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January 30, 2012

NOMMO African American authors series

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012 the NOMMO African American Authors series continues its 2011-2012 season. Professor Alexs Pate hosts Elizabeth Alexander at 7:00 PM in Cowles Auditorium (located in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center.) Perhaps best known for composing and delivering President Barack Obama's inaugural poem "Praise Song for the Day," Alexander has published five books of poems, including American Sublime, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and an American Library Association "Notable Books of the Year" selection in 2006.

January 23, 2012

AA&AS Outreach Coordinator

The department is searching for a new Outreach Coordinator. For more information and/or to submit an application, please visit the U of M online employment system page for the position.

Black Arts Movement Series at the U of M

The University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, in partnership with Penumbra Theatre, will hold a series of four public lectures and conversations that examine the Black Arts Movement's influence on American theater on January 26 with a presentation by Lou Bellamy, artistic director and founder of Penumbra (and a U of M professor emeritus).

In addition to Bellamy, the series features three influential scholars in the field of Black theater. Each event will feature a talk by the speaker, moderated conversation, and open question-and-answer period. U of M theater professor and Penumbra associate artistic director Dominic Taylor will moderate. The dates, speakers and topics will be:

  • Thursday, January 26, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Penumbra's Birth and the Black Arts Movement, with Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director, Penumbra Theatre Company
  • Thursday, March 1, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Gender and Sexuality and the Black Arts Movement, with SydnĂ© Mahone, professor of theater, University of Iowa
  • Thursday, April 19, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Black Cultural Traffic and the Black Arts Movement, with Harry J. Elam, Jr., professor of drama, Stanford University
  • Thursday, April 26, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: The Future of the Black Arts Movement, with Paul Carter Harrison, playwright and scholar

All events are free and open to the public, and take place from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the In-Flux Auditorium at the Regis Center for Art on the University of Minnesota's west bank.

January 4, 2012

African American women chemists book signing

University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry alumna Jeannette Brown will present a brief lecture and book signing about African American women chemists from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, in the Coffman Memorial Union Bookstore. A meet-and-greet for Ms. Brown is also planned beforehand from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, in the Black Student Union.