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Black History Month at Queen's


February is Black History Month, and a variety of events will be held at Queen’s to educate, entertain, and celebrate the occasion. One of those events is Africa Days, two days of presentations and panels focused on research projects in Africa which will take place February 9 and 10. Students, staff and community members are invited to sit in on a panel discussion, attend an authentic African drumming workshop, or go to a banquet dinner with live entertainment.

Africa Days is being organized by a steering committee led by Political Studies Professor Andrew Grant, who is currently in Ghana.

“Students have a unique opportunity in the Alpha Rhythm Roots west African drumming workshops,” says committee member Hanna Stanbury, the student programs promotion and volunteer coordinator at the Queen’s International Centre. “I don’t think you can find workshops like this anywhere. It’s an opportunity not easy to come by, especially in Kingston, and it’s fun.”

Professor Emeritus Bruce Berman, director of the Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Project, says the inaugural Africa Days event fulfills a common interest at Queen’s—studying Africa. “I’ve been an Africa scholar since I got here,” says Professor Berman. “This is the first opportunity I’ve had to participate in something like this.”

Berman has been to Africa half a dozen times, once for almost a year, and notes that Queen’s is one of Canada’s largest producers of PhDs on Africa.

Students, staff and faculty from as number of departments are involved in Africa Days. Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professor Darko Matovic says there is a shift happening at Queen’s to integrate engineering and social justice.

“The moment I heard that such a thing was being organized I said I would gladly join the committee,” says Professor Matovic, who helps design machines that can be built in Africa to locally utilize composite plastics. “It’s great to have the opportunity to focus on real projects where our skills can combine with a new awareness.”

For more information on Africa Days, go to http://quic.queensu.ca/about/africadays.asp

Other Black History Month events include:

Black History Month Launch with Keynote Speaker Katherine McKittrick
Tuesday, February 2 at noon
Wallace Hall in the JDUC (University and Union). Light snacks and refreshments provided.

Feb Fete
Wednesday, February 3 at 4:30 pm
Leonard Cafeteria. Free with meal plan or $12. Join the African & Caribbean Students Association (ACSA) for a celebration of Caribbean culture, food, music and art.
Contact: acsa.queensu.ams@gmail.com

Afro Beginnings Coffeehouse
Friday, February 5 at 6 pm
Common Ground (Queen’s Centre 2nd Floor)
Pay what you can/entry by donation. Contact: acsa.queensu.ams@gmail.com

Marvelous Masks Workshop with Artist Aida Sulcs
Sunday, February 7 at 1:30 pm
Agnes Etherington Art Centre. $4 adults, $2.50 seniors, GA members and children free. Suitable for children 6+, with adult accompaniment. Space is limited.
Please call 613-533-2190 to reserve.

ACSA and CultureShock! Art Installation/Display
February 8 - 12, 11 am - 5 pm
Lower JDUC (University and Union)
Black History Month themed art displays.
Contact: acsa.queensu.ams@gmail.com

Africa Days
February 9 – 10, all day
Robert Sutherland Hall (138 Union)
Panel discussions on research projects in Africa. Various topics, discussions, guest speakers; internship opportunities; admission to panels is free.
African drumming workshops Feb 9, $10 (JDUC); dinner event Feb 10, $20 (Ban Righ).
Contact: acsa.queensu.ams@gmail.com

Workshop for Youth
Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 pm
Ban Righ Centre (32 Bader Lane)
Co-presented by ISKA and Ban Righ Centre.
To register contact Gamila at 613-533-6000 ex 78119 or Tanea at 613-544-4661

Autobiographical Workshop with Dianah Smith
Saturday, February 13 at 1 pm
JDUC, room 352
Designed for the curious, this writing workshop will focus on how autobiography is a way of creating history of experiences of race and racism.
RSVP: 6at3@queensu.ca

Works in Progress
Monday, February 15 at 7 pm
Robert Sutherland Building, Room 202 (138 Union St)
Works in progress will feature several graduate student presenters discussing their current black-focused projects at Queen's.
Contact 6at3@queensu.ca

Each One Teach One
Tuesday, February 16 at 5:30 pm
John Orr Room in the JDUC (University and Union)
EOTOs give racialized students a chance to share thoughts in a safe, positive and race-violence-free space. Food provided. Contact coordinator@qcred.org

Afro-Brazilian Ancestrialidade
Thursday February 18 at 1 pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, room B204
Alexandre Da Costa will present his paper on the role ancestral knowledge plays in Afro-Brazilian social movements.
Contact snid@queensu.ca

The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere: Anti-Black Racism Following the 2005 Boxing Day Shooting
Thursday February 18 at 7 pm
Dunning Hall, room 11
Valarie Steele speaks about the backlash following the shooting death of Jane Creba on her family, her community and her life.
Contact 6at3@queensu.ca

The Massive Radio Show
Every Monday at 7 pm, listen to QCRED’s blend of anti-racist music and political spoken word on CFRC 101.9 FM

Black History Month Films
Wednesday February 3, 7:30 pm - BHM presents Good Hair - Dunning, Room 12
Thursday February 4, 7 pm - Art as a Verb in Africa – Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Saturday February 6, 5 pm - reelout presents Paris is Burning - Ellis Auditorium ($10)
Sunday February 7, 7 pm - BHM presents Malcolm X - Dunning, Room 12
Thursday February 11, 7 pm - QCRED presents black/womyn - Dunning, Room 14
Sunday February 14, 7:47 pm - 747 presents I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang - AKA (75 Queen St)
Sunday February 21, 7:47 pm - 747 presents Tar Angel - AKA (75 Queen St)


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