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Voting Rights, African Arts and Native Peoples Workshops 

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You probably didn't know that Constitution Day is coming up on Friday, Sept. 16. It was the day our Founding Fathers signed the document in 1787. Despite all the dialogue surrounding the Constitution and its protections, the United States is in the midst of legal turmoil over who gets to vote and whether certain groups are being systematically denied access. Hear more about America's past and continuing history of voter suppression from Laughlin McDonald, special counsel and director emeritus for the Voting Rights Project. Weber State University, Wildcat Theater, 1299 Edvalson St., 801-626-6252, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m., free,

History and talents may fade, but you can see how students are keeping alive their unique heritage in the exhibit Africa Meets Africa. Exquisite objects, made for everyday use according to inherited styles of beadwork, weaving, pottery and homestead painting, reveal an astonishing integrity of design and innovation with contemporary materials and forms. Still, the iconic master artists of rural southern Africa are concerned that their skills might not survive beyond their own generation. These artists use an arts-skills learning methodology, integrating visual arts, history and mathematics. For example, students do geometry with their hands as they make beadwork and weave. 1355 W. 3100 South, 801-965-5100, through Wednesday, Oct. 12, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; closing reception, Thursday, Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m., free,

Injustice. These days, you'd think it was all about white male Americans. But in this two-hour workshop, Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change, Toward Right Relationship with America's Native Peoples, attendees learn about the historical and ongoing injustices committed against Native Peoples, and seek ways to build relationships with them in accord with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Participants enact a 40-minute script and then share their thoughts in a "talking circle." University Guest House, 110 Fort Douglas Blvd., 801-949-2906, Thursday, Sept. 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m., register via email to Joan M. Gregory ( with "HSI WORKSHOP" in subject line and your name, cell phone number and email address; $10 donation suggested,

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Katharine Biele

Katharine Biele

A City Weekly contributor since 1992, Biele is the informed voice behind our Hits & Misses and Citizen Revolt columns. When not writing, you can catch her working to empower voters and defend democracy alongside the League of Women Voters.

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