Black History Month 2014
Northwestern University Black History month 2014.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES -1- 2014 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY BLACK THE HOUSE -2- Jan. 20th HUB Dittmar Gallery, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive) Sponsored by Dittmar Gallery Don’t miss Amanda Burnham’s site-specific room-size installation, calling attention to the ever-changing composition of American cityscapes and their simultaneously beautiful and discordant attributes. Her massive three-dimensional drawings will change how you see both Evanston and the Northwestern campus. Jan. 21st January through March Jan. 10th to Feb. 9th Jan. 9th UCS COMPANY INFORMATION SESSIONS January through March Sponsored by University Career Services UCS Company Information Sessions are your opportunity to connect with the world’s best companies. This quarter, we’ll be hosting IBM, Booz & Company, LinkedIn, AllState Insurance Company, and more! For more information on the sessions, search for jobs/internships, or to make an appointment with your career advisor, log on to CareerCat at bit.ly/ucscareercat. JABULANI: THE AFRICAN CULTURE SHOW 6:00pm / Louis Room, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive) Sponsored by the African Students Association Jabulani is a celebration of African culture from across the continent. The culture show will feature dancing, food, fashion, stories, and interactive experiences for the Northwestern and Greater Chicago communities to engage in. -3- MLK CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FEATURING DR. WARREN WASHINGTON 7:00pm / Alice Millar Chapel (1870 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Join us as we hear from Dr. Warren Washington, the second AfricanAmerican to earn a doctorate in the atmospheric sciences, and an internationally recognized scholar. Dr. Washington is a role model, mentor, and inspiration for generations of young researchers from diverse backgrounds. For more information, including a full list of events celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit www.northwestern.edu/mlk DINNER DIALOGUES 6:00pm-7:00pm / Alison Dining Hall, PARC room (1820 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by Campus Inclusion & Community and Residential College Board Free & open to all students! The monthly Dinner Dialogues Program engages students in a peer-moderated conversation around a specific topic with other students that they may not have met otherwise. This month’s program will continue the University’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Meal vouchers will be provided for students who do not have meal plans. Be sure to join us! Jan. 23th Jan. 24th HARAMBEE 6:00pm / Louis Room, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive) Sponsored by African American Student Affairs and For Members Only: NU’s Black Student Alliance Harambee is the official kick-off event of Black History Month. It features free food, song, dance, and a reflection on African, Caribbean, and African-American culture. Recipients of the Gardner/Exum Scholarship will also be announced. Join us for this long-standing NU tradition! Jan. 27th MLK KEYNOTE SPEAKER – MYRLIE EVERS-WILLIAMS 6:00pm / Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (50 Arts Circle Drive) Sponsored by Office of the Provost and the MLK Planning Committee Join us for the University’s official observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with a keynote address delivered by civil rights activist, author, and former chairperson of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams. She is also the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, and the first laywoman to give an invocation at a presidential inauguration. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, including a full list of events celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit www.northwestern.edu/mlk. Jan. 29th FIRESIDE CHAT: FEATURING DR. LESLEY-ANN BROWN 6:00pm / Slivka 2nd Floor Recreation Lounge (2322 Campus Drive) Sponsored by GLASS Residence Life Staff Join us for this discussion about diversity and inclusion at Northwestern. Dr. Lesley-Ann Brown, Director for the office of Campus Inclusion and Community, will talk about what actions students can take to be a positive influence on others around them. WRITING SECRECY IN CARIBBEAN FREEMASONRY 12:00pm-2:00pm / Kresge Hall, Room 2-425 (1880 Campus Drive) Sponsored by the Afro Latin@ Working Group, the Spanish and Portuguese Department, the Latina and Latino Studies Program, the Center for African American History, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Program of American Studies This book talk by Dr. Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will analyze Masonic, literary, and political writings of Spanish Caribbean intellectuals who lived in the decades of anti-colonial struggle in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola (1860-1898). Come learn how in the Caribbean, Masonic notions of liberal freedom coincided with the legacies of empire and colonial slavery. -4- Jan. 30th Jan. 30th THE RACIAL POLITICS OF VOCAL HARMONIES IN 20 FEET FROM STARDOM 7:00pm / Kresge Hall, Room 4310 (1880 Campus Drive) Sponsored by the Latina and Latino Studies Program What can the work of backup singers tell us about racial and gender dynamics of the U.S.? Join Northwestern LLSP faculty member Dr. Lorena Alvarado for a critical reading of the 2013 documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, which features interviews with and the histories of these cultural workers. Learn how these performers are not just supplement to acts like The Rolling Stones, but represent a manifestation of the racial and gender politics within stardom’s political economy. Feb. 5th Feb. 3rd THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI: FILM SCREENING & TALKBACK 6:30pm / The Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art (40 Arts Circle) Sponsored by Inspire Media & For Members Only: NU’s Black Student Alliance Inspire Media is teaming up with FMO to screen this unconventional sports documentary exploring Ali’s life outside the ring. It focuses on his humanitarian work, refusal to serve in the Vietnam War, and joining the National Islam. There will be a talkback with one of the directors immediately following the film. DRAMATIC READING OF POEMS TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH 7:00pm / The Noyes Cultural Arts Center (927 Noyes St. Evanston, IL. 60201) Sponsored by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Next Theatre Company Get engaged with the Evanston community through this dramatic reading of poems by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Arna Bontemps, Nikki Givoanni, W.E.B. DuBoise, Alice Walker and more. Come be inspired and entertained! Call Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at 847-448-8254 or Next Theatre Company at 847-475-1875 for more information. Admission to this event is free and the age level is 10 years and up. 3 CRITICAL BLACK HISTORY TALKS ON RACISM: PART ONE 6:45pm / University Hall, Room 122 (1897 Sheridan Rd.) Sponsored by the Center for African American History Join CAAH for 3 talks by NU Associate professor Barnor Hesse, looking at how ‘racism’ has been defined, disseminated, distorted, and disavowed by the West. And how historically, colonial practices of race governance became socially normalized despite the hegemonic liberal idea of racism as ideology and pathology. In part one, Dr. Hesse will address the questions: Did the West turn against racism during the 20th century? If so, why? -5- Feb. 9th Feb. 6th Feb. 6th Feb. 7th BLACK HISTORY MONTH: ITS RELEVANCE TO YOU 6:00pm / Elder 1st Floor Lounge (2400 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by the Kemper & Elder Residence Life Staff Is Black History Month still relevant? Why should it matter for people who don’t identify as Black? Join us for a discussion with Dr. Aldon Morris, Northwestern’s Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and affiliated faculty member in the department of African-American Studies, who will address these questions and more. CHANGING YOUR MINDSET 8:00pm / Conference Room, The Black House (1914 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by African American Student Affairs AASA presents Dr. Adia Gooden of The Family Institute, who will present ideas based on the Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. This exciting and engaging program will show students how to move from a ‘fixed’ mindset, focusing on their limitations, to a ‘growth mindset’ focusing on personal development. Food will be provided. Don’t miss it! “I DON’T KNOW IF I’M A FEMINIST, BUT…” DISCUSSION SERIES 12:00pm / Women’s Center (2000 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by the Women’s Center “…but, I believe in equal work for equal pay.” “…but, I want my voice to be heard.” Whether you’re a feminist or not, join us for a monthly brown bag lunch discussion of hot topics that pertain to women. A short article or video clips will be provided. Bring your lunch and your viewpoints! -6- ALICE MILLAR BIRTHDAY CONCERT: 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 7:00pm / Alice Millar Chapel (1870 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by Northwestern University Chaplain, Alice Millar Chapel Choir & Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Alice Millar Chapel with this memorable concert featuring the glorious strains of Louis Vierne’s Marche Triomphale, Joseph Schwantner’s stirring composition New Morning for the World, based on texts of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the world premiere of Schwantner’s Chapel Music: Five Diverse Songs for Chorus and Orchestra. This event is free and open to the public. Feb. 11th Feb. 10th NORTHWESTERN COMMUNITY ENSEMBLE PRESENTS: BLACK HISTORY MONTH 6:00pm / Bobb-McCullouch 1st Floor Lounge (2305 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by Bobb-McCullouch Hall Government Bobb-McCulloch will host NU’s premiere gospel choir, the Northwestern Community Ensemble, for a performance of more traditional AfricanAmerican arrangements. Following the performance, several volunteers from the choir will talk about why Black History Month is important to them and share personal experiences, as well as open up the floor for questions from residents. Please join us for this free event! -7- DINING WITH DYNAMOS: FEATURING KIMBERLY CREWS-GOODE 6:00pm / John Evans Alumni Center (1800 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by the Women’s Center Join the Women’s Center for its inaugural year of Dining with Dynamos, where we invite one alumna to have dinner with 15 female undergraduate students. Eat, learn, ask questions, and be inspired. February’s event features Kimberley Crews-Goode, Vice President of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Northwestern Mutual. In 2012, Ms. CrewsGoode was selected as one of Savoy Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. -8- Feb. 16th Feb. 15h to April 1st SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR 4:00pm / Conference Room, The Black House (1914 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by CARE and the Department of Gender Studies What role do sex, sexuality, and rape culture play in the fight for racial justice? Two undergraduates, Amrit Trewn and Kyra Jones, used their time at Northwestern to research this very question. In this round-table discussion, Trewn and Jones will present their findings on interracial sexuality and sexual violence in the Black community. