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Being Bipolar in a Polarized World, An Exhibit by Artist Kelly Mathews

Sept. 16 - Oct. 20 | Dittmar Gallery, Norris University Center

More info here.

This exhibit created by Chicago artist Kelly Mathews, exemplifies how the personal is political within the context of art. Having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, after years of destructive behavior, Mathews understands the meaning of the “edge” and often steps close to it when creating art, resulting in bold and fearless work.

Sponsored by: Dittmar Gallery

The Story of Ka Makana o' ka, An Exhibit by Trotter Alexander

Oct. 27 - Dec. 7 | Dittmar Gallery, Norris University Center 

The Story of Ka Makana o’ ka is an exhibit about a boy from Chicago going into a new world of Hawaii, experiencing numerous different lifestyles, vegetation, and people. Artist Trotter Alexander’s works addresses topics such as drug use, depression, infatuation, self-hate/love, racial identity, existentialism, and insanity.

Sponsored by: Dittmar Gallery

Freedom for Everyone: Slavery and Abolition in 19th Century America

Fall Qtr | Deering Library, lobby

More info here.

Juneteenth marks a momentous celebration — the end of American slavery — but it was not the end of the story about Black Americans’ struggle for freedom and equality.

Sponsored by: Deering Library 

One Book One Northwestern 2022–23: How the Word Is Passed

2022 - 23 Academic Year | Block Museum of Art online  gallery.

This selection of artworks from The Block’s collection adds to the conversation by highlighting artists who use different strategies to reckon with the history of slavery, white supremacy, symbols of nationhood, and social inequity.

 Sponsored by: The Block Museum of Art

Fall Quarter

Gallery Talk: How the Word is Passed

Oct. 8 | 11:00 AM | Block Museum of Art

RSVP here.

 Join Block Museum curator Janet Dees for a gallery talk closely considering two works from the Block’s collection that explore the legacy of slavery. Dees is the Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Block Museum of Art, and curator of Winter–Spring 2022 Block exhibition A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence.

Sponsored by: The Block Museum of Art

Performance: Mendi + Keith Obadike — Numbers Station 2 [Red Record]

Oct. 8 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Wirtz Center for Performing Arts

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In this piece, artists Mendi + Keith Obadike sonify data from Ida B. Wells’ 1895 publication, The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States, with chants and sounds generated from the dates of lynching contained in Wells’ text.

Sponsored by: The Block Museum of Art

Beyoncé Mass

Oct. 9 | 5:00 PM | Cahn Auditorium

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The “Beyoncé Mass,” a groundbreaking Christian worship service, features Beyonce’s music that celebrates the spirituality of Black women. Created and curated by Rev. Yolanda Norton, the worship service uses the music and life of Beyoncé as a tool to cultivate an empowering conversation about Black women and create an experience of story, scripture, and song that calls for the liberation of all people.

Sponsored by: Religious & Spiritual Life

Gays and Gospel

Oct. 11 | 7:00 PM |  Alice Millar Chapel

Dean E. Patrick Johnson and Assistant Professor of Instruction, Kent R. Brooks take audiences on a journey from gospel music’s roots to the contemporary moment, acknowledging how Black queer artists helped shape a musical genre that transformed the world.

Sponsored by: Religious & Spiritual Life

Northwestern Day at the Art Institute

Oct 14. | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | 111 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL

More info here.

Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and their guests enjoy free admission to the Art Institute. More information about Northwestern’s museum partnerships available in the ‘students’ section of the SOA website.

Sponsored by: Student Organizations & Activities

Author Clint Smith in conversation with History Professor Leslie Harris

Oct. 18 | 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Lurie, 303 E. Superior St., Hughes Auditorium, Lurie 1-133
Oct. 18 | 5:00 PM | Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Register for the Chicago event here, and the Evanston event here.

Please join us on the Chicago and Evanston campuses for the One Book keynote with Clint Smith author of How the Word is Passed. He will be joined in conversation with One Book faculty chair and History professor Leslie Harris.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern

Social Justice Tour of Northwestern University

Oct. 20 | 3:30 PM | The Weber Arch

Meet in front of Weber Arch.

Join us for a live sample selection from three existing GPS-guided audio walking tours: The Indigenous, Black Experience, and Feminist Campus tours. 

Sponsored by: Native American and Indigenous Affairs, University Libraries, and the Women’s Center

Remembering Illinois’s Early Black History

Oct. 20 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | Dittmar Gallery

Reigster here.

