Diversity Opening

Saturday, Aug. 27

The Opening Event will be a celebration of diversity to welcome students, staff, and faculty into the new academic year. The event will be held on the ELC lawn from 10-2. Food will be available and entertainment will be provided by The Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble beginning at 12 noon. The Griot Institute, as well as several other University programs, will be sharing information about their program offerings in the 2016-2017 academic year.

African-American Arts: Activism and Aesthetics

Wednesday, Sept. 28 - Saturday, Oct.1

Join us for the fall 2016 Griot Institute Symposium, African-American Arts: Activism and Aesthetics. Engage in critical conversations as an activist, scholar, and/or artist and reflect on the intersections between African-American art, activism, the creative process, and questions of aesthetics. Saxophonist Jimmy Greene will provide Friday evening entertainment, and keynote speaker, Carrie Mae Weems, will present on Saturday.

Step Afrika!
The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence

Saturday, Nov. 5

Travel with Griot Institute to Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to see this high-energy step performance based on the iconic painting series of Jacob Lawrence. Tickets and transportation provided. To reserve a space, please contact us at griot@bucknell.edu.

National Museum of African American History & Culture Trip

Saturday, Nov. 12

Join the Griot Institute on Saturday, Nov. 12 for a bus trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington DC. The museum is scheduled to open in September 2016 and will feature a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape our nation. Tickets and transportation provided. To reserve a space, please contact us at griot@bucknell.edu.

Annual Lecture and Performance Series

Each academic year, the Griot Institute offers the Bucknell Community a series that focuses on a question or issue of concern central to Africana Studies. In spring 2017, we invite the campus and community to participate in a lecture/conversation series entitled, The Black Body (Re)Considered.

This series will engage the campus community and beyond in an extended conversation about the black body from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The series, Black Body (Re)Considered, is rooted in questions about the intersections of identity, race, gender, sexuality, historical context, and agency, particularly as they concern representations and realities of the black body as impacted by racism, as well as aesthetic, economic, sociological, and psychological inequalities.

The Griot Storytelling Project

By blending technology and tradition, the Griot Storytelling Project allows the Institute to function as a griot for Bucknell. This ongoing project gathers oral narratives created by members of the Bucknell community in order to build a historical record, to encourage creative engagement with the art and utility of oral storytelling, and to showcase the experiential range of our community in an effort to define who we are at this moment in our collective history.

Bucknell in the Caribbean

Study abroad with the Griot. Through readings, lectures, field trips, volunteer projects, attendance and participation in cultural performances, ethnographic interviews, as well as analytical reflections on their experiences, Bucknell in the Caribbean provides first-hand information about the literatures, histories, and cultures of the Caribbean. Students will explore the long-term cross-cultural impacts of slavery, colonization, independence, and tourism. The three islands of Antigua, St. Kitts, and Nevis will serve as our classroom.

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