Poet Aaron Samuels will headline Café Soul at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center.

Illinois State students will take to the stage prior to Samuels, showcasing their talent.

Samuels is a Pushcart-nominated poet, a TEDx speaker and an acclaimed facilitator of critical identity discussions. His performances are designed to challenge audiences to widen their perceptions of identity and embrace the multiplicities that we all contain.

There will be a brief Q&A session following the performance. Learn more about Aaron at aaronsamuelspoetry.com. Refreshments will be served.

Café Soul, sponsored by Diversity Advocacy, is an opportunity for Illinois State students, faculty, staff and alumni to showcase their identity through their creative talents. Performances often include singing, dancing, poetry and art. To register as a performer for this event, contact Brittney Henson no later than Friday, Oct. 17.

Samuels will also speak on campus at noon on Oct. 28 in the Student Services Building, room 314. He will facilitate a roundtable discussion to talk about ethnicity, religion, gender, privilege, and other challenging aspects of the complexities that make us human.

Note: Performances may include adult content and language.