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Black History Month Celebration Begins

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February 1, 2005

Northwestern University has scheduled a variety of programs during February and March in honor of Black History Month.

The African American Student Affairs office theme is “Black Movements, Looking Back While Reaching Forward.”

The celebration includes an art exhibition, lectures by academics, religious scholars, Northwestern doctoral students and guest speakers as well as discussions, a craft workshop and choral, dance and theatrical performances that encourage thought, reflection and action.

Most of the activities are free and open to the public and will be held on the Evanston campus, as noted below.

“Afro-Modernity: African Diaspora and African Identity in the Modern Era,” 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, African American Student Affairs. Michael Hanchard, professor of political science in Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss some key texts of Western political and social theory as they relate to political and cultural mobilization of African

“The Art of UTRIBE-Mask Making Workshop,” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, ARTica Studios, Norris University Center. Mitch Melson Jr., founder of UTRIBE, an artistic approach to remember the past, know the present and imply the future, will conduct a workshop to teach the craft of mask making by exploring 21st century ideas and concepts that demonstrate the value of recycling. Admission is free. For a reservation, call (847) 491-2344.

Diversity Symposium, “A Leader’s Perspective,” 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, through Thursday, Feb. 17. Workshop topics include “Coming Together: Taking Your Group’s Diversity to the Next Level,” Monday, Feb. 14, Ohio Room; “Who Are You? A Look At Your Identity,” Tuesday, Feb. 15, Purdue Room B; “Your Role in Our World: Your Relationship with Your Environment,” Wednesday, Feb. 16, Ohio Room; and “True ACTivism: A History and Discussion in Activism at Northwestern,” Thursday, Feb. 17, Purdue Room B. For more information, e-mail c-popovich@northwestern.edu or call (847) 467-6200.

“Out Da Box,” 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17; 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18; and 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Shanley Pavilion. The African American Theatre Ensemble sponsors this student comedy show. Tickets are $5 for Northwestern students, faculty and staff; $7 general admission. Tickets will be sold at the door prior to each performance.

“Black Student Movements and the 1968 Takeover of the Office of the Bursar at Northwestern University,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, African American Student Affairs. Guest speaker James Turner, professor of African American Studies, Cornell University, will discuss the black student movements of the 1960s. Admission is free.

“Life with Margaret,” A Collection of Paintings and Other Works by Margaret Burroughs, Feb. 17 through March 27, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. The exhibition celebrates the creative dedication of Margaret Burroughs, co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. An opening reception that is free and open to the public will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

Women’s Chorus: “Bridge to Africa,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, Lutkin Hall. The Northwestern University Women’s Chorus will perform music from the worldwide African diaspora. The program includes Pablo Casal’s “Nigra Sum;” traditional African folk selections sung in Zulu and Xosa; obscure baroque from New World composers; music from the Caribbean; American spirituals; a new arrangement of “Witness” and “Walkin’ ‘Round Heaven;” and a gospel arrangement of “Go Where I Send Thee.” Tickets are $3.50 to $6.50. To order tickets by phone, call (847) 467-4000.

“African Americans and the Media,” 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, African American Student Affairs. The guest speaker is newscaster Art Norman, co-anchor of NBC5 News at 11 a.m. Norman’s talk will focus on the African-American contribution to the fabric and fiber of the United States which includes the strides made by blacks in the field of journalism. Admission is free and open to the public.

Café Noir presents “The Poets of Revolution,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. The African American Theatre Ensemble blends today’s urban poetry with the revolutionary prose of the black poets of the 1960s and 1970s producing energetic and upbeat live performances. Admission is free.

“Girlfriends Today,” 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3, McCormick Tribune Center. Guest speaker Mara Brock Akil, creator and executive producer of the UPN series “Girlfriends,” will discuss her development of the popular television show as well as contemporary issues relevant to African American women.

Northwestern Community Ensemble Winter Concert, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Cahn Auditorium. This year’s annual concert will feature renowned recording artists including a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer. Admission is free.

For updated information on these and other events, go to the calendar posted on the African American Student Affairs Web page at <www.northwestern.edu/aasa/>.