Wednesday, February 07, 2018

I Am Not Your Negro, Fri. 2/9 @Ualbany



A special screening and discussion of the Oscar-nominated film, I Am Not Your Negro, and a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Baldwin.
Begins Friday afternoon with "Bits of Baldwin," featuring major author and Baldwin enthusiast Darryl Pinckney, pioneering Albany TV journalist Ken Screven, and UAlbany students!

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Baldwin, featuring Darryl Pinckney and Ken Screven
February 9 (Friday) Student readings of Baldwin’s work with commentary by Darryl Pinckney — 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave.
Free and open to the public. Free parking in the State Quad Student Lot.

Darryl Pinckney, novelist, playwright, essayist, and author of the acclaimed new novel Black Deutschland (2016), will provide commentary on selections from the works of James Baldwin, one of the iconic authors of the 20th century. Selections will be presented on stage by UAlbany students, and by Albany newsman Ken Screven.

John Freeman wrote in The Boston Globe, "Darryl Pinckney probably knows Baldwin’s life and work better than any living American, and in his long-awaited second novel, Black Deutschland, he pays Baldwin the highest tribute: telling a story in which a man much like Baldwin — a gay, black, alcoholic ex-pat — learns that who he is, who he loves, where he’s from can’t be disentangled."

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Film screening with commentary by Darryl Pinckney
Screening with commentary by Darryl Pinckney 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus. Free parking in Thurlow Terrace lot off Western Ave.
Screening only 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28; and 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus.
Directed by Raoul Peck (United States, 2017, 93 minutes, PG-13, color and b/w)
Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished memoir, Remember This House, this Oscar-nominated documentary presents his meditations on the history of racism in the United States and his perspectives on slain civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Guardian called it, “one of the best movies about the Civil Rights Era ever made.” Read more and watch the "I Am Not Your Negro" movie trailer.  The conversation with Darryl Pinckney will be moderated by UAlbany English professor Derik Smith.
Presented by the Writers Institute in conjunction with the Performing Arts Center with support provided by The University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services, English Department, Sexuality Month, and the Diversity Transformation Fund administered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion


For more information, contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at nyswritersinstitute.org.


Friday, February 02, 2018

2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Keynote Speaker: Michele Norris



Michele Norris, eminent American broadcast journalist, became the first African-American female host in the history of National Public Radio, serving as anchor of its flagship evening news program All Things Considered from 2002 to 2015.

Previously, she served as an ABC News correspondent, winning both the Emmy and Peabody awards for her coverage of the 9/11 attacks. In 2014, she received a second Peabody for her NPR Race Card Project, which invites listeners to comment on matters of race in exactly six words. She is also the author of the memoir, The Grace of Silence (2010), which Toni Morrison called, "an insightful, elegant rendering of how the history of an American family illuminates the history of our country." There will be a reception with light refreshments in the Patroon Room from 5:30-6:45 p.m. before the program begins


Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Student Association, and University Auxiliary Services in collaboration with the Writers Institute

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (518) 956-8110 http://www.albany.edu/diversityandinclusion/
More about the event:  https://www.albany.edu/news/83938.php


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