Black History Month at University of Puget Sound

February 2, 2014

A Series of Cultural and Social Justice Events

African American Arts, 1920–75

Two events, free and open to the public, are sponsored by the African American Studies Program, Department of Art, Black Student Union, and Office of the Academic Dean.

1.  My Art Speaks for Both My Peoples: Elizabeth Catlett, Prints and Sculptures
An illustrated talk about the life and work of Elizabeth Catlett, an African American artist who created prints and sculptures often dealing with social justice and the political struggles of oppression in the United States and Mexico.
By Melanie Herzog, professor of art history, Edgewood College, Madison, Wis.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m.
Wyatt Hall, Room 109
Free admission
Refreshments will be served
For more details contact:  Linda Williams, associate professor of art history: 

2. An Evening of Classic Blues and Jazz
With Rob Hutchinson and Friends: featuring Gail Pettis, vocals; and Puget Sound Jazz Band Director Tracy Knoop
Saturday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m.
Schneebeck Concert Hall
Free admission
For more details contact:  Rob Hutchinson professor of music:

Black Student Union and Queer Alliance Film Festival

This series of two films aims to highlight intersections between black and queer identities with the hope of drawing attention to the erasure of the experiences of queer people of color in American film media.

1. Pariah
Friday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m.
Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
Free admission
Directed by Dee Rees, Pariah follows the journey of Alike, a young African American woman struggling to embrace her identity as a lesbian. Set in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood, the film stars Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, and Kim Wayans. Spike Lee is one of the film's executive producers.Pariah premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

2. The New Black  (Tacoma premiere)
Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Grand Cinema
606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
Tickets available at and at Wheelock Student Center on campus.
The New Black is a 2013 film that is currently screening nationally. This will be the Tacoma premiere. It is a documentary that tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage. It examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church—and explores the Christian right wing’s strategy of pursuing an anti-gay political agenda. The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

ASUPS Film Night

The Butler
Friday Jan. 31; Saturday Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre Hall, Room 003
Sponsored by Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound

“The Voice” Star: Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Anne Johnson
Local singer and songwriter, who starred on NBC's The Voice performs
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Free admission
Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center
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Caribbean Writers Series: Identity, Immigration, and Art

Myriam J. A. Chancy talk: "The Memory Table"
Monday, Feb. 10, 5:30–7 p.m.
Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
Free Admission
For more visit:
Sponsored by African American Studies and Chism Lecture in Humanities and Arts

"Civil Rights and Peace" Poetry Reading

 Monday, Feb. 24, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
Free Admission
Sponsored by the Black Student Union, African American Studies, Resident Student Association, and Spoken Word and Poetry Club.

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