BHM 2014

Black History Month 2014

Every year, African American Student Affairs coordinates a campus wide calendar listing the events taking place as a part of Northwestern's Black History Month Celebration. Download this year's calendar (PDF), or view it on Issuu. A full listing of events is below.

Full List of Events:

UCS COMPANY INFORMATION SESSIONS
January through March / Various Locations
Sponsored by University Career Services
UCS Company Information Sessions are your opportunity to connect with the world’s best companies. This quarter, we’ll be hosting IBM, Booz & Company, LinkedIn, AllState Insurance Company, and more! For more information on the sessions, search for jobs/internships, or to make an appointment with your career advisor, log on to CareerCat at bit.ly/ucscareercat.

HUB
Jan. 10th to Feb. 9th / Dittmar Gallery, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by Dittmar Gallery

Don’t miss Amanda Burnham’s site-specific room-size installation, calling attention to the ever-changing composition of American cityscapes and their simultaneously beautiful and discordant attributes. Her massive three-dimensional drawings will change how you see both Evanston and the Northwestern campus.

JABULANI: THE AFRICAN CULTURE SHOW
Jan.19th at 6:00pm / Louis Room, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by the African Students Association

Jabulani is a celebration of African culture from across the continent. The culture show will feature dancing, food, fashion, stories, and interactive experiences for the Northwestern and Greater Chicago communities to engage in.

MLK CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FEATURING DR. WARREN WASHINGTON
Jan. 20th at 7:00pm / Alice Millar Chapel (1870 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Join us as we hear from Dr. Warren Washington, the second African-American to earn a doctorate in the atmospheric sciences, and an internationally recognized scholar.  Dr. Washington is a role model, mentor, and inspiration for generations of young researchers from diverse backgrounds. For more information, including a full list of events celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit www.northwestern.edu/mlk

DINNER DIALOGUES
Jan. 21st at 6:00pm-7:00pm / Alison Dining Hall, PARC room (1820 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by Campus Inclusion & Community and Residential College Board
Free & open to all students! The monthly Dinner Dialogues Program engages students in a peer-moderated conversation around a specific topic with other students that they may not have met otherwise. This month's program will continue the University’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Meal vouchers will be provided for students who do not have meal plans. Be sure to join us!

FIRESIDE CHAT: FEATURING DR. LESLEY-ANN BROWN
Jan. 23rd at 6:00pm / Slivka 2nd Floor Recreation Lounge (2322 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by GLASS Residence Life Staff
Join us for this discussion about diversity and inclusion at Northwestern. Dr. Lesley-Ann Brown, Director for the office of Campus Inclusion and Community, will talk about what actions students can take to be a positive influence on others around them.

HARAMBEE
Jan. 24th at 6:00pm / Louis Room, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by African American Student Affairs and For Members Only: NU’s black Student Alliance
Harambee is the official kick-off event of Black History Month. It features free food, song, dance, and a reflection on African, Caribbean, and African-American culture. Recipients of the Gardner/Exum Scholarship will also be announced. Join us for this long-standing NU tradition!

MLK KEYNOTE SPEAKER – MYRLIE EVERS-WILLIAMS
Jan. 27th
at 6:00pm / Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (50 Arts Circle Drive)
Sponsored by Office of the Provost and the MLK Planning Committee
Join us for the University’s official
observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with a keynote address delivered by civil rights activist, author, and former chairperson of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams. She is also the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, and the first laywoman to give an invocation at a presidential inauguration. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, including a full list of events celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit www.northwestern.edu/mlk.

WRITING SECRECY IN CARIBBEAN FREEMASONRY
Jan. 29th from 12:00pm-2:00pm / Kresge Hall, Room 2-425 (1880 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by the Afro Latin@ Working Group, the Spanish and Portuguese Department, the Latina and Latino Studies Program, the Center for African American History, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Program of American Studies
This book talk by Dr. Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will analyze Masonic, literary, and political writings of Spanish Caribbean intellectuals who lived in the decades of anti-colonial struggle in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola (1860-1898). Come learn how in the Caribbean, Masonic notions of liberal freedom coincided with the legacies of empire and colonial slavery. 

THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI: FILM SCREENING & TALKBACK
Jan. 30th at 6:30pm / The Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art (40 Arts Circle)
Sponsored by Inspire Media & For Members Only: NU’s Black Student Alliance
Inspire Media is teaming up with FMO to screen this unconventional sports documentary exploring Ali’s life outside the ring. It focuses on his humanitarian work, refusal to serve in the Vietnam War, and joining the Nation of Islam. There will be a talkback with one of the directors immediately following the film.

