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DIASPORA NEWSLETTER

Welcome to Diaspora, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies' electronic newsletter. We are all connected to AAADS in one way or another, yet we are spread far and wide throughout the university, the community, and even farther afield. We are the AAADS Diaspora.

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Dr. Raymond Wise composed a song entitled "Walk On" that was performed at the Steve ZeGree Tribute concert by soloists Marietta Simpson, Duane Davis, and Sylvia McNair. The concert was held at the MAC (IU Bloomington) in April 2015. Dr. Wise accompanied on piano and AACE provided the background vocals. Pictures were taken by Scott Sheetz.


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In April 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as the guest clinician at the Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware for their Annual Gospel Music Workshop. He presented lectures on gospel music history, vocal technique, music ministry. He rehearsed the choir, taught new repertoire, and performed for two Sunday worship services.


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Under the direction of Dr. Raymond Wise, AACE sang for the Extensions of the Traditions Concert held at the First United Church in April 2015. AACE performed several arts songs arranged for choir along with solo art song performances by Jacobs School of Music Students. Click here to see the event flyer.

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Under the direction of Dr. Raymond Wise, AACE performed the musical invocation at the AAAI Alumni Honors Banquet in April 2015.


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Poynter Roundtables “The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Cultural Trauma and Healing”
Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde
Tuesday, April 7th, 4:00-5:30 pm
The Poynter Center, 618 E. Third Street

AAADS lecturer Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde will discuss her dissertation, "The Ariran's Last Life," which explores how unresolved ancestral emotions related to the Middle Passage -- the stage when enslaved Africans were shipped to the then New World -- are manifest in the lives of descendants and the ways these emotions and subsequent wounding can be healed. This dissertation earned Abegunde the first doctorate to be awarded by the IUB Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS). Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde is an egungun (ancestral) priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition and a Reiki Master with a focus on the recovery and healing of ancestral memory from the Earth and human body. She is also a poet, writer, teacher, and birth doula. Her ongoing research in the United States and Brazil is on embodied memory of the Middle Passage, the ways in which unresolved ancestral emotions shape the lives of descendants, and the links between ancestral wounding, contemporary violence, and illness and disease.

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Dr. Raymond Wise was commissioned to compose a new work for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Trenton Children's Choir and Princeton Seminary Choir. The work entitled "One Human Family" was written for Children's Choir, SATB Choir, Baritone Solo, Piano, Pipe Organ, Bass, and Drums. The work was premiered at Princeton University's Miller Chapel on Saturday March 28th, 2015.

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In March 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as an accompanist for the 2015 Choir Convergence Concert at Carnegie Hall. The mass choir comprised of hundreds of high school students from across the United States came to together to rehearse and perform a concert at Carnegie Hall. The choir under the director of Dr. Andre Thomas performed Dr. Wise's arrangement of Daa Na Se.

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In February 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as the Guest Clinician and Conductor at Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church Music Workshop in Harlem, NY. He lectured on African American Sacred Music History and Humnody. The community workshop choir rehearsed and performed for a worship service and in full concert. Click here to view the event flier.


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In February 2015, AACE made history and presented the first ever Black History Month Assembly at the Bloomington University School. AACE joined the University school choirs to perform a concert for Black History Month. The presentation started with a Freedom March through the school hallways to the auditorium where AACE and the elementary school choirs performed for the entire school body. After the formal presentation AACE spent time with small student groups performing and answering questions regarding Black music and performance.


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In February 2015, AACE performed a concert at the School of Education for Black History Month. The choir performed music spanning from African to contemporary gospel. They were joined by AACE Alum Alexis Joii who performed "Amazing Grace."


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Recently Dr. Raymond Wise was inducted into the Denver Gospel Music Academy Hall of Fame. In addition, in February 2015 he was asked to served as a guest conductor and prepared a Gospel Music Academy's Children's Choir to perform at the Gospel Academy and Hall of Fame 44th Awards Ceremony. Click here to view the event announcement.

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In February 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as a guest clinician for the Denver Colorado Spirituals Project. This group--which focuses on the performance of African American Spirituals--worked with him to serve as the demonstration choir for the upcoming REAP conference, at which he will present a session on spirituals.


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In February 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as the guest clinician for the Fort Worth, Texas Independent School District 2015 Gospel Festival. He visited five High Schools and a Middle School where he worked with choirs and soloists to help them prepare for both the Gospel festival and their upcoming statewide choir and solo competitions. He lectured on gospel music history, vocal technique and prepared and conducted the 300 plus voice festival mass choir. Click here to view the event program.



