Spring 2010 Colloquium Series
Jeffrey B. Perry
"On Hubert Harrison"
February 3, 2010
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
-Free and open to the public.
-A question and answer period will follow the talk.
-Please feel free to bring a lunch.
Later This Month: February 10: Celeste-Marie Bernier
- "Characters in Blood: Slave Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination"February 17: Barbara Rodriguez
- "'Stained with the blood of helpless innocence': Innocents, Violence, and the Legacy of Nat Turner's Slave Revolt"February 24: Patricia Banks
- "Art and Class in Black America"
|February 8, 2010
Adam Bradley and
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Discussing Ralph Ellison's novel Three Days Before the Shooting
February 10, 2010
Michael J. Klarman, Kirkland
and Ellis Professor, Harvard Law School
Randall L. Kennedy, Professor
of Law, Harvard
The Supreme Court and Race
5:30 p.m. ~ Program 6:00 p.m.
Stephen D. Bechtel,
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
136 Irving Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
registration is required
February 11, 2010
The Massachusetts State premiere screening of
of the 92nd Buffalo Division, the all African-American segregated
combat unit that fought with outstanding heroism in Italy during WWII
a film by Fred Kudjo Kuwornu
Boston Public Library, Rabb
700 Boylston Street, Boston
All Events are Free and Open to the Public
CALL FOR FILMS (Deadline February 28, 2010)
New Collaborative Effort!
Three units at at Harvard
- the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, the Department of African and African
American Studies and the Committee on African Studies - are simply
different faces of one, larger collective entity. Last month we launched a new collaborative effort between the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, the Department of African and African American Studies and the Committee on African Studies in presenting "The Haitian Crisis: A Symposium."
In this regard, we welcome Melissa Braunstein the new Executive Director for the Committee on African Studies (CAS). Also, please note the new CAS Web address: www.africa.harvard.edu.
We thank FAS Media and Technology Services for videotaping the Hatian Crisis Panel. They will
Soon release a link to that video. Please check our website for updates!
Recent Events @ the Institute
|January 29th: Syposium on the Crisis in Haiti
Co-Sponsored with the Committee on African Studies and the Department of African and African American Studies
Video Coming Soon
January 28th: James Barnor Exhibit Opening and Reception
The opening included a film screening in the Hutchins Family Library of 'Testament' (1988), directed by John Akomfrah
104 Mount Auburn Street, 3R, Cambridge MA 02138
|Two New Faculty Documentaries on PBS
TONIGHT: Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness,
a documentary that examines the towering influence of controversial
anthropologist Melville Herskovits, will air on Feb. 2 at 10:30 p.m. as part of
the PBS series "Independent Lens."
The movie was produced and directed by Llewellyn Smith, 2009 Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow. Vincent Brown, from Harvard's Department of African and African American Studies, also served as Producer and Director of Research for the film.
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres this month. Building on the success of African American Lives and African American Lives 2, Professor Gates again turns to the latest tools
of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12
|Transition 102 is at the printer and will
mail this month. This rich issue opens with "Night Moves I," a
collection of texts and images garnered by Dominique Malaquais (Resident Fellow, Spring 2010) and
Cédrick Nzolo that offer nine perspectives on life in
electricity-challenged Kinshasa (DRC). Other features include new
fiction by Matthew Quinn Martin, poetry by Aimé Césaire (in a new
translation by Ronnie Scharfman) and David Mills; a memoir of Lowell
Brower's travels through Tanzania collecting the oral myths that Bishop
Steele missed in the late nineteenth century; and an insightful
interview of actor Harry Lennix by Peter Erickson.
essays, John Ohiorenuan reviews the recent economic history of
postcolonial Africa and offers prescriptions for the princes and
princesses to come; Ajume Wingo takes issue with Soulemayne Bachir
Diagne's claim (in Transition 101) that "human rights are
truly and naturally the rights of the individual"; Abdoulaye Gueye
(Resident Fellow, 2008-09) offers a provocative critical review of the recent French film "The
Class"; and E. Dovi Abbey imagines which city might one day serve as
the cultural equivalent to New York in Africa. Transition 102
winds up with an essay by Njeri Githire that assesses the state of East
African literature, and a review by Ivor Agyeman-Duah of a new
collection of essays, Fathers and Daughters, edited by Ato Quayson.
Community and National Events Listing
iDBI is a place to find information on events, both local and national, related to African and
African American Studies.
To post an event, please send an email to iDBI@fas.harvard.edu
Friday, February 5, 2010, 3-5pm
South African Justice Albie Sachs: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law
Harvard Law School
Saturday, February 6, 2010, 6-8pm
Albie Sachs: Art and Justice, The Art of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Saturday, February 6, 2010, 8pm
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Sanders Theater, Harvard University
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 6-8pm
African Scholars Night
A benefit dinner establishing academic scholarships for disadvantaged high-achieving students in Ghana.
Harvard African Students Association
|In the Rudenstine Gallery...
|Ever Young: James Barnor
Street and Studio Photography, Ghana/UK
Presented by Autograph ABP and the
W. E. B. Du Bois Institute
Exhibit runs until May 26th. Gallery Hours: 9 a.m - 5 p.m.