David C. Driskell Center

2002-2003 Campus Events Series Awardees

The David D. Driskell Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2002-2003 Campus Events Grants Competition.

African Diaspora Film Festival

February 10-14, 2003
Nyumburu Cultural Center

A week-long event during Black History Month showing films related to Africans and people of African descent. A discussion session will follow each film.

For more information contact: Saheed Ashiru

A Reading by Dominican Poet Chiqui Vicioso

March 5, 2003
Special Events Room, McKeldin Library

Dominican Poet Chiqui Vicioso is the author of five books of poetry, two books of essays, a biography, and three plays. Ms Vicioso has been the recipient of the Premio Anacoaona de Literatura and is the only woman to receive the National Prize in Theater. The presence on campus of a Caribbean poet, playwright, and essayist will provide a unique perspective for those wanting to deepen their knowledge about the African Diaspora.

For more information contact: Donald Berger, Writers Here and Now Project

Panel Discussion on the State of Black Maryland

March 11, 2003
Nyumburu Cultural Center

A panel event that aims at sparking student interest in research on Maryland's African American communities. The panel will be composed of four to five members of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus.

For more information contact: Clyde Woods, Department of Afro-American Studies

Encounter on Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

April 5, 2003
St. Mary's Multipurpose Room

The event consists of a workshop designed to bringing together scholars who work in the field of Hispanic Caribbean Studies in the Washington, D.C. area. With a heavy concentration on literary and cultural studies, and on issues of race, gender, and the poetics of Diaspora, this dialogue will serve as a platform to unite scholars and students in the field.

For more information contact: Eyda Merediz, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Talking about the Tough Stuff: Race and the Media

April 5, 2003
Stamp Student Union, Hoff Theater

A ninety-minute roundtable keynote panel discussion with local African American journalists. The panel is part of this year's Chesapeake American Studies Association annual conference: "Bridging the Divide: American Studies in Theory and Practice."

For more information contact: Joshua Woodfork, Department of American Studies

The Body and the Body Politic in Latin America

April 18-19, 2003
The Maryland Room, Marie Mount Hall

A conference, held in conjuntion with the annual program of the Center for Historical Studies, addressing issues of the body and body politic in colonial and post-colonial Latin America. Six distingueshed invited scholars will present papers to be commented upon by University of Maryland and Washington area university faculty.

Conference Program

For more information contact: Mary Kay Vaughan, Department of History

German Exiles Confront Races in America

Ongoing, Spring 2003
4205 Hornbake Library

A series of films and lectures by invited scholars in a variety of fields (African-American Studies, English, Film Studies, German, Jewish Studies) centered on how refugee artists and intellectuals from Hitler's Germany engaged with questions of race in America in the 1930s and 1940s.

For more information contact: Jonathan Skolnik, Jewish Studies Program


April 7, 2003

Student exhibition to honor Dr. David C. Driskell. Pieces on exhibit will illustrate a variety of styles and methods of art -making.

For more information contact: Jefferson Pinder, Department of Art

Symposium on Africa in the Classroom

February, 2003

The primary goal of the symposium is to provide teachers and teacher educators frameworks on how to integrate knowledge of Africa and the African Diaspora into primary, secondary, and tertiary classrooms.

For more information contact: Andre Perry, College of Education

Local Americanist Lecture Series

Spring 2003

The series provides faculty and students with a number of intellectually stimulating occasions to get together and talk about American and African American literary studies. Speakers for this year are: Prof. Elizabeth McHenry (NYU), Prof. Nahum Chandler (Johns Hopkins), Prof. John Stauffer (Harvard), and Prof. Gabrielle Foreman (Occidental College).

For more information contact: Robert Levine, Department of English

The Black Female Body: A Photographic History

Spring 2003

An illustrated lecture by Deborah Willis and Carla Williams, the authors of the recently published volume The Black Female Body: A Photographic History (Temple University Press, 2002). The lecture will present and analyze photographic images of black women's bodies ranging from the colonial conquest of Africa through slavery in the U.S. to the present.

For more information contact: Sonya Michel, Departments of Women's Studies and History

Cheryl Dunye on Campus: Her Films and Her Views

Spring 2003

A visit by Cheryl Dunye in which she will comment on her films at public screenings, discuss her ideas and work in a classroom setting, and participate in a polyseminar on Political Women's Writing. Cheryl Dunye is the producer of 'Watermelon Woman' , a pseudo-commentary interweaving the life of a fictive but prototypical Blues singer with autobiographical musings about the processes of historical research, filmmaking, and erotic desire. For more information contact: Deborah Rosenfelt, Department of Women's Studies

All events are free and open to the public
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