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In January 2015, AACE performed for the Bloomington City MLK celebration at the Buskirk Chumley Theater.
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In January 2015, AACE members gathered for an All Day Music Retreat. During the retreat AACE members learned about the history of the African American Arts Institute, developed their musical skills, learned repertoire for the upcoming semester and grew as a musical family.


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In January 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as a guest clinician at the Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, Ohio. He prepared and directed the High School Ensemble for the annual Martin Luther King Celebration. Click here to view the event program.


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Once again ACE and the Singing Hoosiers are joining forces. This time it is for the annual Chimes of Christmas concert in the IU Auditorium. The choirs will perform an original work composed by Dr. Wise entitled "He Brought Joy." In addition the choirs will perform the soulful arrangement of "Joyful Joyful" from the movie Sister Act!! featuring Dr. Wise as the soloist. The concert will take place in the IU auditorium on Saturday Dec. 6th at 1p.m. and 7p.m. Tickets available through the IU Auditorium Box Office.


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In December 2014, ACE collaborated with the Singing Hoosiers for their annual Chimes of Christmas concert. The concert was held in the IU Auditorium. They presented 2 shows for more than 3000 people. The combined groups performed one of Dr. Wise's original compositions entitled "He Brought Joy" under his direction. He also performed the opening solo to the finale "Joyful Joyful" from the Movie "Sister Act."A DVD of the concert will soon be available through CATS.

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Congratulations to Emerita Professor Audrey McCluskey on the publication of her newest book, Pioneering Black Educators in the Jim Crow South: A Forgotten Sisterhood.

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The AADC is one of several groups featured in a recent issue of Inside IU. Click here to see photos.

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CRRES, History, and AAADS are co-hosting Dr. Quincy Mills (History and Africana Studies, Vassar College), on Friday, December 5. Dr. Mills is a specialist in African American history. His first book, Cutting Across the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America, was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. At IU, Dr. Mills will be speaking about his exciting new project, "The Wages of Resistance: Considering the Subsistence of Social Movements" (abstract below). You can also find out more about Dr. Mills here: http://quincymills.com

Date and Time: 2:30-4 pm at CRRES (SISR 100) on Friday December 5.
 
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The Wages of Resistance: Considering the Subsistence of Social Movements

The often used phrase, “freedom isn’t free”, was more than a rallying cry for personal sacrifice during the black freedom movement. Money mattered.  African Americans who faced economic reprisals because they attempted to register to vote, black activists who devoted their working lives to the cause of freedom, and organizations who attempted to manage several civil rights projects while supporting activists in the field and local blacks who were fired from their jobs, all acutely understood that resources were essential to movement building. While sociologists hammered out resource mobilization theories in the 1970s and 1980s, in this lecture I use a labor lens, outside of the formal economy, to think about subsistence as a function of movement politics.  I will use SNCC’s Food for Freedom program to demonstrate how it facilitated the distribution of resources to local communities and made plain the connection between the vote and pocketbook politics.  Moreover, the food and clothing distributions demonstrated that SNCC’s voter registrations drives, and its larger work, required a well-oiled fundraising machine to sustain its work. 

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The African American Choral Ensemble traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana on Saturday Nov. 15th to perform a concert for the Fort Wayne Children's Choir and Voices of Unity choir. ACE joined the students for a combined performance in the evening. Dr. Sykes introduced ACE at the evening conert. The workshop and concert were held at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana.



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Congratulations to AAADS PhD candidate Nana Amoah. Not only has she successfully defended her PhD proposal, she also was selected as a winner of the 2014 Royal Air Morocco-ASA Student Travel Award. Winners were presented the with their award certificates and travel vouchers during an event on Saturday November 22nd at the ASA Awards Ceremony in Indianapolis, Indiana. Please click here for the event press release.

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These photos below are from The Civil Rights Act at 50 event held Monday November 10th at the NMBCC.


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In Fall 2014 Dr. Wise served as the guest clinician for the Fort Wayne Children's Choir and Voice of Unity Youth Choir Soulful Choral music workshop. He lectured on singing in the soulful musical genres, including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel and R&B. He taught a two day music workshop with 200 middle and high school students.




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In Fall 2014 Dr. Wise served as the guest clinician for a Gospel Workshop at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. He had the opportunity to work with both undergraduate and graduate students in the performance of African American gospel music. The gospel choir from Moreno Valley College also attended the workshop. Several members from the Redlands and Southern, CA community joined the workshop as well. He sang for the students, then lectured on Singing Authentically in the Gospel Style, Gospel Music History, Vocal Techniques, and gospel music repertoire. The choir rehearsed and performed several selections under his direction.

