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Northwestern Announces Black History Month Events

Northwestern's Black History Month celebration includes lectures, a cultural show, art exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, panel discussions, and a commemorative event that will honor the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.

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February 1, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University's Black History Month celebration kicked off with "Harambee" ("Let's Pull Together"). The Evanston campus ceremony that took place at Norris University Center Jan. 27 featured food, hip-hop, jazz, art, theater performances, beauty and spirituality events, all sponsored by Northwestern's Office of African American Student Affairs.

Upcoming programs include lectures, a cultural show, art exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, panel discussions, and a commemorative event that will honor the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Below are highlights. Events are free, unless noted, and open to the public.

Evanston campus:

BGSA Fireside: "Elections 2008," 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, The House, 1914 Sheridan Rd. The discussion is sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA).

"Nobody Never Gets to Heaven and Nobody Gets No Land," an exhibition of artworks by Heather Marie Davis-Jones, Feb. 14 through March 20, Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive. Davis-Jones' work addresses how people are defined and self-define -- by their culture, their country or their skin color -- and is a result of internal family racism, reactionary revolutions, interracial relationships and miscegenation. An opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, is free and open to the public.

"Spunk," Feb. 15 through 24, Ethel M. Barber Theatre, 30 Arts Circle Drive. Tony Award-winning playwright George C. Wolfe's "Spunk" blends dance movement with music and the spoken word to bring to life three folk tales written by celebrated anthropologist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston. The stage production showcases the rhythms and color of African-American speech and life through musical narration. Tickets are $10 to $25. For tickets, call (847) 491-7282 or visit http://www.tic.northwestern.edu/tickets.html.

African Students' Association (ASA) Cultural Show, 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center. The cultural show will follow the theme of "Africa: The Next Generation" and will highlight African traditional culture through song, dance, drumming, fashion and drama. Free tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event. A food reception will follow.

"Black Athletes & The Media" panel discussion, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, The House, 1914 Sheridan Road. The discussion will involve members of the Chicago sports media, local athletes and Northwestern students. The event is sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Northwestern's Black Student Athlete Association and African American Student Affairs.

Northwestern Community Ensemble (NCE) Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. The concert will feature special guest gospel artists, local gospel choirs and the Northwestern Community Ensemble, a multicultural campus ensemble founded in 1971 that sings anthems, spirituals, hymn arrangements and traditional and contemporary gospel, praise and worship songs. Free tickets will be available at the door.

For more information on these and other Evanston campus events visit http://www.northwestern.edu/aasa.

Chicago campus:

"Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons" exhibition, Feb. 1 through March 14, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center Atrium, 303 E. Superior; and March 14 through April 28, Galter Pavilion of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 201 E. Huron St. This touring exhibition celebrates the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education. It tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of younger physicians and surgeons. The exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. An online Web version of the exhibition is at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/aframsurgeons.

Northwestern University's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host a series of informative panels and discussions throughout February. For more information on BLSA programs listed below visit http://www.law.northwestern.edu/blsa or e-mail blsa@law.northwestern.edu.

Keynote address by Roland S. Martin, host of "The Roland S. Martin Show" on radio station WVON-AM (1690), noon, Monday, Feb. 4, Arthur Rubloff Building, Room 140, 375 E. Chicago Ave.

"Financial Freedom -- The Keys to Unlocking Your Future," noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, Rubloff Building, Room 140.

Black History Quiz Bowl, noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, Rubloff Building, Room 175.

"The Many Faces of HIV and AIDS: A Phenomenon Sweeping the African-American Female Population," noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, Robert McCormick Hall, Strawn Hall, Room 195, 350 E. Superior St.

"What Success Looks Like: African-American Prominence in Chicago," noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Rubloff Building, Room 150.

Harold Washington Commemorative Celebration, 6:15 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, American Bar Association Center, 8th floor, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive.