Workshops and conversations about decolonization will be featured during “The Whole Story: A Decolonial Cross-Cultural Day Institute & Scholarship Fundraiser” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Missouri Southern State University.

The event is open to local high-school students, university students, faculty and staff members at local schools and the general public.

The event will open with registration at noon in Billingsly Student Center’s Connor Ballroom. Dr. Constance R. Bailey, an assistant professor at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas will offer the plenary welcome – “The Black Collegian in the Popular Imagination.”

A series of breakout sessions will also be offered.

1:15 p.m.

“Primary Perceptions” – re-examining the past through primary documents with historian Dr. Megan Bever

“Writing the Margins” – a creative writing workshop with award-winning young adult author Adib Khorram

“How You Can Eat Your Turkey and Decolonize Thanksgiving Too” – presented by Tehya Deardorff (Quapaw Nation) and Kristen Fidler (Cherokee Nation)

2:15 p.m.

“What’s in a Bead” – indigenous bead-weaving workshop with artist and philosopher Sydne Gray (Mvskoke Nation)

“Decolonizing Science” – with the Women in Science Student Group, and chemists Dr. Shayna Burchett and Dr. Bornface Gunsaru

“Decolonize Your Eye: Changing the Way We See Culture Through Art” – with art history minor Lainie Nicolas

3:15 p.m.

“Decolonizing Fashion” – with fashion blogger Sarah Robbins

“Decolonizing Language” – a workshop with linguist and anthropologist Dr. Jill Greer

“Janelle Monae and the Afrofuturist Aesthetic” – with Dr. Constance Bailey

Dr. Rebecca Mouser will moderate the roundtable discussion “Decolonizing the Syllabus” at 4:30 p.m., which will be followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing with Adib Khorram at 5:30 p.m.

A fundraising gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway. The event will be in support of a new scholarship in the English Department for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. It will include food, a silent auction, live music, readings and more.

Reservations for the event are $10; a registration form is available here. For more information, contact Dr. Rebecca Mouser at or visit the MSSU Department of English & Philosophy Facebook page.

It is sponsored by the Academic Affairs, International Studies and English & Philosophy departments at Missouri Southern, as well as the MSSU Foundation and Division of University Advancement, Bookhouse Cinema, Dr. Bill Kumbier, and silent auction donors and authors who donated signed books.