History professor Kate Masur will discuss the little-known history of African Americans in Illinois in the 1840s-1860s, highlighting the work of the Northwestern-based team that developed the website: Black Organizing in Pre-Civil War Illinois: Creating Community, Demanding Justice. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern and Dittmar Gallery

Civic Love: An Interfaith Conversation about Racial Equity in Evanston

Oct. 25 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Parkes Hall 122

This program features snacks, community building, and an opportunity to learn from local leaders doing justice and equity work grounded in spirituality. Students of all backgrounds and identities are invited to this inclusive space.

Sponsored by: Northwestern Leadership Development & Community Engagement and Religious & Spiritual Life

Kelvin Haizel (BAC Artist-in-Residence) Artist Talk

Oct. 28 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | University Hall 201

Please join us for a presentation by Kelvin Haizel, one of the BAC’s 2022 Artists-in-Residence. A photographer from Ghana, Kelvin will discuss his practice and recent work about cartography and photography in representing Africa. Please don’t hesitate to reach out at should you have any questions.

Sponsored by: Black Arts Consortium

An Evening with Universes

Oct. 28 | 7:00 PM | Abbott Hall, Downtown campus

Writers and performers Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, founders of the award-winning theatre company Universes, fuse poetry, theatre, music and dance to tell stories of struggle, resistance, and the power of collective action.

Sponsored by: School of Communication

Understanding the Historic Evanston Black Community

Oct. 29 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration required, sign up here

This tour will showcase the history and movement of the Black community in Evanston from 1900 to present day to reveal a pattern that resembles what we have seen in the greater historical narrative that has affected the Evanston community we know today.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern

Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration

In the spirit of healing, the Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA), Multicultural Students Affairs (MSA), Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), and the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) invites our community to reflect on Northwestern's role in supporting the healing efforts of Cheyenne and Arapaho communities.

This is a 3-part series to learn about the massacre and Northwestern’s place in this history. These events are free and open to the campus community. Join us in one or all three events. See the three Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration events below.

A Conversation with Linda Villarosa, Author of Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism in American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation

Nov. 1 | 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM | Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, Hughes Auditorium

Register here.

Author Linda Villarosa will be in conversation with Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, about her new book release. The discussion will focus on the intersection of race and health and its impact on American lives. 

Sponsored by: Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) and Office of Diversity & Inclusion 

Have Confidence in the Sea: Archaeologies of Marronage

Nov. 1 | 12:30 PM | Crowe Hall 1-132

In this talk, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Justin Dunnavant discusses how archaeology has contributed to our understanding of marronage in the Atlantic world.

Sponsored by: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Renberg Forum presents Linda Villarosa and Steven Thrasher in Conversation with Dean Charles Whittaker

Nov. 1 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM | McCormick Foundation Forum

The authors of the recent books Under the Skin and The Viral Underclass talk about covering HIV, Covid-19, race and LGBTQ health.

Sponsored by: Medill School of Journalism

Contemplative Care for Racial Justice Educators: Tending to the Body, Heart, and Mind

Nov. 2 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Online

Register here.

Processing the visceral content and reverberating implications of NU’s common read, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning of Slavery Across America, can be challenging on psychosomatic levels. We invite racial justice educators to come together as a community to engage in contemplative mind-body practices and to explore trauma-informed pedagogical perspectives that can restore bandwidth and empower learning. This two-part workshop series will center bodily awareness, evidence-informed practices, and social connection, which are powerful tools for sustaining our personal and collective efforts towards racial justice both inside and outside of the classroom.

Sponsored by the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching; Facilitated by Veronica Womack, Associate Director of Inclusive Learning Communities, and Jennifer Keys, Senior Director; and Inspired by Resmaa Menakem’s (2021) "My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies"

Accounting for Slavery: a history of management practices

Nov. 2 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Kellogg Global Hub, White Auditorium

Caitlin Rosenthal (UC Berkeley), will give remarks about her book Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management, which shows how the development of modern management and accounting practices find their origins in slavery. These remarks will be followed by a conversation between Dr. Rosenthal and faculty member Dr. Ivy Onyeador from Kellogg’s Management and Organizations Department, a question and answer session with the audience, and a reception with the speaker and the audience members.

Sponsored by: Kellogg Management and Organizations, Dispute Resolution Resource Center, History Department, Economics Department

“Freedom for Everyone: Slavery & Abolition in 19th Century America,” Exhibit Lecture

Nov. 2 | 5:00 PM | Deering Library room 208

Register here.

Join the Library staff and PhD student curator Marquis Taylor in a discussion of its exhibition “Freedom for Everyone: Slavery & Abolition in 19th Century America,” currently on view in the Deering lobby.

Sponsored by: Northwestern University Libraries

Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration - Film Screening and Discussion

Nov. 3 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Pick-Laudati Auditorium, The Block Museum

RSVP here.

