Check out our upcoming Summer course offerings! Introduction to African American Studies is being offered during summer session M, which runs from June 29 - August 7, and African American History is being offered during summer session J, which runs from May 18 - June 26.
Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition
National Lecture Series to Commence at Historic Michigan Street Baptist Church
New York Council for the Humanities Sponsored Speaker Kicks off Lectures in August Buffalo, New York. The Loraine Project, a subsidiary of the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition, is honored to introduce The Nash Lectures, an introspective new reading and conversation series that will feature professors, doctors, authors, scientists, historians and entrepreneurs from locally and around the country. The Nash Lectures, and its efforts to preserve the past through cultivating the future, is in adherence with the efforts and goals of Buffalo Public Schools and the region on issues of literacy and education. In our Fall 2008 series we will bring together two lecturers sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities; a Global Information System (GIS) specialist from New Orleans University and local historian Bishop William H. Henderson, caretaker of the historic Michigan Street Baptist Church. The Lectures seek to provide the community with a rounded outlook on the past, present and future of African American heritage and culture. Here's a glimpse of our entire Fall lecture schedule:
Emmitt Till and the Force of African American Memory
Mr. Vincent F. A. Golphin, Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology
Thursday, August 28th 2008
The Michigan Street Baptist Church and the Civil Rights Movement
Bishop William Henderson, President
The Niagara Freedom Station Coalition
Saturday, September 20th 2008
Paying for Freedom: New Orleans Post Katrina
Ms. Michelle M. Thompson, Professor
University of New Orleans
Saturday, October 18th 2008
James Baldwin: Where the Fire Next Time is today
Thomas March, Poet, Critic & Teacher
The Brearley School in New York City
Saturday, November 22nd 2008
As a literary component the Loraine Project has put together a book list that follows the lectures from month to month. Coinciding with the topics of each lecture the recommended reads will commence with A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmitt Till by Stephen J. Whitfield or Death of Innocence: the story of the hate crime that changed America by Mamie Till-Mobley & Christopher Benson in the month of August, Why We Can't Wait by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in September, Come Hell or High Water by Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson in October and conclude in November with The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. The books for the series will be available at the beginning of each month at both Talking Leaves Books locations (951 Elmwood Ave. and 3158 Main St.) as well as at your local Buffalo Public Library branch.
Each event, free of charge and open to the public, is set to take place at 511 Michigan Avenue, at the historic site of the Michigan Street Baptist Church. The lectures will focus on pressing issues that arise in the African American community and, in essence, will maintain the historic nature of the church. Those in attendance will be given the opportunity to partake in the classic forum atmosphere which existed when the likes of Booker T. Washington and Fredrick Douglas held lectures for the Citizens of Buffalo.
At the conclusion of each lecture those in attendance will be served refreshments and given the opportunity to mingle with the speaker and others. One goal is to strengthen the bridge between academia and community.
Individuals interested in attending a lecture, or the entire series, are advised to send their information (Name, Telephone, Address and a Number of Guests) to email@example.com because space is limited.
NEW FOR FALL 2008: Lecture series at the Michigan Street Baptist Church, at 511 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo
One-hundred-seventy-one years ago the African American community in the great city of Buffalo, NY was defined in the notes of journalist Charles B. Ray, Mississippi native and editor of The Colored American, as being above any community of colored people that he had visited during his tour of Western New York. Mr. Ray was witnessing that which we reflect upon in hindsight; the humble beginnings of the Colored community in one of the most storied cities in the nation. Charles B. Ray experienced the stuff that strong Black communities around the country were built upon, a lust for literacy and a strong religious culture. The beauty of the storied City of Lights, though, is that the very place that nurtured the Colored community that Mr. Ray addresses still stands as the oldest African American built, owned and operated structure in Western New York.
