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Brown Bag Series 2009-2010

The first event, "Diversity at IU: What It Is, What It Is Not and What It Should Be," takes place Thursday (Sept. 24). The program will begin at 4 p.m. in the Bridgwaters Lounge of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

Panelists will be Eric Love, director of the IU Office of Diversity Education; Jacob Levin, a columnist at the Indiana Daily Student; Caralee Jones, vice president of the African American and African Diaspora Graduate Student Society; and Heather Essex, another graduate student in African American and African Diaspora Studies at IU.

Co-sponsors of the series are the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, the Asian Culture Center, First Nations Education and Cultural Center, and La Casa Latino Cultural Center.

The latest events in the brown bag series are:

February 26, 2010

"’Humor Ill-advised, if not Altogether Tasteless?’ Caricature and the New Negro in the Work of Archibald Motley, Jr. and Palmer Hayden"

Dr. Wolfskill will focus on key compositions from the 1920s and 30s by Negro Renaissance artists Archibald Motley, Jr. of Chicago and Palmer Hayden of New York. She discussestheir particular and often controversial techniques of representing the “New Negro” in regards to debates of the period surrounding “appropriate” articulations of this figure. Motley and Hayden verbalized their desire to upset racial stereotyping by painting multi-dimensional, more fully human images of African Americans. Their methods of figurative expression, which often included facial and bodily distortions reminiscent of black caricature, has thus perplexed critics and scholars from the Renaissance until this day. While she argues that the formal devices of Motley and Hayden were more complicated than often assumed, she also considers how pervasive racial stereotypes might have informed self-perception. Dr. Wolfskill suggest that their work reveals the thorniness and perhaps impossibility of creating a unique “New Negro” removed from the trappings of popular representation.

Dec. 2 - Location: Memorial Hall East M39, Time: 12-1:30 pm Adeyemi Doss a second year graduate student in the African and African American Diaspora Studies Department will present on his thesis which deals with a psycho-analytical framework of Af­rican and African American literature for the purpose of under­standing the affects to which the construction of race and racism has on the Black/African state of mind. This framework accord­ing to Ade is useful in terms of realizing that literature particu­larly African American poetry has always positioned itself within the arena of diagnosing the mental health of African and African Americans throughout history. With the use of Dr. Daudi Ajani ya Azibo’s Nosology diagnostic system which measures the orders and disorders of Africa/Black personality and personal identity conflict, Ade the author also brings into the fold a spe­cific selection of African/Black literature particular poetry which illustrates issues that surround the mental health of African and African Americans. According to Ade, the objective of this thesis is to provide concrete lens for examining the metaphorical-language of poetry not only as a means of entertainment, but also as a means to understanding the African and Africa Ameri­can state of mind after centuries of being marginalized.