In this first of three part commemoration series, we will be viewing Only the Mountains, a 12-minute film about Sand Creek commissioned by Northwestern, followed by facilitated discussion by Medill Professors Reynaldo A. Morales Cardenas and Patty Loew.

Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith, directed by Neel Keller

Nov. 3 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM | Wirtz Center for Performing Arts, Wirtz 201 — the Clare, Lu 'n' Em Theater

Register here.

Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts will host a screening of Until the Flood, written and performed by Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated performer Dael Orlandersmith in a Rattlestick Theatre Production.The screening will be followed by a conversation with Dael Orlandersmith.

Sponsored by: School of Communication

Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration - Indigenous Art Making

Nov. 10 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Deering Library, Room 208

RSVP here.

We will be making tobacco ties, painted birch bark pins, and a banner that will be used for the Procession planned for November 17, 2022.

The Allison Davis Lecture: Professor Joy James presents “In Pursuit of Revolutionary Love

Nov. 10 | 5:00 PM | Guild Lounge

U.S. law and society—born of slavery and continued through predatory politics and democracy—create subjects who are captive but also poised to rupture the continuum. In this talk, Dr. James asks the question: What if the most hopeful people are those without hope in the system? Through that unfounded hope and a politics of revolutionary love, they are the ones who may breach the system, and leave a trail to follow.

Sponsored by: Department of African American Studies

"Bicentennial Black: Diana Ross, Black History, and the Spirit of 1976": a talk by Scott Poulson-Bryant (Univ. of Michigan)

Nov. 11 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | University Hall 201

Join the Black Arts Consortium for a talk by author and music scholar Scott Poulson-Bryant. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to should you have any questions.

Sponsored by: Black Arts Consortium

Earthseed Family Archive Project

Nov. 15 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM |  Virtual

This Earthseed Showcase is an offering from members of the Earthseed Black Family Archive Project, a national cohort of black changemakers and cultural workers who spent a year delving into their collective and family history. Join Earthseed founder and 2021-2022 Women’s Center Feminist in Residence Fellow JeShawna Wholley, and members of the 2021-2022 cohort, for a screening of showcase shorts and conversation with the artists who created them.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern, The Women’s Center, History department, Department of African American Studies

Civic Love: An Interfaith Conversation about Housing & Hunger in Evanston

Nov. 15 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Parkes Hall 122

This program features snacks, community building, and an opportunity to learn from local leaders doing justice and equity work grounded in spirituality. Students of all faith traditions and secular backgrounds are invited to this inclusive space.

Sponsored by: Northwestern Leadership Development & Community Engagement and Religious & Spiritual Life

"Let the Little Light Shine" Film Screening and Director Discussion

The American Studies Program will screen an exciting new documentary, “Let the Little Light Shine.”  You are cordially invited to view the film and meet the director for a post-screening discussion. This event is hosted by Professor Kevin Boyle (History).

The film tells the story of the grassroots campaign to save a South Loop K-8 school with an overwhelmingly Black student body from the forces of gentrification.  “Let the Little Light Shine” is a “propulsive” film, says the LA TimesThe Guardian calls it “riveting.” And the Chicago Tribune reports that at its premier earlier this year “it tore the roof clean off three different theaters.” The filmmaker, Kevin Shaw, will be joining us for a post-screening discussion.

Sponsored by: Northwestern American Studies Program

Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration - Procession & Fire

Nov. 17 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Evans Alumni Center

RSVP here.

Meet in front of the John Evans Alumni Center (1800 Sheridan Road) for remarks and then head 300ft west down Clark St to meet the group outside of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research House (515 Clark Street).

We will walk about 0.7 miles and end at the CNAIR house at 515 Clark Street for a fire, reflection, and warm drinks. Weather can be unpredictable during this time of year, so please plan accordingly. There are no stairs along the walking route, and it follows a paved concrete path, however, the route ends on a lawn with grass and some uneven ground. 

Sponsored by: Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

"Exhibiting Blackness: Anthropology, Museums, and the Persistent Western Imagination": a talk by Monique R. Scott

Dec. 2 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | University Hall 201

Join us for a talk by curator, anthropologist, and scholar Monique R. Scott. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to should you have any questions.

Sponsored by: Black Arts Consortium

Winter Quarter

Photo Contest Deadline

Jan. 13 | Submit  here.

Submit an image of a monument or memorial—statues, plaques, markers, and place names that commemorate people and events in your community—with a short paragraph that answers these questions: Why is it important, when was it created and who decided to commemorate the person, place, or thing? The image should inspire, enlighten, or awe the audience. Only undergraduate and graduate students may participate.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern