Thursday, September 30, 2010

Underground Freedom Galleries

Over the last several years, students enrolled in African American literature courses here at SIUE have covered writings by ex-slaves such as Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, and Harriet Jacobs as well as literary interpretations of enslavement and struggles for freedom by modern writers such as Robert Hayden, Charles Johnson, Octavia Butler, and Natasha Trethewey.

To the extent that the reading materials often fall outside many students’ typical educational curriculum, we sometimes viewed our experiences of building knowledge about slavery as an imperative underground activity.

During the upcoming week, we'll showcase some of our various experiences reading literary art focusing on slavery and liberation. Feel free to join us.

Schedule of activities:
On Monday, October 4, we'll have a display in Peck Hall, room 3117 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

On Tuesday, October 5, we'll do another version of the exhibit on the second floor of Lovejoy Library in front of the Rare Books Room from 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 6, we'll do an audio exhibit featuring poems about slavery and liberation in Peck Hall, room 3117 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

On Thursday, October 7, we present the audio exhibit again, this time, at Lovejoy Library in the Eugene B. Redmond Reading Room (Lovejoy Library, room 3003) from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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