Letter from the chair
I want to wish all AAADS students, faculty, alumni, and friends a happy holidays and extend warm greetings to you all. 2012 has been a great year for AAADS. We continue to create and share scholarship of the highest quality dealing with the African American and African diasporic experience. Our undergraduate courses continue to be popular, filling with many interested students. Our graduate students are progressing well through their degrees, with several now ABD with others expected to take their exams soon. Many students have spent time studying overseas in Africa, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. The department also organized a highly-successful colloquium series titled, "Africana Studies and the Study of Race and Performance
in Global Communities," hosting several public lectures, collaborating with other units to sponsor events, and bringing high-profile visitors to campus. The second half of the series will continue in the spring.
AAADS faculty members have been keeping quite busy as well: John McCluskey, Jr. co-edited a recently published book, The Black Chicago Renaissance, Vernon Williams and Fred McElroy are editing the IU Journal, Black Diaspora Review, Iris Rosa directed and choreographed a number of productions, and others are working on various books, articles, and research and with students. We are also looking to hire two faculty positions jointly with the departments of History and English. The department looks forward to 2013 as a year to continue to move forward. 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
2012-13 AAADS Colloquium Series
During the fall semester of 2012, AAADS hosted the first half of its colloquium series: "Africana Studies and the Study of Race and Performance in Global Communities." A variety of national and local scholars, authors, and performers came to IU to discuss these themes. The lectures and discussions were free and open to the public. All were stimulating and lively discussions, sponsored by AAADS and the College of Arts and Sciences. They included:
- 9/10 | Lanier Holt: "We're Not the Brothers You Saw on TV Last Night"
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" 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.
- 10/15 | Tiya Miles: "Detroit: Then and Now" (Branigin Lecture)
Dr. Tiya Miles, Elsa Barkley Brown Collegiate Professor of
Michigan, presented research on “Detroit: Then & Now”, This presentation explores the notion that the challenges Detroit faces in the present may hold similarities to the challenges the settlement confronted in the late 18th and early 19th century when newly incorporated Detroit was a new kind of place within the American geo-political landscape. Through a reconstruction of early Detroit in the first American decades, this presentation considers the question of whether understanding Detroit then can help to shape visionary thinking and action for Detroit now. This Branigin Lecture was cosponsored with the Institute for
Advanced Study and Indiana University.
- 11/5 Kevin Brown: "The Changing Racial and Ethnic Ancestry of Blacks Benefiting from Affirmative Action" 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 Lecture. 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. This concert offered 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" 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.
- 12/6 African American Dance Company Studio Concert. 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.
2012 Herman C. Hudson Symposium
The AAADS Graduate Society and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies hosted the ninth annual Herman C. Hudson Symposium. Titled "Black Diasporas: Reimaging Race, Space, and Community," it was held on Saturday, March 31 in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. Krista Thompson, Associate Professor at Northwestern University, was the keynote speaker, and several AAADS faculty and adjunct faculty facilitated panels. Several AAADS graduate students were also panelists. click here for a program.
Darlene Clark Hine Visit
Darlene Clark Hine stopped by AAADS this summer for a talk with AAADS graduate students and faculty. There was also a cookout for her at Dr. Audrey McCluskey and Dr. John McCluskey's home with AAADS faculty, students, and friends.
Vacation on the Veranda
On September 19, 2012, AAADS hosted its annual Vacation on the Veranda at Memorial Hall – an annual event catered to meeting the faculty and cohorts of the program. Undergraduates and graduate students mingled with faculty and friends. The afternoon also included a musical selection from the African American Choral Ensemble.
See our events calendar for a complete listing of events.
Januaray 8-10 - African American Arts Institute Spring Auditions http://www.indiana.edu/~aaai/auditions.shtml
January 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.
January 28 - Tim Lovelace
"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.
February 4 - Logan Westbrooks
"A Former Pioneering African American Music Industry Executive Lectures at IU" | Monday, Feb. 4, 5:30-6:30pm 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.
February 18 - Lois Leveen
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.
February 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.
February 22-23 - African American Dance Company 15th Annual Dance Workshop
Participants 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.
February 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.
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.
March 13-16 - NATIONAL COUNCIL OF
BLACK STUDIES CONFERENCE.
AAADS is co-sponsoring this national conference with IUPUI, which will be held at the Westin Downtown in Indianapolis.
March 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.
March 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
April 13-16 - Nelson Pereira Dos Santos visit
Mr. Santos will be on campus for screenings of 6 of his films at the IU Cinema as well as a public lecture. -- Co-sponsored with the IU Cinema and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
April TBA - AAADS Graduation and Award Luncheon
April 6 - African American Dance Company Spring Concert. 8pm, Buskirk Chumley Theater, 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408. Tickets: General admission for adults is $20. Children and students(limit 2 per ID) are $10.
April 13 - African American Choral Ensemble Spring Concert. 8 pm, Buskirk Chumley Theater, 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408.Tickets: General admission for adults is $10. Children and students(limit 2 per ID) are $5.
April 27 - IU Soul Revue Spring Concert. 8pm, Buskirk Chumley Theater, 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408. Tickets: General admission for adults is $20. Children and students(limit 2 per ID) are $10.
African American Arts Institute Events
(Additional info for all AAAI events can be found at www.indiana.edu/~aaai)