Wednesday, December 11, 2002 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Join us for a reading, book signing and reception celebrating the release of Golokwati 2000 Kamau Brathwaite’s most recent publication. His most recent publication, Golokwati 2000, is the latest in a sequence of visionary autobiographical/poetic meditations in which Brathwaite deploys his innovative “Sycorax video style” of typo/graphic presentation to illuminate the shaping paths and sources of his poetic voice. With Golokwati 2000 – which draws its title from an Akan Twi word connoting a resting place on a journey – Brathwaite assembles an anthology of his poems while weaving these poems into tales, memories, and revelations of how they came to be. The result is a powerful insight into the spiritual and intellectual development of a major poet of our times.
Routes and Rootlessness: Two Jamaicans write about the South
Thursday, July 18th, 2002 at 6 pm
An Evening with Colin Channer and Kwame Dawes
In the novel Satisfy My Soul and the poetry collection Midlands, Jamaican writers Colin Channer and Kwame Dawes explore the complicated history and modern-day dynamics of South Carolina. The observations and conclusions of these transnational writers add to an ever-expanding appreciation of the ways in which politics, race, religion and geography shape how we see the world.
Harlem Book Fair 2002
Saturday, July 20th, 2002 at 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Blackspeak: Visionary Writers on the Future of America
Moderator: Manthia Diawara, author of Black Genius, Panelists: Clyde Taylor, author of The Mask of Art, Haki Madhubuti, author of Tough Notes: A Healing Call for Creating Exceptional Black Men, Derrick A. Bell, author of Ethical Ambition: Living A Life of Meaning and Worth, Ellis Cose, author of The Envy of the World. Join this panel as they discuss views on the future of black literature, art, and the state of black life. Following the panel, join Manthia Diawara and Clyde Taylor as they sign copies of Black Genius and The Mask of Art.
The Body-Building Series
Friday, February 1 – Friday, March 1, 2002
Opening Reception and Booksigning for The Black Female Body: A Photographic History, With Authors Carla Williams and Deborah Willis
This series focuses on the female body, contextualized and situated in the present, pointing to how work is manifested physically in the black female body, shorn of covering, developed and amplified in muscles and tendons, shoulders and calves. The depiction of physical work and its impact on the development of the body has often been relegated to men and thus, the world of physical work is constructed as one that is gender specific. This series attempts to address that notion. The black female body, if viewed under the lens of actual work, deconstructs and re-configures the image of women; literal strength, not figurative, and emotionally-specific moments. This work also looks at the perception of beauty.
Challenging the Color Line:Confronting Issues of Race and Class in the Era of Global Capitalism
Friday, February 22 & Saturday, February 23, 2002
On the occasion of W.E.B. Du Bois’ 134th birthday, this conference seeks to bring together progressive activists and analysts to assess the ways the issue of race and racism has changed in the last 100 years, look at how racist ideology is ingrained in our culture, and advance a dialogue on how we can work to solve the problem of the color line in this new century.
All University Artist-in-Residence Series: Mitchell & Ruff
March 4-6, 2002
Monday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Since 1955 the Mitchell/Ruff duo have been making history in the jazz world and beyond. They will be performing for the first time in the historic Great Hall.
Expressive Culture: Sounds
Tuesday March 5 at 11:00 a.m.
At this event the Duo will explore the sources and traditions of jazz music in all its forms.
Oral History of Jazz
Tuesday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Mitchell and Ruff talk about their lives and their music.
African-American Music in the US: 1870-Present
Tuesday, March 5 at 4:55 p.m.
Take a historic journey with the Duo, as they discuss and perform samples of the lineage of music from African origins to American classics.
Panel Discussion: Composing a Life in Jazz
Wednesday, March 6 at 12:30 p.m.
A look into the life and art of jazz musicians, through the lens of writers and their subjects. Panelists include: Willie Ruff, Dwike Mitchell, William Zinsser, Robin Kelley, Nina d’Alessandro and others.
Jazz Master Class
Wednesday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m.
A direct lesson from the masters on the technique, interpretation and teamwork that goes into great musical performance.Dwike Mitchell (piano) and Wille Ruff (bass & French horn) shared the stage with Armstrong, Ellington, Hampton, Count Basie, Gillespie and Davis. The Mitchell/Ruff Duo introduced jazz to the Soviet Union in 1959 and to China in 1981. They are the subjects of numerous books, articles and PBS specials. Ruff is Founding Director of the Duke Ellington Fellowship Program at Yale. Jazz artists and audiences have long admired Mitchell’s awesome technique, elegant harmonies and boundless range on the piano. Join us in celebrating these great artists.
Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany
Reception, Reading and Booksigning with author Ika Hügel-Marshall
Friday, March 15, 2002 at 6 p.m.
“Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany” tells the story of Ika Hügel-Marshall, daughter of a white German woman and a married black G.I. stationed in Germany during The Occupation. After his tour of duty ended, they lost contact. Seven years later, Ika is led from her home to a religious institution where Sister Hildegard attempted to exorcise the “black demon” from her. Ika struggled to come to terms with life as a German – the only life she knew – among people bent on disavowing her existence. Only in her late thirties did Ika meet other Afro-Germans and begin to discover her identity. Emboldened, she sought and eventually found her father on the South Side of Chicago, and discovered another aspect of herself.
