Thursday, August 28, 2014

Events, Interests, and Announcements

See today’s UK Now story..  With awards ranging between $2,500 and $5,000, the ISA-UK Education Abroad Diversity Scholarship is available to qualified students who contribute to UK's overall interest in diversity.

Date: 09/05/2014 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Martin Luther King Center (Student Center)
AAAS presents the Carter G. Woodson Lectures Series
DaMaris Hill, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American and Africana Studies, will read an excerpt from her novel Willows in the Spring.

“We Wear the Mask: Black Superheroes Through the Ages”   Sep 6, 2014 – Jan 3, 2015
This exhibit at the Lyric Theater and Cultural Center features a comprehensive timeline highlighting the history of black superheroes illustrated with framed posters, original art, comic books and action figures from the private collection of Frank X Walker & his son Taajwar D’Van Howard. 

Date: 09/12/2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: 238 Classroom Building
Speaker / Presenter: Rashad Shabazz

This talk examines the articulation of carceral power in the kitchenettes and the impact it had on identity formation.  I demonstrate this by highlighting how carceral power was expressed in the geography of kitchenettes.  Kitchenettes were small, tight, cramped spaces that many Black migrants were forced to live in once they arrived to Chicago.  I argue that the expression of police power that was operating in the Black Belt migrated into the homes of Black migrants.  Though not actual prisons, kitchenettes were amenable to the expression of carceral power—particularly containment and restriction—present throughout the Black Belt.  Kitchenettes absorbed the exercise of police power that functioned in the general space of the Black Belt and brought it closer to the skin.

Date: 09/08/2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: MLK Center
Speaker / Presenter:  Michael Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a recognized culinary historian and independent scholar focusing on historic African American food and folk culture and culinary traditions of historic Africa and her Diaspora. He is a living history interpreter and historic chef, one of the few recognized international experts of his craft— the re-construction of early Southern cuisine as prepared by enslaved African American cooks for tables high and low—from heirloom seeds and heritage breed animals to fish, game, and foraged plant foods to historic cooking methods to the table. He is webmaster of, the first website/blog devoted to the preservation of historic African American foods and foodways. He has conducted over 200 classes and workshops, written curricula and educational programs, giving lectures and performed cooking demonstrations for over 100 groups including the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Carnegie-Mellon, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Library of Congress, the Association for the Study of Food and Society and Oxford University's Symposium on Food and Cookery.

Date: 09/17/2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: William T. Young Library
Speaker / Presenter:  Ezra Greenspan
Writing African American Biography:
The Case of William Wells Brown, Kentuckian
Sept 17, 2014 at 4pm in the William T. Young Library

Date:  09/22/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Niles Gallery
Speaker / Presenter: Diana Ferrus
Diana Ferrus is a South African writer, poet and cultural activist of mixed Khoisan and slave ancestry. Diana gained international recognition for her poem "For Sarah Baartman," which played a role in the French government’s decision to return the remains of Sarah Baartman to South Africa. Ferrus is a founder of the Afrikaans Skrywersvereniging (ASV), Bush Poets,(all women poets) and Women in Xchains(grassroots women writers). Her publishing company, Diana Ferrus Publishers, in association with the University of the Western Cape, has published life stories of former South African activists. Her most recent book is "I've Come To Take You Home.

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