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Africana Studies

Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

Community Lecture Series: The Growth of Multi-Culturalism at Bowdoin

Community Lecture Series: The Growth of Multi-Culturalism at Bowdoin

September 4, 2014 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge


Roy Partridge, visiting assistant professor of sociology and anthropology and special assistant to the President for multicultural affairs, came to Bowdoin College in the early 1990s. He is an ordained Episcopal priest and holds degrees from Oberlin, University of Michigan, and Harvard.

Lectures take place 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of Moulton Union and include time for questions from the audience. Arrive at noon with a bag lunch. Beverages and cookies provided. The lectures are free and open to the public. Questions? Call 207-725-3253.



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And Still We Rise [Davis Robinson]

And Still We Rise [Davis Robinson]

September 27, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

"And Still We Rise Productions" (www.andstillwerise.org)  was founded in 2005 as an outgrowth of a series of "emotional literacy" workshops sponsored by the Houses of Healing Project (www.lionheart.org)  at the Suffolk County Jail in Boston, the Ariel Group’s Outreach Program (www.arielgroup.com),  and the Side-by-Side Community Circle, a reintegration program created to help former inmates successfully find their way back into society.

"And Still We Rise" is a vibrant community of theater artists and social justice advocates.  Now in its tenth season of performances and workshops, ASWR is led by men and women who have spent years in prison. Together with their family members and loved-ones, they use the art of storytelling to create a crucible for healing, public awareness, and social change through empowering the voices of formerly incarcerated individuals.

Weaving their stories into an imaginative fabric built on true experience,  performers move audiences toward greater understanding and compassion for those - both inside and out - whose lives have been directly impacted by the prison system.

Sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance, with generous support from  the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.

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Class Discussion and Coffee with Fatuma Hussein

Class Discussion and Coffee with Fatuma Hussein

October 20, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Join Professor Femi Vaughan in welcoming Fatuma Hussein, CEO and Founder of the United Somali Women of Maine

Ms. Hussein will lead a class discussion in Prof. Vaughan's Transnational Africa and Globalization course on Monday, October 20 in Adams 202. 

Afterward, gather for coffee and conversation with the professor and Ms. Hussein in the common room of Adams Hall's 1st floor. 

Refreshments will be served.

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Lunch with Filmmaker James Ault

Lunch with Filmmaker James Ault

October 22, 2014 1:15 PM  – 2:30 PM
Moulton Union, South Private Dining Room

Join Professor Femi Vaughan in welcoming James Ault, award-winning documentary filmmaker and author. 

Mr. Ault will lead a class discussion in Prof. Vaughan's Christianity and Islam in West Africa course on Wednesday, October 22 in Adams 406 at 11:30 am.

Afterward, gather for lunch and conversation with the professor and Mr. Ault in Moulton Union's North and South dining rooms at 1:15 pm. A sign-in sheet will be at the front desk.



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The Alfred E Golz Memorial Lecture: "Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti's Political Culture" - Streamed LIVE

The Alfred E Golz Memorial Lecture: "Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti's Political Culture" - Streamed LIVE

October 23, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Laurent Dubois is the Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University. He is the author of several books on the history and culture of the French Caribbean and Atlantic World, including Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004), A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), and his latest work, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012). He also has an interest in the relationship between sports and politics. In 2010 he published Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the history of the banjo, for which he has received several awards, including a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, and fellowships from the National Humanities Center and the Guggenheim Foundation. Professor Dubois also served as head historical consultant for a PBS documentary on the Haitian Revolution, which premiered in 2009.

Professor Dubois’s upcoming Golz lecture, "Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti's Political Culture," explores three intertwined legacies of the Haitian Revolution on political thought and practice in the country: the largely hostile reaction to it outside the country, the formation of new political institutions and structures, and -- most importantly -- the creation of a new set of cultural, social, and economic structures that Jean Casimir has called the “counter-plantation” system. He identifies both the main currents and critical counter-currents within each of these legacies, calling attention to the aspects of the latter legacies that seem to him to be the most valuable and worth comprehending and nourishing in constructing new Haitian futures.

This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

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Africana Studies Open House & Information Session

Africana Studies Open House & Information Session

October 27, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Russwurm African-American Center, Multipurpose

For prospective majors and minors. 

* Meet faculty and students, and learn more about the program and their experiences. 
* Gelato will be served!

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Tales from the Hood

Tales from the Hood

October 30, 2014 6:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, The Pickering Room (213)

Tales from the Hood (1995)
Join us for a Halloween film spook-a-thon!  Produced by Spike Lee's production company 40 Acres and a Mule, "Tales from the Hood" re-poses vignette-driven horror films such as "Tales from the Darkside" and "Creepshow" around contemporary themes in African American life.  This is B-movie horror at its best, combining genre parody, scares and laughs aplenty, and even some biting social commentary.  If you've never seen this masterpiece of ghettosploitation, this is your chance, and at the perfect time of year.  This program is offered in conjunction with Prof. Rael's first-year seminar, "Black Humor."  It is open to the campus community and public.

Join us.... if you dare!  Thursday, October 30 starting at 6:30 pm in Hubbard Conference Room West. 
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"Double Consciousness: Remembering Black Images in American Struggles for Freedom"

"Double Consciousness: Remembering Black Images in American Struggles for Freedom"

November 11, 2014 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Art historian Bridget R. Cooks will revisit the seminal Bowdoin exhibition, The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting in the context of American struggles for racial equality through the visual arts. Her book Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum was awarded the inaugural James A. Porter & David C. Driskell Book Award in African American Art History (2013).

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. You may RSVP here: http://cooksdoubleconsciousness.eventbrite.com
or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Free and open to the public.

This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page

Photo: Bridget Cooks

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Gallery Conversation with Professor Paul Kaplan

Gallery Conversation with Professor Paul Kaplan

November 12, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Paul Kaplan, Professor of Art History at Purchase College, SUNY, and a specialist in European and American images of people of black African descent, will give a gallery talk focusing on two such images in the Bowdoin Museum: a late Renaissance engraving of the "Adoration of the Magi" by Goltzius, and an early nineteenth-century portrait by one of the first African American fine artists, Joshua Johnson. The talk will explore how each artist -- in very different media -- established an African identity in their subjects, and contrast the sharply different audiences to which these works were addressed.

Prof. Kaplan was a major contributor to several volumes of Harvard University Press's new edition (2010-2014) of "The Image of the Black in Western Art." He is also the son of Sidney Kaplan, the principal scholar behind the groundbreaking 1964 exhibition at the Bowdoin Museum, "The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting."

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Department.
Free and open to the public.

Photo: Paul Kaplan

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Afro-Latin Ensemble

Afro-Latin Ensemble

December 3, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Under the direction of Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Bowdoin's Afro-Latin Music Ensemble will present a concert highlighting the scintillating rhythms and cultural richness of the descendants of Africans in Latin America, including music from Colombia, Cuba, and Peru.

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