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W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois

Praise Song for the Everyday 

Presentation by Dr. Joshua Bennett
February 18, 2021 @ 7:00 PM 
Virtual Event

Poet and professor Joshua Bennett will share original work from his first three collections of poems—The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016), Owed (Penguin, 2020) and forthcoming The Study of Human Life (Penguin, 2022)— while also offering reflections on the art of storytelling, the history of Black poetic practice in the United States, and the future possibilities of the art forms that African Americans have created towards the end of imagining, and inaugurating, another world.   In 2009 Professor Bennett was a featured poet at President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. Joshua Bennett  is the Mellon Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth College. Sponsored  by the Black Cultural Center and Black Studies Program.

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An Evening with Garrett Bradley, Director of TIME

February 22, 2021 @ 7:00pm
Virtual Event

New Orleans based filmmaker and photographer Garrett Bradley will discuss her profoundly moving feature documentary, TIME, in which she delicately captures one family’s milestones and everyday joys as they fight to free their father from prison.  With TIME, Bradley won the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award and the 2021 International Documentary Association Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award. Moderated by Swarthmore Professor Nina Johnson. The film is currently screening on Amazon Prime and will be streamed through the Bryn Mawr Film Institute the weekend before the event. Sponsored  by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College, the Department of Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College, and the Film Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College. This event is free and open to the public.

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Conversation on Higher Education, Racism and Interdisciplinary Knowledge

With Katherine McKittrick and Nick Mitchell.
Moderated by Nina Johnson 
February 23, 2020 @ 7:00pm
Virtual Event

Join the Aydelotte Foundation February 23rd at 7pm for a conversation with Prof. Katherine McKittrick (Queen's University) and Prof. Nick Mitchell (University of California, Santa Cruz) moderated by Prof. Nina Johnson on higher education, racism, and disciplinary knowledge. Katherine McKittrick is the author of numerous books, including most recently Dear Science (Duke UP, 2021), which investigates and explores the collision of what she terms Black ways of knowing and academic spaces. Nick Mitchell has written on academic labor,  what it means to be a "Critical Ethnic Studies Intellectual," and in collaboration has defined the field of abolitionist university studies. Co-sponsored by the Black Cultural Center, Black Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. The event is open to all in the Swarthmore community and to the public. 

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W.E.B. Du Bois - A Biography in Four Voices

(Dir. Louis Massiah, 1996, 116 mins.)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 7:00 PM
$5 Suggested Donation

Join us for a special screening in commemoration of W.E.B. Du Bois’ 153rd birthday. The long and remarkable life of Dr. William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B) Du Bois (1868-1963) offers unique insights into a momentous century in African American history. In the first film biography to document the pioneering work of W.E.B. Du Bois, writers Wesley Brown, Thulani Davis, Toni Cade Bambara and Amiri Baraka narrate the successive periods of Du Bois’ life - Black Folk and the New Century (1895-1915), The Crisis and the New Negro (1919-1929), A Second Reconstruction? (1934-1948), and Color, Democracy, Colonies and Peace (1949-1963) – reflecting upon his impact on their own work.

The consummate scholar-activist, Du Bois founded the first Black popular magazine, played a crucial role in the formation of the NAACP and the pan-African movement, conducted pioneering urban sociological studies, and authored The Souls of Black Folk, The Philadelphia Negro and Black Reconstruction. His rigorous scholarship, essential corpus of writing, and committed activism has left a profound legacy still felt today.

Preceded by: We Are Free Because of Harriet Tubman (USA, 2020, 5 min) Produced by Catalina Bajenaru, Parris Moore, Marlene G. Patterson, and Sonia Sanchez, narrated and written by Sonia Sanchez, directed by Nadine Patterson

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Black Music Excellence Through the Ages 

With Richelle Claiborne 
February 26, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
Virtual Event 
Black Friday Series

Black Music Excellence (BME) is a joyous ride through the history of African-American music across the diaspora. It’s more than a soul revue, more than a gospel concert, more than a night of great jazz…it is one-part history lesson, one-part testimonial and filled with inspired musical performances and spoken word.  Claiborne tells you her story through music with her soul-stirring vocals, a witty script, and accompanied by some of the best musicians from the Charlottesville, Va area who thrive to bring and understanding of equity, peace and love with each performance.  Claiborne debuted Black Music Excellence Through the Ages  in 2019 to a sold-out crowd.  Joining Claiborne on stage are Ti Ames (vocals), Ivan Orr (keyboard), Tucker Rogers (guitar), Bud Bryant (bass) and Rob Hubbard (drums). Sponsored  by the Black Cultural Center

 This event will be broadcast via the College's YouTube page: