Spring Semester 2012 Events for African and African American Studies

Spring Semester 2012 Events for African and African American Studies

We welcome students, staff, and faculty back to campus for what will be an exciting semester! Take a look at the programs we have planned beginning next week:

On Thursday January 26th, 2012, we will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of our program along with commemorate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event will begin at 6:00PM in Dewberry Hall of the Johnson Center. Along with remembering the legacy of Dr. King, we will also celebrate and recognize the founder of AAAS, Dr. Marilyn Mobley, and its second director, Dr. Jeffrey Stewart.

On Thursday February 2nd, 2012, we will hold our annual Du Bois Lecture with Brenda Dixon Gottschild at 1:30PM in Harris Theater. Her lecture will deal with race and the arts in the United States, and will also involve a discussion of her recently released book, Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance (2012). Her talk will be preceded by a short performance by Boris Willis. A book signing and reception will follow this presentation.

On Wednesday February 1st, 2012 through Wednesday February 29th, 2012, the work of Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas, "Progeny," will be on display in the School of Art Gallery. Simultaneously, AAAS and the School of Art will showcase student talent in the "About Race" student photography show, which will be on display in Gallery 123 in the Johnson Center. Additionally, the Association of African American Professional Photographers of the Washington, DC metropolitan region, also known as the Exposure Group, will have their work on display in the atrium of Mason Hall.

On Thursday February 16th, 2012, Deborah Willis will deliver a lecture on her work in the School of Art gallery at 1:30PM. A reception will follow.

On Wednesday February 29th, 2012, as a preface to the annual Sojourner Truth Lecture sponsored by AAAS and Women and Gender Studies, there will be a film screening of "Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968" in the JC Cinema at 7:00PM.

On Thursday March 1st, 2012, the Sojourner Truth Lecture will be held with a panel discussion with former members of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (e.g. Judy Richardson, Betty G. Robinson, Dr. Jean Smith Young, and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton) at 3:00PM in Mason Hall Room D003 A&B. There will be a book signing and a reception.