Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Black Studies Mixtape

Last week, April 8, at the University of Central Missouri, we hosted "the Black Studies Mixtape," an audio-visual exhibit that provides an overview of recent collaborative activities and projects organized by the Black Studies Program at SIUE. Our Black Studies Program is a knowledge building enterprise that explores African American ideas, advocates racial equity, and coordinates interactive learning activities. This “mixtape” showcases some of our approaches to sharing information about African American culture and to making connections to a diverse range of people.

I had a good time interacting with the folks associated with the University of Central Missouri's Africana Studies program as well as all the students in Professor Bryan Carter's American literature courses. I was also pleased that the exhibit visitors seemed to enjoy the different panels.

(student viewing and listening to Malcolm X Mixtape panels)

Our Malcolm X Mixtape was especially popular. Several students mentioned the Malcolm mixtape as really intriguing to them. Actually, the overall exhibit received strong, positive responses. We'll seek to keep building the Black Studies Mixtape, which means we'll work to continue and expand our programming projects.

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