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with CARE about how the findings are relevant to their work and what resources are available to students of color. Feb. 19th Feb. 12th Feb. 12th ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: DISCUSSION WITH MINKAH MAKALANI 12:30pm / Kresge Hall, Room 2-425 (1880 Campus Drive) Sponsored by the Center for African American History In this volume, co-edited by Davarian Baldwin, the Harlem Renaissance “escapes from New York” into its proper global context. These essays recover the broader New Negro experience, and provide a lens through which to better understand capitalist developments, imperial expansions, and the formation of brave new worlds in the early twentieth century. -9- BITTERSWEET HARVEST: THE BRACERO PROGRAM 1942-1964 Dittmar Gallery, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive) Sponsored by Dittmar Gallery, the Latina and Latino Studies Program, and the Smithsonian Currently on a national tour, this exhibit explores the little-known story of the Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Join us for the exhibit’s free opening reception on February 20th from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Dittmar Gallery. 42: FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION 2:00pm / 1835 Hinman Lounge (1835 Hinman Avenue) Sponsored by Residential Services Residential Services presents the film 42, the 2013 biographical film about businessman, activist, and Baseball Hall of Famer, Jackie Robinson. After the film, there will be a discussion about Robinson’s life and legacy. MSA INC: FEATURING DR. ALEXANDER WEHELIYE 12:00pm / Annenberg Hall G02 (2120 Campus Drive) Sponsored by African American Student Affairs & the Department of African American Studies Join AASA for the winter quarter instalment of our MSA INC speaker series, featuring Dr. Alexander Weheliye. A scholar of Black literature, critical theory, social technologies, and popular culture, Dr. Weheliye’s talk will focus on how technology is influencing and shaping contemporary R&B music. This free event includes a buffet style lunch. We hope you will join us! Feb. 19th 3 CRITICAL BLACK HISTORY TALKS ON RACISM: PART TWO 6:45pm / University Hall, Room 122 (1897 Sheridan Rd.) Sponsored by the Center for African American History Join CAAH for 3 talks by NU Associate professor Barnor Hesse, looking at how â€˜racismâ€™ has been defined, disseminated, distorted, and disavowed by the West. And how historically, colonial practices of race governance became socially normalized despite the hegemonic liberal idea of racism as ideology and pathology. In part two, Dr. Hesse will address the questions: What is the gospel of whiteness according to W.E.B. Du Bois? Why is whiteness politically everywhere but conventionally nowhere at the same time? - 10 - Feb. 20th GOOD HAIR: FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION 8:30pm / McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive) Sponsored by Social Justice Committee of Norris University Center Join us for a screening of Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary Good Hair, with a discussion immediately following. Our discussion will look further in to the concepts ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ hair; Western and American concepts of standards of beauty; and how the ways in which all women are portrayed in today’s media. - 11 - Feb. 24th to Feb. 28th INTRODUCTION TO "THE NEW AMERICANS" NU Galleria, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive) Sponsored by Norris University Center Get a special preview of Jason Patterson’s upcoming exhibit “The New Americans,” running April 4th through May 11th. Centered on a letter from a Freedman to His Old Master, this short exhibit will feature photographs of the portraits that reflect American cultural, political, social, and historical themes. Feb. 26th 3 CRITICAL BLACK HISTORY TALKS ON RACISM: PART THREE 6:45pm / University Hall, Room 122 (1897 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by the Center for African American History Join CAAH for 3 talks by NU Associate professor Barnor Hesse, looking at how ‘racism’ has been defined, disseminated, distorted, and disavowed by the West. And how historically, colonial practices of race governance became socially normalized despite the hegemonic liberal idea of racism as ideology and pathology. In part three, Dr. Hesse will address the questions: Has the codification of race been mistaken for its constitution? How does the discourse of race obscure the practice of racial rule? - 12 - FROM BRACEROS TO CIVIL RIGHTS: THE WORLD OF CESAR CHAVEZ 5:00pm-6:30pm / Harris Hall 108 (1881 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by the Latina and Latino Studies Program Tracing the last years of the Bracero Program and the rise of a new farm worker movement in rural California after 1965, Dr. Stephen Pitti, Professor of History & American Studies at Yale University, will explore how activists debated the rights of Mexican field workers, sparking new cultural and institutional activism across the late-20th century. A CONVERSATION WITH ALEX KOTLOWITZ & TA-NEHISI COATES, SENIOR EDITOR OF “THE ATLANTIC” 6:00pm / 1st floor auditorium, Annie May Swift Hall (1920 Campus Drive) Sponsored by the Center for the Writing Arts CWA Writer in Resident, Alex Kotlowitz, holds this annual event with a special guest to discuss the art of Feb. 28th storytelling. This winter he talks with the extraordinary writer Ta-nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Don’t miss it! March 5th Feb. 26th Feb. 27th Feb. 27th THE TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION 7:00pm / Willard Hall (1865 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by Residential Services The Tunnel of Oppression provides the opportunity to have an interactive experience with the injustices that students face on our campus and in society as a whole. Participants will be asked to look at their own privileges and examine how their personal experiences impact daily choices and their opinions of others. Topics such as racism, classism, sexism, poverty, and sexual orientation, are all examples of what may be featured in this event. For information on physical or wheelchair accessibility in to Willard, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or derek.murakami@ northwestern.edu by Feb. 19th. - 13 - SEXING THE COAST: LANDSCAPE, RACIALIZED FEMININITY, AND EMBODIMENT IN NICARAGUAN ART & LITERATURE 12:30pm / Kresge Hall, Room 2-425 (1880 Campus Drive) Sponsored by the Center for African-American History & the Afro Latin@ Working Group Dr. Courtney Desiree Morris of Rice University will discusses her paper “Sexing the Coast,” which examines how the politics of place, corporeality, racialized desire, and anti-Black racism converge in discursive representations of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua as a sexualized and feminized landscape. ANNUAL LEON FORREST LECTURE: FEATURING LYDIA DIAMOND March 5th at 4:30pm / Harris Hall Rm. 107 (1881 Sheridan Road) Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, the Weinberg Office of the Dean, and the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association Don’t miss this annual lecture honoring Leon Forrest, the acclaimed novelist and scholar who taught at NU for over two decades. This year’s speaker will be award-winning playwright and NU alumna, Lydia Diamond. Diamond’s works include Voyeurs de Venus, Broadway’s Stick Fly, and The Bluest Eye, an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel. For more information on the Leon Forrest Lecture, visit afam.northwestern.edu. MULTICULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS DR. TAMARA A. JOHNSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Multicultural Student Affairs CHARLES KELLOM, DIRECTOR African American Student Affairs LOUIE LAINEZ, DIRECTOR Asian/Asian American Student Affairs DEVIN MOSS, DIRECTOR LGBT Resource Center ALEJANDRO MAGAÑA, DIRECTOR Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs COLLEEN KEEFE, PROGRAM ASSISTANT Multicultural Student Affairs DAPHNE NWANKPA, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT African American Student Affairs AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT AFFAIRS 1914 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL 60208 | 847.491.3610 MULTICULTURAL CENTER 1936 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Ill 60208 LGBT RESOURCE CENTER Norris University Center, Office L, Third Floor, 1999 Campus Drive Evanston, IL 60208 847.467.0556 - 14 - OUR MISSION The mission of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is to provide quality services and programs that support and enhance the collegiate experience, particularly for under-served students. We seek to foster a learning environment that enriches the cultural, educational, professional, and social lives of students, providing opportunities for holistic development. Through advising, advocacy, and outreach, MSA is dedicated to an inclusive and diverse community and helps students excel individually and collectively. To achieve our mission and best serve students, Multicultural Student Affairs focuses on three primary areas of student development. Students who participate in the programs, activities and services offered by Multicultural Student Affairs will: • Celebrate and appraise the intersectionality of their individual identities and how they contribute to personal success (Divisional Outcome: Personal Development). • Utilize university and community resources to help navigate the Northwestern experience (Divisional Outcome: Personal Development). • Develop empathy, understanding, and acceptance of culture differences to create a more socially just campus community (Divisional Outcome: Social Responsibility). VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND GET INVOLVED THROUGHTOUT THE YEARS www.northwestern.edu/msa - 15 - Sponsored by African American Student Affairs 1914 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL 60208 847-491-3610 - 16 - www.northwestern.edu/msa