Exhibition Opening Reception, featuring an artist talk by Michael Platt and Carol Beane
Ritual + Time Travel = Rebirth: Images and Words by Michael Platt and Carol Beane features the work of married artists Michael Platt and Carol Beane. Platt creates artwork that centers on figurative explorations of life’s survivors, the marginalized, referencing history and circumstance in the rites, rituals and expressions of our human condition. For Platt and Beane, the creation of these images and poems was an endeavor—typical of their usual manner of sharing the same living, working, cooking, creative/creating space…thoughtful, mostly easy, together trying to find just the right combination of elements to “make magic.”
Ritual + Time Travel = Rebirth: Images and Words by Michael Platt and Carol Beane will be shown at the Stone Center’s Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum from January 29 through May 11, 2015.
An Evening of Mississippi Delta Blues with Howl-N-Madd and Shy Perry
Join documentary film-maker Lee Quinby and Mississippi Delta blues musicians Howl-N-Madd and Shy Perry for a free film-showing, concert, and discussion of the blues. This event is FREE and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South, the Sonja Haynes Center for Black Culture and History, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies.
Writer’s Discussion Series: Candis Watts Smith – “Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity”
Historically, Black Americans have easily found common ground on political, social, and economic goals. Yet, there are signs of increasing variety of opinion among Blacks in the United States, due in large part to the influx of Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, and African immigrants to the United States. In fact, the very definition of “African American” as well as who can self-identity as Black is becoming more ambiguous. Should we expect African Americans’ shared sense of group identity and high sense of group consciousness to endure as ethnic diversity among the population increases? In “Black Mosaic”, Candis Watts Smith addresses the effects of this dynamic demographic change on Black identity and Black politics.
Candis Watts Smith is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Williams College. She received her Ph.D. at Duke University. Her research interests and areas of expertise are Racial and Ethnic Politics and American political behavior. Smith’s work appears in journals like Annual Review of Political Science, The Journal of Black Studies, Politics, Groups & Identities as well as in edited book volumes.
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