Celebrate International Women's Day with Us
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:00 PM


International Women’s Day is designed to catalyze activism and highlight advancements and challenges in women’s rights and equality. Join the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, The Advocates for Human Rights, and Hamline University on Sunday, March 4th from 1-5 p.m. at the Anderson Center for a day commemorating powerful women.


The theme “Media, Technology, & Gender Equality” will be explored in workshops, a keynote presentation, and networking opportunities. Multi-media storyteller Nekessa Julia Opoti will present the keynote and Minneapolis Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins will perform live.

Keynote presentation by Nekessa Julia Opoti:

Nekessa Julia Opoti is a multi-media storyteller. Her work in media promotes the articulation by grassroots voices of often unheard perspectives on minority and immigrant life in Minnesota, particularly the Twin Cities. Her work explores such subjects as class, migration, education, gender, sexuality, identity, and belonging from the immigrant and diaspora perspectives. Her work includes video production, research, and work in media as a publisher, editor, producer, and writer.

For over five years, Nekessa produced and hosted a weekly radio show "Reflections of New Minnesotans" a talk show on immigrants and immigration. She is a co-founder of the Black Immigrant Collective.


Artistic performance by Andrea Jenkins:

Andrea is a poet and an artist who now serves on the Minneapolis City Council representing the 8th Ward. Jenkins is the first African American transgender woman in the nation to be elected to the city council of a major city. Prior to her election, Jenkins was the Oral Historian for the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota Libraries, documenting the lived experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming people in the Upper Midwest and the United States.

She is the author of The T is Not Silent: New and Selected Poems (2015) and the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including from the Bush Foundation, Givens Foundation, and the Playwrights Center.


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