On Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2016,  the Griot Institute engaged scholars and artists in critical conversations reflecting on the intersections between African-American activism, the creative process, and questions of aesthetics particularly in light of the crises of the contemporary moment.


Contact the Griot Institute of Africana Studies at griot@bucknell.edu or 570.577.2123. Learn more about conference director Carmen Gillespie, Professor of English and Director of the Griot Institute.

Highlights from the Conference

Jimmy Greene

Jimmy Greene

Grammy-award nominated jazz musician, Jimmy Greene, will perform "Love in Action" featuring Rene Rosnes and Jeff "Tain" Watts, at the conference on Friday night for conference attendees in Bucknell Hall at 7 p.m. The performance is co-sponsored by Jazz at Bucknell and the Department of Music.

Learn more about Jimmy Greene

Keynote Speaker

Carrie Mae WeemsOver the past thirty years Carrie Mae Weems has worked toward developing a complex body of art that has employed photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. Her work has led her to investigate family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems.

Learn more about Carrie Mae Weems

Nathaniel Hunt

Nathaniel Hunt

Nathaniel Hunt studied as a scholarship student at the Ailey School, Earl Mosley's Institute for the Arts, and the Joffrey Ballet School. Recently, Mr. Hunt was a member of Ailey II, the second company to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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Ntozake Shange

Ntozake ShangeNtozake Shange is one of America's greatest living writers. Her theatre piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf (dubbed a "choreopoem" for its highly original combination of music, poetry, and dance) was a stunning success on Broadway in 1976-1977.

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Indigo Moor

Indigo Moor

Indigo Moor is a poet, playwright, and author currently residing in Sacramento, CA. His second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter's Window, won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize. His first book, Tap-Root, was published as part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series.

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Schedule Highlights

Thursday Highlights:

  • Opening Remarks by Associate Provost Robert Midkiff
  • Poetry Reading by Indigo Moor
  • Dance Performance by Nate Hunt
  • Jazz Performance by the Bucknell Jazz Quartet

Friday Highlights:

Saturday Highlights:

  • Reading and Musical Interpretation by Ntozake Shange, accompanied by Jimmy Greene

Explore the conference agenda.


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