By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Judyie Al-Bilali
March 28, 29, 30 April 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
The Curtain Theater
In Venus, Suzan-Lori Parks remembers and re-imagines the historical figure of Sarah Baartman, known to the world as "the Hottentot Venus." In the early 19th century, Baartman, a Khoisan woman from South Africa, was taken from her country and displayed across Europe as a freak and a medical anomaly for her large buttocks. Venus examines how mainstream culture views Black bodies, specifically Black female bodies. Parks uses Baartman's story and the medium of theater as a powerful platform to ask audience members to consider what it means to watch, to be seen, and to engage in a performance. Because Venus' sexuality is taboo, is it not indecent for the audience to watch her? Is Venus, in re-imagining Baartman, objectifying her all over again? Expect to leave Parks' Obie Award-winning play engaged in passionate discussions with your fellow audience members.
Thursday, February 28th
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
August Savage Art Gallery
'No Name, No Banner': Slave Agency beyond Literacy and Literature
Dr. Gene Andrew Jarrett, Boston University, English and African American Studies
Tuesday, March 12
Campus Center, Room 904
“African American Health Activism and the Long Civil Rights Era: The Case of the Black Panther Party”
Dr. Alondra Nelson, Columbia University, Department of Sociology and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender
Thursday, April 11
Campus Center, Room 904
55th Annual Meeting
Established in 1957, the African Studies Association is the largest organization with a global membership devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. Its next meeting is November 29 – December 1, 2012, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown | Philadelphia, PA. The theme is “Research Frontiers in the Study of Africa.” For details, click here.
37th Annual NCBS National Conference
The National Council for Black Studies, Inc. will meet March 14-16, 2013, at the Westin Downtown in Indianapolis, IN. SUBMISSIONS for presentations and registration is possible now. See http://www.ncbsonline.org for details.
ASWAD's 7th Biennial conference
Save the date! will be held October 30 - November 2, 2013 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. For details, see http://www.aswadiaspora.org/
4th International Conference of Afro-Latin American Studies
The ICALAS, which has as its mission to promote the intellectual debate and research of the African Diaspora in Latin America by providing an international venue every other year as well as a journal, Negritud, the Journal of Afro-Latin American Studies [Negritud: Revista de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos], announces its 4th International Conference, to be held in 2014. Please see http://www.negritud.com/index.html for details.