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.

An academic course is offered to students in conjunction with the series. The series seeks to explore and examine the various questions of concern to Africana Studies interdisciplinarily in terms of their historical and contemporary resonances and significances. The series interrogates these questions from multiple disciplinary perspectives and employs the expertise and artistry of guest lecturers and performers in order to navigate their intellectual nuances and moral and ethical dimensions.

The series is open to the University community and the general public. Most events are followed by a question and answer session and a book signing by the guest lecturer or artist.

Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson - Spring 2012

The Griot lecture and event series Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: An American Origin Story explored and examined the various narratives of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson in terms of their historical and contemporary resonances and significances. The series offered multiple disciplinary perspectives and employed the expertise and artistry of guest lecturers and performers in order to present the various nuances and dimensions of the tale. 

FACEing Race - Spring 2010

Visiting artist E. Patrick Johnson (Chair of the Performance Studies Department at Northwestern University) led students and staff in a three-day performance workshop. The workshop resulted in participants performing monologues concerning issues of race, gender, and identity in the 21st century as part of an interactive artistic installation. Another main feature of the installation was visual art and poetry on the same theme, created by students in the courses of Professors Fennell, Gillespie, Long, Martincich, McCallum, Peterson, Ponnuswami, and Williams. E. Patrick Johnson closed the event with a performance of his one-man play, Pouring Tea.

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