** Black History Month 2018 **

Black History: Reclaiming Our Voices

Calendar of Events

February 1, 2018
Black Cultural Center
Community Discussion: What does Black History Month Mean to Us?
The Black Cultural Center Intern staff will host a community discussion that investigates personal, cultural and societal influences that impact individual perceptions of Black History month.

February 2, 2018 
4:30pm - 7:00pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Room (LPAC) 101 Cinema
The Black Magic of Living-Thomas DeFrantz Public Conversation
A Cooper Series Opening Event  

Artist-scholars Thomas DeFrantz and Ni'Ja Whitson present dance works in response to the poetry of Jean Toomer and Marlon.  This series will include master classes in contemporary dance vocabularies and discussions with the campus community around historical and futuristic renderings of black contemporary performance. 

February 2, 2018

7:00 pm
Black Cultural Center
Movie Night - "Do the Right Thing", directed by Spike Lee
Overview: On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and build until it explodes into violence.

February 7, 2018 
7:00pm  - 8:30pm 
Science Center 101
Truth-Seeing in an Age of Tribalism:  Lessons from the Flint Water Crisis and its Aftermath
Marc Edwards is the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research group aspires to pursue science as a public good, through laboratory work on practically important but underfunded topics such as corrosion in buildings and opportunistic premise-plumbing pathogens-that work laid the groundwork for investigative science uncovering the 2014-2016 Flint Water Disaster. 

February 9, 2018

7:00 pm 

Black Cultural Center
Movie Night - Pariah, directed by Dee Rees
Overview: A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

February 10, 2018
Olde Club 
And Still We Rise 
Open Mic with BCC Interns & OASIS

Members of the Swarthmore community will perform spoken word, dance and song in recognition of the Black Experience in America.  

February 21, 2018
4:15-pm - 5:45pm
Kohlberg, Scheuer Room
Poetry in Context: Encuentros with Dr. Eve L. Ewing
In this encuentro (encounter/finding), poet/writer/activist Dr. Eve L. Ewing will read several poems from her book Electric Arches (Haymarket Press 2017) as well as other work, while also drawing on her knowledge and work as a sociologist to make connections to topics in race, history, gender, and current events. More than just a poetry performance or an academic lecture, this format brings together art and society for an engaging experience. Participants will learn the deeper story behind many of the poems in the book, and will come away with new understandings of social justice topics through creative expression.

Sponsors: Department of Educational Studies, Department of English, Black Cultural Center and Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

February 22, 2018
Bond Memorial Hall
Lecture by Kwame Edwin -  Our Normative Collusions and Amphibious Evasions :
The Contested Politics of Queer Self-Making in Neoliberal Ghana

February 23, 2018
7:00 pm 

Black Cultural Center
Movie Night - Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, directed by Byron Hurt
Overview: This documentary provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture.

February 24, 2018
7:00 - 10:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Upper Tarble
Black Love Formal 

The Black Love Formal is a yearly event that celebrates the Tri-College Black communities. The theme this year is "An Ode to Black...", which serves to highlight various facets of Black identity. The night's program will be dedicated to Black Womanhood, Black Art, Black Expression and Black Spirituality. The dinner will feature performances, both from students of Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges and other performers outside of Tri-Co.

Sponsors: Swarthmore African American Student Society,  Office of Student Engagement, Black Cultural Center, Department of English

February 26, 2018
4:15pm - 5:45:pm
Black Cultural Center
Lecture by Vanessa Julye ( co-author of _Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship)
Discussion about the history of the relationship between African Americans and Quakers 

February 28, 2018
Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
Direct Action and Affirming Queerness in the Black Community

"A discussion about the core principles of BYP100 and Direct Action. BYP100 is National, member-based organization of Black 18-35 year old activists and organizers, who work on building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens."

Sponsors: Black Cultural Center, Intercultural Center