Unfair & Underfunded: The History of Land Grant Funding in Tennessee and its Impact on TSU
6:00 PM18:00

Unfair & Underfunded: The History of Land Grant Funding in Tennessee and its Impact on TSU

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Representative Harold Love, Jr. speaks to students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Tennessee State University for the Unfair & Underfunded event on April 16, 2019.

Representative Harold Love, Jr. speaks to students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Tennessee State University for the Unfair & Underfunded event on April 16, 2019.

Tennessee State University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members are invited to attend the upcoming discussion:  

Unfair & Underfunded: The History of Land Grant Funding in Tennessee and its Impact on TSU

April 16 at 6 pm

Avon Williams Campus Room 354

Tennessee State University (TSU) and the University of Tennessee (UT) are Tennessee’s two land grant institutions, established under the 1862 and 1890 federal land grant acts to provide federal funds for agricultural colleges. Under law, land grant institutions are supposed to receive matching federal and state funds, i.e. for each dollar of federal funding, the state is supposed to contribute one dollar of state appropriations. Since the 1950s, TSU, Tennessee’s only public Historically Black College and University (HBCU), has not received the full land grant match to which it is entitled. While some progress has been made, the impact of this unfair distribution to TSU is felt to this day. Representative Harold Love, Jr., Ph.D., has introduced HB0823 to require the state to begin providing a detailed report of appropriations made to Tennessee’s land grant institutions annually.

Join TSU Alumnus Representative Harold M. Love Jr., Ph.D.; TSU’s Associate Professor of History Learotha Williams, Jr., PhD., and student advocates from TSU’s Social Work Program and History & Africana Studies Programs who will present information about this issue and discuss the impact of this historical unfair funding scheme on Tennessee’s only public HBCU. Students will present ways you can help to promote Fair Funding for TSU.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/305579730123323/

The event will be live streamed from the facebook page of United Campus Workers.

While the TSU family is working to rectify this situation, the university needs your help.


You can text TSU10 to 50155 and you will be prompted to enter card information to donate directly to the TSU Foundation, which allows TSU officials to determine the best way to utilize funds given.

If you would like to designate that your donation go to a specific program, unit, or scholarship fund at TSU, you can access the TSU Foundation Give Now platform (www.tnstate.edu/givenow) and browse the various options available. If you would like to provide direct support to the student leaders who coordinated this event, go to “Other Fund Not Listed” and then when your cart prompts you, enter “Social Work Club.”

To discuss other ways to Support TSU, contact TSU directly here: http://www.tnstate.edu/supporttsu/

You can read an excellent write up about the event from the Tennessee Tribune here: https://tntribune.com/education/college/hbcu/tsu/rep-harold-love-jr-gets-tsu-1-9m-for-reparations/?fbclid=IwAR1KoLxrQw_EKfm9pgAYqUCFzXK2kM2ptiEZdlpThiHvZHFQ1k9TYZCQZBE

You can view a Channel 5 news report on this event here: https://www.newschannel5.com/news/tsu-students-and-faculty-call-for-fair-funding

You can view the live stream of this event here: https://www.facebook.com/100011258310791/posts/785764401808830?sfns=mo

You can download the Advocacy Toolkit from the event by clicking here.

You can sign up to participate in the Fair Funding for TSU Advocacy Group by clicking here: https://tnstateu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d1qa9HW2KBlfK1n

You can download the Agenda from this event here.

You can download the PowerPoint Slides from this event here.

Review a report on this issue here.

Lee, J. & Keys, S. (2013). Land-grant but unequal: State one-to-one match funding for 1890 land-grant universities. Retrieved from The Office for Access & Success, 4/16/2019: http://www.aplu.org/library/land-grant-but-unequal-state-one-to-one-match-funding-for-1890-land-grant-universities/file

This event is sponsored by TSU’s College of Public Service, TSU’s History, Political Science, Geography, and Africana Studies Department; United Campus Workers; and the Central labor Council of Nashville & Middle Tennessee.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking at the Avon Williams Campus (330 10th Ave N, Nashville, TN) is free in the evenings. Overflow parking is also free in the evenings at the state employees lot across the street.

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Graduates Rise performs at the Hiram Van Gordon Gallery for Nashville Visionaries

More information about the March 13 event featuring Graduates Rise is coming soon.