The Michigan Street Baptist Church, at 511 Michigan Avenue, is a gem in the City of Buffalo’s turbulent past fraught with hatred and injustice. Its origins date back to sometime between 1832 and 1837 when thirteen men and women who had been allowed to worship alongside ‘whites’ at the Washington Street Baptist Church decided to withdraw from that congregation to form the Second Baptist Church of Buffalo. As a voice of the people, the Michigan Street Baptist Church’s congregation has had a history of speaking out in support of African American progress. Their momentous efforts range from enabling African Americans to harness the energy and resources of the black community, allowing for the transformation of their ideas and aspirations into functional programs and activities, to a stern stance in opposition to racial prejudice and discrimination. (For more information on the history of the church please visit www.themichiganstreetbaptistchurch.org)
The abridged story of the Historic Michigan Street Baptist Church is twofold, consisting first of the unwritten chronicle of its involvement in the transportation of fugitives in seek of freedom from the ante bellum south, then fast forwarding to the era of the Rev. Dr. J. Edward Nash, Ms. Mary Talbert and the civil rights movement. What lies in between, though, is the base which supports our modus operandi. Before the politicizing of black folks through the leadership of Rev. Dr. Nash the culture of using the church as a place to promote literacy on the issues of the day was evident. Discussions lead by abolitionists like Fredrick Douglas, William Wells Brown, Henry Highland Garnet and Martin Delany were layered in its effects on the African American community. Not only did they inform and invigorate but these talks evoked conversation on national issues, giving people a stance, which is, in part, the essence of literacy. (For more information on Rev. Dr. Nash please visit www.nashhousemuseum.org)
What the era of Rev. Dr. J. Edward Nash brought to the table was an aggressive stride towards equality in all aspects of African American life. During his tenure the Michigan Street Baptist Church experienced a second wave of notable guest speakers in the likes of like-minded fellow scholar Booker T. Washington and a controversial W.E.B Dubois. Rev. Dr. Nash embodied the will to rise above the separatist nature of the city for the sake of educating the next generation. The lectures that we present in his name seek to carry on his dream of educating the community. Our vision is to preserve the past through cultivating the future; our dream is to leave the City of Buffalo in better condition when we depart than the moment we arrived.
NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE OFFERING FOR SPRING 2008!
African American Studies 461 LSW
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:50pm
with Professor Lilliam Williams
Please see the attached document for more information on the "Bonded Women" course
African American Studies Summer School Course Offerings
Section one, May 21-June 29, 2007
AAS 586--The Multicultural School Curriculum, MW, 5:00-7:30, three credit hours (3)
Instructor: Dr. Y G-M Lulat
Location: Merriweather Branch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
1324 Jefferson Avenue (at Utica)
The course description follows:
Among the many educational reform trends in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom in recent years has been the well-intentioned advocacy of infusing the school curriculum with a multicultural perspective. This course critically examines the successes and failures of this trend. Topics that will be covered include: a general history of education from the perspective of the struggle for civil rights; the sociological basis of curriculum theory, practice and development; the history of multiculturalism in school curricula; multiculturalism and the hidden curriculum; the multicultural class lesson: theory versus practice; the alternative school movement and the politics of the multiculturalism; the multicultural curriculum and school achievement; the future of the multicultural curriculum: debating the pros and cons.
African American Studies is pleased to support the Theatre & Dance Department's celebration of the works of Suzan Lori-Parks.
365 DAYS/ 365 PLAYS, By Suzan-Lori Parks
The 365 Days/365 Plays Festival is a nation-wide staging of 365 plays written over the course of one calendar year by Pulitzer Prize-winning, African-American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. She is the writer and director of the award-winning Broadway play "Top Dog/Under Dog." Theatres and universities across the country are each staging one week of plays from the annual cycle to unfold an epic production of all 365 plays. Web site: http://www.365days365plays.com
Here at UB, we are producing Week #24 of the festival (April 23-29) as a
collaborative project between Media Study and Theatre & Dance. Theatre
and dance students will join forces with students in media. Our
production will be staged in the Intermedial Performance Studio and will
combine both virtual and live actors, settings, and interfaces.
Performance Dates: Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27, Times TBD
Media Study Television Studio, Performance is free
The Suzan-Lori Parks Symposium with visiting scholars will be held at 3p.m. on April 26, Location TBD
Lecture by filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis
Thursday February 22, 2007 at 3:00 in Capen 31
This event is sponsored by the African American Studies Department and the
Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender.