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In Fall 2014 our own AAADS Professor Raymond Wise served as an accompanist for Dr. Andre Thomas with the 1000 Voice South Dakota All State Chorus. The chorus comprised of 1000 singers from 151 high schools. To see the chorus perform, click here (they are featured 1 hour 11 minutes and 49 seconds into the video).



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In Fall 2014 our own AAADS Professor Raymond Wise conducted a clinic for the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America in Newport News, VA. The GMWA Chapter sponsored a City-Wide Music Workshop for the community. The workshop was hosted at the Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church.


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In Fall 2014 our own AAADS Professor Raymond Wise served as the guest clinician for the Calvin College Gospel choir fall retreat.

Dr. Wise also did an interview with John Witvliet, the President of the Calvin Institute of Worship.
More information can be found here. Videos with Dr. Wise can be found here and here.

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In Fall 2014 our own AAADS Professor Raymond Wise served as the guest conductor for The Springfield Unity Festival.

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In Fall 2014 our own AAADS Professor Raymond Wise served as the guest conductor for the 2014 Ithaca College Gospel Festival.

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2013 Chicago Music Awards nominee Pavel and Direct Contact teams up with Sancocho: Music and Dance Collage for an incredible and super entertaining afternoon telling the story of the music of Cuba and its profound contribution in culture and jazz music. This multi-media presentation will also include Gerardo Gonzalez, a Cuban American and current Dean of Education at IU Bloomington, sharing his return to Cuba through photography and narration. The artistic director, our own AAADS Professor Iris Rosa, and musical director, Andre Rosa-Artis, lead a group of drummers and dancers to combine a delicious concoction that is sure to satisfy your musical appetite.


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This IU Cinema event is co-sponsored by AAADS.

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Chicago Artists Against Gun Violence present

Stay-in-School Bash!

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One of the events organizers is our own AAADS graduate student Ciara Miller.

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AAADS Professor Carolyn Calloway-Thomas gives freshman Donna Weatherly a pin. IU faculty and staff gave out more than 60 pins at the annual freshman pinning ceremony at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center earlier this month.

Click here for the full article from Inside IU Bloomington.

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AAADS Post Doc Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde named as first director of new Graduate Mentorship Center at IU

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AAADS Professor Tyron Cooper pens music for documentary on Bobby "Slick" Leonard


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Bobby "Slick" Leonard  is Indiana basketball. No one better embodies its toughness; no one better personifies its passion. And no one takes more pride in being a native Hoosier. "Heart of a Hoosier" will chronicle Leonard's journey as never before, from the poorest part of Depression-era Terre Haute to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

With stunning new footage and an all-star cast, the 90-minute documentary will take viewers:

  • On the floor for Leonard's national-title-winning shot for IU;
  • On the blizzard-enshrouded plane as Leonard and the Minneapolis Lakers crash-landed in an Iowa cornfield;
  • On the road and in the locker room with the best and wildest team in the ABA, the Indiana Pacers;
  • Into the booth for Leonard's "Boom Baby" calls that have defined Pacers fervor for the past three decades.

Come along for the ride and learn the inside story of a seminal figure in Indiana history.

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IU Soul Revue honors founding director Portia Maultsby

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On July 10th, 2014, Professor Raymond Wise was honored and featured on the Long Street Bridge Cultural Wall in Columbus, Ohio for his work in tap dance.  This newly renovated bridge is like a park that runs along both Long Street and Spring Street as they cross Interstate 71.  Included here are pictures from the unveiling and dedication.  

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Raymond Wise, our own professor here in AAADS, has resided and taught for more than 30 years in Columbus, Ohio. One of Columbus' recent initiatives to rebuild its near east side was to renovate the bridges and roads that lead from the downtown corridor to the near east side. One specific project was to build a bridge that contains pictures and sculptures honoring the legacy of persons who have contributed to the Columbus area over the past years. This newly renovated bridge is like a park that will run along both Long Street and Spring Street as they cross Interstate 71. It will have many lighted panels featuring portraits of artists. 

Raymond Wise will be honored and featured on this bridge project for his work in tap dance. He began teaching tap dance for Columbus Park and Recreation at the Samuel S. Davis Youth Complex for the Performing Arts back in the 80s, then teaching and performing tap dance with ensembles at the King Arts Complex for the Performing Arts in the late 80s and 90s with his own company (with partner Frank Lane, also honored in the Long Street Bridge renovation) Raise Productions was there in residence as a part of its Artist Coop. He continued to teach and perform gospel tap throughout the 90s and beyond at the Raise Center for the Gospel Arts as well as at schools and colleges. As result of their contribution to dance in the Columbus, he and his partner Frank Lane were chosen to be represented on this historic bridge project.

