Friday, March 8th, 2019

March 27: AfroSurrealism Author Rochelle Spencer to Speak in Griot Spring Lecture Program

Bucknell’s Griot Institute for Africana Studies will present Rochelle Spencer, a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer focused on AfroSurrealism, stories by and about people of color, and female empowerment, in a free, public talk entitled “The Black Unfamiliar in the Twenty-First Century: AfroSurrealism” on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room, Hildreth-Mirza Hall.

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Friday, February 8th, 2019

April 10: Carol Wayne White to Speak About Black Lives and Sacred Humanity

Carol Wayne White, Bucknell religious studies professor, will deliver a free, public talk entitled "Black Lives and Sacred Humanity" on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room of the University's Hildreth-Mirza Hall. Her talk is part of the Bucknell Griot Institute Spring 2019 Lecture and Performance Series, "The Black Unfamiliar in the 21st Century," and co-sponsored by the University's Department of History.

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Monday, October 9th, 2017

Oct. 21: ‘Dancing Mind Challenge’ Asks the Community to Unplug

The Griot Institute for Africana Studies, in partnership with Bucknell Library and Information Technology, will again host the Dancing Mind Challenge, inspired by Toni Morrison's essay "The Dancing Mind," in Bertrand Library on Saturday, Oct. 21. The essay advocates for disconnecting from the sometimes overwhelming electronic influences in our modern lives and this event will ask participants to commit to “unplug” for four or eight consecutive hours.

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Jan. 15-21: Martin Luther King Jr. Week Explores ‘Critical Reflections on Current Struggles’

Bucknell University’s 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Week will feature five prominent scholars who will recall Dr. King’s legacy while providing “Critical Reflections on Current Struggles” during a week-long series of public events Jan. 15-21. All events are free and open to the public, although RSVP is required for luncheon discussions to griot@bucknell.edu.

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Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Jan. 31: Visiting Professor to Discuss Erasure of African-Americans from the Jonestown Narrative

Rebecca Moore, an emeritus professor of religious studies at San Diego State University, will discuss "The Erasure (and Re-Inscription) of African-Americans from the Jonestown Narrative" in the Gallery Theatre at the Elaine Langone Center on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Her free, public talk will be the initial event in the Griot Institute for Africana Studies' semester-long, interdisciplinary series "Erasure: Blackness and the Fight Against Invisibility." 

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Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Feb. 14: Professor to Present Reading and Conversation of His Novel, Erasure

Percival Everett, a distinguished professor of English at the University of Southern California and author of nearly 30 books, will read from his novel, Erasure, and then lead conversation on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center. His talk is co-sponsored by the English Department and made possible through the support of the University Lectureship Committee. It is part of the semester-long, interdisciplinary series "Erasure: Blackness and the Fight Against Invisibility," by the Griot Institute for Africana Studies.

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Feb. 21: Author and Cornell Professor to Discuss Black Transsexual Figures, Violent Racist Suppression

Author and Cornell University professor C. Riley Snorton, who has been listed as one of "Ten Transgender People You Should Know" by Black Entertainment Television, will speak in the Griot Institute for Africana Studies' Spring Lecture & Performance Series "Erasure: Blackness and the Fight Against Invisibility" on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center (ELC).  Snorton will discuss the ascendance of Christine Jorgensen, dubbed America's first transsexual celebrity, and violent racist suppression at home during the free, public lecture.

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Friday, February 16th, 2018

Feb. 27-28: “A Band Called Death” Film Screening, Talk

On Tuesday, Feb 27th, the film "A Band Called Death" will be screened in the Gallery Theater, ELC. The film was released in 2014, and in 2016, DEATH was inducted into the new African American History Museum at Smithsonian in Washington DC. Additionally, on Wednesday evening, Feb. 28th, Bobby and Dennis Hackney's talk will examine the accounts of being an all-Black Rock band of three blood brothers, David Hackney, Dennis Hackney, and Bobby Hackney calling themselves "DEATH" in Detroit in 1975 during the heyday of the Motown era, playing what was considered at the time "white Rock music."

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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

March 7: Erasure Series Lecture to Focus on the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot

Scott Ellsworth, an author and noted scholar on the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, will discuss "The 1921 Tulsa Riot and the Erasure of Black History" on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center. His free, public talk is part of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies' Spring Lecture and Performance Series on the theme of “Erasure: Blackness and the Fight Against Invisibility.”

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

March 20: Griot Institute to Screen Film ‘Let the Fire Burn’ in Campus Theatre

The film "Let the Fire Burn" will be screened in the Campus Theatre on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m., followed by a conversation with the film's director Jason Osder.  The event is part of the The Griot Institute for Africana Studies' Spring Lecture and Performance Series on the theme of “Erasure: Blackness and the Fight Against Invisibility.”

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

March 21: Talk by Ramona Africa CANCELED

On Mar. 21, Ramona Africa will be talking about the need for people to stop looking to politicians and to this system, for solutions.  The event will take place in the Gallery Theater, Elaine Langone Center at 7 pm. The talk is will be titled MOVE and Black Erasure. 

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