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Consciousness Calendar Oct. 3 To 17: This Month, Arizonans Can Educate Themselves On Religion, Race Relations And Other Vital Topics


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 3, 2018 — “Troll” used to mean one thing: a dwarf or giant in Scandinavian folklore inhabiting caves or hills, a creature of fairy tales and B-grade horror movies.

That was before the Internet age.

Now, troll is now synonymous with something else: “antagonizing people online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content” (according to Merriam-Webster).

Trolls — be they actual people like Alex Jones or bot farms in Macedonia — infest all forms of social media, from 4Chan to Facebook to Twitter.

Their efforts can not only make someone’s life miserable, they can negatively affect the outcome of a presidential election, as we saw in 2016.

Or, they can spread a vicious rumor that will cause one unstable individual to shoot up a pizza parlor in Washington, D.C. because he falsely believes it houses a child sex ring.

While there is no one law to stop such cyber malevolence, there are ways to lessen the damage, including education.

The forum Trollspotting: Handling Online Harassment Like A Pro” is taking place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 5 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Associate professor Dawn Gilpin of Arizona State University will explain how to identify harassment and handle it, both as a bystander and a target.

For information about this or further Cronkite school events, visit

Friday, Oct. 5

Open Mic Night: Confinement + Liberation will feature poetry, dance and music. This free event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Burton-Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. States of Incarceration and Humanities Action Lab are collaborating on Open Mic Night. Other details can be found on this Facebook page:

Saturday, Oct. 6

The Tour de Fat 2018 Tempe festival will kick off at 3 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Along with bicycles, there will be music, beer and comedy acts. Proceeds benefit Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Bike Saviours, Central Arizona Mountain Bike Patrol and the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona. Admission prices vary; to learn more, check out

What are your civil rights as an activist? The forum Know Your Rights will address that topic. Set for 3 p.m. at Saguaro Public Library, 2808 N. 46th St., Phoenix. Victor Aronow and Jamaar Williams of the National Lawyers Guild will train attendees on legal risks when coordinating and attending protests, demonstrations, disruptions and other public activism events. Attendees will also learn about engaging police officers and what to expect if planning an act of civil disobedience. To learn more, contact or check out this Facebook page:

The B-Against Bullying All-Star Weekend will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6642 S. 16th St., Phoenix. This year’s theme is "Bullying Inside the Village” featuring various topics, including corporate bullying. (Ticket sales have ended.) For other details on this event, check out

Sunday, Oct. 7

Phoenix Walk For Wishes will kick off at 9 a.m. at Tempe Marketplace. Sponsored by Make-A-Wish Arizona, the free event will offer games and other fun activities for critically ill children. To learn more, go to

Monday, Oct. 8

Author Ramachandra Guha reads from his latest biographical volume, Gandhi: The Years That Changed The World 1914-1948 at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. The event will start at 7 p.m. For more details,

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Diversity group People Like Us will hold an Arizona launch starting at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Member Sayu Bhojwani shares the stories of diverse politicians who are challenging the status quo and blazing a path for others. Arizona State Reps. Isela Blanc and Athena Salman will also be on hand to discuss the road towards a truly inclusive and multiracial democracy. For more details, check out this Facebook page:

Thursday, Oct. 11

The Arizona Community Foundation is holding an opening reception for the exhibit Invisible México: Afro-Mexicanos starting at 5 p.m. at the foundation office, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. The photo essay exhibit is an anthropological, augmented reality project that showcases descendants of the African Diaspora living along Mexico's rural Pacific and Gulf Coasts. Admission is free; get more details at

The forum Future of Water in Arizona will feature a panel of experts discussing the critical state of Arizona’s water resources and the Drought Contingency Plan. It starts at 4:30 p.m. in the LaPaz Ballroom on the ASU campus in Tempe. Refreshments will be served; to register or learn more, visit

Saturday, Oct. 13

An Advocacy Institute forum will be held at 9 a.m. at GateWay Community College, 108 N. 40th St., Phoenix. Through panel presentations and issue-specific breakout sessions, nonprofit organizations, community groups and individuals will learn about the legislature and what to expect in the 2019 Arizona Legislative Session. To learn more, go to

Young Advocates Institute Southwest will hold a daylong session starting at 9:30 a.m. at South Mountain Community Center, 212 E. Alta Vista Road, Phoenix. Participants will discuss violence intervention/prevention, advocacy, and how to create change. Topics include sexual and domestic violence, racial justice, and LGBTQ violence and safety. Admssion is free; learn more at

The film We Were Children will be screened at 11:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. This Boarding School Film Series selection focuses on the more than 100,000 of Canada’s First Nations children who were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths and were abused. Admission is free; call 602-648-9713 for more information, or check out this Facebook page:

Monday, Oct. 15

The Power of Integrated Marketing and Communications will be held at 7 p.m. at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. To learn more about the panelists, check out

Tuesday, Oct. 16

A discussion on Religion in the Civic Sphere will be held at 5 p.m. on the Arizona State University Old Main in Tempe. Panelists include political columnists Ross Douthat (New York Times) and Kathryn Jean Lopez (National Review); Amy Sullivan, a Chicago-based journalist who has covered religion and politics as an editor at Time; John Carlson, interim director of the ASU Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. For further details or tickets, go to or call 480-965-0155.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Sajjad Shah and Iman Mahoui will make an appearance at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix in support of their new book Muslims of the World: Portraits and Stories of Hope, Survival, Loss and Love. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road. For more information, go to or call (602) 274-0067.

Thursday, Oct. 18

“The Bell That Tolls: A Conversation on Death and Dying” will be held at 6 p.m. at Sema Foundation Headquarters, 325 N. Austin Drive, Chandler. Project Humanities is sponsoring the free event. To learn more or register, visit

Friday, Oct. 19

The film The Hate U Give, based on Angie Thomas’ novel, will be screened at AMC Arizona Center, 565 N. Third St., Phoenix. A discussion will follow; tickets are free, but registration is required. The ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy is sponsoring this event. To learn more, check out

Saturday, Oct. 20

The 2018 Rainbow Festival, produced by Phoenix Pride, is happening today and Oct. 21 at Heritage Square Historic District in Phoenix. There will be food and entertainment. To learn more or get involved, find links via this Facebook page:

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