There is an intellectual buzz going on in
June 2008 in
Here’s a quick look:
June 6 & 7
The Poetics and Politics of Blackness
This colloquium is offering some really high level discussions with leading thinkers and movers. Some inviting sessions include: The Unheard of Voice in Black Paris with Brent Edwards of
You can read the full schedule and location here: http://history.berkeley.edu/faculty/Stovall/conference/
Novelist Jake Lamar and Artist/Author Barbara Chase-Riboud will also be participating.
Of special note: Opening remarks will be by Tyler Stovall, author of the very informative guide ‘Paris Noire’, and key note speaker is Madame Christiane Taubira of the French Parliament (whose groundbreaking legislation Taubira Law recognizes slavery and the slave trade as crimes against humanity).
If you are within flying distance of
The conference also honor former Richard Wright scholar, Professor Michel Fabre, who brought many students of all ages and nationalities to the richness of African-American literature. I, for one, remember being quite surprised to find myself the only Black student in one of his Black Lit classes at the Sorbonne.
For the full schedule on the International Richard Wright Conference:
For the conference, Walking The Spirit Tours is the official tour provider of walks through Black history in the Latin Quarter & St.Germain-des-Pres. www.walkingthespirit.com
The screening of the unprecedented PBS series ‘African-American Lives’, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B Du Bois professor of the Humanities and chair of African and African-American Studies at Harvard U.
The series provides a life-changing journey for 12 highly accomplished African-Americans (such as Maya Angelou, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock, Tina Turner…). It uses genealogy, oral history, family stories and DNA analysis to help trace lineage through African history and back to
Episode 1 June 4 - The Road Home focuses on stories of the participants’ ancestors from the early 20th century
Episode 2 June 11- A Way Out of No Way continues back through the late 1800s to the Civil War.
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June 3rd - Tuesday
The Barack Obama Effect in
Want to know what the French think of Obama? Here’s your chance to hear it firsthand.
This one-evening conference is organized by the French Committee for the Support of Barack Obama. And will be held and the Political Science campus, and speakers include Constance Borde - super delegate and VP of Democratic Party in
If you can get a cheap ticket and get over to Paris, it will be worth the mental stimulation to get this close to the fire - yes Paris will Burning Bright and Black.
And to go out with some special honors -
May in Black history in Paris the month to celebrate the life of Langston Hughes (died May 19), James Reese Europe (brought jazz to France) also died May 19, and the granddaddy of expatriate African-American painters - Henry Ossawa Tanner - died May 25, 1937.