The month of February celebrates Black History Month! There will be a variety of events taking place on campus. Students and members of the public can attend these lectures and performances for free.
“Embracing Curls, Natural Hair, and the Pajon: Afro-Dominicanness and the Reconstruction of Racial Identity through Hair.”
Dr. Kimberly Simmons will discuss the natural hair movement that is taking place in the Dominican Republic. Women are viewing natural hair as a sign of beauty, resistance and expression. Simmons will examine the way Dominican hair stylists, activists and others organize around and embrace natural hair and expression. This lecture will be in Strong Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 4-6 p.m.
“The Women of Get Out: Intersections of Race and Gender in Contemporary Horror.”
Jordan Peele’s 2017 thriller “Get Out” transformed America’s racial politics into a horror movie. David Greven, Professor of English at the University of South Caroline, will examine the gender and racial politics in this film. Specifically, Greven will review the reasoning for making the female character the antagonist and the black male character the protagonist. This lecture is on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. at McClung Tower and Plaza.
Elaine Welteroth Lecture
Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist, thought leader and former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue. Welteroth was the youngest and the second African-American ever to hold the Editor-in-Chief title in Conde Nast’s 107-year history. She will discuss her perspective about scripted and unscripted projects in TV and film with the hopes of inspiring the new generation. This lecture will take place at the Student Union auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Inge Auerbacher Lecture
Inge Auerbacher, Holocaust survivor and human rights activist, spent three years imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Auerbacher is also an accomplished writer and chemist. She has received awards on multiple occasions. Auerbacher’s lecture will be in the Student Union, Ballroom A on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
Morgan Jay Performance
Morgan Jay is an American performer based out of Los Angeles. Jay has over six years of stand-up experience and an extensive background in music. He combines his passion for comedy and music to create performances that connect with both types of audiences. Additionally, Jay has been in commercials for various large brands and performed at multiple festivals. He will be performing at the Student Union, Ballroom A on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
“Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe: White Supremacy, Black Nationalism, and the Civil Rights Movement.”
Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor at Ohio State University, will discuss the ways African-Americans have wielded the force necessary to make a more unprejudiced America. Additionally, he will discuss how this force is used by advocates for white supremacy with opposite ideals. This lecture will be held in Hodges Library in the Lindsay Young Auditorium from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Edited by Ciera Noe
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