Nashville Visionaries
Concept and Curation by Carl Pope
Hiram Van Gordon Gallery
Residency Jan 22 to Jan 31
Open Jan 28
Event Jan 31 4-6 / Artist Talk 6:30
Close March 25

Artist Carl Pope is looking for text based work from Nashville citizens, that is imaginative and visionary in some unusual or radical way. He is looking to identify writers, musicians, poets, visual artists, professors, students and visionaries in Nashville to contribute to Nashville Visionaries. Work accumulated will be designed and curated by Pope during his residency at TSU into Nashville Visionaries, to be on display in the Hiram Van Gordon Gallery from January 28th to March 25th, 2019.

"I wish to investigate and uncover unknown creative voices in Nashville who use writing to articulate their unique experience of life. As a socially engaged artist who explores the frontier of American literature, this kind of exploration is regenerative to the creative community in Nashville for artists in every discipline and at every level of achievement. I regard this project as a celebration to appreciate the very creative impulse that makes the Nashville music scene what it is today as a major contributor to the American artistic tradition.” Carl Pope

Live performances will be scheduled for the opening and through the run of the show. The gallery will be used as a venue for various kinds of speeches, lectures, concerts, psychic readings, comedy standup, poetry slams, sermons and performances during the run of the show, looking for the visionary.

For more information contact Gallery Director / Courtney Adair Johnson
at cjohn173@tnstate.edu or 615-445-0935

Tennessee State University / Art Department / 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville TN 37208 / Hiram Van Gordon Gallery Elliott Hall / HOURS M-TH 10-4PM

This project is funded in part by Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, Tennessee Craft, Plaza Artist Materials, Jerry’s Artarama

See the full Nashville Visionaries facebook event information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/307000923494224/

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6:30 PM18:30

Graduates Rise with Savage Authority @ Radio Cafe

Come see Savage Authority's debut show, supported by Graduates Rise. 

Savage Authority is:
Jerry Campbell -vocals/guitar
Matt Mueller - guitar
Jeff “BIG TACO” Collett- bass/vocals
Carl Roberts III - drums

You don't wanna miss this one folks... 

Radio Cafe

4150 Gallatin Pike

Nashville, TN 37216

This event also serves as the official after party of the United Campus Workers 2018 Statewide Convention

Doors @ 6:30 pm

Music @ 7 pm

$5 cover, 21+

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/247834466052696/

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6:00 PM18:00

Graduates Rise and The Grey A at Media Rerun

Come join Graduates Rise and The Grey A at Media Rerun in Murfreesboro, TN, August 2, 2018, music starts at 6 pm.  With local faves Casual Sects and Commander Keen

Grey Jacks is a Washington, DC based recording artist known for his past work on lead guitar with Nashville rock band Glossary. Grey's 2014 debut full length My Country was recorded in Tennessee by De Novo Dahl front man Joel McAnulty and features local talents such as Larissa Maestro (Poly) and William Tyler. 2019 will see the release of Grey's follow up album titled Date Ur Elders, which includes a punched up cover of Elliot Smith's Needle In the Hay and nine original songs on themes of love, surveillance, addiction, and breakups. The Grey A’s latest single Palladium will be released later this year.



Since he left Nashville and moved to DC, Grey Jacks has also been hard at work composing the music for Graduates Rise, a punk band that he helped to form in 2016 based in Richmond, Virginia. Graduates Rise uses punk rock, confessional poetry, and explicit criticism in an attempt to demystify politics and systems of higher education. Graduates Rise's debut album Math is Hard! confronts some of the issues facing higher education and seeks to shift the focus from blaming individuals to instead recognizing how systems perpetuate aggressions. Specifically, the record tells the story of Dr. Cyn Corrigible and her experiences as a low income student with disabilities in a PhD program. This record has received academic peer review from the Working Class Studies Association in 2017. Gradautes Rise’s new single The Ballad of Pellagra will be released later this year.




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to Mar 9

Performance & Panel Session: Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. 83rd Annual Conference

Graduates Rise performs their album Math is Hard! for the 83rd Annual Conference of the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. themed Promoting Social Change through Building Resilience

Graduates Rise Performs Thursday, March 8, 2018, during the Opening Reception @ 7:00 pm, Centennial Ballroom. 

Dr. Cyn speaks in the Social Welfare & Social Change Panel Session Friday, March 9 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm, Vanderbilt A room. 

Dr. Cyn participates with her colleagues for a panel session on Social Welfare and Social Change, presenting content titled Promoting Social Change through Community-Engaged Research. Download the session content here: 

PowerPoint Slides

Printable - Participant Workbook with References

Printable - PPT Slides


Registration required to attend events. 

Holiday Inn-Vanderbilt Downtown, Nashville, Tennessee. 

