Black History Month: Events at the Schomburg
NEW YORK -- Connect with events all through February at the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The New York Public Library
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, Manhattan
www.schomburgcenter.org / (212) 491-2200
Public Transportation: 2 or 3 train to 135th Street
For more detailed program information, visit schomburgcenter.org/calendar
Wednesday, February 1 at 6 p.m.
(New Exhibition!) GMAD at Twenty-Five: Opening Reception and Panel Discussion
Please join Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), the oldest social services organization serving black gay men in New York City, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary at the Schomburg. The exhibition and panel will highlight milestones in GMAD's history, as well as offer a glimpse of the organization's activities for a quarter of a century. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
Stage for Debate: Steve Stoute and William C. Rhoden in conversation with Danyel Smith
Stage for Debate is a new series that encourages civil and intelligent discourse on the notion of "post-blackness." Join Billboard editor, culture critic, and sports enthusiast Danyel Smith as she moderates a debate between marketing guru Steve Stoute and New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden. Stoute, Chairman of Carol's Daughter, recently published The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Culture Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy, and Rhoden is the author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Friday, February 3 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First Fridays at the Schomburg
Music, poetry, and cocktails -- oh my! Join The Rakiem Walker Project--stars at the Schomburg's October 2011 Kickoff--as they play and offer historical tidbits on music that you know and love. We also invite you to take guided tours of our exhibitions! Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040. (See March 2)
Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
The Big Mouth Bout
See schomburgcenter.org/calendar for more info! This event will be ticketed.
Monday, February 6 at 6 p.m.
What Would Derrick Bell Do? Critical Race Theory in the Age of Post-Black Seduction
Columbia Law Professor Kendall Thomas, the ACLU's Vanita Gupta, and Applied Research Center's Rinku Sen come together to honor the activism and scholarship of the late Derrick Bell, while also sharing insight into the relevancy of race to justice. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040. Media Contact: Kate Stober, press representative. (212) 592-7708 or email@example.com
Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m.
Talks at the Schomburg: On Obama
David Remnick, Randall Kennedy and Jelani Cobb in conversation with Farai Chideya
The Schomburg will host some of the world's leading artists and thinkers on its legendary stage in the Langston Hughes Auditorium as part of its new series, Talks at the Schomburg. Join Editor of The New Yorker David Remnick, Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy, and Rutgers University Professor of Africana Studies Jelani Cobb, for a conversation on the administration of President Obama. All three have written extensively about President Obama and will discuss their views on critical moments in his first term and his chances for reelection in November. Journalist Farai Chideya will moderate the discussion. This event is in conjunction with The Obama Presidency: A Look Behind the Scenes/ Photographs by Pete Souza Chief Official White House Photographer, an exhibition opening at the Schomburg on Feb. 1.
Tickets: Members, Friends, and Students: $ 10; Non-members: $15. For ticket charge, call 1- 888-71-Tickets or visit showclix.com
Saturday, February 11 at 4 p.m.
Films at the Schomburg: Brooklyn Boheme
Brooklyn Boheme is an intimate portrait of the black arts movement that exploded in Fort Greene from the mid-1980s through the '90s as told by writer, historian, and Brooklyn resident Nelson George. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, February 13, 14, 15 & 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Something for the People: Black History Month Film Series
Back-to-back, (almost) every night, watch a film on the black experience. Visit schomburgcenter.org/calendar for film listings. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Tuesday, February 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Word Rapport: Rebecca Walker's Black Cool
Join author Rebecca Walker with image activist and writer Michaela Angela Davis as they discuss Walker's anthology Black Cool. The collection--with essays written by prominent voices and figures such as bell hooks, Kara Walker, Dream Hampton, and Staceyann Chin--explores the origins, aesthetics as well as personal definitions of "black cool." With a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Cool also offers a unique perspective on cultural identity. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Thursday, February 16 at 6 p.m. reception and 7:30 p.m. performance
Performances at The Schomburg: Harlem Opera Theater
In celebration of a decade of musical excellence, Harlem Opera Theater will feature excerpts from some of the great operas written for voices of African descent. Listen to songs from works including Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin), Treemonisha (Scott Joplin), Lost in the Stars (Kurt Weill) and Queenie Pie (Duke Ellington). This concert is a prelude to the Theater's first international tour.
