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Live from the Afrikan Resistance!

When Jan 17, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Webster's Bookstore Cafe, 133 E Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801
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El Jones, one of Canada’s hardest hitting poets and Halifax’s controversial Poet Laureate, will perform from her new collection of spoken word, Live from the Afrikan Resistance! El Jones Bio courtesy of Halifax Municipal Website HRM Poet Laureate, 2013 - 2015El Jones Headshot El Jones is a spoken word activist and teacher. She was the two-time captain of the back-to-back national championship Halifax slam team in 2007 and 2008. El has performed all over Canada, including at the 10th Anniversary All-Star edition of When Sisters Speak in Toronto. In 2012, she was sponsored by Citizenship and Heritage Canada on a reading tour of Nova Scotia with George Elliott Clarke. Her poetry is particularly committed to political causes and social justice and has worked extensively with organizations around Halifax performing and presenting on issues of social change. She is dedicated to using poetry in prison outreach and youth engagement, and volunteers twice a week at Centerline Studio on the corner of Uniacke and Gottingen. El is current artistic director of Word Iz Bond Spoken Word Artist Collective and can be seen performing on the third Thursday of every month at the Company House at 2202 Gottingen Street in Word Iz Bond’s SPEAK! series, one of the oldest continually running spoken word series in Canada. She currently teaches in the African Canadian Transition Program at NSCC and in the Women's Studies program at Acadia. El believes that poetry can empower the powerless and give voice to the voiceless.

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"Sexual and Artistic Transgressions: Pedro Almodóvar and Pedro Lemebel’s Fictional Writing and the Hispanic Literary Market"

When Jan 21, 2015
from 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
Where 101 Old Botany
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During the second half of the 20th century Spain and Chile have suffered suppressive and suffocating decades under military regimes whose consequences are still latent in society nowadays. As a result of these regimes, many intellectuals who witnessed the disasters of the dictatorship as well as the changes that came with the installation of the Democratic Era have dwelt on retrieving history and memory through art. This talk focuses on two literary works in which the recuperation of memory is problematized from a sexual and social approach: the Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar’s Patty Diphusa y otros textos (1998) and the Chilean writer and performer Pedro Lemebel’s Tengo miedo torero (2001). These literary works depict two different stories whose main characters, both of them transvestite, deal with the direct repercussions of the sociopolitical systems existing in Spain and Chile during the 80’s. Presenter Ana Cortejoso de Andrés is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Her dissertation entitled “Born to be a Star: Representing the Writer as a Global Celebrity in Hispanic Contemporary Narrative (1995-2010)” focuses on the fictional representation of the Spanish-language business market and the narrative construction of the writer as a conflicted character who struggles between artistic aspirations and celebrity. This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on interdisciplinary graduate research.

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Mary R. Rolling Reading Series presents Cathleen Miller

When Jan 29, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
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Contact Phone 865-9126
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Cathleen Miller circled the globe to interview the sources for her latest book, Champion of Choice, which was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Biographies of 2013. Her previous work includes Desert Flower and a memoir about her life in rural Pennsylvania, The Birdhouse Chronicles. A winner of the Society of American Travel Writers gold award, Miller’s travel essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. She teaches at San José State University.

Harvey Smith to give Lecture

When Feb 06, 2015
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 216 Willard Building
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Contact Phone 814-863-4243
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Harvey Smith, Sr., will be present the lecture "Second American Revolution: Closing the Four Basic Gaps of African Americans".

Harvey Smith, Sr. earned a B.S. degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and a M.B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He has earned certificates in numerous writing courses and has a published article. He is a current college professor teaching undergraduate and graduate courses to students worldwide. His past work experience includes work at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PPG Industries as well as work in African American communities in Pittsburgh. He has worked as a CFO and a CEO, and is the founder of a nonprofit organization that serves disadvantaged youth.

He is the author of the Second American Revolution: Closing the Four Basic Gaps of African Americans (XLIBRIS, May 19, 2014).

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Kortney Ziegler will give a Lecture

When Feb 10, 2015
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 216 Willard Building
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Kortney Ziegler, Ph.D., writer, filmmaker, producer, artist and activist fighting for social justice in the trans community, will give a lecture.

His film: "Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen" will be shown before his lecture.

