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Performances, lectures part of spring series

Performances and lectures sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures this spring include:

Cornell West will speak on "Race Matters" at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 in Hall Auditorium. West, an activist and academic, is the author of 15 books, including the best seller Race Matters. In an effort to "make it hip to be politically engaged," he recently produced a CD, "Sketches of My Culture," a mix of soul, politics and rhetoric about the African-American struggle. A popular lecturer, West’s speaking style was forged in the Baptist Church and blends drama, knowledge and inspiration. West is the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. Professor of History at Harvard University. His appearance is co-sponsored by the Miami University Lecture Series in conjunction with Miami’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Bernice Johnson Reagon will present "A Talk with The Founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock," at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 in Shriver Center multipurpose room B. Reagon is artistic director of Sweet Honey in the Rock, the renowned African-American women’s a cappella ensemble she founded in 1973. Curator emerita at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, she is Distinguished Professor of History at American University. Reagon’s appearance is co-sponsored by Miami’s Performing Arts Series. Sweet Honey in the Rock performs in Hall Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 as part of the Performing Arts Series. For concert tickets, contact the box office, 9-3200.

Manning Marable will speak on "Making A Multicultural America: Beyond Race, Gender and Class," at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Wilks Conference Center on the Hamilton campus. A Dayton native, Marable is the author of 13 books and professor of history and political science, as well as founding director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, at Columbia University. His syndicated commentary, "Along the Color Line," appears in more than 400 publications worldwide. He is a regular guest on programs including NBC’s "Today Show," ABC’s "Weekend News," National Public Radio and BBC television and radio. Manning’s visit is co-sponsored by Miami Hamilton.

The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit National Touring Company will present "2001 Hastings St." at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Hall Auditorium. Based on the young performers’ own interviews with people who were teenagers themselves in Detroit’s "Black Bottom" neighborhood, the play is a swinging, swing-dancing image of life in the 1940s. The performance, Mosaic’s sixth at Miami, is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Science, the School of Fine Arts and the division of student affairs.

Joanne Shenandoah, one of the country’s foremost Native recording artists, will give a performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in Hall Auditorium. A Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy-Oneida Nation, Shenandoah is an award-winning vocalist, composer and performer. Her music, which embellishes ancient songs of the Iroquois using a blend of traditional and contemporary instrumentation, has been described as an emotional experience, a "Native American Trance."

Satsuki Ina, producer of the documentary film "Children of the Camps," will present a screening of the film followed by a question and answer discussion session at 4 p.m. March 7 in Hall Auditorium. The project was initiated by Ina to explore long-term effects of the World War II internment camp trauma endured by Japanese Americans and to educate the public about the harmful impact of institutionalized racism. Ina was born in the Tule Lake Relocation and Segregation Center, one of the 10 internment camps in which her parents, along with 120,000 other Americans of Japanese descent, were imprisoned during the war. A psychotherapist for more than 20 years, Ina is a professor of counselor education at California State University, Sacramento.

Dorothy Allison, award-winning author and lesbian feminist activist, will present "Mean Stories and Stubborn Girls: A Litany for the Living" at 4 p.m. April 11 in Hall Auditorium. Proclaimed "one of the finest writers of her generation" by the Boston Globe, Allison is author of Bastard Out of Carolina and of Cavedweller, a New York Times best seller and winner of the 1998 Lambda Literary Prize. The first of her family to graduate from high school, Allison strives to understand the struggles of women trying to make their way in the working class South.

All events are free and open to the public; however, due to space limitations tickets are required for Hall Auditorium events. Free tickets will be available at the Hall Auditorium box office starting an hour before each event. Guests who live outside the Oxford vicinity may reserve a ticket by calling the center at (513) 529-8309.

Date Published: 11/29/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 17

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