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Unexpected Connections: Black Panther & Poetic Gifts

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Find the link between two completely different speakers at this wildly entertaining series with friends, fun, and surprising connections.

Two speakers will give quick, witty talks on their seemingly unrelated subjects — then it is up to you to find what connects them. Compete with other groups to come up with the best connection.

A space where communities come together and anything goes. This event is FREE and for 18+ audiences.

Abbott Square Market will be open, please feel free to pop over for a drink before, during, or after as well.

This month’s speakers:
Jasmine Schlafke on Poetry, and its unexpected gifts: communicate, learn, love, grieve, work, teach, and prosper simply through language and expression.

Aaron Jones on Belonging to Wakanda: Finding Real Community in a Fictional World

About the speakers
Jasmine Schlafke is a poet, mentor, & poetry coach from San Francisco, California. She has been a sex educator for over 10 years and is a spiritual practitioner from Interlight Ministries. She is contracted often as a panel facilitator and professional speaker on a range of topics including spirituality, feminism, racism, art and activism. In 2015 she gave a Tedx talk on “Creativity as Expression”. A renowned slam poet, Jasmine Schlafke held the titles of Santa Cruz Grand Slam Champion (2012-2014) and San Jose Grand Slam Champion (2014). She remains co-slam master and organizer of the Santa Cruz Legendary Poetry Collective.

Aaron Jones is an educator, writer, and student advocate that works in the African American Resource & Cultural Center at the University of California Santa Cruz. He serves as an academic counselor, retention specialist and lecturer, focusing on educational equity and campus climate issues. He is also a staff writer at On Comics Ground, a comic news and review site. Lastly, he is pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Azusa Pacific University, his work focuses on critical race theory, educational equity, sense of belonging, and Black student thriving.


February 28
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States + Google Map

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