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8:00 AM08:00

Workshop: Engaging Young People in Research

Society for Social Work and Research Conference Workshop

Saturday, January 13, 2018: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

Marquis BR Salon 17 (ML 2) (Marriott Marquis Washington DC)

Cluster: Communities and Neighborhoods


Cynthia George, PhD, Tennessee State University 

Engaging community members in research for evidence-based practice (EBP) is essential if we are to meet the grand challenge of our conference theme in Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice. A central question for EBP is “whose evidence” determines a program's effectiveness. Community-engaged research (CEnR) seeks to answer this question by facilitating the engagement of community stakeholders in as many stages of the research design as is feasible. There are many challenges related to community engagement in research and especially so when attempting to engage young people. This workshop is conducted by a former teen leader with a lifetime of involvement in community coalition work and over a decade of professional experience working directly with young people and community leaders for engaged program planning and evaluation. The presenter serves as the evaluation specialist for several of the nation's top teen driver safety programs including ThinkFast Interactive, Impact Teen Drivers, and Reduce TN Crashes. She also supports the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) with teen leadership development and evaluation research. This workshop is designed to engage the audience in thinking through their own CEnR projects. While the workshop is focused on partnering with young people, anyone interested in CEnR with any age group should find it useful. During the ninety minute workshop information will be presented including: 1) the basics of CEnR and an overview of its various forms (such as community-based participatory research, action research, and participatory action research); 2) the basics of research design for studies occurring in positivist, interpretive, and critical paradigms (including ontology, epistemology, methodology, and measures of rigor); 3) an overview of the evolution of theories guiding adult roles in working with young leaders (moving from tokenism to full partnership empowerment); and 4) best practices for research ethics unique to CEnR with young people (for studies occurring in school-based and community locations). This session is designed to employ andragogical techniques with pictures, taxonomies, and frameworks being presented for discussion throughout the first half. A group activity will be facilitated for the second half of this session. Participants will select a youth-centered issue to use as an example and then talk through the steps a researcher could take in order to maximize youth engagement during all phases of the research process. The key concepts presented serve to create a common language for participants to use in examining how engagement may look different for studies designed within positivist, interpretive, and critical paradigms. Decision-making will be grounded in the three ethical principles of research, respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Challenges that may arise in CEnR will be discussed, along with group solution planning. Participants will also be connected to resources that can help them to continue their development as community-engaged researchers.

Workshop PowerPoint Slides

Printable - Participant Workbook

Printable - PPT Slide Handouts

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Working Class Studies Association conference
5:00 PM17:00

Working Class Studies Association conference

Graduates Rise has a peer-reviewed punk record!!!

We will perform our record Math is Hard! at this year's Working Class Studies Association Academic Conference!!!

“Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution” The Working Class Studies Association annual conference for 2017 is dedicated to investigating the myriad ways in which the working classes can fight for emancipation. We seek proposals that offer creative interrogations of the very concepts of “working class” and “class struggle” in today’s moment of global capitalism and the consequent disarticulation of traditional notions of the working class. What does working class mean in an era of deindustrialization, precarious work, and predatory capital mobility? What new sites of working-class struggle can come to the fore with the weakening of trade unions and the erosion of the shop-floor and public space as places of working-class organization and contestation? 

Graduates Rise is slated to perform on June 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm in the Wright Auditorium Building.  

Essential conference attendance information can be found here: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/conferences/index.php/wcsa/WCSA17/schedConf/overview

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Premieres of Foibles & Favors and Pussygrabber at Riot Grrrl event
to Apr 22

Premieres of Foibles & Favors and Pussygrabber at Riot Grrrl event

She is Me. I Am Her. Community Arts Event.


The night's title takes its name from a Bikini Kill song, fitting because there will be tons of Riot Grrl spirit at Sauvage Galerie on the 21st. Come support some of Nashville's fiercest female writers, musicians, and artists. 

Abby Coppage
Ashley Boyd Jones
Chloe Stillwell
Kat Marsh
Dr. Cyn Corrigible of Graduates Rise
One Beggar Sun
Simone Kross
Ashley N. Roth
Heather Brothers McDole
The Swanies
and more.....

Graduates Rise will share their music video for Pussygrabber which was released online in January 2017 on the day that President Obama gave his concession speech and 45 delivered his speech. This Riot Grrl event will feature the in-person premiere of this video (which totally has a cat fight in space at the end); and Dr. Cyn Corrigible, Songstress for Graduates Rise will read some poems about love, sex, and hypocrisy from her newly released poetry zine Foibles and Favors

Sauvage Galerie is an art & gathering gallery in the Wedgewood-Houston community in Nashville, TN. Support Sauvage

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