THE RACIAL POLITICS OF VOCAL HARMONIES IN 20 FEET FROM STARDOM
Jan. 30th at 7:00pm / Kresge Hall, Room 4310 (1880 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by the Latina and Latino Studies Program
What can the work of backup singers tell us about racial and gender dynamics of the U.S.? Join Northwestern LLSP faculty member Dr. Lorena Alvarado for a critical reading of the 2013 documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, which features interviews with and the histories of these cultural workers. Learn how these performers are not just a supplement to acts like The Rolling Stones, but represent a manifestation of the racial and gender politics within stardom's political economy.

DRAMATIC READING OF POEMS TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Feb. 3rd at 7:00pm / The Noyes Cultural Arts Center (927 Noyes St. Evanston, IL. 60201)
Sponsored by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Next Theatre Company
Get engaged with the Evanston community through this dramatic reading of poems by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Arna Bontemps, Nikki Givoanni, W.E.B. DuBoise, Alice Walker and more. Come be inspired and entertained! Call Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at 847-448-8254 or Next Theatre Company at 847-475-1875 for more information. Admission to this event is free and the age level is 10 years and up.

3 CRITICAL BLACK HISTORY TALKS ON RACISM: PART ONE
Feb. 5th at 6:45pm / University Hall, Room 122 (1897 Sheridan Rd.)
Sponsored by the Center for African American History
Join CAAH for 3 talks by NU Associate professor Barnor Hesse, looking at how 'racism' has been defined, disseminated, distorted, and disavowed by the West. And how historically, colonial practices of race governance became socially normalized despite the hegemonic liberal idea of racism as ideology and pathology. In part one, Dr. Hesse will address the questions: Did the West turn against racism during the 20th century? If so, why?

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: ITS RELEVANCE TO YOU
Feb. 6th at 6:00pm / Elder 1st Floor Lounge (2400 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by the Kemper & Elder Residence Life Staff
Is Black History Month still relevant? Why should it matter for people who don’t identify as Black? Join us for a discussion with Dr. Aldon Morris, Northwestern’s Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and affiliated faculty member in the department of African-American Studies, who will address these questions and more.

CHANGING YOUR MINDSET
Feb. 6th at 8:00pm / Conference Room, The Black House (1914 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by African American Student Affairs
AASA presents Dr. Adia Gooden of The Family Institute, who will present ideas based on the Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. This exciting and engaging program will show students how to move from a ‘fixed’ mindset, focusing on their limitations, to a ‘growth mindset’ focusing on personal development. Food will be provided. Don’t miss it!

“I DON’T KNOW IF I’M A FEMINIST, BUT…” DISCUSSION SERIES
Feb. 7th at 12:00pm / Women’s Center (2000 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by the Women’s Center
“…but, I believe in equal work for equal pay.” “…but, I want my voice to be heard.” Whether you’re a feminist or not, join us for a monthly brown bag lunch discussion of hot topics that pertain to women. A short article or video clips will be provided. Bring your lunch and your viewpoints!

ALICE MILLAR BIRTHDAY CONCERT: 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Feb. 9th
at 7:00pm / Alice Millar Chapel (1870 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by Northwestern University Chaplain, Alice Millar Chapel Choir & Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Alice Millar Chapel with this memorable concert featuring the glorious strains of Louis Vierne’s Marche Triomphale, Joseph Schwantner’s stirring composition New Morning for the World, based on texts of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the world premiere of Schwantner’s Chapel Music: Five Diverse Songs for Chorus and Orchestra. This event is free and open to the public.

NORTHWESTERN COMMUNITY ENSEMBLE PRESENTS: BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Feb. 10th at 6:00pm / Bobb-McCullouch 1st Floor Lounge (2305 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by Bobb-McCullouch Residence Life Staff
Bobb-McCulloch will host NU’s premiere gospel choir, the Northwestern Community Ensemble, for a performance of more traditional African-American arrangements. Following the performance, several volunteers from the choir will talk about why Black History Month is important to them and share personal experiences, as well as open up the floor for questions from residents. Please join us for this free event!