Together the city of Columbus, Ohio will honor the significant local artists, including our own Raymond Wise, landmarks, community leaders, and pioneers-­ bridging the past with the present--who have been an integral part of the Columbus story.
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy live music by Luxury Brown featuring Meredith Evans, and the legendary DJ Mix Master Ice. Bring the whole family to celebrate this affair-- with food trucks and plenty of fun for the kids, too.
When: Thursday, July 10th, 5:30 to 9pm.
Location: Columbus, Ohio. Long Street bridge over 1-71 between Hamilton and Jefferson Avenues .
FREE PARKING: Columbus State garage, enter at 512 E. Long St.

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Congratulations Professor Phoebe Wolfskill!

In July 2014, she received a New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowship through the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue her research on contemporary artist Emma Amos.

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Malcolm X

Malcolm X: A Biography

Authors: A.B. Assensoh, Yvette Alex-Assensoh

Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, Aug 31, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 179 pages

"Malcolm X: A Biography" is a historical and political analysis of the black leader's life and times, offering a detailed treatment of its subject's multifaceted story. Laid out chronologically, the book treats MalcolM's life from his birth through his childhood, adult life, work as a Civil Rights activist, and assassination. Readers will learn about the torching of Malcolm's family's Lansing, MI, home when he was a young child and about the death of his father a few years later--both acts attributed to a white supremacist organization. They will learn of his participation in narcotics, prostitution, and gambling rings and of his arrest and prison term. And they will learn about his discovery of the teachings of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, his conversion to the Muslim faith, his break with NOI, and his eventual espousal of faith in integration. Finally, the book looks at Malcolm's assassination and at his legacy and importance today.

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The A104 Groups Theatre Workshop is open to the summer Groups Program students only. Through a musical/theatrical piece chosen for study and performance, students are encouraged to explore and develop their abilities and to experience growth and motivation that comes from participating in a unified and motivating group experience.

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Bring Back Our Girls

Photo Credit: http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-wn-nigeria-boko-haram-girls-20140505-001-photo.html

Saturday, June 21, 2014

1st Session: 10 a.m.—12 p.m.; 2nd Session: 12:30 p.m.– 2 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington 2120 North Fee Lane, Bloomington, IN 47408

Please join us on June 21, 2014, for Creating Love as a Path of Return, a creative community response to Bring Back Our Girls. We would like to call on the spirit and energy of all the Great Mothers and Grandmothers in the world for guidance and inspiration. Rooting ourselves in Love, we will use the arts – visual, literary, performing, spiritual crafting – to create letters, poetry, performances, healing dolls, spirit boats, and more that will be shared locally in a future exhibition/installation and via BBOG networks.

Thank you to everyone for the work you have already done and are doing. Thank you for your suggestions, patience, donations, and commitment. We look forward to seeing you.

Some materials will be provided. If possible, please bring: paper (all grades and types for letter writing, painting, mixed media), tissue paper, envelopes, pens, super fine permanent marker (all colors), pencils, journal(s), clipboards, water-soluble paints (i.e. acrylic, watercolor, gouache), paint brushes, pastels/ conte crayons/colored pencils, drawing ink, scissors, X-Acto/utility knives, cutting mats, glue,  mat board, block/relief printmaking ink, brayers or wooden spoons, rags/paper towels

For more information, contact: bbogbloomington@gmail.com

Sponsoredby the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, The Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies, and Kroger

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“Ambedkar's idea of nation & nation building” Date: Thursday, April 26th Time: 4:00pm Venue: India House (825 East 8th Street Bloomington, IN 47408-3842) By Prof. Vivek Kumar: Visiting Associate Professor, Sociology Department at Columbia University Fulbright Teaching Fellow in residence at the South Asia Institute Associate Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi This event is sponsored by: The Dhar India Studies Program and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies About Dr. Vivek Kumar: During the Spring 2012 semester, Vivek Kumar (Ph.D.) is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Columbia, and a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in residence at the South Asia Institute. Vivek Kumar is appointed as an Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, in the School of Social Sciences, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he earned his Ph.D. His major area of interest is in issues of Dalits, marginalized section in India and global African community struggles. He has been engaged in comparative issues of Dalits and African American. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Pune, Jammu, and Mumbai. His recent publications include the Co‐edited volume Dynamics of Change and Continuity in the Age of Globalization: Voices from the Margins (2009), and the monographs Dalit Society: Old Problems and New Aspirations (2007), and India's Roaring Revolution: Dalit Assertion and New Horizons (2006). Kumar is currently involved in an ongoing research project, "Social Status and Social Attitudes in India: A Study of Indian College Students," with Professor Jim Sidanius (Harvard) and Arjun Bharadwaj (University of British Columbia). He was also called by the Planning Commission of India and Empowerment and Social Justice Ministry of India for the formulation of upcoming 12th five year plan of India. His areas of specialization areSocial Stratification in India, Indian Diaspora and Social Movements of Dalits. For more information, please contact Prof. Kevin Brown: brownkd@indiana.edu ________________________________________________________

