Photos from Miano's visit:
EDUARDO TAMI TRIO and DANCERS
A Special Presentation of Tango at Case Western Reserve
The one-day event will take place on Thursday, October 1. Master Class in tango held for the students in the Dance Program, 1:15-2:30 as part of a Dance in Culture Class (DANC121). Open to the public for viewing, and all visitors will be welcome.
Later that day there will be a special performance of dance and music in Strosacker Auditorium. Free and open to the public.
Further information on Eduardo Tami can be found at:
www.eduardotami.com.ar including musical samples, and also some complete pieces at myspace.com/wwwmyspacecomeeduardotami
Free Public Presentation and
Conversation with the Artist
TUES Sept. 15
Clark Hall 206
11130 Bellflower Road
4:00 - 6:30 pm
Angelica Besnier, visual artist whose critically acclaimed work focuses on the study of indigenous cultures and their landscape, particularly that of the Atacama Desert, will speak about the experiences that have nurtured her artistic process. Through extensive interviews with the Aymaras and Mapuche, Besnier’s work is informed by her encounters with these indigenous people and by her experience with the stark beauty of the landscape, expressed from a feminist perspective that translates into beautiful and haunting images.
Sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Ethnic Studies Program and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
A Visitor Parking Garage is located under Severance Hall (entrance on East Boulevard)
Painting by Angelica Besnier
RETURN TO THE SOURCE
(RETORNO AL ORIGEN)
Works by Angelica Besnier
September 15 – October 10, 2009
Cleveland State University Art Building (Gallery C)
2307 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland
Curated by Jacqueline C. Nanfito, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Case Western Reserve University
Gallery Hours: M-F 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sat. Noon - 4:00 pm
Exhibition Opening Reception:
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
(Gallery Talks at 12:00 noon)
Exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, and video art informed by the Mapuche Indian culture of the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile.
Sponsored by Cleveland State University’s Art Gallery and the Office of Minority Affairs and Community Relations.
Presented in celebration of Hispanic Awareness Month
Angelica Besnier's work is an encounter with the Ancestral and the Land and the experiences derived therefrom. In the pastel and ocher of Besnier, the presence of feminine organs are surrounded by color and immensity, reminding us that "the first beings to emerge towards the continents carried with them something essential from the sea in the soul of their bodies", and it's for that reason that all of us humans carry something of the spiritual in our glances, in our movements, in the most simple acts, in memory, and above all, in our hearts. In many of the paintings in this exhibit, one notices an extraordinary creative versatility, not only because of technique or color, but also due to the perfect and unyielding conquest of form, a space where the contemporary is confused with ancestral myths, where time and space are fused.
Research Working Group Series
The Subaltern and the Poetics of War in Africa
facilitated by Gilbert Doho
The Fall 2008 Baker-Nord Research Working Group, The Subaltern and the Poetics of War in Africa, examines the role of women and child soldiers in war in Africa and the Middle East. The speakers will explore the poetic exploitation of violence on and by women and children in contemporary society, and will assess the effects of post-war trauma using literary works, films, and living testimonies.
Mending Broken Lives: Child Soldiers and the St. Monica's Girls Tailoring Center (Gulu, Uganda)
Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe
Project Coordinator, St. Monica's Girls Tailoring Center
Thursday, December 4, 2008
2:45 to 3:50 pm
Clark Hall Room 206
11130 Bellflower Road
Free public lecture
What is the impact of psychological and physical trauma to young girls abducted into slavery as child soldiers? Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe has received international recognition for her extensive and courageous work with young girls victimized by violence and civil war in Uganda. Guerillas from the Lord's Resistance Army abducted many young girls and forced them to be soldiers and sex slaves. These young women found themselves largely outcast from society, many with young babies, and with very few practical skills to provide for themselves and their children. Sr. Monica's Tailoring Center offers the young women a refuge, in addition to counseling, education and vocational skills to help reubild their lives and work toward self-sufficiency.
From Sozaboy to Beasts of No Nation: The Poetics of War in Nigeria
Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and Director of Ethnic Studies, Case Western Reserve University.
War Children: Adolescents in Postcolonial Badjoko, Dongola, Kourouma, and Montenembo Novels
Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Haverford College.
