Tuesday, Feb. 9, Campus Theatre, 7 p.m.
Film Screening of The Price of the Ticket

The film recounts the life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist and addresses what it is to be born black, impoverished, gifted, and gay in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.” James Baldwin tells his own story in this emotional portrait. Using rarely-seen archival footage from nine different countries, the film melds intimate interviews and eloquent public speeches with cinéma vérité glimpses of Baldwin and original scenes from his extraordinary funeral service in December 1987.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, ELC Gallery Theatre, 7 p.m.
Monica Simpson

Part of the Griot’s “African-American Art, Activism, and Aesthetics and CSREG’s “Honoring the Legacy of James Baldwin Series”

Wednesday, Feb. 24, Tustin Studio Theatre, 7 p.m.
Judith Jamison

Part of the Griot’s “African-American Art, Activism, and Aesthetics and CSREG’s “Honoring the Legacy of James Baldwin Series” (Event co-Sponsored with Theatre and Dance and supported with funding from the University Lectureship Committee)

Wednesday, March 2, ELC Gallery Theatre, 7 p.m.
Clarence Hardy

Part of the Griot’s “African-American Art, Activism, and Aesthetics and CSREG’s “Honoring the Legacy of James Baldwin Series”

Wednesday, March 23, ELC Gallery Theatre, 7 p.m.
Michael L. Cobb

Part of the Griot’s “African-American Art, Activism, and Aesthetics and CSREG’s “Honoring the Legacy of James Baldwin Series”

Wednesday, March 30, Bucknell Hall, 7 p.m.
Caryl Phillips

Part of the Griot’s “African-American Art, Activism, and Aesthetics and CSREG’s “Honoring the Legacy of James Baldwin Series” (Event co-sponsored with Stadler Center for Poetry)

Wednesday, Apr. 5, Bucknell Hall, 7 p.m.
Adrian Matejka

Part of the Griot’s “African-American Art, Activism, and Aesthetics and CSREG’s “Honoring the Legacy of James Baldwin Series” (Event co-sponsored with Stadler Center for Poetry)

Wednesday, April 6, ELC Gallery Theatre, 7 p.m.
Carlton Mackey

Part of the Griot’s “African-American Art, Activism, and Aesthetics and CSREG’s “Honoring the Legacy of James Baldwin Series”

Wednesday, April 13, Carnegie Building Reading Room, 7 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion on Baldwin’s Influence on Contemporary Scholarship in the Humanities


Annual Lecture and Performance Series

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 2016, we invite the campus community to participate in a lecture/conversation series that marks the first major series partnership between the Griot Institute for Africana Studies and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.  The series (African-American Art, Activism, and Aesthetics /Honoring the Legacy of James Baldwin) is rooted in questions about the intersections of identity, race, gender, sexuality, aesthetics, and activism as they affect and inform a wide range of African American artistic expressions.

The series has two main focal points.  One is a scholarly conversation showcasing James Baldwin's astute and uncompromising analysis of institutional forms of racism, heteronormative sexuality, and anti-body sentiments found in dominant religious systems and tenets of his day.  The other is an extended conversation with leading African-American artists about their creative journeys in light of the contemporary structural realities of the United States, particularly as they concern artistic expression and racism and the intersections of aesthetic, economic, sociological, and psychological inequality.  Each of the artists presenting will use Baldwin's legacy as a springboard for conversations about their own work and processes and their intersections with social justice.

The Griot Storytelling Project 

By blending technology and tradition, the Griot Storytelling Project allows the Institute to function as a griot for Bucknell. This ongoing project gathers oral narratives created by members of the Bucknell community in order to build a historical record, to encourage creative engagement with the art and utility of oral storytelling, and to showcase the experiential range of our community in an effort to define who we are at this moment in our collective history.

 



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