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Monday, March 22
A Community Conversation: “Finding Our Voice for Self-Determination and Advocacy”
Storytelling is a powerful tradition that allows us to share the story of our own lives, using language born out of the communities we belong to and the identities we hold. Language and societal narratives have long shaped perceptions of Black communities, both internally and externally. What happens to our sense of self when our stories are told by others?
Our voices can serve as a means of empowerment, a means of advocacy, and a means of moving the country forward. The dialects we use and the stories we tell through art, literature, music, and other media hold power. Where can we find our voices, and how can we use them to uplift the communities that bind us?
Join us for an interactive discussion about Black literature, empowerment, and stories of change, facilitated by Supreme Divine-Dow, Founder & Executive Director of The Black Writers Museum. This event is open to all.
Tuesday, March 23
Round Table: Remembering Race
Join a conversation about the ways we memorialize race and racism, and how the past looks through Afrofuturist lenses.
- Jeannine A. Cook, owner of Harriet’s Bookshop
- Stephen Pasqualina, University of Nevada-Reno
- Rasheedah Phillips, Black Quantum Futurism
- Robert Rabiee, Temple University (moderator)
- Sheryl Sawin, Temple University
Hosted by J. Michael Harrison, WRTI-FM
Wednesday, March 24
“I Want To Talk About You”: Philadelphia Jazz Stories
A panel devoted to the Philadelphia Jazz Stories Illustrated book and video. The creative team behind the project will show clips from the video and discuss the collection, which tells the lives and adventures of Philly’s Jazz musicians through interviews and art.
Moderated by Homer Jackson, director of the Philadelphia Jazz Project, and featuring illustrator and art director, Eric Battle, as well as other members of the project team.
Thursday, March 25
Round Table: Race and Media Representation
Join a conversation about the representation of Black Americans and other minorities in the media.
- Linda Chavers, Harvard University
- Justin Fugo, Temple University
- Stephanie Miodus, Temple University
- Elizabeth Sunflower, Temple University (moderator)
Round Table: Do Classics Have a Future?
Join a conversation about how we can disrupt readings that reproduce dominant narratives, and what will be the classics of tomorrow.
- Noël Dolan, Villanova University
- Jim Getz, Temple University
- Larry Jackson, Columbia University
- Dustin Kidd, Temple University (moderator)
- Michelle Pinto, Temple University
Celebrating 50 Years of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – A Golden Reflection with Pianist, Flutist, Composer, and Arranger Brian Jackson
Hosted by J. Michael Harrison, WRTI-FM
As Gil Scott-Heron stressed on the 1971 album he made with pianist Brian Jackson, to change the world we need to challenge our own thinking, and change others’ minds. This interview with Jackson will explore the possibilities of intellectual revolution, and the obstacles to change, today.
Friday, March 26
Round Table: Students’ Voices
Featuring sophomore Rushil Vishwanathan’s original, trilingual song “Un1ty: An Anthem For Humanity”
Moderated by Douglas Greenfield, Temple University
A Community Conversation: “Black Feminist Utopias: Alternative Space Holding”
The Colored Girls Museum was founded on the principle that “there’s nothing more perfect than an ordinary colored girl”. In this interactive discussion, we will explore the theoretical concept of utopia and how The Colored Girls Museum space creates utopia in practice through preserving the experiences of Colored Girls. We will also take these lessons to explore ways that women—especially Black women—can build their own sense of utopia in their daily lives.
This conversation will be facilitated by Vashti DuBois and Michael Clemmons of The Colored Girls Museum. This event is open to all; women who identify as Black, Brown, Indigenous, or a Person of Color are especially encouraged to attend.