The Production of Meaning in the Narratives of Child Soldiers
Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of Rochester.
Somewhere Between Chad and Congo: Lost Childhood in the Central African Republic
Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Case Western Reserve University.
Exploding Bodies: Palestinian Weapons of Destuction
Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor of Catholic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Case Western Reserve University.
Lynn M. Thomas
"Love, Sex, and the Modern Girl in 1930s Southern Africa"
Thursday, February 28, 2008, 11:30 a.m.
Clark Hall, Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
Free and open to the public
Visitor Parking: Severance Hall underground garage (entrance on East Boulevard); metered lot (corner of Euclid and Ford Road)
Thomas will examine the history of love and sex in 1930s southern Africa by considering the writings of a white South African anthropologist and black newspaper writers. She will explore how racial politics of representation combined with international circuits of knowledge and media to shape who wrote what about black love and sex in segregationist South Africa.
Lynn M. Thomas is Associate Professor of History and Adjunct Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the author of *Politics of the Womb: Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya* (2003) and co-editor of two forthcoming volumes, one on the Modern Girl Around the World and the other on love in Africa. Her current research examines the transnational history of skin lighteners.
More information on Lynn Thomas
Sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Program and the Department of History the College of Arts and Sciences.
For more information, call: 216.368.8961
Earlier this year. . .
The Ethnic Studies Program is pleased to present a two-day public program featuring political philosopher Preston King and author Alice Randall. Free and open to the public.
"Free Speech and the Constraints of Constitutional Democracy "
Wednesday, February 6, 2007; 4:30 p.m.
Clark Hall, Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
Free Public Lecture
After living 39 years in enforced exile for alleged draft evasion, Dr. Preston King received an unconditional pardon from President Clinton in 2000 from a wrongful and unconstitutional 1961 conviction and jail sentence. While abroad he distinguished himself as a world-renown educator and scholar with such published works as The Ideology of Order, Thinking Past a Problem, and the much referenced Federalism and Federation.
Preston King's website
Article on Preston King's Presidental Pardon (The New Crisis, Sept/Oct. 2000)
Black Issues in Higher Education article on Dr. King
Preston King and Alice Randall
A Joint Presentation
Thursday, February 7, 2007; 4:30 p.m.,
Thwing Center (Ballroom), 11111 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Free and open to the public
Visitor Parking: Severance Hall underground lot (entrance on East Boulevard)
More information from the CWRU News Center
"The Political Philosophy of 'Gone with the Wind'"
Preston King is a political philosopher with research interests in comparataive politics and develpment politics. He was educated at Fisk University, the London School of Economics, and the Universities of Vienna, Strasbourg, and Paris. He has held chairs in Nairobi and Sydney; visiting appointments at the London School of Economics, McGill University and Bellagio, and teaching positions in Cameroon, Fiji, Tanzania, New Zealand, and Uganda. His published works span forty years and include "The Ideology of Order," "Thinking Past a Problem," "Toleration," and the often referenced "Federalism and Federation."