Black Women in Film: One Filmmaker's Journey
Women of African Descent have been a part of cinema history from its very beginnings in 1896 where they were test subjects for the camera to make sure that there were no harmful side effects from being filmed to creating a rich history of images made by them and about them. Indeed Black women have a complicated history with mass media - indeed mainstream media has perpetuated stereotypes of Black women such as the Mammy, the tragic mulatto, the emasculating woman (Sapphire) and the video 'ho. On the other hand, more recently Black women actresses have been gaining more respect and exposure and earning both Academy Award nominations and Golden Globe awards. Does this signify change? Where are the Black women directors and producers? This lecture briefly looks at some of the history of black women in Hollywood film in front of and behind the camera through the discussion of the filmmaker's involvement in media making. Through examples of her work, Professor Davis will illustrate how she combats stereotypes and offers more fully developed representations of Black women.
Professor Zeinabu irene Davis is a full Professor in the Department of Communication at University of California, San Diego where she teaches and continues to make film. Her feature film, Compensation is a part of the Women's Film Festival and won the Gordon Parks Award for Best Director in 1999. She is currently completing on a documentary on a Black woman
trumpet player, Ms. Clora Bryant and as a proud mother of two, she is also making a video essay on breastfeeding and Black women.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at
11th International Women's Film Festival
COMPENSATION, with director Zeinabu irene Davis in person!
1999, US, 95 minutes, BW Feature.
Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative presents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Malindy, an educated seamstress, befriends Arthur, a recent migrant to 1910 Chicago; this tale is woven alongside the contemporary story of Nico, a children's librarian, who learns ASL in order to date Malaika, a graphic designer. Director Davis incorporates title cards, dialogue, and silent film music with images of Chicago past and present to provide a view of Black Deaf culture and the vast possibilities of language and communication.
Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main Street, Buffalo NY
(across from Shea's Theater)
TICKETS: $8.50 general, $6.50 students, $6 seniors
- Fall 2006: FACULTY VACANCY - Assistant Professor [concentration in African Diaspora]; Please click on "Fall 2006" to download the PDF containing more information
- Summer 2006: The Department sponsors an Exhibition at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport
- Spring, 2006: The Department hosts an exhibition of William Y. Cooper's paintings.
- April 27, 2006: The Department hosts "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day"
- April 4, 2006: Dr. Williams receives recognition from Buffalo Evening News.
- March 15, 2006: Professor Pappas exhibits his work at Wells College.
- Spring 2006: Dr. Williams presents a paper at a conference on African American Studies in Poland.
- January 31, 2006: The Department notes with great sorrow the passing of Coretta Scott King.
- October 24, 2005: The Department notes with great sorrow the passing of Rosa Parks.
- October 28, 2005. Department mentioned in NPR news segment on the Niagara Movement
- Fall 2005 Dr. Keith Griffler, a new faculty member, joins the department.
- October 21, 2005. Department Chair receives award.
- Fall 2005: Buffalo hosts the ASALH conference.
- Fall 2005: The Department sponsors an Exhibition at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport
- Summer/Fall 2005: The Department celebrates the centennial of the founding of the Niagara Movement.
- Summer 2005: Marking the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
- July 9, 2005: The County of Niagara and others issue proclamations as the Department celebrates the centennial of the founding of the Niagara Movement.
- Spring 2005: 80th anniversary of the birth of Malcolm X.
- April 7, 2005: The Minority Faculty and Staff Association sponsors a lecture by Professor Michael Eric Dyson.
- April 25, 2005: African American Studies co-sponsors a lecture by visiting scholar Kevin Boyle.
- March 21, 2005: African American Studies co-sponsors a lecture by Professor William L. Andrews.
- March 2-April 15, 2005: African American Studies co-sponsors lectures in conjunction with the NEH funded exhibition: "Forever Free."
- February 10, 2005: A lecture by Dr. Francoise Pfaff on women in African Films.
- January 1, 2005: The Department notes with great sorrow the passing of Shirley Chisholm
- Spring 2005: African American Studies helps sponsor UB's 9th International Women's Film Festival (January 27 through March 3, 2005).
- October 26, 2004: A Video conference with the Zurich Jazz Institute
- The Department celebrates the art of Professor James G. Pappas
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OTHER NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Spring 2005: PBS to screen program on slavery titled "Slavery and the Making of America." Other upcoming PBS programs of relevance include American Experience "Malcolm X - Make it Plain" and "Race: The Power of an Illusion."
- Spring 2004: Essay Contest to mark the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
- Spring/Fall 2004: Brown v. Board of Education digital archive at University of Michigan.
- Spring/Fall 2004:2004 is the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition. Click here for more information (you will be taken to a page at the Unesco web site).
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