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Local News, Activities, and Events

The following meeting information concerning local news, activities, and events organized by groups other than the CCSJ is generally updated at the beginning of each calendar month. Please check with the originating organization because of likely cancellations or changes since they were originally posted here. See Regional News for non-CCSJ news, activities, and events organized and/or taking place outside the Morgantown area.

the election is underway

Go to this page for more information on this topic.

MORGANTOWN civilian police review and advisory board update

We are still waiting for news of appointments to this board. 

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MORGANTOWN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

The next regular meeting should be Thursday, November17th at 6:30 p.m. You can get information on the commission, including information on filing complaint forms here and copies of the agendas and minutes for the commission meetings here. You can find a calendar of annual human rights observances here. Observances for the current month are included here.

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of  morgantown / monongalia County (LWV-MM)

The League held candidate forums on October 18th for candidates in the Second Congressional District, on October 19th for candidates for State Senate Districts 2 and 13, and on October 20th for candidates for the Monongalia County County Commission. Barb Howe moderated the forum on the 20th as a representative of CCSJ.

You can watch these forums on the League’s Facebook page by clicking on the links:

Second Congressional District

County Commission

Senate District 2

Senate District 13

Follow this group on Facebook and contact them by email at lwvmorgantown@gmail.com. Interested in joining the League of Women Voters? Join online.

listening for racial understanding exhibit at First Presbyterian church

This is exhibit or art work and clips from interviews between people of different races is available at the church at 456 Spruce Street, Morgantown, through November 3rd. The church office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The exhibit is available to travel around the state. To preview the exhibit and get more information, please go here.

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GREATER MORGANTOWN INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION (GMIA)

You can follow GMIA on Facebook or on the web. Their email address is morgantowninterfaith@gmail.com.

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MORGANTOWN NOW CHAPTER

The next meeting should be Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. No further information is currently available.

Morgantown NOW is part of the West Virginia Women Vote of Morgantown Coalition, which includes the Morgantown/Kingwood Branch of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters of Morgantown and Monongalia County, and the Delta Sigma Theta WVU alumnae. “Our goal is to encourage voter education and participation in a non-partisan fashion. We don't endorse or support any candidates or parties as a coalition.”

Details and agenda of their meetings are available through their weekly newsletter or email morgantownnow@gmail.com. Follow this group on Facebook

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Morgantown-Kingwood Branch of the NAACP

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 15th at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Contact the NAACP at 3241naacp@gmail.com for more information and to learn how to participate.

The branch has a Readings on Race and Rights group that is publicized through the NAACP listserv.

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Follow the NAACP on Facebook.

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MORGANTOWN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN-MENNONITE

The church has a Sharing Box outside the church at 464 Virginia Avenue, where you can drop off extra food you may have or take some if you need it, or swap food.

Follow them at their website or on Facebook. Sunday services are held at 10:30 a.m. in person and via Zoom, with the link available here. "We ask that everyone wear a mask inside the building.”

Groups are again starting to use the various spaces at Morgantown Church of the Brethren. If you have a community event or meeting that needs a space to gather, contact Wes at 681-209-2029.

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UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF MORGANTOWN

The UUFM resumes live programs at the Fellowship A-Frame Building each Sunday starting at 10:45 a.m. at 429 Warrick Street.

Check their web site or the Facebook page for information and updates. 

PFLAG

The closest chapter now is in Fairmont, with information available here. According to its website, “PFLAG Fairmont meets each month, usually on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm on the 2nd floor of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the campus of Fairmont State University.”

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DISMANTLING RACISM TOGETHER

Dismantling Racism Together will meet on Monday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. by Zoom. Eve Faulkes and Susan Eason will present on the Listening for Racial Understanding project which they developed. Working from the idea that personal experience may be the only thing that can open us from unconscious or conscious bias to a place of empathy and understanding, 23 people of color were paired with white partners for 7 one-on-one conversations using active listening. This presentation will follow the process and experience of their approach to our seeing one another as both unique and fully human. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85962493623.

For more information please go to their website or email dismantlingracismtogether@gmail.com or contact rebeccarodd@yahoo.com.

Dismantling Racism Together will not meet in December.

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MORGANTOWN PRIDE

Morgantown Pride monthly events are now scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th, and Tuesday, December 13th, all at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.  

For information on this group, go to their Facebook page or their website. Morgantown Pride has an Instagram page here.

Raising Trans Kids Community Group: "The Raising Trans Kids Community Group is for West Virginia parents, guardians, and families who are raising transgender or gender diverse kids (of any age), or have kids who might be transgender or gender diverse." The next events will be on November 12th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. and December 10th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. both via Zoom.  Email raisingtranskids@gmail.com to get the meeting information.

MONONGALIA COUNTY CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER EVENTS

The next MCCAC “Girls’ Night Out” will be May 19, 2023.    

WVU NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES Program
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The Native American Studies Program is collaborating with the Art Museum of WVU so that Marie Watt’s work will be on display at the Museum with an exhibit entitled “Storywork: The Prints of Marie Watt” this fall. More information is here.  The Art Museum is free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 12:30 to 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Bonnie M. Brown, Coordinator of the Native American Studies Program, West Virginia University, PO Box 6284, Morgantown, WV, 26506-6284, NAS.WVU.EDU, @WVU_NASprogram, or call 304-293-4626.

