February 2, 2018

Adelphi Celebrates Black History Month With Lectures, Art, Readings

Painting by Rafaëlle Roy

Painting by Rafaëlle Roy

Adelphi University and campus organizations including the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies (CABCS) will present numerous events during February’s Black History Month celebration.

Kreyon Bondye Pa Gen Gonm: Paintings and Drawings by Rafaëlle Roy is on display in the Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery from Thursday, February 1, to Wednesday, February 28. A reception and gallery talk by Roy, a Haitian-born artist living in Montreal whose work reflects compassion for the people of Haiti, is scheduled for Sunday, February 18, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored by CABCS and Adelphi University Art Galleries.

On Thursday, February 15, Nokuthula Hlabangane, Ph.D., from the University of South Africa (UNISA), will present “Ubuntu As a Negation of Racism: An African Philosophy of Life.” The discussion of African alternatives to racialized thinking will take place from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Adelphi’s Center for Recreation and Sports, Campbell Lounge, preceded by an informal reception from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, CABCS and the Collaboration Project, and co-sponsored by the Office of International Student Services, the International Studies program, Levermore Global Scholars and the Interfaith Center.

Also on February 15, the African American Read-In will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Ruth S. Harley University Center Fireplace Lounge. Readings will be from works of authors including Langston Hughes, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Gwendolyn Brooks, Zora Neal Hurston, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Jacqueline Woodson and Maya Angelou—as well as original works by members of the Adelphi community. The event is sponsored by CABCS and Adelphi’s Learning and Writing Centers.

Adelphi Professor and CABCS Director Marsha J. Tyson Darling, Ph.D., will lecture on “Celebrating Black History: We Have Come This Far by Our Own Hands” from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27. The lecture takes place at the North Babylon Public Library, 815 Deer Park Avenue, North Babylon.

On February 28, author Lawrence Goldstone, Ph.D., will present the John Hope Franklin Distinguished Lecture, “Stolen Justice: The Supreme Court and the Coming of Jim Crow.” Co-sponsored by CABCS, the lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Ruth S. Harley University Center’s Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom.

» See more about Black History Month events at Adelphi

In addition, Adelphi’s Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies will present Your Silence Will Not Protect You! The Writing of Audre Lorde, six discussions of readings, on Wednesdays, March 7, 21 and 28, and April 4, 11 and 18—see the link above for more information. The series is also sponsored by Humanities New York and Adelphi’s Learning and Writing Centers.

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