Category Africana Studies

9.24.15

Dear White People: Film Screening and Conversation

Humanities Forum
Kimberly Moffitt, Dresher Center fellow and associate professor of American studies, UMBC
Damon Turner, adjunct professor in Africana studies, UMBC and PhD Candidate in African American history, Morgan State University
Thursday, September 24 | 7 pm
Performing Arts & Humanities Building : Rm. 132

The film Dear White People follows the lives of four black students at an Ivy League college. Director and writer Justin Simien says, “My film is about identity. It’s about the difference between how the mass culture responds to a person because of their race and who that person understands themselves to truly be. All explored through the microcosm of a success-oriented Ivy League college.” (Click heading for full description.)

Dinaw Mengestu, Paris, 06/2007 © Mathieu Zazzo

W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture: Linked Fates and Great Expectations: Revisiting Post-Colonial Africa and African-American Life through Diasporic Literature

Humanities Forum
Dinaw Mengestu, MacArthur Fellow, acclaimed novelist, and professor of English, Brooklyn College
Wednesday, November 11 | 7 pm
Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

The author of three novels, Dinaw Mengestu was named a “20 under 40” writer by The New Yorker magazine and received the National Book Award Foundation’s “5 under 35” award for his debut novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. (Click heading for full description.)

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