Past Institutes

Spring 2007 Theme: An Orientation to the Black World

The purpose of this workshop is to explore some of the historical and social elements that have impacted the Africana world; to explore issues associated with working in The Black Community; to explore some of the solutions proposed to "fix" the community; and to establish some common understandings and language around Africana people and their experience.

Schedule: An Orientation to the Black World

Meetings will be held from February 5th through March 19th on Monday afternoons from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. All sessions will take place in the BCC classroom.

February 5th - The impact of oppression upon African People

February 12th - World Views at War

February 19th - African Cultural Values

February 26th - Who and what are we trying to fix?

March 5th - Major Black Social Ideas

March 19th - Solutions to the Black problem

Facilitator: An Orientation to the Black World

This workshop is facilitated by Tim Sams, Assistant Dean and Black Cultural Center Director


Spring 2007 Theme: Wielding Words, A Writers' Workshop

Africana scholars and writers, across genres and generations, have recognized, embraced, and engaged language as a site of struggle. W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, Audre Lorde, and countless others have discussed the role of language in the oppression and liberation of people of African descent. In Wielding Words, students will consider the contributions of these authors, then turn their attention to their personal development as writers.

This workshop has several objectives:

  • Examine the role of language in the Africana struggle for freedom
  • Develop students' writing skills
  • Help students to better understand themselves as writers

Wielding Words will consist of true working sessions. After examining the writing of an esteemed Africana writer, students will focus on a specific area of writing, practice this skill, and receive feedback on their performance from peers and the instructor.

Schedule: Wielding Words, A Writers' Workshop

Meetings will be held from March 22nd through April 26th on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. All sessions will take place in the BCC classroom.

March 22nd -- W. E. B. Du Bois and the Purpose(s) of Writing

March 29th -- Decolonizing Language: Frantz Fanon and Language as a Site of Struggle

April 5th -- Argument Construction I: Reiland Rabaka and Riveting the Reader

April 12th -- Argument Construction II: Maisha Fisher and Compelling Cases

April 19th -- Argument Construction III: Audre Lorde and the Art of the Essay

April 26th -- Wielding Words: Reflections on Writing as a Liberatory Practice

Facilitator: Wielding Words, A Writers' Workshop

Kristine S. Lewis, Ph.D.
kslewis71@yahoo.com

Kristine S. Lewis is Assistant Professor of Multicultural and Urban Education in the School of Education at Drexel University. She earned a Ph.D. in Urban Education from Temple University, and a M.A. in the Foundations of Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. A recipient of the Spencer Foundation Fellowship for Research related to Education, her dissertation explored the complex roles of a black campus community in the experiences of African American undergraduate students at a small, predominantly white, liberal arts college. Her scholarly research interests include student activism, college student development, and race and ethnicity in higher education.