The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994
Wednesday, January 23 – Sunday, May 5, 2002This landmark exhibition presents a cultural context in which the intense politics of African freedom movements are displayed: from the initial struggles for independence after World War II, to the collapse of apartheid in South Africa and the establishment of democratic governments in the nations of Africa.
Panel: The Congo: a Witness to African History
Thursday, March 7, 2002 at 7 p.m.
African writers, historians, and sociologists discuss issues relating to Pan-Africanism and the federation of African States, using the Congo’s liberation movement as a starting point. Panelists: Elombe Brath, Patrice Lumumba Coalition; Horace Campbell, professor of African American studies, Syracuse University and chairperson of the International Black Radical Congress; C. Daniel Dawson, art & media consultant and independent scholar; Guy Martin, visiting associate professor of Africana Studies, New York University; and Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, associate professor of French & comparative literature, Stanford University
Panel: Africa, New York: a Discussion with Africans and African-Americans in New York
Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Community leaders, artists, and academics discuss globalization trends and African/American relationships in New York City. Panelists: social activist Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, musician and composer Olu Dara, writer and historian Dr. Sylviane Diouf, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation President and CEO Terry C. Lane, French television journalist and writer Mamadou Niang, and writer and political activist Kevin Powell.
Lecture: Chinua Achebe
Saturday, May 4, 2002 at 7p.m.
The prominent Nigerian-born novelist, Chinua Achebe reflects on his literary beginning and reads from his early work in the context of Africa’s mid-century intellectual and liberation movements.
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man & Jazz
April 11-12, 2002
A Conversation with Horace A. Porter and Stanley Crouch
Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 6 p.m.
Followed by a lively reception and book signings for Horace A. Porter and Stanley Crouch
Screening and discussion of PBS’s “Ralph Ellison: An American Journey” with its director Avon Kirkland
Friday, April 12, 2002 at 6 p.m.
Main Building, Room 806
32 Waverly Place (between Greene Street and Washington Square East)
Elizabeth Nunez, Discretion
A reading, reception and book signing for Elizabeth Nunez, author of the critically-acclaimed novel Discretion
Thursday, April 19, 2002 at 6 p.m.
Strong Medicine: Traditional Healers Respond to the AIDS Crisis in Africa and the Diaspora
Saturday, April 27, 2002
Panel Discussion: How Healers Are Making An Impact Across the Diaspora
12 P.M.-2:30 P.M.
Featuring: Tânia Cypriano Award-Winning Filmmaker, Creator of Odô-Yá: Life with AIDS Dr. Edward C. Green
Harvard School of Public Health, author of AIDS and STDs in Africa: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Healers and Modern Medicine, Dr. Henry Frank Anthropologist, Executive Director of the Haitian Centers Council, Professor Maurice Iwu
Director of Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme, author of African Ethnomedicine, Moderator:
Dr. Marsha J. Darling Director, Adelphi University Center for African-American & Ethnic Studies
Cooperative Strategizing and Brainstorming Session
How can local communities of African-based spiritual traditions create a more visible and effective response to the crisis in the U.S.? How can we better support healers throughout the Diaspora? Facilitated by: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega Founder and President, Caribbean Cultural Center and author of The Altar of My Soul: The Living Traditions of Santeria, Dr. Henry Frank, Divinah Bailey
Director of Affiliate Services, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
Documentary Film Screenings
Odô-Yá: Life With AIDS is an exploration of the innovative efforts within the Afro-Brazilian religious tradition of Candomblé to educate about and cope with the epidemic.
THETA: A Growing Partnership, highlighting traditional healing and healers in Uganda.
Maryse Condé, Tales From the Heart:
True Stories From My Childhood
Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 6 p.m.
In this collection of autobiographical essays, Maryse Condé vividly evoke the relationships and events that gave her childhood meaning: discovering her parents feelings’ of alienation, her first crush, a falling out with her best friend, the death of her beloved grandmother, her first encounter with racism.
These gemlike vignettes capture the spirit of Condé’s fiction: haunting, powerful, poignant, and leavened with a streak of humor. They paint a wonderful portrait of a little girl trying to find her place in the world, one that is redolent of the music and colors of the Carribean.
Tales from the Heart is the 1999 winner of the Prix Yourcenar, awarded for excellence in French writing by an author who resides in the United States.
Maryse Condé’s previous work includes the novels Windward Heights and Desirada, both available from Soho, and I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
· May 2nd, 2002 Ernest Aryeetey (Swarthmore and Univ. of Ghana) “Conditionality, Selectivity and Aid Effectiveness in Africa”
· April 25th, 2002 Jonathan Morduch (NYU) “Poverty and Vulnerability in Cote d’Ivoire ”
· April 4th, 2002 Sam Bowles (UMass Amherst) “In Search of Homo Economics: Behavior Experiments in 15 Simple Societies. ”
· Mar. 21st, 2002 Sara Berry, (Johns Hopkins) “Chieftaincy, Land and Politics: Yorubaland and Asante in the 20th Century ”