Tuesday, Jan. 20
FREE film screening of Selma

On Martin Luther King's birthday, in recognition of the profound significance of his life and accomplishments, The Griot Institute for Africana Studies and Multicultural Student Services (MSS) will provide free tickets and transportation for students, faculty, and staff to attend a screening of the acclaimed film Selma at the Lycoming Mall. Sign up to reserve your spot by e-mailing mss@bucknell.edu with your name and a cell phone number (by January 18). The bus to Lycoming Mall will depart Smith Lot at 5:45 pm. Seats are limited!

Sunday, Feb. 1.
Black History Month Bus Trip to Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Griot Institute, Multicultural Student Services (MSS), and the Samek Art Museum invite students to sign-up for a bus trip on Sunday, February 1 to see the new exhibit Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The cost for students is $10 to attend the trip; students can make cash deposits and reservations at the CAP Center window. Students will receive an exclusive guided tour of the exhibit, and dine together in downtown Philly to discuss the exhibit.

Monday, Feb. 2, Bucknell Hall, 7 p.m.
Griot Project Book Series Reading

Reading by Angele Kingue from the new translation of her novel The Venus of Khalakante, published in the Griot Project Book Series by Bucknell University Press.

Wednesday, Feb. 11, Trout Auditorium, 7 p.m.
"Barack Obama, Ferguson, and Evidence of Things Unsaid" with Ta-Nehisi Coates (Atlantic)

Part of the Griot's "Post-Obama Paradigms: Problems and Potentialities" series.
(event co-sponsored with the Department of Economics)

Wednesday, Feb. 25, Trout Auditorium, 7 p.m.
"The Obamas, Race and Slights" with Charles Blow (NY Times)

Part of the Griot's "Post-Obama Paradigms: Problems and Potentialities" series.
(event co-sponsored with Multicultural Student Services and the Department of Economics)

Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28, Bucknell Hall, 7:30 p.m.
The Ghosts of Monticello

"The Ghosts of Monticello" will be presented by the Bucknell Opera Company and produced and directed by Emily Martin, director of the Bucknell Opera Company and assistant professor of music. With composition by Garrett Fisher, libretto by Carmen Gillespie, the opera tells the story of two ghosts: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson's enslaved mistress, and her white half-sister Martha Wayles Jefferson, Jefferson's wife, who struggle to understand, and heal, their multivalent relationship. || View event poster.

Wednesday, March 4, Gallery Theatre 7 p.m.
"Performances of Cultural Trauma: Black Theatre in the (Post-) Obama Era​." with Lisa Thompson (U of Texas, Austin)

Part of the Griot's "Post-Obama Paradigms: Problems and Potentialities" series.

Tuesday, March 17, Bucknell Hall, 7 p.m.
Fiction Reading by Percival Everett

Wednesday, March 18, Gallery Theatre, 7 p.m.
Discussion: "Post-Obama Paradigms: Problems and Potentialities a Conversation with Percival Everett"

Part of the Griot's "Post-Obama Paradigms: Problems and Potentialities" series.
(both events co-sponsored with the Stadler Center for Poetry, Multicultural Student Services, and the Department of English)

Wednesday, March 25, Gallery Theatre, 7 p.m.
"Black Popular Music in the Post-Obama Era, An Age of Color-Blindness & Racial Paranoia." with Travis L. Gosa (Cornell University)

Part of the Griot's "Post-Obama Paradigms: Problems and Potentialities" series.

Wednesday, April 22 Gallery Theatre, 7 p.m.
ENGLISH 290 Post-Obama Paradigm Digital Narrative Student Presentations

Part of the Griot's "Post-Obama Paradigms: Problems and Potentialities" series.


Study Abroad with the Griot in St. Kitts and Nevis

Apply to join Bucknell in the Caribbean June 14 - July 6, 2015. For more information, please visit www.bucknell.edu/inCaribbean.

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. The aim of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies spring 2015 series, Post-Obama Paradigms: Problems and Potentialities, is to extend the conversation and narrative about the myriad significances, meanings, and cultural transformations(?) available to America now that it has elected its first African American President. Particularly, we are interested in deliberating the symbolic, ideological, iconographic impacts on Americans' conceptions of themselves as a people. For instance, in what ways has the United States been changed as a result of electing Obama: in terms of race relations, political progress, a newly emboldened conservatism, and other aspects of life in America in the twenty-first century.

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.


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