Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event!
Next Tuesday brings the return of our adult programming series, Long Overdue. We will screen the film Death by Design, by filmmaker Sue Williams.
Tuesday, January 7th, 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room
Please arrive early for best seating.
Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and
laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.
But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams
investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.
Feel like brushing up on your understanding of basic Civics? Maybe you just enjoy a good piece of pie and ice cream?
A lot of people find the American government structure confusing and overly complicated. Just how DO laws get passed? Who’s paying for all of these political ads? Why do we have 2 parties instead of 3 or 8? This month’s Long Overdue Series presentation aims to help clear up some basic misconceptions about the American political process, all while making it fun and tasty! Join us on Tuesday, October 4th at 7 pm for a discussion of Civics with new Political Science Professor Julia Hellwege of USD, and indulge in some pie and ice cream.
Julia Marin Hellwege is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of South Dakota. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from University of New Mexico and her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado Mesa University. Her primary focus lies in the study of political institutions and elite behavior, particularly with a focus on the representation of women and racial/ethnic minorities. Broadly speaking, Professor Hellwege teaches courses in American political institutions, such as Congress, Presidency, and Campaigns and Elections. Dr. Hellwege’s articles have appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Politics, Groups, and Identity, and she has a book chapter in the recently published Latinas in American Politics (Lexington Books).
Unfortunately, tonight’s discussion on Long-term care options has been postponed until a later date. We will share this new date and time in the media when it is determined.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host a community discussion on Vermillion’s need for long-term care facilities. On hand to discuss the topic will be physical therapist Ruth Scott, Bill Anderson, and a representative from Sanford Vermillion; the discussion will be facilitated by Michelle Maloney.
For those living in rural areas, a lack of long-term care facilities can present hardship and difficult choices. People in need of long-term care services and their families must decide if someone is able to provide care in their home or relocate the person to a facility outside of their community. Relocation to another community can be difficult for cultural reasons, as well as making it difficult for family members to visit frequently. The relocation of residents for long-term care also has an adverse economic effect on the community. As a community with limited long-term care options, this community discussion will aim to bring some potential solutions to light.
Betty Smith, Michelle Maloney and Bill Anderson of the Vermillion Downtown Cultural Association will join us to share the exciting project behind the collaborative efforts to renovate and run the Vermillion Theaters. The discussion will include how this project came about, and its relevance to other community development efforts.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 – 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.
The non-profit association formed this year to invest in growing Vermillion’s downtown cultural attractions and relationship with the University of South Dakota and broader community, and to purchase the Coyote Twin and Vermillion Theaters on Main Street. The group has been raising funds in the community to accelerate renovations and to enhance the cinema experience in Vermillion.
“What we found when we began reaching out to partners such as the University of South Dakota and the Vermillion Chamber and Development Corporation (VCDC) was that everyone realized how important the theaters were for tying together this community, “says Ted Muenster, Vermillion Downtown Cultural Association Director. “Investing in purchasing the theaters and raising funds for renovation made sense to community leaders and helped us build momentum toward the purchase and – we hope, soon – a complete reimagining of the movie experience in Vermillion.”
This event is free and open to the public.
We are so, so excited to be hosting a screening of the film tomorrow evening, followed by a facilitated community discussion. Come check it out! We’ll even have popcorn and treats;)
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
We are excited to host what is sure to be a lovely discussion this Wednesday evening with community member Kaiya Ansorge. Her presentation, part of our Long Overdue series, is entitled “Spirit and Soul Care in our Daily Lives”, and takes place at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.
This session will begin with a guided meditation followed by a discussion of some of our practices and rituals. The goal is to help each of us learn new approaches to soul care as well as bring to awareness those rituals that help us center and calm ourselves in order to bring energy and delight into the world. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Kaiya Ansorge holds a Master’s degree in philosophical theology and a PhD in Religion with a specialty in spirituality.