 

Co-sponsored by the Africana Research Center, the African American Studies Department, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally (LGBTA) Student Resource Center.

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The Nelson Mandela Lecture with Garrey Dennie, Ph.D.

When Feb 24, 2015
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn, Board Room 1
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Garrey Dennie, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at St. Mary's College of Maryland

"Mandela's Words:  Mightier Than the Sword"

Nelson Mandela’s death has triggered global outpouring of grief and memorials, a testament to his role in the struggle against apartheid.  As a scholar of death, bereavement, and grief in South Africa, and as a former speech writer of Nelson Mandela, my lecture will speak to the intersection of these dual roles.   As a scholar, I will explore how the language of liberation in the 1960s and the 1990s was deeply influenced by the specificities of time and place.  As a Mandela speech writer, I will detail how living in the moment, the speech writers struggled to craft the language that would give momentum to the struggle to defeat apartheid.

 

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Elizabeth Kadetsky to read as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series

When Feb 26, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
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Elizabeth Kadetsky is the author of a story collection, The Poison that Purifies You; a novella, On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World; and a memoir, First There Is a Mountain. Her short stories have been chosen for a Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and two Best American Short Stories notable citations, and her personal essays have appeared in The New York Times, Santa Monica Review, Antioch Review and elsewhere. She teaches at Penn State.

Wazir Mohamed will give a Lecture

When Mar 05, 2015
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where TBA Willard Building
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Wazir Mohamed, Associate Professor of Sociology, Indiana University will give a lecture.  Lecture title: TBA

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Jess Walters-2014/2015 Steven Fisher Writer-in-Residence

When Mar 19, 2015
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
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Jess Walter is the author of eight books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins. He was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Harper’s, Esquire, McSweeney's and many other publications.

Mary E. Rolling Reading Series presents Robin Becker and Geffrey Davis

When Apr 03, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
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Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State, Robin Becker has received fellowships in poetry from the Bunting Institute at Harvard, The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2014, The Pitt Poetry Series published her seventh collection, Tiger Heron. Becker writes a column on the national poetry scene, "Field Notes," for The Women's Review of Books, where she serves as Contributing and Poetry Editor. Geffrey Davis is the author of Revising the Storm, winner of the 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Other awards include the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He teaches in the MFA programs for creative writing and translation at the University of Arkansas.

First Book Festival

When Apr 04, 2015
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library and Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library
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A full day of community workshops and readings by recent Penn State MFA graduates: Sarah Blake, Katie Bode-Lang, Rachel Mennies, and William Woolfit, followed by a gala open reading.

Keisha Blain, Ph.D., Public Lecture

When Apr 08, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 216 Willard
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Keisha Blain, Ph.D., ARC Post-Doctoral Fellow for African American Studies

"'[F]or the Rights of Dark People in Every Part of the World':  Pearl Sherrod, Black Internationalist Feminism, and Afro-Asian Politics in Depression-Era Detroit"

This talk explores the political ideas and activism of Pearl Sherrod, an African American woman who became a leader of the Development of Our Own (TDOO), a Detroit-based antiracist political movement that sought to unite African American and Asian activists during the Great Depression. Drawing on archival material, historical newspapers, and government records, I demonstrate how Sherrod articulated what literary scholar Cheryl Higashida refers to as “black internationalist feminism” in her study on black women writers on the Communist Left. As black internationalist feminists, women in the Communist Party—Louise Thompson Patterson, Esther Cooper Jackson, Maude White Katz and Claudia Jones, among them—linked their commitment to universal black liberation, decolonization, and economic justice with a desire to challenge patriarchy and expand women’s rights and opportunities. In this talk, I employ the term similarly—not as a Marxist analysis of racism or explicit challenge to heterosexism but, rather as a way to describe Pearl Sherrod’s dual commitment to building transnational and transracial political alliances while advancing a feminist agenda. By excavating Sherrod’s life, which has been hidden in the historical record, this talk highlights the key role a nonstate female actor played in shaping black internationalist movements and discourses during a global economic crisis and within a climate of government repression and censorship. While much of the literature on black internationalism privileges the political activities of the black middle-class and elite, this talk foregrounds the political ideas and praxis of a working-class woman activist in Detroit who skillfully employed a myriad of strategies and tactics to promote black internationalist politics and Afro-Asian solidarity.

 

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