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Institute of African American Affairs 50th Anniversary

  Thursday, October 17, 2019 Institute of African American Affairs New York University Celebrating 50 Years of Visionary Excellence with past IAAA Directors Earl S. Davis, MSW and Manthia Diawara, PhD Dance Performance Ron K. Brown/Evidence “One Shot” and Jazz Vocalist Candice Hoyes Evening Hosted by Anna Maria Horsford The Institute of African American Affairs […]

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“War, Modernity and Aspirations: Exploring 20th Century Imperial Ethiopia through Witnesses’ Words and Images”

“War, Modernity and Aspirations: Exploring 20th Century Imperial Ethiopia through Witnesses’ Words and Images” A presentation by Yemane Demissie (Undergraduate Department of Film & Television, Tisch School of the Arts-NYU) and Q&A with Manthia Diawara (Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies-NYU) Filmmaker Yemane Demissie’s forthcoming social-history documentary series, The Quantum Leapers: Ethiopia 1916-1975, focuses on the buoyant […]

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) official movie poster, a Magnolia Pictures release. Image (c) and courtesy of Magnolia Pictures, image by Mickalene Thomas In a 2005 Princeton University commencement address to seniors, Toni Morrison stated: “I am a storyteller and therefore an optimist, a firm believer in the ethical bend of the human heart...from […]

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Co-sponsors Literary Mews/PEN Festival 2019 Since 2012, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature and NYU's International Houses, including Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Deutsches Haus at NYU, Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture, La Maison Française, and the NYU Creative Writing Program, have collaborated in creating a festival within the festival: […]

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Black Renaissance Noire Winter/Spring 2019 – Volume 19.1

  Black Renaissance Noire Winter/Spring 2019 Launch Winter/Spring, Volume 19.1 with: Leonardo Drew Paul Carter Harrison Nancy Mercado Wang Ping Coreen Simpson  Friday, April 19, 2019   7:00pm – 9:00pm New York University Silver Center, Jurow Lecture Hall 100 Washington Square East, Room 101A, 1st floor (btw Waverly Place and Washington Place) Free and open […]

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Billie Holiday: An Evening with Lady Day in Photos and Song

  Born April 7, 1915, Billie Holiday is considered one of the greatest American jazz singers of all time. Author Grayson Dantzic shares behind-the scenes anecdotes and images from his 18-year journey making his book Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill. Through the rediscovering of his late father Jerry Dantzic's unseen photographs of Billie […]

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21st Century/New African and African Diaspora Writings and Arts: Caribbean

Monday, March 25, 2019 African and African Diaspora writers and artists have met the 21st century with unprecedented new images and visions of themselves and of the diaspora around the world. They are reengendering themselves and acquiring new and active identities, social, political and sexual, in their writing and artistic processes. In this installment of […]

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GAZES, MIGRATIONS & MEMORIES: Women on Performance and Writing

Wednesday, March 13, 2019Join writer/photographer Maaza Mengiste (author of forthcoming The Shadow King), vocalist/ songwriter Somi, and human rights advocate Clemantine Wamariya (author of The Girl Who Smiled Beads) as they discuss their work, activism, the archives, ways of telling, sharing stories and why. Moderated by Deborah Willis, photographer of In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging […]

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