David C. Driskell Center

David C. Driskell Center Colloquium Series
2002-2003 Program



The David C. Driskell Center Colloquium Series features innovative research on Africa and the African diaspora by scholars and practitioners of distinction. Speakers present their work for forty-five minutes, followed by general discussion.

Invited speakers will present their work for forty-five minutes, and general discussion will follow. Each colloquium will conclude with a brief reception and light refreshments.

When possible, an electronic version of the speaker's paper or other relevant work will be made available through this site three days prior to the colloquium.

Driskell Center colloquia are held in Lecture Room 6107, McKeldin Library. Each colloquium concludes with a brief reception and light refreshments at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), B0131 McKeldin Library. The series is free and open to the public.


Fall 2002

Tuesday, October 22, 2002, 4:00-6:00pm

Julia Foulkes, Driskell Center Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of History, New School University [Bio]
"African American Artists and the Dismantling of Colonialism"

Suggested Reading:
Julia Foulkes, Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002), Chap. 3.
Downlad PDF File

Tuesday, November 5, 2002, 4:00-6:00pm

Jemima Pierre, Driskell Center Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology, University of Illinois, Chicago [Bio]
Re'route'ing the "Black Atlantic": 'Root'ing Africa in Diaspora

Tuesday, November 19, 2002, 4:00-6:00pm

Victor Ekpuk, Independent Washington-area Artist [Statement]
"Ancient Scripts/Contemporary Forms"

Tuesday, December 3, 2002, 4:00-6:00pm

Flora Veit-Wild, Professor of African Literatures and Cultures, Humboldt University at Berlin [Bio]
"Writing the African City: Glimmer, Glamour, and Moral Decay?"


Spring 2003

Tuesday, March 4, 2003, 4:00-6:00pm

Micol Seigel, Driskell Center Postdoctoral Fellow
Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies, California State University, Los Angeles [Bio]

"Brazil Notes: Race, Nation, and Jazz in the 1920s"

Tuesday, March 18, 2003, 4:00-6:00pm

Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Senior Research Fellow
Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon

"From Distant Shores:
Race and Ethnicity in the Lives of Non-Ghanaian Women in Ghana"

Tuesday, April 1, 2003, 4:00-6:00pm

Ekpo Eyo, Professor of Art History and Archaeology
University of Maryland

"The Future Development of African Art"

Tuesday, April 15, 2003, 4:00-6:00pm

Gene Jarrett, Driskell Center Postdoctoral Fellow
Assistant Professor of English, University of Maryland [Bio]

"The Conventional Blindness of the Caucasian Eye:
New Negro Realism and the Problem of Henry Ossawa Tanner"

Tuesday, April 29, 2003, 4:30-6:30pm

Leslie Brice, Driskell Center Graduate Fellow
Department of Art History and Archaeology

“Rezistans: Agency and the Aesthetics of Power in Vodou Visuality”

Jefferson Pinder, Driskell Center Graduate Fellow
Department of Art History and Archaeology

"Marathon and The Art of Anthropology"