Last week's discussion of Americanah rocked! Thanks so much to all who participated. Hope to see everyone on September 29th for Death of a King : the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year. We've got copies at our 2nd floor desk; stop by or call 847-448-8620 to get one.
There are echoes of our AAL discussion topics everywhere this fall. a few upcoming programs to watch out for...
Chicago Humanities Festival October 24th-November 7th (tickets available September 8th for members, September 14th for nonmembers)
Americanah piqued my interest in Nigerian culture, so I was delighted to see that one of the CHF Evanston programs is "Global Igbo" a reading by English/Nigerian author Chris Abani. Abani is a Northwestern professor, and is the son of an English mother and a Nigerian father who wrote his first novel at age 16. Through his prolific and varied writings – which include novels, novellas, plays, and poems – Abani has sought to capture the specifics of his own experience while conveying the political and emotional dramas that transcend and tie together disparate cultures. Abani will be speaking Saturday October 24th at 12:30 pm on Northwestern's campus.
Also on the program that afternoon at 3:00 pm: Ta-Nehisi Coates!! He'll be discussing his new memoir, Between The World and Me, in which he shares his evocative reflections on what it’s like to inhabit a black male body in contemporary America. Expect this to sell out fast, so call early!
Two Events for Stokely fans:
From the Bullet to the Ballot: Black Panthers and Chicago's Racial Coalitions
In his recent book, From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago, native South Sider Jakobi Williams uses sealed secret police files and first-person interviews to explore the history and impact of the Black Panther Party and Rainbow Coalition. He'll be speaking Sunday October 25th at 3:30 in Hyde Park
will be showing at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago September 25th- October 1st. On Sunday September 27 at 5:00 pm director Stanley Nelson will be present for an audience discussion. (This is NOT part of the Chicago Humanities Festival; tickets are available from the Siskel Film Center)
Crossing the "Invisible Line"
Remember our discussion of Fatal Vision and the Invisible Line last year? You'll want to catch
Passing in White America, also part of the Humanities festival. Stanford historian Allyson Hobbs looks at the "chosen exile," a separation from one racial identity and a leap into another experienced by countless light skinned African Americans as an escape from slavery in the antebellum South and Jim Crow. But in looking back at both American history and the story of her own family, Hobbs also uncovers the terrible grief, loneliness, and isolation of passing, and the ways it continues to influence our thinking about racial identity and politics.
Sunday, October 25 | 5:30-6:30 PM in Hyde Park.
Northwestern Profs Look at Echoes of Slavery in Popular Media
If you missed last year's wonderful Slavery on Screen presentation, you have a second chance to see our old friends Miriam Petty and Nick Davis unpack the traditions of slavery and plantation films from television landmarks like Roots to independent films like Sankofa and Daughters of the Dust. They'll be speaking Saturday October 24th at 4:30 in Evanston
Gem of the Ocean at Court Theatre
Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson continues his triumphant tour through August Wilson's iconic century cycle with Gem of the Ocean, his seventh Wilson production at Court Theatre. Featuring Court favorites A.C. Smith (Fences, Jitney), Alfred Wilson (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Jitney), David Alan Anderson (The Mountaintop), and Tyla Abercrumbie (The Piano Lesson). Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2005, Gem of the Ocean is a fantastical story of freedom, justice, and redemption.
Enjoy, and keep reading!!