture and discussion on their ceramic, sculpture, and media artwork on Wednesday, February 4, at 6:30 pm, at the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown. This is a free event. 


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