Exhibition by WVU Art in the Libraries in Partnership with WVU Native American Studies

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This exhibit is intentionally curated with the expertise and contribution of Indigenous Appalachians alongside scholars of Native American Studies. The exhibit will be available through May 2023 (print and online) at the WVU Downtown Library and from June through December 2023 at the WVU Beckley Campus Library. It will then be at the Appalachian State University Library from January through July 2024 and at the Marshall University Library from August through December 2024.

The launch event with Joe Stahlman, director of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum and assistant research professor of the Department of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo and Maryam Marne Zafar, visual strategist and graphic designer, will be November 14, 2022, at the WVU Downtown Library.

The content of the exhibit includes exploration of the following themes:

  • Discussion of the complexities involved in public discussions and portrayals of Indigenous cultures and histories, especially in consideration of European colonial history, U.S. policies, and social forces; these include centuries of genocidal acts
  • Acknowledgement of WVU Libraries' Indigenous related holdings
  • Indigenous People in Appalachia Today and their ancestry
  • Indigenous Place Names in West Virginia
  • Contemporary Indigenous Appalachian perspectives through creative work. Confirmed artists: Nadema Agard (painting, Cherokee), Connor Alexander(game design, Cherokee), Erin Lee Antonak (sculpture/drawing, Oneida), Kayln Barnoski (fabric/mixed media, Cherokee), April Branham (painting/photography, Monacan), Ethan Brown (gourd design/painting, Pamunkey), Annette Clapsaddle (writing, Cherokee), Robert D’Alimonte (woodworking/carving, Tuscarora), Brent Michael Davids (composing/music, Mohican/Munsee-Lenape), John Gritts (drawing/painting, Cherokee), Benjamin Harjo, Jr. (drawing/painting, Absentee Shawnee), Yonavea Hawkins (bead/fashion, Delaware), Antoinette (Toni) Scott (cornhusk dolls, Seneca), Rosy Simas (transdisciplinary art/dance, Seneca), Amelia Winger-Bearskin (NFT/digital, Seneca-Cayuga).

For more resources check out the Indigenous Appalachia Library Guide here.

The exhibit will also become a digital exhibit living on the WVU Libraries' website and archived on the Research Repository at WVU.

For further information, please contact Sally Brown Deskins, WVU Libraries' Exhibits Coordinator, at sally.brown1@mail.wvu.edu or 304.293.0369

This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Other sponsors are the WVU Office of the Provost and Humanities Center, The Antero Foundation, The Oakland Foundation, MPB Print & Sign Superstore, Marshall University Libraries and Online Learning, Appalachian State University University Libraries, and West Virginia Library Commission.

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WVU CENTER FOR BLACK CULTURE AND RESEARCH

Haiti Film Series: November 16th at the Gluck Theater at 6:00 p.m. there will be a movie "Ludi" directed by Edson Jean and featuing African American life in Little Haiti, Miami. 

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For more information about the WVU Center, please go here.

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WVU DEPARTMENT OF WORLD LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS

For upcoming events go here. 

WVU CENTER FOR WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

Kelly Watson, service assistant professor and assistant director of women’s and gender studies, will be discuss the Museum of Modern Arts’ Femfolio: 20 Women Artists collection on Friday, October 14th from noon to 1:00 p.m. as part of the WVU Art Museum’s Lunchtime Look Series. Lunchtime Looks are short presentations and discussions led by speakers with a variety of interdisciplinary backgrounds, who offer unique perspectives on the Art Museum's exhibitions and collections. This is an in-person event. A recording will be posted to the Art Museum’s YouTube playlist in the days following the talk.

For more information, please go here.

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WVU LGBTQ+ CENTER

The Center has an active program of events planned that are open to the public. See their website for more information on this and other monthly and weekly activities, and to register for events, or follow them on Facebook.

November 3rd Event at 7:00 p.m.: WVU students, faculty and staff are invited to a funny, educational, inclusive program about women’s sexuality and pleasure. Through humor, honesty and respect, laugh and learn from sex educators Lindsay Fram and Marshall Miller as they cover everything about our bodies and our sexuality, the diversity of sexual experiences, pleasure and intimacy.

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All are encouraged to attend in person in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.
For those unable to participate in person, register to attend via Zoom at wvu.zoom.us/.../tJUqc6oqjgrGdI8fyKVXWzMZZBVTdw2_9eX
This event is cosponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Women’s Resource Center (WRC), LGBTQ+ Center and WellWVU. These WVU units as well as the following organizations will be tabling at the event: Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), Women's Health Center of West Virginia, Planned Parenthood and WVU Believe Them.

other WVU events

The Center has an active program of events planned that are open to the public. See their website for more information on this and other monthly and weekly activities, and to register for events, or follow them on Facebook.

November 3rd Event at 10:30 a.m.: The Mary L. Thomas Endowment, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, and Research Center on Violence present "Thinking Critically About Police Reform" at the Mountainlair Rhododendron Room, WVU, Morgantown.

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