African American Dance Company- Spring Concert 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012 Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington) General Admission: $20 (Children and student:$10- Limit 2 per student ID) Dances in circle formations are very common in Africa. As a storyteller, I have constructed “The Circle Will Not Be Broken” to tell a story using the circle to illustrate how it brings communities together to build and strengthen bonds and communication among people from the perspective of the Black diaspora. This concert will include an original piece entitled "In the Beginning", with original music composed by Bernard Woma and accompanied by the gyil and guest dance artist, Yaa Bekyore, professional dancer in the Ghanaian tradition will perform with students to tell the story. The new choreographic work, “In the Beginning” will capture the African holistic view of the universe and its beliefs of humanity throughout the history of the diaspora, and is supported by a grant from "Arts Week Everywhere!" As their Collaboration 2012 choreographic project, African American Dance Company students will explore the theme of "Finding Freedom" Come and support our spring concert! All information is on the attached flyer!! _________________________________________________________________

Herman C. Hudson Symposium "Black Diasporas: Reimagining Race, Space and Community" March 30th - 31st 2012 (Neal Marshall Black Culture Center) Friday, March 30, 2012 (Discussion with Keynote Speaker at 5:00 pm) Saturday, March 31, 2012 (Registration begins at 8 am; Keynote Address: 1-2 pm) "Black Diaspora Art Exhibit curator: Krista Thompson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Northwestern University & Opening Reception : March 29th Keynote Address: Krista Thompson, Associate Professor, researches and teaches the history of art and visual culture in the Africa diaspora, Northwestern University J For more Information (click here) _________________________________________________________________

Film Screening and Discussion Panel: Pray the Devil Back to Hell The Black Law Students Association, the African-American and African Diaspora Studies Graduate Society (AAADGS), and the Gender Studies Graduate Society  It will be followed by a discussion panel on the film.  March 20, 2012 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where: Indiana University Maurer School of Law 211 South Indiana Ave., Room 123 (Moot Courtroom) Bloomington IN 47403 The film chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. Following the film, there will be a discussion on women's role in times of peace and war. Each panelist will take a few minutes to talk about their views on the movie, what they felt was most meaningful about the film, and/or the current role women play in times of peace and war. The audience will also be able to ask questions of the panelists. Our distinguished panelists include: Susan Williams, Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law; Dr. Valerie Grim, Professor and Chair of the AAADS Department; and Gilda Lawdia Kennedy, Miss Liberia U.S.A. Food will be provided.  _________________________________________________________________

African American Dance Company 14th Annual Dance Workshop February 24-25, 2012 West Indian Folk, Afro Cuban traditional and, Contemporary Modern dance classes Flyer - click here Teacher Bios - click here Registration Form - click here (must also register online) PRICES Full Registration: Friday & Saturday $120 Saturday only: $70 Single Class: $25 Panel Discussion: Friday, February 24 at the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall 7pm You must register on line at: http://tinyurl.com/aadcdance (At this Indiana University Conference Bureau site, you will find the registration form with class selections and payment instructions.) All activities are at the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center 275 N. Jordan Ave. Indiana University ‐ Bloomington, Indiana. For more information contact Professor Iris Rosa rosa@indiana.edu Lauren Weber leweber@indiana.edu Or call 812‐855‐8079 Sponsored by the African American Dance Company, African American and African Diaspora Studies, African American Arts Institute, Community and School Partnerships

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African American Arts Institue Spring Auditions African American Dance Company Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, A217 Audition Details Short warm-up followed by a dance combination given by the Director. Do not bring prepared dance routines. Dance specialties will be evaluated at the end of the auditions. No dance experience necessary to audition Course Credit (2cr.) A100 - Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies Audition Dress Dance attire Leotards, tights, jazz shoes, or bare feet. Men may wear sweat-pants. No street wear, tight pants, or shorts. Contact For more information, you may contact Professor Iris Rosa by email at rosa@indiana.edu or by phone at (812) 855-6853. African American Choral Ensemble Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, A219 Audition Details Vocalists bring one prepared piece with or without accompaniment. Instrumentalists bring your instrument and be prepared to solo and accompany in a combo setting on an R&B, Soul, or Gospel piece. Drums and amplifiers provided. Course Credit (2cr.) A110 - Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. Possible X070 Credit available through the Jacobs School of Music. Contact For more information, you may contact Professor Keith McCutchen by email at keimccut@indiana.edu or by phone at (812) 855-4487. Back to Top IU Soul Revue Thursday, January 12, 2012 Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall Audition Details Vocalists bring one piece a cappella or bring a recording to accompany your solo. You will be asked to match pitches and harmonize. Instrumentalists bring your instrument and be prepared to solo and accompany in a combo setting on an R&B, Soul, or Gospel piece. Drums and amplifiers provided. Course Credit (2cr.) A120 - Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies Contact For more information, you may contact Professor Nathanael Fareed Mahluli by email at dnw@indiana.edu or by phone at (812) 855-5828 _________________________________________________________________

