Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Celebrate: Black Studies in December

The late poet Lucille Clifton has this inspiring short poem "won't you celebrate with me," where she asks us to rejoice with her on "what i have shaped into / a kind of life?" Despite her birth into hostile environments, she finds ways to move on and asks us to celebrate with her, for "everyday/ something has tried to kill me / and has failed."

As we make our last push of the fall semester, we hope you'll celebrate with us on what we've tried to shape into a kind of life for our program--an ongoing series of interrelated knowledge-building activities featuring African American ideas and artistic compositions.

Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 1:30 to 4 PM, in the Redmond Reading Room at Lovejoy Library, we're hosting an exhibit focusing on Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks.

Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 1:30 to 4 PM, in the Redmond Reading Room at Lovejoy Library, we are hosting The Intellectual Sagas of Black Men @ SIUE. This exhibit concentrates on discussions that the young men in our circles have been having about politics, anti-black racism, artistic compositions, and various other issues over the last years.

Thursday, Dec. 9, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Peck Hall 3117, we'll present one of our Black Poetry Mixed Media Exhibits. So far, versions of the exhibit have appeared at the public library in East St. Louis, at Woodland Elementary School here in Edwardsville, and at the SIUE/East St. Louis Charter School.

Monday, Dec. 13, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM, in the Redmond Reading Room at Lovejoy Library, we'll present our first "Redmond Room Review," a project showcasing some of the activities we've organized over the last few months with this newly established cultural space.

Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, in Peck Hall 3117, we'll host the Black Studies Showcase--a program that highlights the programs we've organized this past semester.

We'd love to have you visit one, two, or all of our programs.

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