UMass Amherst Hosts Entertainment and Educational Events During African-American History Month

AMHERST, Mass. - Educational, cultural, and social events are planned at the University of Massachusetts in February to mark African-American History Month. Here is a partial listing of events. Additional information can be obtained by calling the telephone number listed with each event.

Thursday, Feb. 8 – "The Center Series" presents Stephon Harris, vibraphone, Bowker Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by WFCR 88.5 FM’s Jazz a la Mode and the Valley Advocate. For tickets call 413/545-2511.

Friday, Feb. 9 – The Black Student Union presents "Brother Man," Bowker Auditorium, 8 p.m. Various short comic sketches and monologues on contemporary and general black community issues performed by the Oversoul Theater Collective, under the direction of Mwailim (Morgan James Peters). For tickets call 413/545-0920.

Monday, Feb. 12 – "DREAMING: Prophesies, Speculations, and Good Guesses," Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House, Feb. 12-March 9. Opening reception Monday, Feb. 12, 5-7 p.m. A group exhibition of works created to reflect a visionary gaze into the personal and social future of society. Free. 413/545-5177.

Thursday, Feb. 15 – "The Center Series" presents "The Garth Fagan Dance Company" performing "USAfrica, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 413/545-2511.

Friday, Feb. 16 – "Something Every Friday" presents "Mapapa African Acrobats," Bowker Auditorium, 8 p.m. Sponsored by Campus Activities. Free. 413/545-1278.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, Feb. 22 – The New World Theater presents "Slanguage," Bowker Auditorium, 8 p.m. Written and performed by Universes, an ensemble of five multi-disciplined performers. The program fuses poetry, theater, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down-home blues, and Spanish boleros to create a moving and entertaining work. For tickets call 413/545-2511.

Friday, Feb. 23 – W.E.B. Du Bois Library presents David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of educator and civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois. Lewis will deliver the annual Du Bois Lecture titled "W.E.B. Du Bois and the Problem of the Twenty-first Century" at 4 p.m. in Special Collections and Archives, (Floor 25). The event also marks the 133rd birthday of Du Bois and will be followed by a birthday celebration. Co-sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and the UMass libraries. Contact Linda Seidman, 413/545-2780.