African American Dance Company Studio Concert Tuesday, December 6th, 7:30 p.m. Wilkie Auditorium- 150 N. Rose Ave. $5.00 at the Door Performances featuring energy, rhythm, precision and grace inthe spirit of dance styles of the African Diaspora.  _________________________________________________________________

Winter Break Pitch-In Party Friday, December 2nd 2p.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Hall East M39 We will have a Snatch Back Gift Exchange (Dirty Santa). If you would like to participate please bring a $10.00 gender neutral gift. The exchange will begin at 3:00 p.m. (Ideas for gift exchange: gift cards, coffee, chocolates, candles, snuggies) Please e-mail Mrs. Jackson (ytjackso@indiana.edu) with what winter dish you plan to share. _________________________________________________________________

Food Donations- Backstreet Mission- Don't throw away your chance to help. Don't throw away your chance to help. The USDA estimates that 27% of all the food produced in America is wasted and that this food could feed over 49 million people yearly. Please consider donating your unopened and not expired products to the food donation bin located in the African American and African Diaspora Studies department- Memorial Hall East (1021 E. Third Street) M18. Every can counts! Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the AAADS department Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. What items can be collected? They are most in need of canned meats, fruits, vegetables, beans, and soups. Other items that are helpful include peanut butter and jelly, boxed meals, microwavable meals, pasta, cereal, dry beans, rice, and fruit juices. Glass items are accepted; just keep them separate from cans so they don't get broken. _________________________________________________________________

Why We Sing Saturday, 11/12/11 Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center AAADS is co-sponsoring with the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology Why We Sing: Indianapolis Gospel Music in Church, Community and Industry. This one-day conference which explores the ways the city of Indianapolis has served to inform, enrich and disseminate this uniquely African American religious music expression both locally and globally. Slated for Saturday, November 12, 2011, in the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center on the IU Bloomington campus, the conference will feature three roundtable discussions with eight prominent Indianapolis gospel music icons and several IU scholars. The conference will culminate with a concert in the evening at Fairview United Methodist Church. http://www.traditionalartsindiana.org/?p=2221 _________________________________________________________________

A Potpourri of the Arts Concert Saturday, 11/05/11 8pm Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 Kirkwood Ave Price: General admission for adults is $20. Children and students (limit 2 per ID) are $10. Since 1993 the African American Arts Institute has given its audiences the opportunity to see and hear the African American Choral Ensemble, African American Dance Company and the IU Soul Revue all performing on the same program. We continue this tradition in 2011 with our annual Potpourri of the Arts Concert. Come join us and our directors, Iris Rosa, Nathanael Fareed Mahluli and Keith McCutchen for what promises to be another exciting show of music and dance, ending with the three groups combined for a rousing finale. _________________________________________________________________

Third Annual Men and Women of Color Leadership Conference 2011 Conference Theme: "War on Education: what Does it Mean for U.S. ?" Friday, November 4- Saturday, November 5, 2011 Indiana University- Indiana Memorial Union http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/19710.html _________________________________________________________________

The 30th Anniversary of the Black Film Center/ Archive The Black Film Center/ Archive, a unit in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies Friday, Novemeber 4, 2011 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Well Library - Media & Reserves Phyllis Klotman Appreciation 6:00 PM The Black Film Center/ Archive and The Indiana University Cinema invite you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the BFC/A and the Works of Charles Burnett Light Refreshments will be served _________________________________________________________________

Neal-Marshall Reunion XX Friday, Oct 28- Saturday, Oct 29 ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE: Neal-Marshall T.G.I.F. "Friday Night Live Alumni Mixer", Awards Night Dinner and Live Entertainment, Black Greek-Letter Unity Summit, "Blue Light in the Basement" Soul Party, Alumni Stepper's Set, Saturday Black Alumni Tailgate, Homecoming Weekend Kickoff-IU vs. Northwestern For more information see www.indiana.edu/~nealmar _________________________________________________________________

