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Notre Dame Marks Anniversary With Special Documentary Screenings

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In commemoration of the 180th anniversary of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame of Maryland University is screening Girl Rising, a film narrated by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and others, that tells the stories of nine incredible girls across the globe.

Marriage Equality Symbol Goes Viral – Gov. O’Malley Shows His Support

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If you were on Facebook or Twitter tonight, did you notice a red square with a pink equal sign popping up everywhere?

The Human Rights Campaign changed its logo from a blue and yellow square to a red and pink one in support of gay marriage. Now celebrities, activists and politicians — including Governor Martin O’Malley — have changed their Facebook profile picture to the new symbol to show same sex marriage support.

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“Red is a symbol for love, and that’s what marriage is all about,” Human Rights Campaign spokesperson Charlie Joughin told MSNBC.com on Tuesday. “We wanted to give people an opportunity to show their support for marriage equality in a public and visible way.”

 

 

From Closet to Corner Office: The Out & Equal Workplace Summit 2012 Comes to Baltimore

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Here’s to a discrimination-free workplace and, while we’re at it, a discrimination-free world… Unfortunately good intentions are rarely enough to establish a fair playing field in life. So here’s to forward-thinking organizations like Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the largest nonprofit in the world dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Preferential Treatment in College Admissions — There’s More Than Just Affirmative Action

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Discussion of the fairness of affirmative action in college admissions has resurfaced now that arguments over the practice are being heard by the Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas. Now, if you’re a white college applicant — or the parent of one — it’s hard not to bristle at the possibility, however unlikely, that your application would be rejected on the basis of race. But it may interest you to learn that affirmative action is only one of several paths to preferential treatment in the admissions process. And all others tend to favor whites.

“We Love God + Chick-fil-A”: Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Gather for Sandwiches in Abingdon

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Sometimes an issue is so divisive and politically charged that even something as irrelevant as a fast food chain can become a rallying symbol for one camp and an effigy for the other. And of course that’s exactly what happened to the Georgia-based chicken sandwich “restaurant” Chick-fil-A after president Dan Cathy defended his company’s donations to anti-gay organizations. Supporters of gay marriage have been staging protests at locations across the country, while opponent Mike Huckabee called for a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

Big Fish Q&A with Diana Morris, Director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore

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Almost two and a half years ago, following an engaged and engaging discussion at the central branch of the Pratt Library about how Americans talk — and don’t talk — about race, Open Society Institute-Baltimore director Diana Morris weighed in with a pithy, insightful analysis of our nation’s seemingly institutional racism.

“In America, we focus a lot on individuals; we don’t think about systems,” Morris noted in December 2009, prefiguring the current cataclysm surrounding the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. “Even in school, we don’t talk often about systems unless we happen to take a course in college about sociology. So that’s very helpful to me when I think through ‘how can we really talk effectively about the criminal justice system, which so adversely affects people of color and people who are poor.’ And that’s a system at work, and some of them are sort of unofficial or informal systems, and some of them are formal systems, but it’s more than just an individual bias. And we want to be able to convey that, because unless we can really pierce those systems, we’re not gonna really get effective change.”

Since 1997, Morris has brought a pronounced passion to effecting change in this city as overseer of the local outpost of gazillionaire philanthropist George Soros’ international Open Society Foundations. Specifically, OSI-Baltimore, according to its website, concentrates on “three intertwined problems: untreated drug addiction, an over-reliance on incarceration, and obstacles that impede youth in succeeding inside and out of the classroom. We also support a growing corps of social entrepreneurs committed to underserved populations in Baltimore.”

WOW-Baltimore: Celebrating Women, Influencing Community

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An event unlike any other that brings together an impressive list of talented and influential women, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Senior Counselor Alice Hill, Senator Barbara Mikulski, and BSO Maestra Marin Alsop at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, makes its American debut in Baltimore in a few weeks. 

Women of the World (WOW), a three-day festival that begins Friday, March 2, at 10 a.m., combines concerts, films, discussion panels, professional mentoring, issue-oriented debates, health and fitness sessions, financial and legal tips, book swaps, jewelry and craft vendors, food tastings with some of Baltimore’s premier female chefs, Stoop Storytelling workshops, and more.                                               

Alsop met WOW Founder and Co-Artistic Director, Jude Kelly, as a panelist at the inaugural WOW Festival in London. Alsop, inspired by her experience, was eager to bring WOW to the Baltimore community. From the initial event planning stages to the near-finalized event program, WOW-Baltimore has sought community involvement.         

The festival features a line-up of speakers and panelists certain to wow attendees. In addition to the women named above, attendees can also expect NPR’s Peabody-Award-winning producers, The Kitchen Sisters; Lynne Brick, President and Owner of Brick Bodies; Kwame Kwei-Armah, playwright and Artistic Director of Center Stage; Dr. Mary Pat Seurkamp, President of Notre Dame of Maryland University; and a panel of Baltimore’s 12 to 18-year-old girls who speak about the challenges of young womanhood as part of the Girl Up! Campaign for the United Nations Foundation.                     

Attendees can also screen the documentary feature film, Miss Representation, which debuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film, written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, artfully compiles facts and statistics that expose mainstream media as one of the most significant impediments to a culture of confident women achieving their true potential. Viewers are encouraged to stick around for a post-screening discussion. You can preview the trailer here.                                                                                           

While the primary purpose of the event is to celebrate and empower women, the intent is that both men and women have something to gain from attending and participating. For example, one of the panels will discuss human trafficking, the second largest criminal enterprise in the world that profits by the billions from forcing 12.3 million adults and children into bondage and prostitution. These numbers represent many someones’ mothers and daughters.                                                                                     

Men and women have long said, “Behind every great man there stands a great woman.” This extended weekend could be a wonderful opportunity to see the tired adage in a new light; for the great men to stand behind and support remarkable women — our wives, mothers, and daughters who are also our current and future visionaries, entrepreneurs, educators, artists, athletes, politicians, doctors, soldiers, and humanitarians. 

There are several ticket options including day passes and weekend passes. There are also special tickets for the Mary Chapin Carpenter and the BSO Voices of Light concerts. Go here for tickets and a full schedule of activities.

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