DINING WITH DYNAMOS: FEATURING KIMBERLY CREWS-GOODE
Feb. 11th at 6:00pm / John Evans Alumni Center (1800 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by the Women’s Center
Join the Women’s Center for its inaugural year of Dining with Dynamos, where we invite one alumna to have dinner with 15 female undergraduate students.  Eat, learn, ask questions, and be inspired.  February’s event features Kimberley Crews-Goode, Vice President of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Northwestern Mutual.  In 2012, Ms. Crews-Goode was selected as one of Savoy Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: DISCUSSION WITH MINKAH MAKALANI
Feb. 12th at 12:30pm / Kresge Hall, Room 2-425 (1880 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by the Center for African American History
In this volume, co-edited by Davarian Baldwin, the Harlem Renaissance “escapes from New York” into its proper global context. These essays recover the broader New Negro experience, and provide a lens through which to better understand capitalist developments, imperial expansions, and the formation of brave new worlds in the early twentieth century.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Feb. 12th, 4:00pm / Conference Room, The Black House (1914 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by CARE and the Department of Gender Studies
What role do sex, sexuality, and rape culture play in the fight for racial justice? Two undergraduates, Amrit Trewn and Kyra Jones, used their time at Northwestern to research this very question. In this round-table discussion, Trewn and Jones will present their findings on interracial sexuality and sexual violence in the Black community. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with CARE about how the findings are relevant to their work and what resources are available to students of color.

BITTERSWEET HARVEST: THE BRACERO PROGRAM 1942-1964
Feb. 15th to April 1st / Dittmar Gallery, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by Dittmar Gallery, the Latina and Latino Studies Program, and the Smithsonian
Currently on a national tour, this exhibit explores the little-known story of the Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Join us for the exhibit’s free opening reception on February 20th from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Dittmar Gallery.

42: FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Feb. 16th at 2:00pm / 1835 Hinman Lounge (1835 Hinman Avenue)
Sponsored by Residential Services
Residential Services presents the film 42, the 2013 biographical film about businessman, activist, and Baseball Hall of Famer, Jackie Robinson. After the film, there will be a discussion about Robinson’s life and legacy.

DO ELITE LAW SCHOOLS REPRODUCE RACISM?: AN EXAMINATION OF THE RACIAL STRUCTURE OF ELITE LAW SCHOOLS
Feb. 17th at 12pm-1:15pm / A
rthur Rubloff Building, Room 150
(375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago campus)
Law schools serve as gateway institutions into one of the most politically powerful social fields: the profession of law. There is also a growing tendency to view our major institutions in the United States as being more racially inclusive and less racist. A talk by sociologist, critical race theorist and lawyer Wendy Leo Moore, associate professor at Texas A&M University, will focus on how racial structures, racialized everyday practices and racial discourses actually function in law schools.

"MANY PATHS IN THE LAW: A BLACK PERSPECTIVE" PANEL DISCUSSION
Feb. 18th at 12:00pm-1:15pm / Arthur Rubloff Building, Room 150 (375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago campus)

Among other topics, panelists will discuss their career paths and challenges they face as persons of color navigating the legal profession. They will share advice with current law students and field questions from audience members. Panelists will include United States District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman; Administrative Law Judge Bennie Martin, a Northwestern alumnus; alumnus Joseph Q. McCoy, a partner with Bryan Cave LLP; and Bernard Gugar, general counsel for Harpo Studios.

MSA INC: FEATURING DR. ALEXANDER WEHELIYE
Feb. 19th at 12:00pm / Annenberg Hall G02 (2120 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by African American Student Affairs & the Department of African American Studies
Join AASA for the winter quarter instalment of our MSA INC speaker series, featuring Dr. Alexander Weheliye. A scholar of Black literature, critical theory, social technologies, and popular culture, Dr. Weheliye’s talk will focus on how technology is influencing and shaping contemporary R&B music. This free event includes a buffet style lunch. We hope you will join us!

SOUL FOOD LUNCH
Feb. 19th at 12:00pm-1:15pm / Arthur Rubloff Building, lower atrium (375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago campus
)
The Black Law Students Association will host its annual soul food lunch. Menu will include fried chicken, greens, macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler and cornbread. Cost is $5 per plate. Proceeds will go toward the Ann Prepare Lavni organization, whose mission is: “to make multilingual education available to the children in periphery regions of Haiti.”

3 CRITICAL BLACK HISTORY TALKS ON RACISM: PART TWO
Feb. 19th at 6:45pm / University Hall, Room 122 (1897 Sheridan Rd.)
Sponsored by the Center for African American History
Join CAAH for 3 talks by NU Associate professor Barnor Hesse, looking at how 'racism' has been defined, disseminated, distorted, and disavowed by the West. And how historically, colonial practices of race governance became socially normalized despite the hegemonic liberal idea of racism as ideology and pathology. In part two, Dr. Hesse will address the questions: What is the gospel of whiteness according to W.E.B. Du Bois? Why is whiteness politically everywhere but conventionally nowhere at the same time?