Media Contact: Kate Stober, press representative. (212) 592-7708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Concert/$40 Concert and Reception. For ticket information, visit harlemoperatheter.org or call (212) 592-0780.
Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m.
The Indelible Influence of Malcolm X
Although Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965, his vision, philosophy and-- above all--his words live on. A who's who of notable participants, including Salman Rushdie, Ishmael Beah, Kathleen Cleaver, and Darryl Pinckney and other special guests, will take the stage to read from the leader's speeches, diaries, and letters to tell his story. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m.
African Film Festival
African Film Festival, Inc. and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture are proud to present the annual Black History Month film screening. The program will honor the two-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti with a special preview screening of Guetty Felin's Broken Stones, a feature-length documentary about self-recovery after the tragic Haiti quake, followed by a riveting panel discussion with the filmmaker and special guests. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040. For more information visit africanfilmny.org or call (212) 352-1720.
Saturday, February 25, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Films and Dialogue at the Schomburg
Visit schomburgcenter.org/calendar for film listings. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Saturday, February 25 at 4 p.m.
What's Race Got to do With It?
A Discussion of the Obama Administration and the Economy
Franklin Roosevelt was elected US president in 1934, to great fanfare and expectations that he would solve the nation's economic crisis. By 1935, the administration was working on multiple fronts to address the depression, but the question remained: how much had these initiatives impacted African Americans? A group of scholars and activists gathered at Howard University to address this, a conference called "The New Deal and the Negro." Fast forward to 2012, and the same question can be revisited by looking at the past three years of the Obama administration.
Join panelists Maya Wiley, executive director of the Center for Social Inclusion; Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor at The Atlantic; Adam Serwer, reporter at Mother Jones; and moderator Professor Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, in a conversation on the economic impact of Obama administration's policies. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Monday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Harlem Fashion Row
Brandice Henderson in conversation with June Ambrose
Kick off Fashion Week in style! The CEO and founder of Harlem Fashion Row talks with stylist extraordinaire June Ambrose. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Wednesday, February 29 at 7 p.m.
Stage for Debate: Touré and Khalil Gibran Muhammad with Dorian Warren
In the second debate on "post-blackness," writer and journalist Touré takes the stage with Schomburg Director, Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Moderated by Columbia University professor Dorian Warren. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Wednesday, February 1 at 10 a.m.
The Dream Inn - A Birthday Tribute to Langston Hughes
Bring your classes to a special theatrical performance of Hughes' poetry in a story by Daniel Carlton that brings the poet's Harlem to life. Students will learn about Hughes' legacy in a cultural and historical context. Seating is limited. Registration required: email email@example.com or call (212) 491-2234.
Saturday, February 4 at 4 p.m.
First Saturdays Family Fun: Gates of Equality!
This dynamic one man show chronicles the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from early childhood through his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. The fictional dialogue is interspersed with real excerpts from Dr. King's press conferences and speeches regarding Civil Rights and the practice of non violent protest. For ages 6 and up. Free! For registration, go to schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com or call (212) 491-2040.
Monday-Friday, February 13-17 at 10 a.m.
Something for the Youth: Black History Month Youth Film Series
Students and teachers are invited to celebrate black history, culture, and heritage during this week-long film series for all students (K-12). Free! Registration is required. For a list of films and to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 491-2234.
Wednesday, February 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Teacher Seminar Days at the Schomburg
This full-day professional development seminar pairs premier scholars with multi-media instructional approaches to teaching history, literature, and culture in connection to Schomburg collections and exhibitions. Email email@example.com or call (212) 491-2234 for more info.
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