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    Fifty Years of Consciousness and Community

50th Anniversary Events

Our 50th anniversary event series will highlight the cultural and historical importance of the African American experience throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.

Gambrell Rooftop Patio (3rd Floor)  
Registration (Faculty, Students, Staff Only)  

Presented by the School of Music in collaboration with the Auntie Karen Foundation 
Reserve Tickets via the Koger Center  

Thursday, September 9 at 7:30pm
UofSC School of Music Alumni & Colour of Music Festival Octet  
USC School of Music Recital Hall  

Friday, September 10 at 8:00pm  
Auntie Karen Foundation All-Star Band/Vanessa Williams  
Koger Center  
  
Saturday, September 11 at 7:30pm  
20th Anniversary September 11th Memorial Concert   
Koger Center  

50th Anniversary Launch
Zoom
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"Creating Crescent: On Black Studies, Black Girls, and Personal, Passionate, Participatory Inquiry"
Zoom
Free and open to the public  
Visit Eventbrite for more information and to register to attend.

Gambrell 153
Panelists: Dr. Bobby Donaldson (Professor of History, UofSC); Jazmyne McCrae (Project Coordinator, Collaborative on Race, UofSC); John Monk (Journalist, The State newspaper); Former State Senator Maggie Wallace Glover
Moderator: Lyric Swinton (UofSC alumna) 
Free and open to the public
Register to Attend via Eventbrite
The documentary Downing of a Flag  "tells the story of the Confederate Battle Flag and its inglorious relationship with the state of South Carolina and how this relationship has reflected and impacted its image in American society for nearly six decades." It is a film by SCETV, South Carolina Public Radio, Strategic Films, and Susie Films.

“In Search of My Grandparents’ Gardens: Musings on How Family and Community Informs Curatorial Practice” 
Williams Courtroom, University of South Carolina School of Law
Free and open to the public
Visit Eventbrite for more information and to register to attend.

Cosponsored with Richland Library and African-American History and Cultural Events Committee (AAHCE)
Free and Open to the Public
Registration for October 9 event

South Carolina ETV Lobby
(Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Only)
Join us in the Telecommunications Lobby of South Carolina ETV for a homecoming tailgate. Refreshments will be provided. This is a 21+ event. Please note: Parking for tailgate guests will not be available at ETV.
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Russell House Patio and Stage
Join the African American Studies Program for an evening celebrating student artists and creators. Students are encouraged to share their artwork, music, poetry, dance, and more.
Register to participate

Theme: Researching Performance – The Black Dancing Body as A Measure of Culture 
All Events are Virtual
Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild is a Professor Emerita of Dance Studies at Temple University. She is the author of Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other ContextsWaltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era (Winner of the 2001 Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Scholarly Dance Publication); The Black Dancing Body: A Geography from Coon to Cool (Winner, 2004 de la Torre Bueno Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Dance Publication); and Joan Myers Brown and The Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina - A Biohistory of American Performance.
  
Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30pm  
“Dance as Social Practice – Protest, Purpose, Performance” Lecture
Free and Open to the Public
Register to Attend
  
Thursday, October 28 at 6:30pm  
The Black Dancing Body: Open Student Forum  
(Faculty and Students Only)
Register to Attend
  
Friday, October 29 at Noon  
“Dancing Minds, Thinking Bodies: Dancer-Scholar-Choreographer-Educators Talk About Past and Present Futures”: Roundtable
Panelists: Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Professor Emerita of Dance Studies, Temple University); Dr. Halifu Osumare (Professor Emerita African American & African Studies, University of California, Davis); Dr. S. Ama Wray (Professor of Dance at the University of California, Irvine); Professor Tanya Wideman-Davis (Associate Professor of Dance and African American Studies, University of South Carolina); and Professor Thaddeus Davis (Associate Professor of Dance and African American Studies, University of South Carolina)
Free and Open to the Public
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Featuring Nikky Finney and UofSC Students 
The Big Apple, 1000 Hampton St. 
Attendees are invited to share a poem. 

Additional events will be added. 

Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 3:00pm  
At War With Ourselves Featuring Kronos Quartet 
Koger Center 

Theme: “Black Creativity as Black Thought”   
  
Wednesday, November 10, at 8:00pm  
“Queer Performance and Black Expression” Lecture  
The Big Apple, 1000 Hampton St.
Free and Open to the Public  
Additional Information and Registration Details to Follow 
  
Thursday, November 11, at TBA pm  
“Sankofa: Afropessimism, Afrofuturism, and Black Thought”    
Williams Brice Nursing Building 125  
(Students Only)   
  
Friday, November 12, at 7:00pm  
“Where We Danced: Sites of Black Materialization”  
Public Performance by Thomas F. DeFrantz,  Professor Tanya Wideman-Davis and Professor Thaddeus Davis  
Talk by DeFrantz to follow performance. 
Gambrell 153
Free and Open to the Public 
Additional Information and Registration Details to Follow
  
Saturday, November 13, at 11:00am-2:00pm  
Conversate!: Meet and Greet Event with Dr. Thomas F. DeFrantz and members of the African American Studies Program
Location: Off Campus TBA
(Faculty and Students Only)

“Dance Theatre of Harlem: Radical Black Female Bodies in Ballet” 
Zoom
Free and Open to the Public
Additional Information and Registration Details to Follow

Additional Information and Registration Details to Follow
(Faculty and Students Only)

Location TBA
Cosponsored with Institute for African American Research and McKissick Museum
Additional Information and Registration Details to Follow 

 

 


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