It’s all about soul: Black History Month filled with events, celebrations at U-M

January 31, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Tomorrow kicks off Black History Month, a chance to celebrate African-American culture and influences both at U-M and across the U.S.

Many of this year’s activities are centered around the theme of “Soul,” and include movie screenings, lectures, museum exhibits and more that are free and open to Michigan Medicine employees.

The events begin on Monday, Feb. 4 with a talk focusing on the “perpetuation of cultural racism through social and mass media.” The lecture will be given by Travis Dixon, professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois.

Another highlight will be the presentation of the 8th annual Shirley Verrett Award to Tiffany Ng, Ph.D., U-M professor of carillon and carillonist for the university. Ng will be honored on Feb. 21 for her significant contributions in teaching, performance, scholarship and service that supports the success of women in the arts from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.

Here’s a quick glance at a number of the Black History Month events to be held on campus:

  • Museum exhibition, “Whine, Werk & Roll: The Art of the Lapa”: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily through Feb. 22; U-M Detroit Center, Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Ave., Suite 150, Detroit
  • Lecture, “Perpetuation of cultural racism through social and mass media” by Travis Dixon, professor of communication, University of Illinois: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 4, Institute for Social Research
  • Lecture, “The racialized costs of traditional banking in segregated America”: 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, Institute for Social Research
  • “Soul Food Sunday” with the NAACP: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, Trotter Multicultural Center
  • Precision Health Seminar, “African Ancestry Pharmacogenomics Omics”: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, Rackham Graduate School, 4th floor, Amphitheatre
  • Discussion, “Structural racism and residential segregation,” by Joe T. Darden, professor of geography, Michigan State University: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, Institute for Social Research
  • Keynote address and roundtable discussion, “Unravel Injustice: Taking Action”: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, Institute for Social Research
  • “Hair’itage, The Play”: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, East Quadrangle, Keene Theater
  • 8th annual Shirley Verrett Award ceremony: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium (click here for more information).
  • Screening of Black Panther: Noon – 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, School of Social Work, 1st floor atrium

Click here for more information on all Black History Month events.

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