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AAADS Colloquium Series




The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies is proud to present its 2012-13 Colloquium series: Africana Studies and the Study of Race and Performance
in Global Communities.
Throughout the academic year, a variety of national and local scholars, authors, and performers will come to IU to discuss these themes. The lectures and discussions are typically free and open to the public, while performances are modestly priced, especially for IU students, faculty, and staff. Please join us for these stimulating and lively discussions, sponsored by AAADS and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Spring 2013 Events


1/17 | MLK Collegiate showcase: "Expressions: Dr. King's Dream for Humanity"

Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30-9pm | Buskirk Chumley Theater, Bloomington --
Co-sponsored with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.

1/28 | H. Timothy Lovelace Jr. "The World is on Our Side: The Black Freedom Movement and the U.S. Origins of the U.N. Race Convention"

Monday, Jan. 18, 4-5pm | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge
Dr. Lovelace is an Associate Professor of Law in the IU Mauer School of Law.

2/4 | Logan Westbrooks: "A Former Pioneering African American Music Industry Executive Lectures at IU"

Monday, Feb. 4, 5:00-6:00pm | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
Mr. Logan Westbrooks, will give a lecture in conjunction with the unveiling of the Logan Westbrooks Collection. -- Co-sponsored with the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

2/18 | Lois Leveen, Author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser

Monday, Feb. 18, 4-5pm | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
Dr. Lois Leveen is a former professor at UCLA and Reed College. Dr. Leveen is the author of the novel, The Secrets of Mary Bowser, about the former slave who became a spy for the Union army.

2/18 | Mandisa Thomas: "Don't JUST Talk About it, BE About It: How You Can Do Your Part In Increasing Secular Efforts in the Black Community"

Monday, Feb. 18, 6pm | Location TBA. Please check our website for updates.
-- Co-sponsored with the Secular Alliance at Indiana University.

2/22 - 2/23 | African American Dance Company, 15th Dance Workshop

Participants will experience dance classes from the perspective of the African American and African Diaspora.
Panel Discussion: Friday, February 22 at the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall at 7pm. Featured speaker: Sheila Ward, Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science at Norfolk State University and Co-Executive Director of Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadelphia, PA.

2/25 | Amrita Myers

Monday, Feb. 25, 4-5pm | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge
Amrita Myers is an ajunct faculty member in AAADS from the IU History Department. Her work concerns African American women and also media and historical images of Black women.

3/13 - 3/16 National Council of Black Studies Conference

Mar. 13-16, Westin Indianapolis | Co-sponsored with IUPUI | Click here to visit the conference site

3/25 | AAADS Graduate Student Roundtable

Monday, Mar. 25, 4-5:30pm | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
Roundtable presented by AAADS Graduate Students in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Herman C. Hudson Symposium

3/29 | Daniel Desormeaux

Friday, Mar 29, Time TBA | Location TBA. Please check our website for updates.
Daniel Desormeaux, Professor of French at the University of Chicago, will speak about the Haitian Revolution and the critical edition of Toussaint Louverture's Memoirs he recently published. -- Co-sponsored with Department of French and Italian

March TBA | Before My Time

Date/Time TBA
As part of the 2013 Women's History Month, the story of three African-American women who were Indiana pioneers will be brought to the stage in Before My Time. Please check our website for forthcoming details.

4/13 - 4/16 | Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Apr. 13-16, IU Cinema
Mr. Santos will be on campus for screenings of 6 of his films. -- Co-sponsored with the IU Cinema and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


Fall 2012 Events

9/10 | Lanier Holt: "We're Not the Brothers You Saw on TV Last Night"

Monday, September 10, 4-5pm | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge
Lanier Holt is a lecturer in the Kelley School of Business. He received his PhD from the IU School of Journalism.

9/17 | Jacinda Townsend: "Black Literature in a Post-Racial Literary Landscape"

Monday, September 17, 4-5pm | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge
Jacinda Townsend is an Assistant Professor in the IU Department of English. She is the author of the novel Saint Monkey (Norton, 2012) and is working on a new novel called Souria.

9/21 | John Edgar Wideman: Conversation with AAADS Students

Friday, September 21, 12-1pm | Indiana Memorial Union, Maple Room
John Edgar Wideman is Asa Messer Professor and Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts at Brown University. He is the distinguished author of nearly 20 books of fiction and non-fiction including, the novels, Two Fires; The Cattle Killling; and Philadelphia Fire. -- Co-sponsored with the IU Creative Writing Program in the Department of English.

10/15 | Tiya Miles: "Detroit: Then and Now" (Branigin Lecture)

Monday, October 15, Time TBA | Location TBA. Please check back for updates.
Tiya Miles is the Elsa Barkley Brown Collegiate Professor of African American Women's History at the University of Michigan. Her talk on "Detroit: Then and Now" will be a Branigin Lecture. While in Bloomington she will also meet informally with students and faculty. -- Co-sponsored with the Institute for Advanced Study.

See detailed poster here.

11/5 Kevin Brown: "The Changing Racial and Ethnic Ancestry of Blacks Benefiting from Affirmative Action"

Monday, November 5, 5:15-6:30pm | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge
Kevin Brown teaches Torts, Criminal Law, Law and Education, and Race, American Society, and the Law at the Mauer School of Law. His research interest is primarily in the area of race, law, and education.

11/7 Nicholas Harrison

Wednesday, November 7, 6-7:30pm | Indiana Memorial Union
Nicholas Harrison is Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies in the Department of French at King's College London. He will speak on French colonial education (particularly in Africa and North-Africa) in the first half of the 20th century as it pertains to literature's historical association with elitism, ethnocentricity and imperialism. -- Co-sponsored with the Department of French and Italian

11/10 Potpourri of the Arts

Saturday, November 10, 8:00pm | Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Concert offering a taste of the African American Arts Insitute, featuring the African American Choral Ensemble, African American Dance Company, and IU Soul Revue.

11/14 | Ted Hall: "The Materiality of Race and Social Class in Educational Research"

Wednesday, November 14, 4-5pm | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge
Ted Hall is an Assistant Professor in Literacy, Culture and Language Education in the IU School of Education. He specializes in racial identity formation, critical literacy, new media, 20th Century African American Writers and community-university partnerships.

RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING - Round Table "Africana Studies, Research, & Approaches to the Study of Race"

Rescheduled for Spring - Date/Time TBA, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge
More info TBA

12/6 African American Dance Company Studio Concert

Thursday, December 6, 7:00pm, Wilkie Auditorium
Energy, rhythm, precision, and grace--the African American Dance Company captures and conveys the spirit of dance styles of the African Diaspora. The repertoire includes original choreography fusing modern, jazz, African, and Latin American dance styles from the African American Dance Company along with students of A221 "Dance in the African Diaspora" and invited guests.

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