Letter from the chair
Warm greetings to all students, faculty, alumni, and friends of AAADS! 2011 has been a busy year in the department, full of successful events and new and exciting research and creative activities. Doctoral students in the newly formed PhD program are progressing well through their degrees, and some are even expected to be ABD this spring. Several students have spent time studying overseas in Africa, the Caribbean, and elsewhere, and others have been working with faculty to produce published works. The faculty remains as busy as ever: Vernon Williams and Fred McElroy are editing the IU Journal, Black Diaspora Review, John Stanfield has recently published two books, Micol Seigel has been awarded an ACLS fellowship, Iris Rosa has directed and choreographed a number of productions, and others are working on various books, articles, and research and with students. The AAADS graduate society successfully brought Dr. Michele Wallace (professor of English, CUNY) to IU for the Herman C. Hudson symposium in the spring and then Dr. Joy James (presidential professor of the humanities and professor of political science, Williams College) for a lecture and discussion in October. All in all, the department is looking to move forward in 2012 to strengthen its academic and creative offerings and its service to the community. I hope you enjoy reading through the happenings in the department as well as faculty, student, and alumni news from the past year. Please see the links on the left to navigate through these updates.
Valerie Grim, Chairperson
2011 Herman C. Hudson Symposium
The AAADS Graduate Society hosted the 8th Annual Herman C. Hudson Symposium on March 26, 2011, “Black Is…Black Ain’t”: Reconceptualizing the African Diaspora.
Three students from AAADS presented papers: Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde, Carmen Lanos Williams, and Wideline Seraphin. Four other students from IU also presented papers. The remaining panelists traveled from New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Germany, and many regions of the Midwest.
A pre-symposium event, held on March 25, 2011, offered AAADS faculty and students an opportunity to participate in an inspiring round table with Professor Michele Wallace, the symposium's keynote speaker. Professor Wallace focused on Faith Ringgold’s paintings and quilts created during a period spanning more than 30 years. Professors Horton-Stallings and Wolfskill facilitated the discussion and provided insight on the importance of Faith Ringgold's work within contexts ranging from art history, literature, and environmentalism, sustainability, and its importance in helping Black communities rethink art and archives.
Joy James Lecture
The AAADS Graduate Society successfully hosted Professor Joy James. This fall, Professor James, the John B. and John T. McCoy Presidential Professor of Africana Studies and College Professor of Political Science at Williams College provided a lecture titled: Women and Political Imprisonment:
Graduation and Awards Luncheon
The department hosted its graduation and awards luncheon on April 29. Congratulations to the following award winners: Abegunde received the William Wiggins Award for the Outstanding AI in AAADS; Caralee Jones and Shana Riddick won the Phyllis Klotman Award for Best Thesis; Nzingha Kendall received the Winona Fletcher Award for Service and Outreach; Fernando Orejuela and David Hummons received the Janice L. and William Wiggins Faculty and Staff Academic Service Award; Claudia Drieling and David Wall received the Visiting Professor Appreciation Award.
African American Arts Institute
Several events and concerts flowed out of the African American Arts Institute in 2011. Among the many performances, they included the Extensions of the Tradition Concert in February (with the African American Choral Ensemble), Soul Revue at Bear's in March and the AAAI Spring Concerts in April. In the fall, the Institute hosted A Potpourri of the Arts in November and the African American Dance Company's Studio Concert in December. With several performances planned for the spring, including appearances at the Bloomington MLK Celebration (Jan 16), the African American Dance Workshop, IU Northwest, and the Spring Concerts. For a full listing of upcoming performances, please visit www.indiana.edu/~aaai.
See our events calendar for a complete listing of events.
March 30-31 - Herman C. Hudson Symposium "Black Diasporas: Reimagining Race, Space and Community." Featured speakers will include Krista Thompson, Black Diaspora Art Exhibit curator and Assistnat Professor of Art History at Nowrthwestern University and Jacqueline Nassy Brown, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York. This symposium is sponsored by AAADS and put on by the AAADS Graduate Society. For more info and call for papers, please visit http://www.indiana.edu/~afroamer/events.html#03302012
April TBA - AAADS Graduation and Award Luncheon
African American Arts Institute Events
(Additional info for all AAAI events can be found at www.indiana.edu/~aaai)
Januaray 10-12 - African American Arts Institute Spring Auditions http://www.indiana.edu/~aaai/spring2012auditions.shtml
January 9 - African American Choral Ensemble at MLK/Freedom Riders, 7:00pm - 8:00pm.
January 16 - African American Choral Ensemble at the Bloomington MLK Celebration
February 7 - African American Choral Ensemble at the School of Education’s Black History Month
February 16 - IU Soul Revue at Bergland Center
February 24 - African American Dance Company’s Dance Workshop
April 7 - African American Dance Company Spring Concert
April 14 - African American Choral Ensemble Spring Concert
April 27 - IU Soul Revue 40th Anniversary Banquet
April 28 - IU Soul Revue 40th Anniversary Concert