SUNY Potsdam Black History Leap Year series has events from next Monday through March 5
POTSDAM -- The SUNY Potsdam Black History Leap Year series will stretch from Monday, Feb. 27 to Monday, March 5, and is aimed at extending the observation of Black History Month to the following month and beyond, as its events spur more exchanges.
All listed events are free and open to the public.Here's the schedule:
• Feb. 27: renowned fiction writer, essayist, journalist and television commentator Touré, to present two lectures about "post-blackness" in Kellas Hall Room 106 at 1 and 3 p.m.
• Feb. 28: screening of Spike Lee's 1998 film "Bamboozled" at 7 p.m. in Kellas Hall Room 105. Biting satire on the ways in which African-Americans have historically been represented on-screen and also on the ways in which they have been complicit in some of these stereotyped and harmful portrayals. Introduction and post-film discussion hosted by Luvena Kopp, who is writing her dissertation on Spike Lee's films. Admission is free.
• Feb. 29: roundtable discussion 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union Fireside Lounge. The panelists and the audience will examine the hotly debated assertion that President Barack Obama's election signaled the nation's transition into a "post-racial" society, as well as the viability and usefulness of the "post-black" forms of expression Touré advocates for in his recent book.
• March 1: at 4 p.m., Dr. Lonel Woods, a tenor and an assistant professor of voice at Crane, will perform two vocal pieces, including "Erlkönig," by the Austrian composer Franz Schubert and "Death of an Old Seaman" by the African-American composer Cecil Cohen in Dunn Theater. At 5 p.m., Department of Theatre and Dance Associate Professor A'Keitha Carey and students from her CaribFunk dance class will perform several dance pieces from Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?", Touré's "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?", Brenda Dixon Gottschild's "The Black Dancing Body" and "Truth Don Die."
• March 5: panel discussion from 5 to 8 p.m. in Kellas Hall Room 104 about the relationship between feminism and "womanism," a term often associated with the writer Alice Walker and her explicitly black-oriented feminist philosophy.