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March 26, 2010

Community - University Research Spring Grants

Community groups are invited to join Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute staff at the Urban Research and Outreach Center (UROC) for a question and answer session on our recent Request For Proposals: Community - University Research Spring Grants. Stop by between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 1st to have your questions answered or to get feedback on your existing project. RSVP is not required, but appreciated in order to gauge the size of the group. Please send RSVP or other inquiries to hfhl@umn.edu. Visit www.hfhl.umn.edu for additional information.

new course: Black Women in Cultural Production

Black Women in Cultural Production

AFRO 5910/DNCE 5500
3 weeks during May Session 2010
May 24 - June 11, M-Th 11:15 - 2:30

Instructors: Rose Marie Brewer and Ananya Chatterjea.

"Black Women in Cultural Production" is a studio/lecture class investigating the history and politics of cultural production in visual and performing arts, by black women in both diasporic locations and transnationally. Examining the work of a select group of artists, the course will propose some core questions about the ways we come to know and value their artistic production.

Some of the questions we will be investigating are: How do we learn to read resistance in such work? How do these histories position us to think about the ideas and aesthetics articulated in the work of contemporary practicing Black women artists? What kinds of epistemological questions, questions about world-making and world-knowing, are proposed by the tropes that inform such cultural production?

The course will conclude with students creating presentations and writing brief papers that they will be invited to present in a History Jam session at a symposium hosted by the Dance Program in October 2010.

March 7, 2010

From Vices to Verses: A New Era of Hip Hop & Action

From April 9 to April 11, 2010, the University of Minnesota will be hosting "From Vices to Verses," a conference featuring workshops, performances, discussions, and educational events centered around how hip hop pedagogy, activism, and culture can educate, empower and transform communities. The conference will focus on three central themes:

  • April 9: "I Used to Love H.E.R.: Bring Back the Love," exploring hip hop feminism and women's roles &mdash past, present and future &mdash in hip hop culture. Keynote speaker: hip hop activist and former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Rosa Clemente.
  • April 10: "Remixing Borders, Transcending Boundaries," focusing on using hip hop as a tool to create unity and move beyond generational, national and cultural boundaries. Keynote speaker: hip hop activist and author Bakari Kitwana.
  • April 11: "Us," focusing on hip hop's power to heal and transform individuals and communities through organizing, activism and youth engagement. Keynote speaker: educator and multidisciplinary artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

Other presenters include filmmaker Rachel Ramist, Chaka Mkali of the Hope Community Center, Sage Morgan Hubbard of Northwestern University, Ruth Nicole Brown of the University of Illinois, poet and activist Tish Jones, rapper/poet/writer Kyle "Guante" Myhre, photographer B-Fresh and many more.

Workshops on spoken word, breakdancing, drumming, MC-ing and community organizing. Come learn, celebrate and participate in contemporary hip hop culture in the Twin Cities.

On Saturday, April 10, noted Twin Cities performers Toki Wright, Maria Isa, PosNoSys, Ill Chemistry, the Tru Ruts crew and others will take over the Cabooze for a special concert.

For more information please contact Idalia Robles at 612-624-6006. Registration for the conference is free. For updates, see http://vicestoverses.blogspot.com.