Philadelphia University Celebrates Black History Month

Philadelphia University celebrates Black History Month with a series of events throughout the month of February. Coordinated through the Office of Student Development, events will include on- and off-campus events for faculty, staff and students.

Listed below is the schedule of Black History Month activities. For more information, contact Student Development at ext. 2634 or visit

Feb. 2 and Feb. 4 – Hotel Rwanda Film for Thought
11 a.m., The Tuttleman Center Auditorium
Hosted by Professor Stephen Katz in the School Liberal Arts, this Film for Thought showing of Hotel Rwanda is focused on the 2004 historical drama film about the hotelier Paul Rusesabagina during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. The film, which has been called an African Schindler’s List, documents Rusesabagina’s acts to save the lives of his family and more than a thousand other refugees, by granting them shelter in the besieged H�tel des Mille Collines.

Feb. 4 – Black Student Union Meeting
7 p.m., Tuttleman Room 203

The Black Student Union invites the University community to join the members at the committee meeting. Learn more about the organization, find out about current and upcoming programs and activities, and get involved.

Feb. 12 – Inauguration Panel Discussion
11:30 a.m., The Kanbar Campus Center, Room 312

Come here personal stories and see photos from PhilaU students who attended the historic inauguration of President Obama. The panel discussion will be moderated by Robert Koulish, associate professor of Law and Society.

Feb. 13 – CAB sponsored Movie Radio
8 p.m., The Tuttleman Auditorium

Feb. 15 – America I AM: The African American Imprint
2 p.m., Bus leaves PhilaU at 1 p.m., National Constitution Center
RSVP required at Student Development, Kanbar Center, Room 311
This exhibition presents a historical continuum of pivotal moments in courage, conviction and creativity that solidifies the undeniable imprint of African-Americans across the nation and around the world. It provides context to how African-Americans have contributed to and shaped American culture across four core areas: economic, socio-political, cultural, and spiritual, up to present-day events, including the inauguration of the first African-American president.

Feb. 18 � Black Student Union Recognition Event
6:30 p.m., The Tuttleman Auditorium

BSU will be recognizing its members, along with faculty and staff who have positively contributed to and impacted the University community.� The organization will also be recognizing the recipient of its Scholar of the Year Award who will receive $1,000 monetary award. Light refreshments will be provided.

Soul Food Luncheon and Dinner Series:
Sponsored by Dining Services, the soul food series features dishes and cuisine mostly known as Southern or comfort food. Each Wednesday in February, dinner in the Ravenhill Dining Hall will include soul food. Each Thursday in February, the Common Thread will feature soul-food cuisine. Enjoy soul food on the following dates:

Feb. 4 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Feb. 5 – Common Thread
Feb. 11 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Feb. 12 – Common Thread
Feb. 18 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Feb. 19 – Common Thread
Feb. 25 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Feb. 26 – Common Thread

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