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Variety of Events Planned for Black History Month

January 23, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- In honor of Black History Month, Northwestern University has scheduled a variety of events during January, February and March.

Northwestern's celebration will include lectures, musical and theatrical events, a photography exhibition, documentary screening and African mask-making workshops.

The following Evanston campus events are free, unless noted, and open to the public:

Harambee, “Let's Pull Together,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, in the Louis Room of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, will mark the beginning of Black History Month with food, jazz, art and theater performances.

The Evening Dialogue Series with Nitasha Sharma, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, African American Student Affairs, 1914 Sheridan Road, will feature a discussion on why some Asian Americans use black popular culture to express their alliances with blacks as people of color. The lecture will highlight the political possibilities of “hip hop” culture for forging inter-racial alliances across the color line. Sharma is assistant professor of African-American Studies at Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

“The Art of UTRIBE, Mask-Making Workshop,” 4 to 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, Norris University Center underground, ARTica Studios. Mitch Melson Jr., founder of UTRIBE, will conduct two individual African mask-making workshops using 21st century concepts and recyclable materials. UTRIBE is “an artistic approach to remembering the past, knowing the present and implying the future.” The fee per workshop is $5, and includes all materials and light refreshments. To register, call the Norris Mini Course Office at (847) 467-7112.

The award-winning documentary “The Murder of Emmett Till” will be screened at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Fisk Hall, 1845 Sheridan Road during this Black History Month Keynote event. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the film's coordinating producer and Medill alumna Laurens Grant.

The Imani Winds will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place. This Grammy-nominated multicultural wind quintet mixes European, African, Latin American and American traditions to highlight the culture and heritage of the African Diaspora. Formed in 1997 by musicians Monica Ellis, Jeff Scott, Mariam Adam, Toyin Spellman-Diaz and Varlerie Coleman, Imani -- meaning “faith” in Swahili -- explores the musical links between diverse cultures. The ensemble will hold a free master class at 11 a.m. Feb. 10 at Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive. Tickets for the evening concert at Lutkin Hall are $8.50 for the general public; $7 for senior citizens; and $4 for full-time students. To order tickets by phone, call Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at (847) 467-4000.

The exhibition “Stories of the City,” by the Sixth Street Photography Workshop, opens Wednesday, Feb. 14 and continues through Friday, March 16, at the Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Norris University Center. It will feature a collection of photography from San Francisco's “Skid Row,” as well as Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods. The photos were taken by members of these communities and illustrate the creative style and the story of those surviving the city's impoverished conditions. An opening reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail dittmargallery@northwestern.edu.

For updated information about these and other Black History Month events visit the African American Student Affairs Web site at <http://www.northwestern.edu/aasa/calendar.html>; or check the bi-weekly Northwestern Observer events calendar; or visit the University's Plan-It Purple Web site at <www.planitpurple.northwestern.edu>.

Topics: Campus Life