Category: Black Studies

Wells explores women’s influence on jazz, its evolution

Wells explores women’s influence on jazz, its evolution

Women had a direct influence on jazz and its evolution, according to Prince Wells, music professor and black studies program director.
The lecture, led by Wells last week and organized by the women and black studies programs, took place in the MUC Hickory-Hackberry Room.
Music professor and black studies program director Prince Wells. Photo courtesy of Keenan […]

University of Connecticut professor addresses black existential philosophy

University of Connecticut professor addresses black existential philosophy

Luke Skywalker and Frederick Douglass have one commonality – fighting for freedom.
Lewis Gordon, of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, lectured to roughly 60 students and faculty about black existential philosophy. Photo by Kari Williams
Freedom is a condition “through which you can have human flourishing,” according to Lewis Gordon, philosophy and African-American studies professor at […]

Illustrator to discuss race, gender issues in animation for Black History Month

Illustrator to discuss race, gender issues in animation for Black History Month

Samir Barrett, freelance illustrator, will discuss gender and race roles in animation this week for Black History month photo courtesy of Wells
Cartoons that influence children should cater to more than one type of child.
At least, according to Samir Barrett, a freelance illustrator who will present two days this week about these issues and other topics […]

Genealogist to present about DNA tests for Black History Month

Genealogist to present about DNA tests for Black History Month

Bernice Bennett will present "The Role of DNA and Genealogy" for Black History month presentation at the Illinois-Mississippi Room at the Morris University Center Tuesday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
DNA knows nothing about race.
At least, according to Bernice Bennett, a family historian, genealogist, guest lecturer, talk show host and author.
“DNA is what it is,” Bennett said. […]

Prince Wells named new director of black studies

Prince Wells named new director of black studies

As the new director of black studies, music professor Prince Wells believes, along with the deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, that he can develop a strategic plan to help “growth and direction for the whole program.”
Photo courtesy of Prince Wells
“This will not just be me coming up with a plan but other […]

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CAS Events Round Up

The College of Arts and Sciences has a busy schedule of events coming up between now and the end of the semester. Coming up this Monday and Tuesday is this year’s CAS Colloquium titled, “Thinking About the Book,” with a wide variety of lectures and events by SIUE faculty will look at the role of […]

Denese Degarmo and Howard Rambsy

Black Heritage Month Committee recognizes DeGarmo, Rambsy

The Black Heritage Month Committee recently honored two faculty members for their contributions to SIUE.
Black studies department chair Howard Rambsy and political science department chair Denise DeGarmo received the committee’s Black Heritage Month Committee Salute to the Stars Award.
The award is given to faculty and staff who have encouraged students to pursue educational and career […]

Cast and Crew from the 2013 Black Theater Workshop at SIUE

2013 Black Theater Workshop

Last weekend SIUE held the Black Theater Workshop (BTW). This annual student-run production features SIUE students in wide variety of short vignettes emphasizing cultural heritage and issues of civil rights.
This years theme for BTW was, “The Stories We Weave,” was chosen by director Ashley Bland and co-director Kristina Cirone.
“We decided this based on the people […]

Nikki Giovanni talking to students at SIUE

Nikki Giovanni Visits SIUE

Last Monday world renown poet, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni visited SIUE. During her time on campus Giovanni met with students in a small group setting and gave a guest lecture on education, civil rights, and life in general to a packed Meridian Ballroom.
Currently a professor at Virginia Tech, Giovanni is an award winning author […]

Rambsy examines literary and cultural history in new book

Rambsy examines literary and cultural history in new book

What is the connection between the Harlem Renaissance and the Hip-Hop movement of the 80’s and 90’s? According to Howard Rambsy, associate professor of English Language and literature in SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), it is the Black Arts Movement of the 1960’s and ’70’s.
Cover art of The Black Arts Enterprise and the […]

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