Spring 2018

Annual Lecture & Performance Series

January - April, 2018

Erasure graphic Each academic year, the Griot Institute offers the Bucknell community a series that focuses on a question or issue of concern central to Africana Studies. In spring 2018, we invite the campus and community to participate in a lecture/conversation series entitled, Erasure: Blackness and the Fight Against Invisibility. We will engage the topic of erasure from multiple disciplinary, artistic, and intellectual perspectives. Centering Percival Everett's novel Erasure as a focal point, the series will bring to campus a wide-array of scholars and artists to consider the impacts of this eviscerating phenomenon of erasure.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 - lecture by Rebecca Moore, 7 p.m. Gallery Theatre (ELC)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14 - prose reading and discussion with Percival Everett; 7 p.m. Gallery Theatre (ELC)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21 - lecture by C. Riley Snorton; 7 p.m. Gallery Theatre (ELC)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 - film screening of A Band Called Death; 7 p.m. Gallery Theatre (ELC)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28 - lecture by Bobby and Dannis Hackney; 7 p.m. Gallery Theatre (ELC)
  • Wednesday, March 7 - lecture by Scott Ellsworth; 7 p.m. Gallery Theatre (ELC)
  • Tuesday, March 20 - film screening and discussion with director Jason Osder; 7 p.m. Campus Theatre
  • Wednesday, March 21 - lecture by Ramona Africa; 7 p.m. Gallery Theatre (ELC)
  • Wednesday, April 4 - lecture by Dread Scott; 7 p.m. Gallery Theatre (ELC)
  • Wednesday, April 11 - lecture by Pamela Newkirk; 7 p.m. Gallery Theatre (ELC)

Griot Spring Book Group

Wednesday, Feb. 14 at noon

Book Group Lunch for Erasure: A Novel by Griot Spring Series Guest Percival Everett.

Thelonious "Monk" Ellison's writing career has bottomed out: his latest manuscript has been rejected by seventeen publishers, which stings all the more because his previous novels have been "critically acclaimed." He seethes on the sidelines of the literary establishment as he watches the meteoric success of We's Lives in Da Ghetto, a first novel by a woman who once visited "some relatives in Harlem for a couple of days."

Meanwhile, Monk struggles with real family tragedies―his aged mother is fast succumbing to Alzheimer's, and he still grapples with the reverberations of his father's suicide seven years before. In his rage and despair, Monk dashes off a novel meant to be an indictment of Juanita Mae Jenkins's bestseller. He doesn't intend for My Pafology to be published, let alone taken seriously, but it is — under the pseudonym Stagg R. Leigh — and soon it becomes the Next Big Thing. How Monk deals with the personal and professional fallout galvanizes this audacious, hysterical, and quietly devastating novel.

#MeToo: What's Next in Activism and Healing

Sunday, Feb.18, 7 p.m., Weis Center for the Performing Arts

Tarana Burke Tarana Burke

Tickets available to Bucknell students, faculty and staff 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. Available to the general public starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18.

The simple yet courageous #metoo campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment — and founder Tarana Burke's powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement to support survivors will move, uplift and inspire you.

The Griot is a co-sponsor of this event.

MLK Remembrance

Wednesday, April 4 Noon Brawley/King Bust, Vaughn Literature Garden, Humanities Quad

Martin Luther King Jr. The Griot will partner with other University organizations to sponsor an MLK Remembrance and Moment of Silence to note the 50th year since the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Bucknell in the Caribbean

June - July 2018

Study abroad with the Griot. Through readings, lectures, field trips, volunteer projects, attendance and participation in cultural performances, ethnographic interviews, as well as analytical reflections on their experiences, Bucknell in the Caribbean provides first-hand information about the literatures, histories, and cultures of the Caribbean. Students will explore the long-term cross-cultural impacts of slavery, colonization, independence, and tourism. The three islands of Antigua, St. Kitts, and Nevis will serve as our classroom.

Recent Events

MLK Week 2018: "Critical Reflections on Current Struggles"

Jan. 15-21, 2018

Bucknell's Martin Luther King Jr. Week brings various scholars to campus to engage our community in a conversation about Dr. King's legacy and philosophies with regard to current struggles. MLK Week 2018 includes a charitable gift drive and an array of events designed to raise awareness and empower participants to enact individual and community change.

Learn more at bucknell.edu/MLKWeek2018.

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