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Sept. 18-Nov. 12: BAMS lecture series

Black American Studies announces speakers in fall lecture series


2:33 p.m., Sept. 10, 2013--The University of Delaware Department of Black American Studies has announced speakers for the fall semester lecture series.

Three noontime lectures are scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 18, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and on Tuesday, Nov. 12. All will meet from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in 001 Mitchell Hall.

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The lectures are as follows:

• Sept. 18 – A presentation by Tanji Gilliam titled “Race is an Archive” will provide an exploration of independent black film and photography production and examine how race is formed and represented in new forms of social media. Gilliam is the founder and artistic director of Oil House Productions, an independent black film production company. She received her doctorate in history from the University of Chicago. She is also a scholar and lecturer.

• Oct. 15 – A presentation by Arika Easley-Houser on "The Indian Image in the Black Mind" will discuss the representation of Native Americans in antebellum African American public culture. Easley-Houser is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Rutgers University. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she received her bachelor of arts degree, and Columbia University where she earned her master of arts degree.

Nov. 12 – A presentation by Brittney Cooper on “Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition, 1892-Present” will interrogate the rise of black female public intellectuals during the watershed moment of 1892-93. Cooper, assistant professor of women's and gender and Africana studies at Rutgers University, is the co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a hip hop generation feminist-of-color collective of 18 scholar-activists throughout the country who blog on issues related to feminism and popular culture. She received her bachelor of arts degree in English and political science from Howard University and her doctorate in American studies from Emory University.

The lecture series is free and open to the public. Most lectures are about 30 minutes and are followed by open discussion. Participants are encouraged to come and enjoy a vibrant and stimulating exchange of ideas.

For more information on the series or any of the lectures, call the Department of Black American Studies at 302-831-2897.

For a flyer about the series, click here.

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