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Black History Month

Dance performance

2007 Calendar of Events

We Refused to Leave Our Children Behind
DATE: February 1 @ 7:00pm
LOCATION: Science Center 101
DESCRIPTION: Sandra Jowers, a historian from the University of the District of Columbia will present a lecture titled "We Refused to Leave Our Children Behind: Miller versus Board of Education of the District of Columbia." Her talk will focus on race and disability, specifically the black deaf. Sponsored by Black Studies, Linguistics and the Intercultural Center.
Dreaming The Dark
DATE: February 6th @ 5:30pm (light supper), 6:00-8:00pm (program, free to all)
DESCRIPTION: Starhawk, activist and author, plunges into mass protest movements, bringing the ancient wisdom of Wicca and alternative forms of energy. This event is the second in a three-part series at Swarthmore College focused on loosening cultural obstacles in acting for social justice. This event is co-sponsored by the Lang Center, the Black Cultural Center, and the Intercultural Center.
When the Levees Broke (Part 1)
DATE: February 8th @ 7pm
DECRIPTION: As the world watched in horror, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television news, director Spike Lee was shocked not only by the scale of the disaster, but by the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery effort. Lee was moved to document this modern American tragedy, a morality play witnessed by people all around the world. The film is structured in four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans. Sponsored by SASS and the Forum for Free Speech.
Young Black Activist Voices
DATE: February 14th @ 5:30pm (light supper), 6:00-8:00 pm (program, free to all)
LOCATION: Scheuer Room
DECRIPTION: A panel (Daniel Hunter, Kimberly Murray, and Martin Wiley) will report good news from their experiments in loosening cultural obstacles. This panel is part three of a three-part series at Swarthmore College focused on loosening cultural obstacles in acting for social justice. This event is co-sponsored by the Lang Center, the Black Cultural Center, and the Intercultural Center.
When the Levees Broke (Part 2)
DATE: February 15th @ 7pm
DESCRIPTION: Showing part 2 of the film When the Levees Broke.
"Men Jaro" - an African Dance
DATE: February 16th @ 8pm
LOCATION: Pearson-Hall Theater
DESCRIPTION: Vincent Mantsoe, the award-winning South African dancer and choreographer, shares the stage with an international ensemble of dancers. Drawing upon the unique heritage of each performer, Men-Jaro explores relationships between cultures and, in particular, dance forms, infusing contemporary dance with traditional tribal movement, ritual, and music. Sponsored by the Department of Music and Dance, the Black Cultural Center, and the William J. Cooper Foundation.
Radicals in Black & Brown
DATE: February 22th @ 4:30pm
LOCATION: Science Center 101
DESCRIPTION: Johanna Fernandez, a historian from Carnegie Mellon University will present a lecture titled "Radicals in Black & Brown: Of Young Lords, Black Panthers, and the Social and Economic Roots of Late Sixties Radicalism." Her talk will focus on race and coalitions built between Blacks and Latinos in the Freedom Struggle. Sponsored by Black Studies and the Intercultural Center.
The Stanley Cowell Trio
DATE: February 24 @ 7:30pm
LOCATION: Lang Concert Hall
DESCRIPTION: Stanley Cowell is a pianist, composer and tenured professor at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Department of Music. In 1972 he organized the Piano Choir, a group of seven esteemed New York-based keyboardists. He became a founding member of the Collective Black Artists, Inc., a non-profit company devoted to bringing African-American music and musicians to the public. He established his reputation as a versatile and sensitive pianist/composer, performing and recording with Sonny Rollins, Clifford Jordan, Oliver Nelson, Donald Byrd, and many more great musical artists. Mr. Cowell's performance will include "Civil Rights Music and Jazz," musical presentation and discussion. Light refreshments will follow the concert. Sponsored by the Black Cultural Center.
James Mtume
DATE: February 27 @ 7PM
DESCRIPTION: James Mtume a master producer, songwriter, and musician, penned such classic hits as "Sweet Sensation," "Never Knew Love Like This Before," and "The Closer I Get to You" will speak on a wide array of issues which include HIV and AIDS in the Black Community, Hip-Hop music, its message, and its ability to inform social change. He will also talk about his recent trip to Cuba with Minister Louis Farrakhan, and answer questions posed by the audience. Sponsored by SASS and the Forum for Free Speech.