Annual Vacation on the Veranda Tuesday, 10/18/11 3-4:30pm Memorial Hall- Back Veranda (if it rains we will be Memorial Hall East M39) Join African American and African Diaspora Studies would like to invite you to take a little vacation on our veranda. Please join us to meet, greet, and eat with our undergraduate students. Please RSVP to Mrs. Jackson at (812) 855-3875 or ytjackso@indiana.edu _________________________________________________________________

NAAACP 33rd Annual Freed Fund Banquet Saturday, 10/15/11 6 p.m. Terry's Banquet Center and Catering Contact: Beverly Calender-Anderson. 349-3560, andersb@bloomington.in.gov October 15, 2011 at Terry's Banquet Center, 3124 Canterbury Court, Bloomington, IN 47404. The social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. All tickets must be purchased in advance (by October 7) because no tickets will be available on the day of the event. Adult tickets are $35 each, and tickets for youth 18 years and under are $20. For more information contact Debra or William Vance at (812) 332-1513 or visit their website: https://sites.google.com/site/mcbnaacp/. _________________________________________________________________

Joy James Tuesday, 10/04/11 7pm Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Joy James, the John B. and John T. McCoy Presidential Professor of Africana Studies and College Professor in Political Science at Williams College, will visit IU to present “Women and Political Imprisonment: From Rosa Parks to Ramona Africa.” This event will be on Oct. 4 at 7pm in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. A meet-and-greet will begin at 6:30. This lecture is presented by AAADS and the AAADS Graduate Society. _________________________________________________________________

"Ethical and political considerations in doing research in communities of color" by Professor John Stanfield Friday, September 23 1:30-3:30 pm Woodburn 200 Dr. John H. Stanfield II (IU – Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies) will be giving a presentation on “Ethical and political considerations in doing research in communities of color” for the second WIM presentation of the 2011-2012 academic year will be this Friday, September 23, 1:30-3:30, in Woodburn 200

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Black Student Orientation

Friday, 9/9/11 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

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AAADS Graduation and Award Luncheon

Friday, 4/29/11 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Bridgwaters Lounge, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

We will be honoring our Graduate and Undergraduate Students
at this time and, we would like for you and a guest to join us.

RSVP by Monday, April 18th
855-3875 -or- ytjackso@indiana.edu

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Spring Concert Series - IU Soul Revue and African American Choral Ensemble

Soul Revue Spring Concert

Saturday, 4/23/11 8:00pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
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African American Choral Ensemble

Saturday, 4/30/11 8:00pm
Ruth N. Halls Theater (1211 E 7th Street )
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Ashley Hunt "Notes on the Emptying of a City"

Monday, 4/18/11 4:30-6:30pm
Black Film Center/Archive - Wells Library 044

A performance by Ashley Hunt. Free admission.

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Carceral Studies Across the Disciplines: Scholarship at the Nexus of Art & Action

Monday, 4/18/11 8:00-3:30pm
College Arts & Humanities Institute (1211 E. Atwater Ave.)

A day-long workshop and afternoon performance dedicated to apping and supporting the emerging field of critical carceral studies. Ten scholars, activists, and artists from across the nation and across the disciplines will talk about anti-prison scholarship.

Participants have chosen fields defined by discipline or topic and assembled annotated bibliographies. Their prepared comments will engage these works, speaking to larger themes and intellectual conversations. Some will comment on the position of Stuart Hall et. al’s Policing the Crisis as a thread running through the conversations across the chosen texts. Some will address the question of disciplines and possibilities for inter- or anti-disciplinarity.

The three blocs of presentations begin with the organizers; invited participants are grouped to disrupt disciplinary formations. Questions and discussion will follow each bloc of presentations.

The conversation after lunch will engage the relationship of scholarship to activism and the hoped-for interventions of academic research.

This event has been organized by AAADS Assistant Professor Micol Seigel.

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African American Dance Company Spring Concert

Saturday, 4/9/11 8:00pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

General Admission - Adults ($20), Children & Students ($10)

For Tickets Call: Sunrise Box Office 812-323-3020

FLYER - click here to download a .pdf.

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Black Family Reunion

Saturday, 4/2/11 3:00-7:00pm
Grand Hall, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and the Black Graduate Student Association are proud to announce our 1st Annual Black Family Reunion. Activities will include: Geneology information and lecture, family portrait exhibit, Taste of the African Diaspora, storytelling, drumming lab, music, games, dance workshop, and a fashion show.

This is a free event for EVERYONE, but you must RSVP by Friday, March 25, 2011. Click here for the RSVP Form.

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IUB Diversity Day

Wednesday, 3/23/11 6-8pm
Grand Hall, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

Come "Dialogue-In"
Conversation: Diversity, Ethnicity, and Internationalism

Administrators, deans, faculty, students, and staff will participate in lively and robust dialogues, using roundtable discussions as vehicles for addressing some of the crucial questions that confront the campus today in the area of intercuturalism." Click here for the Flyer.

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Film Screening: "Black Is...Black Ain't: A personal Journey Through Black Identity" (1994)

Thursday, 3/10/11 at 5 p.m.
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge
Special message from the AAADS chair

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Omega Psi Phi 6th Annual Talent Hunt Program

Sunday, 3/6/11 at 2pm
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

The Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Nu Alpha Alpha Chapter enthusiastically look forward to you attending our 6th Annual Talent Hunt Program on Sunday, 6 March 2011, 2 p.m., Monroe County Public Library Auditorium. Please share the attached application with interested high school students.

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A Brown Bag Talk by Nzingha Kendall

Wednesday, 2/23/11 at 12:00pm
Memorial Hall Room M39

"Envisioning Black Female Subjectivity: A close reading of Kathleen Collins's LOSING GROUND & Sara Gomez's DE CIERTA MANERA" Nzingha Kendall will provide an illuminating analysis of these important films - don't miss it!

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OLDER EVENTS:

"The Erotics of African-American Endurance" - Sept. 27, 2006

A Positive Place for Kids - October 14, 2009

Understanding How the Construction of Race and Racism Impacts the Black/African Mind - December 2, 2009

"Black Masculinity and Geographies of Incarceration" - Feb. 11, 2008

"Triangulation of the Diaspora: Afro-Caribbean Writers in America" - Feb. 13, 2008

"Lifting the Veil: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Identity and Responsibility in Global Societies" - March 22, 2008

"Lessons Learned from Comparing the Application of Constitutional and Federal Discrimination Laws to Higher Education Opportunities of African-Americans in the U.S. with Dalits in India" - March 19, 2008

"Disappearing Acts: White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow" - April 9, 2008

"The Black Diaspora and Pan-Africanism: The Search for Binding African/African American Ties; Reparations and the Struggle for Black Freedom Worldwide" - Nov. 4, 2005

"Black Farmers and Civil Rights in the Aftermath of Katrina: An Emmett Till Continuum" - March 7, 2006

"Race, Media, and Representation in Public Spaces: Black Music and Humor" - Oct. 11, 2005

Conversation with Elias Blake Jr.

"The Contested National Narrative: W.E.B. DuBois and Others" - Nov. 15, 2005

"The Influence of America on Guyanese Culture" - March 29, 2006

Graduate Student Appreciation Celebration - April 27, 2006

"Race, Media, Culture, and Health: The Black Community in the Aftermath of Katrina" - Sept. 14, 2005

Appreciation Reception for Professor Audrey T. McCluskey - May 4, 2006

"Of Mind, Body, and Spirit: Mental Health and HIV/AIDS in Black Rural America" - Oct. 27, 2005

Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, Florence Dolphyne, and Audrey Gadzepko - Nov. 11, 2005

"Africans on Display: A First-Person Account of the Zoo Scandal in Augsburg, Germany" - Oct. 13, 2005

"Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links" - Oct. 18, 2005

Undergraduate Reception - April 18, 2006

"Privilege and Race in the Greek System" - Feb. 27, 2007

"Great Experiences: City of Chicago Mayoral Fellow 2006" - Sept. 20, 2006

Black Knowledge Bowl - Feb. 22, 2007

"A Change Gon Come: The Plantation in Ernest J. Gaines's Bloodline" - Sept. 12, 2007

Graduate Student Spring Appreciation and Award Reception - April 20, 2007

"The American Civil Rights Movement's Effect on Europe" - Sept. 27, 2006

"Empowering People of Color in the Aftermath of Katrina — One Year Later" - Sept. 12, 2006

"Rituals and Spirituality to Bond Our Communities" - Sept. 19, 2006

"The Sociology of Doing Black Music in American Culture: A Talk about Artistry, Education, and Meaning in Making Music" - Feb. 26, 2007

"Identity, Memory, and Constructs of 'Home' in Rastafarianism" - March 29, 2007

"Assessing the Symbiotic Relationship Between Ghanaians and African Americans in the Diaspora" - Oct. 10, 2007

Undergraduate Graduation Recognition Luncheon - April 18, 2007

"Black Zombies: Conceptions of Death in Rap" - April 13, 2007

Brown Bag Series 2009-2010

Faculty Book Reception - October 8, 2007

"Black Religions, F.B.I. Surveillance, and the Rise of Black Ethnics in the Early Twentieth Century" - Nov. 14, 2007

"Zero Tolerance Goes South: U.S. Police in Latin America after the Cold War" - Dec. 5, 2007

2010 Herman C. Hudson Symposium