Tue 3/6 (3pm) - Guest Speaker: Tom Kral on African American Women in Literature
Thomas Kral is a retired member of the Senior Foreign Service. During a career of more than 30 years as a Foreign Service Officer, he served in Turkey, Afghanistan, Philippines, Thailand, Russia and Washington DC, primarily as a specialist in English language education. Following his retirement from the State Department, he was the first chief of the Office of Education for the US Agency for International Development in the Philippines. Currently, he is a consultant for English language teaching and management. He is a native of Chicago Illinois and holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Wed 3/7 (4pm) - Poetry Reading and Workshop by poet, vocalist and actress, Gina Loring
Gina Loring is an accomplished poet, vocalist, actress, and workshop facilitator. As guest poet of the American Embassy, she has traveled to Kuwait, Russia, West Africa, Denmark, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, and England. She was featured on two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry, as well as on BET's Lyric Cafe, and TVOne’s newest hit show, Verses and Flow. Gina was honored as one of the winners of Queen Latifah's CoverGirl Persona Contest for female lyricsts, and was a featured performer at Eve Ensler's V-Day Atlanta, as well as in Adam Duritz's production at the Ojai Playwrights Festival. With a B.A. from Spelman College, and an M.F.A. From Antioch Unviersity, Gina was a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, and is currently a volunteer creative writing teacher with Inside Out Writers, working with incarcerated teens. She is featured on De La Soul's album, “Are you in?” and The Brand New Heavies album “We Won't Stop,” and was a writer/ performer on Norman Lear’s nationwide "Declare Yourself" poetry tour. She lives in Los Angeles, and she believes in mermaids.
Thur 3/8 (3pm) - Tunisian Heritage Exhibition
Fri 3/9 (3pm) - Film Screening: Freedom Riders