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This week’s events:

Monday, March 9.  The Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group is hosting “Debating the Merits of Merit Pay” at the Technology and Learning Center Conference Room II at UMSL from 5 to 7 PM.  Find out more at the IOW calendar.

Also Monday, the University Program Board at UMSL is hosting “I Love Female Orgasm,” a program with a message of sexual health and women’s empowerment.   The event is in the Millenium Student Center and starts at 7 PM. RSVP and learn more here.

Tuesday, March 10.  There’s going to be a major health care summit on the WashU campus from 1 to 3:30 PM at the Edison Theatre, hosted by America’s Agenda.  The panel has a lot of big name speakers, included former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, President of the St. Louis American Donald Suggs, and many more.  You can watch a live streaming of the event at http://www.summitconversations.org .  Also, there’s been some talk of having some people gather outside the event; if you’d be interested please get in touch with Jennifer Judd of Missouri ACORN .

Also Tuesday, M Cubed is hosting a Citizen Lobbyist training in preparation for a March 25 Equality Day in Jefferson City on March 25.  And trust me on this: a lot of the people in the state house in Jefferson City could really use a good talking to!   The training will be at The SPOT at 4169 Laclede Avenue (1st floor) starting at 7 PM, and the facebook page is here. .

Also, Tuesday is the monthly meeting day for both Amnesty International-St. Louis City and the St. Louis Animal Rights Team (START) at 7 PM. AI meets at the Bethel Luharn Church at 7001 Forsyth blvd and START meets at the Brentwood Community Center.

Wednesday, March 11.  Can public-service journalism remain viable, relevant, and accountable?  This will be the topic of discussion at “I still believe in the profession of journalism” at the History Museum starting at 7 PM.  Attend so you can make sure that the discussion focuses on things like, “how did the media fail so badly in the lead up to Iraq?” rather than, “Do bloggers swear too much?”  Details are at the mo history page .

Thursday, March 12.  There’s a rally at 1200 N. Jefferson in support of Mann Elementary School being taken off the public school closure list.  The rally starts at 6 PM and you can RSVP here.

Also Thursday, Legalize St. Louis will meet this at 6:00 P.M. at the Indian Trails branch of the St. Louis County Library at 8400 Delport, St. Louis MO 63114.   Greater St. Louis NORML will meet at the same place at 7:15.

Thursday through Saturday is the beginning of an interesting conference at WashU called “Man the Hunted.”  Many people believe that a lot of human features and particularly our intelligence evolved because we were at the top of the food chain.  However, WashU Anthropology prof. Robert Sussman has a detailed argument about how things like cooperation, altruism, and sociality actually evolved when our evolutionary ancestors were hunted by other species.  This conference invites a range of experts from different fields to explore the evidence for and implications of this hypothesis.  Find our more at the facebook page.

Friday, March 14. Folks looking for a job or worried about the economy might be interested in the Career Discovery and Advancement Series kick-off at South Technical High School  from 8 AM to 12:30 PM.  Congressman Russ Carnahan will be delivering the keynote address.  Find out more here.

Saturday, March 14 is the monthly all-you-can-eat buffett fundraiser for KDHX at the Black Bear Bakery (2639 Cherokee) from 9 am to 2 pm, featuring blues duo Jeremy Segal Moss an Tommy Halloran as well as the Hot Baloney Boys.

Saturday is also the 1st Annual Trivia night for Metro East Pride.  The event is at the Swansea Improvement Association at 301 Service Street in Swansea, IL starting at 6:30 PM.  RSVP at this link .

Sunday, March 15, Cinema St. Louis hosts QFest at the Tivoli with a lineup of great movies starting at 1 PM.  Check it out here.

Sunday is also the deadline to sign up for the pilot program for curbside recycling in St. Louis City!  More details can be found here.

Also Sunday, award-winning artistic director of That Uppity Theatre Company Joan Lipkin will be performing her new show “Becoming Emily” at the Central Reform Congregation (5020 Waterman Blvd) at 1:30 PM.  The show is sponsored by NARAL and focuses on the story of Emily Lyons, a survivor of a 1998 clinic bombing.  RSVP at this link.

All this week, the Missouri House of Representatives is trying to change our constitution AGAIN to make it harder for up to 240,000 Missourians to vote!  To learn more about the photo ID issue in Missouri or to get involved, visit http://www.MoFairElections.org or email Dan Szyman @ danielszyman@gmail.com . They’re asking everyone to contact Rep. Bill Deeken at Bill.Deeken@house.mo.gov or 573-526-9774 to tell him not to let this bill out of his committee.

Have a fun and meaningful week!