"'The Wind Done Gone': Conception, Publication, Reception"
When publication of Alice Randall's book, The Wind Done Gone that tells the human story of the slaves in Margeret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, was blocked in the courts by lawsuits brought by the estate of Margaret Mitchell, Randall claimed that her work was protected by the First Amendment. Her right to publish the work was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Interview with Alice Randall (IdentityTheory.com)
The Alice Randall Writing Center
Alice Randall on CNN
Alice Randall, author of "The Wind Done Gone", was born in Detroit and graduated from Harvard in 1981. After a start as a journalist in Washington, D.C., she moved to Nashville to become a country songwriter. The only African-American woman ever to write a number-one country song, she has had more than twenty songs recorded. She is also a screenwriter and has worked on adaptations of "Their Eyes Were Watching God," "Parting the Waters," and "Brer Rabbit." She was awarded the Free Spirit Award in 2001 and the Literature Award of Excellence by the Memphis Black Writers Conference in 2002, and she was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in 2002. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Alice Randall's Visit:
Dr. King's and Ms. Randall's visit is made possible through the generous support of the:
College of Arts and Sciences
Ethnic Studies Program
Office of the Provost
Case Western Reserve University and Fisk University in Partnership
Presidential Advisory Committee on Minorities
Flora Stone Mather Alumni Association
Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence
Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
School of Law
Multicultural Affairs Office
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
College Scholars Program
The Hallinan Project
Flora Stone Mather Center for Women
Professor John Orlock, Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities
Kelvin Smith Library
Webcasts of presentations by Ngugi wa Thiong'O
October 20, 2005:
"The Power of Words: Literature, Politics and Facts"--Public Lecture, with an introduction by Alice Bach
"African Drama and Politics"--Panel Discussion with Alice Bach and Gilbert Doho
October 19-21, 2005
Prof. Ngugi interacting with ETHS 259: Religions and
Cultures in Africa and African Diaspora students
Panel Discussion on Theater and
Politics in Africa
"The Power of Words: Literature, Politics, and Facts"
October 19-21, 2005 Public Lecture
Ngugi wa Thiongo, the internationally acclaimed Kenyan essayist, novelist, playwright, and Human Rights advocator visited Case Western Reserve University in October 2005. He met with students, visited classes, and gave a public lecture on the power of words to effect changes in society. Click on the webcast link above to hear Professor Thiongo's presentations. (Co-sponsored by College Scholars Program, Hallinan Project)
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 • 4:30 p.m.
Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Department of Modern & Classical Languages
George Mason University
Clark Hall, Room 206
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
Reception immediately following
Free and open to the public
By definition, a census is an enumeration of a population. Censuses, however, also play a key role in the construction of national and group identities. The delineation of categories used to classify
a diverse citizenry reflect specific ideologies of race and difference, while the official status and
air of objectivity of the census lend legitimacy to these ideologies. Jennifer Leeman will examine
the historical use of language as an index of race in the U.S. Census, focusing on the specific
implications for the Latino/a population. She will demonstrate how the linking of Latino/a identity
to Spanish, the ideological construction of Latino/a identity as both a hereditary and a cultural or behavioral attribute, and the portrayal of non-English languages as threatening to U.S. national
and cultural identity, contribute to the representation of Latinos/as as inassimilable Others.
Oct. 8, 2004 article
Case News Center
Sept. 10, 2004 article
September 27-28, 2005
Paul Stoller, Professor of Anthropology:
"Africanization of Harlem" [Co-sponsored by Hallinan
Project] read more...Paul Stoller
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
The History Department and the Ethnic Studies Program present
KAREN SOTIROPOULOS, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History, Cleveland State University and
author of Staging Race: Black Performers in Turn of the Century America (Harvard University Press, 2006)
In a public lecture:
"HOKUM: A History of Black Popular Culture"
Mather House, Room 100
11201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Refreshments and a book signing will follow the presentation
Staging Race casts a spotlight on the generation of black artists who came of age between 1890 and World War I in an era of Jim Crow segregation and heightened racial tensions. As public entertainment expanded through vaudeville, minstrel shows, and world's fairs, black performers, like the stage duo of Bert Williams and George Walker, used the conventions of blackface to appear in front of, and appeal to, white audiences. At the same time, they communicated a leitmotif of black cultural humor and political comment to the black audiences segregated in balcony seats. With ingenuity and innovation, they enacted racial stereotypes onstage while hoping to unmask the fictions that upheld them offstage.
Drawing extensively on black newspapers and commentary of the period, Karen Sotiropoulos shows how black performers and composers participated in a politically charged debate about the role of the expressive arts in the struggle for equality. Despite the racial violence, disenfranchisement, and the segregation of virtually all public space, they used America's new businesses of popular entertainment as vehicles for their own creativity and as spheres for political engagement.
The story of how African Americans entered the stage door and transformed popular culture is a largely untold story. Although ultimately unable to erase racist stereotypes, these pioneering artists brought black music and dance into America's mainstream and helped to spur racial advancement.
April 4, 2005
Professor of Latin American Culture and Literature
"Convergences: Latin American Thought and the
March 14-16, 2005
Charles Cantalupo, Professor of English, The
Pennsylvania State University
Performing Light The Light (Poems. NJ: Africa World
Press, 2004). Professor Cantalupo is one of the leading
scholars in African Studies today. His critical works on
eminent writers such as Ngugi Wa Thiongo as well as on
those Ali ahmed Jimali named "The Roads Less Traveled"
has gained him the reputation of 'discoverer' of
treasure in the African world. Professor Cantalupo read
his poems form Light The Light, and presented the
documentary on the worldly acclaimed conference, Against
All Odds, organized in 2000 in Eritrea.
Feb. 4,5,8, 2005
Music Throught the Storm
Three performing women artists of different
nationalities will share their experiences on war and
their vision for the world today during “Music through
the Storm: Women, War Music and Identity”—a musical
festival and lecture series at Case Western Reserve
University. Three events—a musical performance,
roundtable discussion and an historic teleconference
between Case and Lebanese American University in Beirut,
Lebanon, on February 4, 5 and 8—encompass the multi-day
program. Visit here for more information.
Exploring Academic & Experiential Opportunities
Nov. 5 , 2004
12:30-2:00 p.m. at Veale Center
October 27, 2004
4-5:30 p.m. Clark 206
Emilio Betances, Professor of Sociology and Latin
American Studies, Gettysburg College
"Causes and Consequences of Dominican Migration in
Professor Emelio Betances discussed many factors that
caused the Dominican migration to the U.S., including
the political crises in the Dominican Republic and
American foreign policies, and how the migration is part
of a larger phenomenon in Latin America and the
October 22, 2004
4-5:30 p.m. Clark 206
Reavis Mitchell , associate professor and chair of
history, Fisk University
"The History of Fisk and African-American Higher
Come join Dr. Reavis Mitchell in a talk about the the
challenges faced and the successes accomplished at Fisk
Free Colored School (Fisk University) that are part of
the history and legacy of social change in America,
representing the role of higher education.
October 1, 2004
Professor Constantine Petridis, Cleveland Museum of Art
and Assistant Professor of Art History
"Art and Leadership in Central Africa"
Art in Africa is functional. To what extent is art
related to power? When does a mask cease to be an object
of entertainment to become the focus of decision that
governs the life of millions in African society? And
what is the place of the women, the so-called
marginalized, in regard to art and power? Professor
Petridis, the present Assistant Curator of the Cleveland
Museum of Art discussed the many types and functions of
African art. Professor Petridis has become one of the
leading scholars in regard to the Arts of Africa in
general, and Central Africa in particular.
September 21, 2004
Ethnic Studies and Asia Foundation present David
Hammack, Professor of History
"Ethnic Landscape in Cleveland"
Professor Hammack talked about the history of
immigrant settlement in Cleveland to a group of Asian
leaders taking part in the American Exchange Program.
Many questions were discussed. What is the landscape of
Cleveland today? How has it evolved? Professor Hammack
focused on traditional ethnic groups (Hungarians,
Italians) that dominated during the period of
industrialization and unionization and recent trends
affecting these communities. Various political and
demographic (suburban migration, aging population,
decline of mainstream churches) phenomena were also
(Above) Journalists, researchers, and government
workers from several Asian countries, such as Japan,
Hong Kong, China, and Sri Lanka, took part in the talk
as part of the traveling group sponsored by the Asia
Foundation. Several questions on ethnic communities and
factors that affect them were raised during the
discussion. (Left) Professor David Hammack and Program
Director Gilbert Doho.
August 20, 2004
2-3:00 p.m., Sears 440
"Writing from the Margin: Deconstruction Neocolonial
How did most neocolonial structures come about in
Francophone Africa? How do they function? What does it
entail to be a free thinker in such monolithic
structures? Professor Gilbert Doho lead a discussion
about expressing yourself. Doho knows first hand the
role of censorship. Recently he has published his play
Au-delà du lac de nénuphars (Beyond the Lilies Lake.
Ottawa: Malakai, 2004) in Canada, but has been censored
in Cameroon. Listen and learn Doho's philosophy: let
nobody control your ideas, especially yourself. At the
end of the session, Doho commented on how the new Ethnic
Studies Program directly relates to his philosophy and
your time here at Case.
March 19, 2004
The Ki-Yi Village Theater Troupe from Ivory Coast,
Africa, performed March 19, 2004. The troupe, directed
by Werewere Liking, performed "Les Immortelles," which
deals with the status of women in Africa. For more