GOOD HAIR: FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Feb. 20th at 8:30pm / McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by Social Justice Committee of Norris University Center
Join us for a screening of Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary Good Hair, with a discussion immediately following. Our discussion will look further in to the concepts ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ hair; Western and American concepts of standards of beauty; and how the ways in which all women are portrayed in today’s media.

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: MOVING FROM ZERO-TOLERANCE TO RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Feb. 21st at 12:00pm-1:15pm /
Rubloff Building, Room 180
(375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago campus)
In recent decades, courts, communities and schools are returning to restorative methods to address family issues such as child guardianship; escalating violence in our schools and streets; reintegrating prisoners into their communities; making decisions about appropriate sentencing; and investigating the role of victims in the process. In each context, the same issues must be addressed: Who is involved? What are the needs of the parties? And what can be done to resolve the issues at hand? Speaker Robert A. Spicer, culture and climate specialist for Fenger High School, will discuss restorative justice in the context of zero tolerance policies in Chicago Public Schools.

INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW AMERICANS
Feb. 24th to Feb. 28th / NU Galleria, Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by Norris University Center
Get a special preview of Jason Patterson’s upcoming exhibit “The New Americans,” running April 4th through May 11th. Centered on a letter from a Freedman to His Old Master, this short exhibit will feature photographs of the portraits that reflect American cultural, political, social, and historical themes.

3 CRITICAL BLACK HISTORY TALKS ON RACISM: PART THREE
Feb. 26th at 6:45pm / University Hall, Room 122 (1897 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by the Center for African American History
Join CAAH for 3 talks by NU Associate professor Barnor Hesse, looking at how 'racism' has been defined, disseminated, distorted, and disavowed by the West. And how historically, colonial practices of race governance became socially normalized despite the hegemonic liberal idea of racism as ideology and pathology. In part three, Dr. Hesse will address the questions: Has the codification of race been mistaken for its constitution? How does the discourse of race obscure the practice of racial rule?

THE TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION
Feb. 26th at 7:00pm / Willard Hall (1865 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by Residential Services
The Tunnel of Oppression provides the opportunity to have an interactive experience with the injustices that students face on our campus and in society as a whole. Participants will be asked to look at their own privileges and examine how their personal experiences impact daily choices and their opinions of others. Topics such as racism, classism, sexism, poverty, and sexual orientation, are all examples of what may be featured in this event. For information on physical or wheelchair accessibility in to Willard, please contact janelle.love@northwestern.edu or derek.murakami@northwestern.edu by Feb. 19th.

FROM BRACEROS TO CIVIL RIGHTS: THE WORLD OF CESAR CHAVEZ
Feb. 27th at 5:00pm-6:30pm / Harris Hall 108 (1881 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by the Latina and Latino Studies Program       
Tracing the last years of the Bracero Program and the rise of a new farm worker movement in rural California after 1965, Dr. Stephen Pitti, Professor of History & American Studies at Yale University, will explore how activists debated the rights of Mexican field workers, sparking new cultural and institutional activism across the late-20th century.

A CONVERSATION WITH ALEX KOTLOWITZ & TA-NEHISI COATES, SENIOR EDITOR OF “THE ATLANTIC”
Feb. 27th at 6:00pm / 1st floor auditorium, Annie May Swift Hall (1920 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by the Center for the Writing Arts
CWA Writer in Resident, Alex Kotlowitz, holds this annual event with a special guest to discuss the art of storytelling. This winter he talks with the extraordinary writer Ta-nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Don’t miss it!

SEXING THE COAST: LANDSCAPE, RACIALIZED FEMININITY, AND EMBODIMENT IN NICARAGUAN ART & LITERATURE
Feb. 28th at 12:30pm / Kresge Hall, Room 2-425 (1880 Campus Drive)
Sponsored by the Center for African-American History & the Afro Latin@ Working Group
Dr. Courtney Desiree Morris of Rice University will discusses her paper “Sexing the Coast,” which examines how the politics of place, corporeality, racialized desire, and anti-Black racism converge in discursive representations of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua as a sexualized and feminized landscape.

ANNUAL LEON FORREST LECTURE: FEATURING LYDIA DIAMOND
March 5th at 4:30pm / Harris Hall Rm. 107 (1881 Sheridan Road)
Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, the Weinberg Office of the Dean, and the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association
Don’t miss this annual lecture honoring Leon Forrest, the acclaimed novelist and scholar who taught at NU for over two decades. This year’s speaker will be award-winning playwright and NU alumna, Lydia Diamond. Diamond’s works include Voyeurs de Venus, Broadway’s Stick Fly, and The Bluest Eye, an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel. For more information on the Leon Forrest Lecture, visit afam.northwestern.edu.